March 12, 2019

About Us

Location: Shelter Harbor in Westerly Rhode Island was originally a colony for New York City opera singers and other artists. Now it’s a convivial and quiet enclave for folks who like to live snug by the water.

History: A music colony Shelter Harbor’s quiet streets are named after opera composers. Founded by Dr. Franklin Lawson, a voice coach to opera singers in the early 1900s, the enclave was first know as Musicolony. He bought a farm he’d seen on a steamboast trip to Boston. The farmhouse became the Shelter Harbor Inn.

Vision: To reintroduce the Shelter Harbor Inn as a premier destination that focuses on the history of the community while bringing relaxed luxury and unsurpassed service.

Design: Soon the Shelter Harbor Inn will be restored to its original glory with many original features. The overall design of the hotel is inspired by the history of Shelter Harbor as a colony for New York City opera singers and other artists. The farmhouse will be brought to life by original music and a boho-chic furniture design blended with the more relaxed farmhouse feel. Timeless tones and wallpaper throughout the hotel will lead into the individually designed guest rooms.