Shelter Harbor Inn
Westerly, RI 02891
Shelter Harbor Inn. Comfy 19th-century converted farmhouse with rights to a private stretch of sand on Weekapaug Beach.
–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011
401-322-8883. 10 Wagner Rd., Westerly 02891. 24 rooms. Open year-round June 16-Sept. 4. Rates: $116-$162, including full breakfast. ($$-$$$) Dining room open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wheelchair accessible.
The Shelter Harbor Inn was established in 1911 as the center of a music colony that attracted musicians from the New York area and their families for long-term summer stays. Over the years, the inn has had several owners, but it has always retained the welcoming atmosphere of a classic seaside inn; today, it is the only good option for the kind of old-fashioned inn experience that used to define South County. Since the present owners took over 31 years ago, the number of rooms has been expanded to 24. While the inn doesn’t have a view of the ocean, it is close to one of the most spectacular private stretches of beach on the East Coast. The inn’s restaurant is one of the best in the area, serving traditional New England dishes in an elegant yet relaxed dining room.