slides: Local Getaways in Rhode Island For Labor Day Weekend
Friday, August 30, 2013
Eat: Trattoria Simpatico, for the twinkly-light ambience. If you were considering proposing marriage, you just might.
If you can overnight: The Bay Voyage. There remains few better views of Narragansett Bay, the Newport Bridge, and Aquidneck. Bring a couple bottles of wine.
The morning after: Take your time. Then stroll arm-in-arm to Slice of Heaven around the corner for dark roast coffee and fresh baked goods.
Treasure spots: The Redwood Library & Athenaeum has so much history within its lovely walls, but one of the lesser known treasures is its art. Take a peaceful tour and be amazed. Further, don't miss William Vareika Fine Arts for some of Newport's top pieces. Bill Vareika is a specialist in 19th century American Art and a visit to his gallery is like going to a museum. And speaking of museums, the National Museum of American Illustration (pictured here) is a remarkable treasure. The regular season ends on Labor Day, so go now.
There is no better spot for grabbing out-of-the-way finds than the small antique shops that fill up one of RI's most beautiful as well as historic waterfront towns. The prices are lower than Bristol, Providence, and Newport, and there's no shortage of treasures. Smart antiquers hit Warren. Throw in fashionable boutiques like Dish, and the whole day gets even more fun.
Eat: Fortify midday with the fantastic flavors at Federal Hill Pizza. The name might be geographically misleading, but the red sauce is as fresh as what we love on Atwells.
Gourmet shopping: After you've stocked up on antiques, do your larder a favor and stop in at The Cheese Plate for top-notch provisioning (or stay for lunch). Don't miss the New York-style cheesecake with fresh strawberries and creme fraiche.
Lincoln's Great Road
History Buff Getaway
Some of RI's most historic, and least known, historic buildings line this beautiful stretch of road in the Blackstone Valley. Take a day to meander, visit, and photograph the homes, farms, and mills that retain much of the area's early 19th-century rural character.
Great Road insider
Must sees: The c1687 Eleazer Arnold House is in the oldest house in Lincoln, and the finest examples of stone-enders.
Get ideas: The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor headquarters are in Woonsocket's Depot Square. Stop there first for brochures and guidance. And don't overlook the Blackstone Valley Explorer cruises; for more information, go here.
Stay for dinner: River Falls Restaurant on South Main Street in Woonsocket is famous for Ma Glockner's famous roasted chicken with salad and fries (there are more spots than Wright's), and you can't beat the cinnamon rolls.