You might not have the town of Richmond, Rhode Island on your travel bucket list, but amidst this small town (where the population is barely over 8,000) lies a sprawling resort that has visitors coming in droves. The Preserve is a luxury resort that lies on 3,500 acres of nature offering the ideal home away from home for outdoor enthusiasts.
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What began as a members only club has now expanded to a resort where non-members can choose from an array of accommodations to explore the property – these range from rooms at the hotel-style Hilltop Lodge, to breathtaking tiny homes, cabins, and even townhouses. While those looking for something more permanent can purchase property or a membership at The Preserve, those looking for a vacation will also find plenty of options for comfort at the resort.
With so much natural wonder surrounding the premises at The Preserve, it’s no surprise that the activities you can experience on property are heavily influenced by the landscape. Miles of trails are primed for hikes, some of which might lead you to Colonial root cellars and stone walls. Get your eagle on at the 18-hole, par 3 golf course, designed by award-winning golf architect Robert McNeil and the Northeast Golf Company, or get your adrenaline rushing with their zip line course or rock climbing wall.
There’s truly something for everyone at this immense resort. An expansive clay shooting course, an equestrian center with guided trail rides, lessons, and carriage rides, archery, fishing and angling, tennis, kayaking and canoeing, and ATVing will keep any guest busy for days. And if you need a reprieve from the great outdoors, there’s always the OH! Spa for the ultimate relaxation. Plus, a visit to Oceanside Medical on property has all the latest aesthetic technology for a quick refresh (think Botox, Dysport, and non-invasive fat removal).
In addition to the plethora of adventures you can get into here, what’s perhaps the most enchanting part of The Preserve, are the unique experiences they offer. Customized picnics, a Hobbit House photo experience, Safari tent Scotch & Cigar tasting experiences, and their Maker’s Mark Hobbit House experience are all on offer.
The former is a two-hour private scotch and cigar tasting experience inside two luxury tents adorned with cozy seating, oriental rugs, and charming rustic touches. Guests can enjoy a curated assortment of Laphroaig scotches, along with Cohiba cigars, along with culinary delights such as charcuterie, chocolates, and roasted nuts.
The latter takes place inside one of The Preserve’s truly magical Hobbit Houses, where you will dine by candlelight and marvel at the intimate and woodsy setting. Tasting menus are thoughtfully curated to pair with Maker’s Mark bourbons, each more warming than the last. After your meal, guests can unwind in front of the outdoor fire pit and roast s’mores under the stars.
These tasteful experiences are the signature of The Preserve, making guests feel both right at home and a world away all at once. The unique offerings here can keep you busy throughout your entire stay, with still more to experience each time you visit. With emphasis on spending time in your natural environment, a retreat to this one-of-a-kind resort and sporting club will leave you feeling grounded, refreshed, and ready for more.