Ocean House Rhode Island

BY Lisa Lindblad

December 16, 2011

With almost 60 degree weather a week away from Christmas, I’m thinking summer and the glorious Northeast Coast.  And my favorite state is Rhode Island,where I have spent much time – a state true to itself,  raw-boned..a little like Katherine Hepburn.

Ocean House is a find, located in Watch Hill, the enclave of established families, and open year round.  With 49 comfy rooms and views out to waves crashing against the rocky coast, it is an iconic New England resort.

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On the lovely east end of Long Island, a bookstore has been reinvigorated by a friend of mine, Carolyn Brody. About a year ago, Carolyn purchased BookHampton when it was in jeopardy of closing its doors on East Hampton's Main Street.  Extremely well read and erudite herself, she took the potential loss of the 40-year-old gem personally.  She had dreamed of owning a bookstore since she was a child and, so, she purchased it.  BookHampton's mission would be to "provide a vibrant year-round environment for discovering books that intrigue, amuse, educate, and inspire."

Carolyn enlisted the services of another East Hampton resident and long-time friend, Deborah Berke.  Dean of Yale School of Architecture, Deborah created with her team at Deborah Berke Partners a modern, light-filled space that is both welcoming and exciting.

And there are upwards of 20,000 books, both classic and contemporary, and knowledgeable booksellers to guide you through the literary terrain.

 Carolyn produces a newsy letter that highlights staff picks and alerts to upcoming bookstore events.


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BookHampton: The East End’s Storied Gem