R&C Spotlight: Seaside Escapes
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Whether it’s a quiet romantic getaway or an adventure-filled one, explore the unique inns and hotels that inspire seaside escapes from coast to coast.
Located on the scenic shoreline in historic Watch Hill and one of only 14 triple Forbes five-star properties in the world, the Ocean House is a storied New England seaside resort which welcomed guests for 136 years before it was rebuilt. The internationally acclaimed and meticulously revamped Ocean House, which debuted in 2010, replicates the original exterior design and features a beachfront location with full-service beach services, the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, world-class amenities, and multiple restaurants, paying homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality. Take to the seas on a yacht or sailboat, learn croquet on the championship lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or bask in a beach cabana under the sun; the timeless Ocean House serves up an idyllic setting to soak it all in.
Crowned one of the “Best Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure and one of the “Most Charming Hotels” by Reader’s Digest, the historic Weekapaug Inn on the Rhode Island shoreline offers quintessentially New England accommodations that strike an effortless balance between casual comfort and luxurious furnishings. Located on the picturesque Atlantic Coast overlooking a barrier beach, the Inn boasts 33 guest rooms with sweeping waterfront views and access to a private community beach. Guided beach walks, boating excursions, birdwatching, and biking are offered by the property’s on-staff naturalist to help guests engage with everything the area offers.
Set on 40 acres where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic ocean, Castle Hill Inn brings unparalleled panoramic views from every one of its rooms. Offering exclusive access to its arc of white sandy beaches, this rocky hideaway is a Newport icon and celebrated spot for sipping a classic cocktail while catching a sunset or watching sailboats leaving the bay. Enjoy a private yacht charter right from the Inn’s marina, morning yoga on the beach, or a sandy bonfire under the stars to end the evening - there’s plenty of room to roam here.
Accessible solely by sea or air, Sonora resort is a jewel amid one of British Columbia’s most pristine and alluring environments, where the secluded wilderness meets opulent comfort. Here, you can experience world-class salmon fishing and guided adventure tours in ancient old-growth rainforests home to eagles, whales, bears, and an abundance of other wildlife - or soak in ocean views from the outdoor seaside mineral pools after hiking through lush forests.
Last but certainly not least, we would be remiss not to mention our very own seaside haven in Canada’s surf capital on this list. Perched on a rocky point on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, we are the sole resort on Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s longest beach outside of the Pacific Rim National Park. All rooms and suites within our two contemporary cedar buildings offer ocean or beach views, with a gas fireplace, soaker tub, and individual balconies to soak in the salty sea breeze. After a day of exploring, wind down with a rejuvenating, naturally inspired treatment at the intimate Ancient Cedars Spa or with a signature cocktail at the On The Rocks Bar.
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