Classic coastal charm in New England
27 Rooms / 4 Suites
The history of Weekapaug Inn is what gives this luxury hotel situated on Quonochontaug Pond its charm. The story of this Rhode Island luxury hotel dates back to 1899, when Frederick and Phebe Buffum opened the small inn for the beach community. After the original building was damaged in the hurricane of 1938, the Buffums rebuilt their inn higher up on the Quonochontaug Pond, where they could help protect the surrounding area and the beach, resulting in a private enclave that still today retains its beauty and coastal charm. In 2007, the inn closed, but it was revived in 2012 after two local residents bought the property and made substantial renovations.
Unlike its grandiose sister property the Ocean House, located just a few short miles down the road, Weekapaug Inn is slightly more rustic, but retains the same Old World allure with its laidback ambiance. Ornate artwork and antiques adorn the hallways, bocce and shuffleboard courts line the lawn, and a sky full of stars bids all guests a good evening.
All 31 guest rooms (27 rooms and four Signature Suites) are uniquely designed to bring out the history of Weekapaug Inn and the colonial appeal of New England. From lobster-claw-adorned bedspreads to seashell and seahorse decorations, the room themes were carefully crafted with history and tradition in mind. But luxury isn’t left out: Frette bedding; Bose sound systems; windows overlooking the pond, ocean, coves or village of Weekapaug; claw-foot tubs; bathrooms with heated marble floors; and rainhead showers are just a few of the amenities you’ll enjoy in the guest rooms.
If you’re looking to watch the big game or rent a movie for a night in, you’ll have to schedule that in advance. In an effort to help you enjoy the true meaning of “vacation,” televisions are only placed in rooms upon guest request.
The main dining room — The Restaurant — offers a modern interpretation of New England coastal cuisine, including bouillabaisse with Narragansett seasonal seafood, chilled Jonah crab, Crescent Farms duckling and Misty Knolls chicken, to name a few. Executive chef Ryan Murphy and his team prepare the menus seasonally, so you’ll always find fresh locally raised and harvested meat and seafood, and straight-from-the-farm vegetables and fruits among the offerings.
In the cooler months, The Restaurant offers Sunday Roast Lunch, a long-treasured tradition originating in Britain and popular throughout Europe. Expertly prepared roasts are carved tableside (when possible) and classic accompaniments, such as roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, complement the farm-to-table fare. The Restaurant is open to the public, so reservations are recommended during high travel seasons.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, dine in the Inn’s SeaRoom for lunch or dinner with its windows overlooking Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean. The SeaRoom menu features casual fare, including lobster rolls, wraps, sliders and salads.
Also during the summer, grab the family and partake in a traditional clambake on the Inn’s back lawn every Thursday or a pig roast every Monday.
If you’d prefer not to leave your room, enjoy room service in bed. In case you get hungry during the day or want a late-night snack, head over to the guest pantry, where you can forage for bites and beverages 24/7.
Less than two hours from Boston and 2.5 hours from Manhattan, Weekapaug Inn will be as relaxing or engaging as you want it to be. If you’re here for a romantic weekend, enjoy the privacy that Weekapaug provides.
And if you’re in need of a digital detox, you’ll love the outdoor adventures that await at the family-friendly hotel. Start with a walk around the inn with Weekapaug’s onsite naturalist, Mark Bullinger. He’ll help you arrange your own activities or get you involved a few organized ones. From bird-watching to star-gazing, power-boating to kayaking, Bullinger will build an itinerary tailored to your needs. Sail Quonochontaug Pond, swim in the ocean, take one of the inn’s bikes for a pleasant ride around Watch Hill, go for a hike, test your strength on a paddleboard or start your morning with a sunrise fishing trip.
If you’re feeling lazy, opt for a game of shuffleboard or bocce on the inn’s back lawn, laze on the private beach with a beach butler at your service, sun yourself on the deck while reading one of the hotel’s loaner iPads or simply soak in the saline pool.