Joining in on Gabrielle’s Love the Place You Live series for Design Mom today. In case you haven’t read one, this is a fun concept: readers bring their cameras and explore a new place near their own town, then share their discoveries in a blog post. Last weekend, we visited The Stone House, a fancy inn in Little Compton, which is under an hour’s drive from our home in Providence. Ben had been wanting to visit because it is supposed to be beautiful, with a lovely little restaurant, but we could never find a good excuse to do it! Then, I got word that my friend Diana sold a whole bunch of her gorgeous photography to the Stone House, and they were having an art opening event at the inn on Friday evening – that was all we needed to hear!
Diana’s nature-inspired artwork was a perfect fit with the hotel and the setting; a stone structure built in 1853 but fully renovated and refreshed with modern decor inside, situated walking distance from the beach – really a spectacular spot. It was such a treat to tour the rooms and see Diana’s lovely work on nearly every wall!
Sometimes, having a toddler, we find ourselves passing on fun things because it just seems too hard. But I’m so glad we did this anyway – and Bixby had a grand time. There were stairs to climb and a massive lawn to run on, and beds to bounce on. In other words, toddler heaven. The hotel itself seems like the ideal spot for a weekend getaway, and the rooms were really posh in a subtly luxurious sort of way. And that fire pit was pretty amazing, too – when we arrived, a family was standing around it roasting marshmallows. :)
Next time, we’ll have to try the Tap Room, which is in a space that was rumored to be a speakeasy during prohibition, and now dishes out New England comfort food. It looks like a comfy, cozy little place where plenty of locals like to come in addition to the hotel guests.
More of Diana’s photography on display
I admit we feared Bixby wouldn’t be a welcome sight in the Tap Room, so we opted to stop on the way down at Evelyn’s Drive In, one of our favorite clam shacks – for our first lobster roll of the year! It was the perfect evening to sit outside by the water, misty and beautiful.