‘Cast Away: Dropping Anchor in Watch Hill, Rhode Island


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“We’re like a little peninsula down here. There aren’t a ton of bars. It’s not very ‘sceney.’ It’s a really great family town and just a beautiful spot.” – James Nicholas, St. Clair Annex

A historic tree stands sentry outside the Margin Street Inn.

As part of a new travel series with the Hingham Anchor, we traveled 80 miles south to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Watch Hill is beautiful. Long stretches of beach, historic homes and hotels, sweet sights and shopping and delicious food everywhere you turn. Watch Hill is a village in the town of Westerly. There are other villages nearby like Misquamicut and Weekapaug and each offers something a little different–rowdier nightlife, nature preserves, golfing–but our main focus was the beachy luxury of Watch Hill.

Ally, Hilary and Laura in front of the legendary Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI.

We stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast called the Margin Street Inn. They don’t allow children under the age of 14, so if you’re looking for a romantic getaway this is the spot. There are loads of other inns, hotels and air bnbs in the area that are younger-child, family friendly, but we wanted to check out Margin Street. It was a great home base to tour the gardens, galleries and funky book shops and taquerias of downtown Westerly, but just a short drive into Watch Hill proper.

Ally & James Nicholas of St. Clair Annex.

We did a bit of everything: drinks on the porch of the famed Ocean House, a walk down the main majestic beach, gawking (psuedo stalking at Taylor Swift’s house), sightseeing Westerly’s breathtaking arboretum and park, poking through funky shops and galleries, ice cream and eating at some wonderful local spots.

We were on a limited timeframe and there is so much left to do…next time!

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