Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but it has a lot to offer visitors. The state’s nickname is “The Ocean State” due to its proximity to the ocean and various inlets. Without a doubt, one of the best aspects of visiting Rhode Island is taking in the ocean scenery. The town of Watch Hill is one of the best summer destinations in Rhode Island. New Yorkers can reach the town in three hours, and it’s even possible to see Montauk from the town when the weather is nice. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do when you visit Watch Hill.

Where to Stay

Ocean House is the most famous hotel in the area due in part to the fact that it’s the “first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in the state” (About). However, even if it didn’t have five stars the view alone would make the hotel one of the best in the region. The hotel features 13 acres that guests can explore in privacy. While staying at the hotel, guests can play shuffleboard, croquet, or lounge on the beach.Ryan Hemphill - RI

In the beginning of 2017, the hotel’s rooms went under renovation. The renovation included an upgrade to technology, new linens, and new wood for each of the rooms. Every day guests can participate in different resort activities like yoga or cooking classes for free. To see a complete list of the resort’s amenities, visit this link.

What to Do

If you Watch Hill during the summer season then the most popular activity is lounging on the beach. The Watch Hill Lighthouse and Museum is a fun place to visit to learn more about the area’s lighthouses. You can also find many cafes and shops that are worth exploring. The surrounding area of Watch Hill is also worth exploring. You can find vineyards, farmers’ markets, and hiking trails all within close driving distance of the hotel.

If you have children or you’re just fascinated by life under the sea, you should visit the Mystic Aquarium located across the Rhode Island border about thirty minutes away from the hotel. The town of Mystic is also home to Mystic Seaport as well as the Olde Mistick Village. (I have previously written about Mystic Seaport here.) The Olde Mistick Village features lots of unique shops and places where you can enjoy a meal.