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Ocean House just opened a dreamy "Gondola Village"

Dine in alfresco style at this Relais & Châteaux hotel near Boston this winter.

JQ Louise
Katie McAleer
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JQ Louise
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Katie McAleer

Outdoor dining doesn’t have to end just because the cold weather has returned to New England. Ocean House, a Relais & Châteaux property, located in Watch Hillm, Rhode Island, announced the opening of the Gondola Village for another season last week. Ocean House is one of 12 triple Forbes Five-Star properties in the world and has been a New England icon since 1868. The team at Ocean House is excited to re-launch a guest favorite that started back in 2018 with a single gondola and now has expanded to three classic gondolas!

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What is the Gondola Village at Ocean House?

This unique dining opportunity offers guests the chance to dine in one of the three authentic and beautifully decorated ski gondolas while enjoying a French-Alps-inspired setting featuring firepits, twinkle lights and plenty a Veuve Clicquot ski gear. This year guests will have the choice between four dining opportunities including breakfast, lunch, dinner and an early evening snack.

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What is on the menu?

All the menus draw inspiration from the Gondola Village’s alpine theme. Lunch and dinner feature an incredible four course menu. We recommend the braised lamb shank served with horseradish mashed potatoes and root vegetables; it is divine. And across all dining experiences Gondola Village guests will have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Champagne by the glass including their classic Yellow Label and the “La Grande Dame” Rosé.

Where is Ocean House?

Gondola Village is the perfect weekend getaway for those looking to celebrate a special occasion this winter, spend the weekend in Watch Hill and reserve dinner at the Gondolas for date night. Don’t worry about dining outside in frigid temps, the team at Ocean House keeps the Gondola Village nice and toasty with firepits, heated blankets and more. At under two hours from Boston, Ocean House is a great weekend getaway from Boston. 

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Ocean House is a truly special property, it is one of 5 Relais & Châteaux properties near Boston you should try to visit this season. Ocean House underwent a $140 million dollar renovation and reopened in 2010. Today the hotel features 49 luxury guest rooms, 20 signature suites, the Forbes Five-Star Ocean & Harvest Spa and the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts.

Looking for a date night closer to Boston? Check out our guide to the 15 most romantic restaurants in Boston.

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