Have the Coziest Winter Experience inside the Ocean House’s Ski Gondola
The Fondue Express culinary adventure includes an Alpine-inspired menu and Veuve Clicquot Champagne pairings.
Get a taste of the Swiss Alps right in Rhode Island at the Ocean House’s new visually stunning Fondue Express pop-up culinary adventure in Watch Hill. Couples and foursomes can book a reservation inside a beautiful vintage ski lift gondola transported from the Vermont slopes to the North lawn of the Ocean House. The gondola is outfitted with the cutest little table and plush benches for a cozy experience complete with a decadent fondue and Veuve Clicquot Champagne menu.
The gondola concept is familiar in Europe, but the Ocean House believes its Fondue Express experience is the first of its kind in North America. The former ski car is outfitted with radiant heated wood floors, comfortable cushy benches and a rustic chandelier and it’s been painted in Veuve Clicquot’s signature golden yellow to go along with the extensive Champagne menu. To stay warm in the brisk landscape, guests will also have access to stylish winter white Columbia Titanium outerwear, part of the brand’s Extreme Eco jacket line, made from recycled fabric repurposed from plastic bottles.
The Fondue Express menu includes a three-course Alpine-inspired menu paired with Veuve Clicquot Champagnes. Guests can choose from traditional Swiss raclette, cheese fondue, a charcuterie plate of bresaola, Black Forest ham, cornichons, vegetables and Swiss plum tart with cinnamon ice cream. Guests will also go home with a collection of mini Swiss chocolates.
The gondola is located right next to the Ocean House’s decked out Christmas tree, which is lit up at night for the ultimate holiday diversion. We can definitely picture an elaborate engagement taking place at one the most picturesque locations in the Ocean State. Is it time to pop the question? We think, yes!
There are two options for guests: up to four people can enjoy the experience for $300 (plus tax and gratuity) for the Fondue Express menu; and $460 (plus tax and gratuity) to include the Veuve Clicquot Champagne pairing. A portion of proceeds benefits the Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving to help children and families in need. Reservations are required, with seating available Sunday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; and twice daily on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Visit oceanhouseri.com or call 401-584-7000 for reservations.