Sometimes people message me with tips, tidbits of info, and recommendations about their favorite places in Rhode Island. A while back, a friend, who had relocated to South County, did just that, via FB message. She told me that I needed to get myself over to The Weekapaug Inn. Apparently, according to her, the word on the street was that Bob DeNiro (Maybe you know him as Robt?) and his wife had been staying over at The Ocean House in Watch Hill at some point last year. During that stay, they'd ended up having dinner at The Weekapaug (same owners as the OH I believe) one night. And they'd liked it so much, that they went back the very next night. Now, if that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.
That's how last week, after the person I was supposed to pick up at the airport canceled on me (The real litmus test of love is whether someone will pick you up at the airport. Or not...Try it sometime, if you're feeling gutsy.), I ended up motoring down to Weekapaug for lunch and a look around. These are some of the highlights:
- Make sure to stop at Weekapaug Point - aka, Spray Rock Point- on your way to The Inn. I'm embarrassed to say I'd never been. Until now. With the water crashing against the rocks at the shore and the row of old, majestic homes in the background, it reminded me a lot of my time at Kennebunkport, Maine back in the early 2000's. (The day I stopped at The Point, there was a long line of cars from RI and beyond.)
- The Inn serves their very own special blend of Dave's Coffee, made exclusively for them. I like that! (For the record, I might have also enjoyed a cocktail or two while taking in the water view from my window seat in The Restaurant - that is, if I hadn't driven myself to Weekapaug.)
- If you're a fan of deviled eggs, order some as your starter. I did and they were delicious. (Everyone says their recipe is the best, but these were truly a-mazing.) I also had a wonderful green salad with local scallops. (See, DeNiro was right!)
- It's the perfect place to take that friend who thinks they know everything about Westerly and/or Watch Hill for lunch or din din. Sure, they know The Seasons at the Ocean House or The Olympia Tea Room in town or maybe even The Cooked Goose, but have they experienced the low key elegance of The Restaurant? (Here's also hoping "they" give you credit when they go back with their other friends for lunch or dinner.)
- It's on the National Register of Historic Places, but don't let that scare you into thinking it's stodgy. It's not. The rooms, from suites to doubles (31 in total), are Rhody rustic but with a clean, updated, and dare-I-say meditative feel. There are no tv's or landline phones. Unless you want them. (If you can't live without, the staff can set them up pretty quickly.)
- Yes, there are retro-inspired claw foot tubs there, that you might remember from when you were a kid. If you don't, no matter - you'll still be spoiled after a long soak in one of these. They're the Bentley of bathtubs and straight out of those Pinterest boards of your dreams.
- Mid day and late night snackers rejoice - there are warm chocolate chip cookies, and other snacks, in the guest pantries on all levels.
- Don't worry about tipping the valet. Similar to a stay at the OH, it's an all inclusive situation, so no fumbling for bills at the bottom of your bag. Who carries cash around anymore anyway?
Ciao for Now,
Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of me