Chocolate cookies n cream - sooo good!
One of Watch Hill's claim to fame is it's National Historic Landmark Flying Horse Carousel. It is the oldest operating carousel in which the horses are suspended from chains. We watched kids riding it and grabbing for the brass ring (which is actually silver!) - and one little girl who cried because she couldn't do it.
Hand out to grab the ring
There was a woman manning the gate for a private beach and we asked her where the public beach was. She gave us directions - just a short walk up the hill - and we were at East Beach. And that's when we saw Watch Hill's other claim to fame - Taylor Swift's house. Amazingly, it is located right next to the public beach access. So that means her adoring public can see her house - and backyard. In fact, there were some teenage girls - and their moms - climbing the rocks to see more of the house when a security guard came over and scolded them to get down.
In fact, I knew so little about Watch Hill when we stumbled upon it, that I didn't know that the yellow building below is the famed Ocean House - a Relais and Chateau resort dating back to 1868. It's one of only eight Forbes triple-star resorts in the world and rated in the top three resorts in the United States! I bet it would've been fun to see - even if only from the beach!
It had started to sprinkle, the ocean was churning and the waves were breaking hard at East Beach by now. We made a detour on the way back to the car though as we saw a path out to the lighthouse. We passed classic, multi-million dollar New England style homes on the walk. There were beautiful gardens and another view of Taylor's house.
Now it was time. Time to head back to Boston for some dinner before our flight. So we waved good-bye to Taylor's house and the Flying Horse Carousel. I hope to be back someday when the sun is shining - and to try another flavor of that homemade ice cream - and who knows? Maybe we'll even stay at one of those cottages.
Watch Hill is a village located within the town of Westerly, Rhode Island about 2 hours south of Boston on I-95.
This post is a part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute and Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner!