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Wind Farm

Nov 22, 2016

Little old Rhode Island is famous for something new. Over the past two summers the nation’s first offshore wind farm has been constructed in coastal waters about three miles southeast of Block Island.

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Port and Starboard

Oct 20, 2016

Evening is a beautiful time to cruise the salt pond.

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A Bunch of Bunker

Oct 11, 2016

This young guest has a handful of bunker, an oily fish also known regionally as pogies and by its Native American name, menhaden.

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A Surprising Encounter

Oct 6, 2016

Well this isn’t something you see very often! Imagine the surprise of the people on the beach when this young buck came coursing out of the water and bounded away.

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Wild Blooms

Jul 27, 2016

Throughout the summer, the Weekapaug beach and boardwalk are flush with beautiful blooming flowers.

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Mother Rabbit

Jul 20, 2016

We have a lot of bunnies on the property at Weekapaug Inn. Sometimes it seems like they simply pop put of the lawn, and in fact, they do!

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Ducklings

Jul 12, 2016

The baby ducks from up the cove are big enough to swim now and mama duck has them out and about. The group pictured here swam by our dock just the other day.

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Barn Swallows

Jun 21, 2016

This is the time of year for baby birds. Pieces of robin eggshells – in their trademark sky blue color – are often spotted around the property.

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Our Diamondback Terrapin

Jun 9, 2016

Often times, when people hear us talking about beautiful Quonochontaug Pond, they picture a small, freshwater pond filled with frogs, turtles and pollywogs.

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Sea Glass

Jun 9, 2016

Searching for sea glass along the sandy beaches is like a mini treasure hunt. It’s not easy, but the results can be rewarding.

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Whitehall Rowboat

May 23, 2016

Back in early March we posted about our beautiful Whitehall rowboat that was being refinished and readied for the upcoming season.

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Sea Urchins

May 23, 2016

When the tide is right during our Motorboat Safaris, I often stop at a certain rocky outcropping and reach over the side of the boat to pick up a sea urchin for inspection.

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Shadblow

May 15, 2016

Shadblow (also known as Shad Bush and Serviceberry) are beautifully in bloom here in the middle of May.

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Tides

May 4, 2016

Notes from the Naturalist has a new home!

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Moon Snails

Apr 18, 2016

The two creatures this young guest is holding are moon snails. They are the largest snails we have locally, and we often find them out on the sand shallows of the salt pond.

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Spring Weather Adventures

Apr 8, 2016

With spring weather close at hand, we are once again activating our fleet of bikes for the season.

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Return of the Osprey

Mar 23, 2016

Osprey are starting to return to the Rhode Island shoreline. They have been away since last October and, in those months, they have traveled to South America and back.

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Red Shouldered Hawk

Mar 18, 2016

I don’t think anyone is going to tell this guy to move, but for those of us who travel on four wheels, parking near the beach can be a challenge.

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Winter Work

Mar 8, 2016

The Inn is fortunate to have storage space in a heated warehouse, so winter is the ideal time to do heavy maintenance on our fleet of boats.

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The Black Walnut Manhattan

Mar 4, 2016

Enjoy Weekapaug Inn's unique take on the classic Manhattan cocktail, rhyming the flavors of rye whiskey and sweet red vermouth with the nutty profile of the Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez blended "East India Solera" Sherry of Emilio Lustau.

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Winter Sunsets

Feb 29, 2016

Sure is pretty here in Weekapaug in the winter! Big wide horizons and beautiful sunsets.

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Winter Beach Walks

Feb 24, 2016

Walking the winter beach can be a really pleasant experience. Sure, sometimes the wind is bone chilling, but more often than not, a walk down the beach makes for a fine excursion.

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Herring Run

Feb 16, 2016

The frenzied gulls in this photo are after a school of herring that came in close along the rocky Weekapaug shore on Christmas day.

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How Low Does It Go?

Feb 11, 2016

Look at this remarkably low tide we had back on December 20th. Those exposed sand flats are where summer guests happily paddle in a couple feet of water.

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Sanderlings

Feb 3, 2016

Sanderlings are small shore birds that scurry along the beach as they forage for morsels.

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Sea Lavender

Jan 27, 2016

Sea Lavender is a lovely, lacy perennial that grows in the marshes along the edge of our saltwater pond.

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Landscaping for Environmental Stewardship

Jan 19, 2016

There are many benefits to living on the shore of beautiful Quonochontaug Pond, ranging from stunning water views to unparalleled recreational activities. However, along with great fun comes a great responsibility to the environment.

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Purple Martin Birdhouses

Jan 12, 2016

The Inn may be open year-round, but our Purple Martin birdhouses are not. They have been lowered and cleaned out for the winter.

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Sachuest Point Birding Trip

Jan 5, 2016

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now complete, I’m excited to recap our birding trip to Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge toward the conclusion of last year.

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Periwinkles

Dec 28, 2015

While exploring the intertidal zone of our coastline, one of the most abundant creatures you are likely to find is the Periwinkle – a tidy little snail about the size of a grape.

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Duck Under the Mistletoe

Dec 23, 2015

It seems as though the popular “Twelve Days of Christmas” song should have a verse about two ducks a-kissing! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard must have passed under the mistletoe as I snapped this photo.

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Resident Geese

Dec 15, 2015

In mid-to-late fall, V-shaped formations of migrating Canada Geese soar overhead as their distinctive honking noises cut through the air.

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Mayflower II

Dec 7, 2015

The Weekapaug Inn saw quite a treat this past Saturday! If you were outside enjoying the beautiful weather on our deck, you may have spotted the Mayflower II passing by.

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The China Clipper

Nov 25, 2015

We’re excited to share this festive cocktail recipe straight from the Weekapaug Inn Sommelier! The inspiration for this cocktail comes from the local seaside towns of Mystic, Stonington and Westerly and their rich histories.

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Seal Season

Nov 19, 2015

Seal season has arrived in Weekapaug! Beginning in late October and stretching into November, we start to see multiple seals in the saltwater pond and sometimes along the beaches.

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Fall in Weekapaug

Nov 5, 2015

My, but fall in Weekapaug is lovely. Just look at the picture in this posting, with the beautiful sky, the soft sunlight, golden marsh grasses and subdue fall colors.

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Off the Beaten Trail

Oct 20, 2015

On Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, a full roster of guests boarded the Inn's twelve-person Mercedes Sprinter van and embarked on our annual Off the Beaten Trail tour of southern Rhode Island. The day was really perfect for a sightseeing drive, with clear skies, cooler temps and bright sunshine. Just the type of weather that makes fall at the Rhode Island shore a favorite season.

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Change is in the Air

Sep 24, 2015

Today feels like summer – 78 degrees, sunny and calm, with ocean water temps hovering around 70 degrees. But despite the balmy weather, things are changing. Most obvious is the difference at the beach.

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Once in a Blue Moon

Aug 6, 2015

Friday July 31st was one of those evenings that come along once in a blue moon. Yes it was a blue moon (please forgive the bad pun) but it was also a perfect summer evening, where all the pieces fell into place just right.

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A Star Spangled Event

Jul 21, 2015

Our annual 3rd of July Clambake was filled with clear skies and warm smiles, the evening shone beautifully with guests lounging pondside clustered around the checkered tablecloths.

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No Curfew for The Horseshoe

Jun 16, 2015

We watched as flowers and trees sprang with life following the icy chill of winter. Tulips and daffodils emerged from their icy tombs to pepper the ground with vibrant hues of red and gold.

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As the Shad Go, So Goes the Shadblow

May 20, 2015

At long last the icy grip of winter 2015 lost its purchase. As much as Spring was delayed, it ultimately could not be denied. Birds arrived, green shoots squeezed from the cool soil and buds swelled until the building organic pressure exploded with such force that it seemed to whipsaw the jet stream.

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Flight of a Fledgling

Mar 4, 2015

One of the really grand birds we have during the summer is the osprey. Also known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, they are big, strong flyers that feed almost exclusively on fish. Here at the Inn we have a nesting pair within sight of our deck. Perhaps you have seen an osprey nest—they are large stick constructions, typically atop of a phone pole or a purpose-built nesting platform.

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Winter Wonderland

Mar 1, 2015

Through much of the 1900’s, guests came to stay at our Inn by the sea for weeks or months at a time. They arrived with their steamer trunks and stayed until the ferocious heat of July and August passed. So far, in 2015, it’s Old Man Winter who has come for the season. He brought his trunk (nothing steamy about it) and moved right in.

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Weekapaug's Wild Weather

Dec 11, 2014

It’s a wild weather day here on the Weekapaug coast. The northeast wind is whistling down the pond, driving sheets of heavy rain against the windows and doors. Yesterday it was 27-degrees and overcast, though quite still. Tiny snowflakes drifted by, from time to time, and had the temperature held below freezing they would have increased one thousand fold today with the storm and we would be in the midst of a blizzard. As is so often the case, however, the shoreline is on the liquid side of the rain/snow line.

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The Quonnie Queen

Sep 5, 2014

Our stately tour boat, the Quonnie Queen, has been tucked away in a snug warehouse since last fall.

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InnSights Newsletter

Aug 9, 2014

Irruption of Owls

Dec 12, 2013

We are blessed to be in a coastal setting with a surplus of exciting birds. Just today I stood at a lobby window, and, through our spotting scope, watched a flotilla of Hooded Mergansers feed on small fish they had herded against the shore. There were two males, in dramatic breeding plumage, eight or nine females, and one mixed up Barrow’s Goldeneye trying to fit in.

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