|A Few of the Summer Cottages of Weekapaug|
It is also just seven miles down from its flashier neighbor, Watch Hill. We were not unfamiliar with Weekapaug, and have visited old friends at the cottage that has been in their family for multiple generations.
|Seven miles of Misquamicut Beach connect Weekapaug toWatch Hill.|
Many of the old timers go swimming twice a day, once around 11am and then again at 4:00. Always cognizant of the strong undertows, lifeguards keep their eyes out for the octogenarians as they head towards the water. The lifeguards quietly hop down, offer an arm and escort the elderly swimmers into the water and past the trickier areas, then leave them to swim. And when they spot them heading back to the beach, they do it again in the reverse.
There are also early morning dog meet-ups at the beach. Residents congregate to throw balls into the water, for which the wet dogs express their appreciation by not just retrieving the balls but also shaking off on everybody.
A favorite evening pastime is sitting on front porches appreciating the often-strong ocean breezes. In many houses, turn of the century wooden jigsaw puzzles (made there in the early 1900s) are left out – it usually takes a week or so to complete one. (Of course there are no pictures of the completed image to “cheat”.)
Unfortunately The Weekapaug Inn does not possess the same charm. The original inn (1899) was washed away in the 1938 hurricane. It had been rebuilt a bit further back from the beach in a safer location, on Quonochontaug Pond.
|The Weekapaug Inn|
|The Weekapaug Inn seemed to be attracting its target audience. (A tri-state almost flush)|
|I did like the mural.|
|And I like walls of black and white photographs.|
|But much of the decorations looks like someone was given an Amex Black Card and a Frontgate catalog.|
The Weekapaug Inn's greatest asset is their very attentive and friendly wait staff.
|The service was excellent.|
|Serving Chuck Royce|
|Vineyard Vines was their uniform vendor.|
The food itself unfortunately mostly fell into the category of ego food. Dishes were anemic, exhaustively over-prepared until heavy and the ingredients unrecognizable. (An exception was the orange juice and croissants, which were superb.) When your wallet is over two hundred dollars lighter for four people, and two of the people leave hungry, there is room for improvement.
After completing brunch there, my dominant recommendation is simple. If you want an elaborate, big, celebratory meal, and for some reason you are in Weekapaug Inn parking lot, drive the ten minutes to the Ocean House. Or ride your bike. Or walk. The view, the setting, the selection, and the decor there are that much better.
We had a good time, with wonderful company. But I suspect The Weekapaug Inn will continue to reinvent itself and its offerings, including brunch, in the months and years to come.
- Our brunch at Ocean House: http://www.muffyaldrich.com/2011/12/ocean-house-watch-hill-rhode-island.html
- The Weekapaug Inn may eventually take a page from the authentic and locally sourced Salt Water Farm: http://www.muffyaldrich.com/2012/06/salt-water-farm-lincolnville-maine.html
- Others may find it more satisfying to simply get a bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll at the local harbor deli: http://www.muffyaldrich.com/2013/01/the-harbor-deli.html