Leave The Hamptons Behind And Head To New England’s Newest Summer Destination, The Preserve

The Preserve

Feb 25, 2021

Emma Reynolds
I cover home design and luxury real estate.

East Coast dwellers often have a favorite summer destination, whether it’s the Hamptons, Nantucket, Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard. These small towns are often flooded with people (in a normal, non-pandemic year), making it hard to find desired accommodations.

That’s where The Preserve comes in. Located in Richmond, Rhode Island less than an hour from Boston and a short trip from New York, The Preserve is the next best (unheard of) summer location thanks to its outdoor adventure activities and wellness offerings.

The front view of the outside of a Laurel Ridge Home.

A cabin, part of The Preserve’s residential offerings, at 87 Kingstown Road.

The Preserve opened in 2017 as a sporting club, offering adventure activities, shooting sports and fishing, and just this year expanded to include its first-ever residential offerings on its 3,500-acre property. The Preserve still operates as a sporting club, but now with fantastic residential opportunities for individuals and families ranging from townhomes to tiny homes to hilltop cottages in a variety of layouts and design styles. There are several still available, including Lauren Ridge Home ($1.99 million); Salt Box at Blueberry Hill ($1.049 million); Low Country Cabin at Blueberry Hill ($1.049 million); and Hilltop Lodge Suites starting at $749,500.

With a purchase of a residence, owners will receive a Preserve Membership that grants them access to an array of amenities and experiences, including private dining in The Preserve’s Main Lodge, snowmobiling, fly fishing rock climbing, clay shooting and golfing at the 18-hole executive golf course.

The outside of a cabin at the Preserve.

A cozy cabin at The Preserve.

The year-round resort has both warm-weather and cold-weather activities, making it a wonderful all-season escape with plenty to do. It operates under OHM Collection, the same company that owns Relais & Châteaux properties in Rhode Island, including Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn. The prestigious Ocean House is just a short, 30-minute drive from The Preserve. Owners at The Preserve will receive access to the hotel’s dining venues, white-sand beach and activities.

A living room and kitchen area with gray and white color scheme.

Interiors of the Saltbox at The Preserve.

“The Preserve Sporting Club is a special, imaginative and one-of-a-kind destination because of its wide variety of leisure amenities and activities, choice of luxury accommodations and dining options that homeowners can enjoy on our abundant 3,500 acres,” says The Preserve’s chairman, Paul Mihailides. “The premise of the Preserve and this unique lifestyle community is to enjoy this beautiful landscape, to be stewards of the land, foster an appreciation for our natural surroundings, and even learn new skills. Nowhere else in the country can ladies and gentlemen have so many options in outdoor and recreational activities, including shooting sports with instruction from top experts. Another distinguishing factor of The Preserve is our affiliation with the triple five-star Ocean House, bringing an added element of luxury hospitality and even more luxurious amenities for our owners and guests.”

A kitchen and dining area with a kitchen island and a dining table.

The rustic interiors of a townhome at The Preserve.

Prospective buyers can choose from hilltop estates, situated at the highest point of the property and offering incredible views or near the property’s quaint and quiet pond. The Preserve is beloved by celebrities for its quiet, tucked-away location and fabulous activities taught and run by experts. The Preserve also has a 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa, complete with a fitness center and Hilltop Café, which serves healthy dishes. The Preserve also has clay and grass tennis courts, a zip-line, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery and The Range, the longest, indoor, underground automated hooting facility in the United States.

Owners have the benefit of generating income by putting their homes in the resort’s lodging rental program. All aspects of home ownership can be taken care of by the residential staff at The Preserve to ensure a truly seamless experience.