Lay of the Land

Lay of the Land: Watch Hill

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Ocean House
1 Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI 02891
The last of the grand Victorian hotels, Ocean House underwent a meticulous reconstruction and reopened to acclaim in 2010. Its restaurant, The Seasons, earned an honorable mention on Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2010.
401-584-7000
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Flying Horse Carousel
151 Bay Street
Watch Hill, RI 02891
This is the oldest continuously operating carousel in the country, built in 1876. It is also the only remaining one of its kind, with the horses suspended from a center frame instead of attached to a floor.
Sandy Point
Sandy Point
Westerly, RI 02891
This 35-acre island was once attached to Napatree Point, but was separated from the mainland by the Hurricane of 1938. It exists today mostly as a nature preserve with public access and a beach.
Napatree Point
Napatree Point
Westerly, RI 02891
This half-mile long public beach separates Little Narragansett Bay from the Block Island Sound. In addition to beach-goers, it’s also a popular spot for hikers and bird-watchers.
Watch Hill Lighthouse
14 Lighthouse Road
Watch Hill, RI 02891
About a 15-minute walk from town at the east approach of Fishers Island Sounds, you’ll find this specimen dating back to 1856 (though the site has been in operation since 1808). Though the lighthouse itself is closed to the public, the scenic grounds are open and a museum is open limited hours in July and August.
Olympia Tea Room
74 Bay Street
Watch Hill, RI 02891
This full-service restaurant has been a fixture of Watch Hill's dining scene for nearly a century.
401-348-8211
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St. Clair Annex
141 Bay Street
Watch Hill, RI 02891
This casual eatery is a Watch Hill favorite and is known for its house made ice cream.
401-348-8407
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Mystic Seaport
Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
This historic village is just a stone's throw from Watch Hill and a popular destination in its own right.
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