Road Trip Guide - Page 44 - On the road in Rhode Island continued (2)

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On the road in Rhode Island continued (2)
I retired to my comfortable room where crisp breezes from the ocean were more conducive to a good night’s sleep than any pill could ever be.

While we were at Weekapaug, the three of us arranged dinner at its sister property, the Ocean House. Arriving at the imposing seaside mansion, we were greeted with a glass of champagne on the veranda. It all seemed like something out of “The Great Gatsby.”

At dinner in COAST, the formal dining room, with its candlelit ambiance and wall of windows facing the beach, we feasted on a seven-course meal, each course accompanied by a carefully curated wine.

The adjoining bar, with its clublike atmosphere, was buzzing on a Saturday night, but the buzz was genteel and subdued. Looking at the obviously well-heeled crowd, I couldn’t help thinking that if you substituted mutton-chop whiskers and waistcoats for $200 haircuts and designer sport coats, you could imagine that was a Vanderbilt or an Astor sitting by the fire and knocking back a vintage cognac.

Before I knew it, my New England idyll was over. One last seafood lunch (the best chowder I can ever remember having) at Georges at Galilee in the fishing port of Galilee, and then it was no more lobsters straight from the sea or oysters plucked from the salt marshes.

My friends and I agreed, it had all been special, even without the fall foliage. If you go:

Where to stay:
The Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly. 888-852-5110,
Hotel Providence,139 Mathewson Street, Providence; 401-861-8000;

Where to eat:
Yoleni’s, 292 Westminster Street, Providence;
Rosalina’s, 50 Aborn Street, Providence;
Matunuck Oyster Bar, 629 Succotash Road, South Kingston;
COAST at the Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill;
Georges at Galilee, 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett;

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Patti Nickell is a Lexington, Ky.-based travel and food writer.