Shake it Off with the Ocean House’s Cozy Fondue Village and Gondolas
The winter dining experience includes a choice of a three-course breakfast, afternoon crepes, lunch or dinner served in a cozy gondola.
Let’s be honest. Life has been rough. We all need a pick me up. I found that pick me up with a visit to the Ocean House’s Fondue Village, which is comprised of three golden gondolas arranged to look like a Swiss Village, complete with a Swiss flag flying, magical string lights, a firepit, Adirondack chairs and cozy blankets. They must have special-ordered the charming snow flurries that just happened to dance in the air while I dined. That is the magic of the Ocean House. They are that good.
Visitors can book a visit inside the Veuve Clicquot gondolas through May 2, with parties of two to six to experience various fondue menus. The Village is located right next to Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill mansion, so you can seriously “Shake it Off” and leave all your worries behind while having an unforgettable outdoor dining experience.
The Veuve Clicquot Fondue Express Village includes many options from a three-course breakfast and afternoon crepes to a four-course lunch and dinner menu of Alpine delights. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to take part, you can make a day trip out of it and explore the grounds while you’re there. May we suggest a brisk walk down to the beach to hear and see the crashing surf? That is instant stress-relief, right there.
The special breakfast inside the ski gondola includes a welcome mimosa made with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and hot chocolate made with Lindt chocolate truffles, steamed milk, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows, followed by a choice of a Narragansett Creamery yogurt parfait with fresh berries or muesli; your choice of a sweet or savory crepe (ham and cheese decked out with a perfectly golden and gooey sunnyside egg, warm apple and cinnamon compote with caramel sauce or chocolate hazelnut spread with whipped cream and sugar), then dessert in the form of a warm chocolate fondue pot with fresh strawberries, pineapple and bananas for dipping. There’s also a specialty cocktail to sip (for an added cost), the Rose cranberry cinnamon cocktail, or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut champagne.
The experience is worth every penny, especially for winter pandemic pick-me-up.
Masks are required. Make a reservation and check out the menus here.
The three-course breakfast is $260 for up to four people and $390 for up to six people and afternoon crêpes are $180 for up to four people and $270 for up to six people (plus 20 percent gratuity and tax). oceanhouseri.com/culinary/fonduevillage