When I arrived in Providence the temperature was 56 degrees and it was raining. The rain and the unseasonable weather continued for almost a week before the sun came out for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jamestown – Newport Pull Bridge. With the exception of some afternoon thunder boomers and the fog, the sun has been out ever since. LuCasa is a Bali 4.1 sailing catamaran. It came into the fleet in October of 2018 and has proven to be a very comfortable boat for folks to charter, either here or now based in Newport for the summer season. I drove LuCasa with our clients to Watch Hill for the Independence Day celebrations.
If you’ve been thinking about taking your boat somewhere nearby for the weekend, or just spending some time somewhere different, Watch Hill could make an interesting layover from the normal routine. Navtours is building a new Base in nearby Newport and while many choose Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vinyard, or Block Island, This little bay just East of Stonington and the Mystic River provides a relaxing location for shopping, dining in style and lots of choices for the beach.
In view of the Watch Hill Docks where we stayed with LuCasa is the Watch Hill Inn along with plenty of condos above the storefronts which are for rent. The Ocean Club at the top of the hill provides a the perfect setting for dining, relaxing at the beach or just about anything else you would like to take in while on vacation.
To eat there are two delis with a wide range of choice meats and sandwich specialties. For breakfast you have a choice of the bakery, or the St Clair Annex where you’ll find homemade breakfast delights of all sizes and shapes and you can design your own breakfast fare over coffee.
View of Watch Hill Rhode Island.
In our travels here on LuCasa this week we’ve also made our way up the Pawcatuk river past many of the local marinas while also traveling out to Fisher Island and touring the shoreline. One of our stops also included Mystic Seaport. Personally I had never actually been to the seaport by boat before but it’s ugh more fun to tour the river museum by boat and then dock next to their newest building and tour the museum for the day.
All of the shopping, with the exception of a small grocery store is about 15 minutes to the North in Westerly. This could prove problematic for some but most but we have a vehicle here as well and most of the folks here at the docks have some sort of motorized transportation they’ve pulled out of their vessel which will get them to and from their specific destinations inland.