Leading Ladies 2020

Leading Ladies 2020: Becky Durkin

Owner & Hospitality Leader

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Narragansett roots run deep with Becky Durkin. Becky, a University of Rhode Island graduate and long-time town resident, and her husband Jim put all of their energy into building the town’s first and only boutique hotel, THE BREAK. The Break will celebrate its five-year anniversary this June, a milestone that brings immense pride to Becky.

“We wanted to create a special experience in Narragansett that is authentic to the town, one that captures the essence of life here,” says Becky. “We want The Break to feel like a stay in the most beautiful beach house ever.”

Step inside the 16-room boutique property and you’ll immediately see that the Durkins succeeded in embracing the local beach community on many levels. “Narragansett’s early surfers gave the town its original charm,” Becky says, adding that she and her husband collaborated with local surfing legend Peter Pan on the hotel’s retro- chic surf vibe. His original photographs are hung throughout the hotel.

 

Making Memories

“Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing guests enjoy all of the amenities that we have created here,” says Becky. “Our goal has always been to offer a space for memories to be made, and throughout the past five years we’ve seen guests return to The Break to celebrate important milestones.” From bridal showers and weddings to baby showers and birthdays, The Break has become a destination for celebrations.

The same can be said for businesses, as Becky is now focused on showcasing the hotel’s meeting space for corporate events. “The intimacy of our hotel creates an ideal location for retreats and off-site gatherings for organizations of any size,” says Becky. “The corporate stays are a natural progression that taps into our exceptional service, attention to detail, and personal touch.”

With a passion for providing guests with fun and memorable experiences, The Break rings in each year with creative flair. Narragansett may be known for its annual New Year’s Day plunges into chilly ocean waters, but there is a decidedly warmer option at The Break — “The Non-Polar 95-Degree Plunge” at the hotel’s always heated outdoor pool. The heated plunge is followed by a New Year’s Day brunch at CHAIR 5, the hotel’s signature restaurant named after a lifeguard chair and local gathering spot on Narragansett Town Beach. Chair 5 has become a quintessential part of The Break, giving the hotel a unique charm with its local seaside inspired menu.

 

Hometown Ties

South County is lucky Becky didn’t end up at UConn (with all due respect to the Huskies). Becky missed the exit on her way to URI as a freshman and ended up in Connecticut. “I turned around as quickly as I could,” she says with a laugh.

That U-turn was significant. While at URI, Becky met Jim, a third- generation owner of Durkin Cottage Realty in Narragansett. Becky and Jim have been successfully working together for 35 years, and hospitality is in their genes. The Break Hotel is the pinnacle of their experiences.

“Our team is just phenomenal,” says Becky. “They are immensely dedicated to our guests. Best of all, we get to share what we love most about Narragansett and Rhode Island with everyone who walks in the front door.”

 

The Break Hotel • 1208 Ocean Road, Narragansett • 401-363-9800