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. Throwing open the lid he let loose the north wind, swirling snows and sea ice that has spread further down the salt pond than I have ever seen. In our ocean coves, surreal slushy waves have rolled ashore and coated boulders in icy white armor.
But that’s all Okay. Winter in Weekapaug has many layers of beauty and we have many ways to enjoy it. This year we added four sets of cross-country skis to our inventory of recreational gear. Skiing on the beach is a unique and memorable experience - the upper part of the beach is snow and the lower half near the tide line is hard sand. Where else can you ski, enjoy a sweeping view of the Atlantic, and be joined by companions who might prefer to walk a couple of snow-free miles in their sneakers?
This time of year I also lead sightseeing van tours around the area, to explore the beauty of the winter seascape, and take groups in search of seasonal birds. Friday evening is stargazing night, and through the telescope, which is set up just outside the deck door, we see Jupiter and his four Galilean moons strung in a line like twinkling jewels.
Of course, on days when Winter is acting out, the interior of the Inn is a fine place to be. The rooms are cozy, the wood fireplaces warm and crackling, and the views of the icy north Atlantic… magnificent!
A week into March, I hope it is safe to say that Winter will soon pack his trunk and move on. He is unlike our human guests, in that we will be happy to see him go! It’s not that we don’t like Old Man Winter.. he has just out-stayed his welcome this year. What he will have in common with many of our guests, is that as he departs, I’m sure he will make arrangements to return the same time next year. By then a beautiful spring, summer and fall will have passed and we will be ready to welcome him back, along with his trunk.