|Jamestown, R.I. (photo by Eric)|
My 2015 New Year's resolution and promise is to visit these quieter Rhode Island towns more as initial visits have generated much more personal interest and excitement than many of the higher profile New England coastal destinations. The resolution refers to resolving a travel wish that hasn't been truly fulfilled in the past while the promise focuses on definitely following through!
Additionally, these towns can serve as a nice antidote to the increasingly loud, congested world we live in -- that is, away from the worst traffic, overhype and tackiness that can impede the more familiar New England travel spots. Peace and quiet is a good thing, and much-needed elements to reconnect to the New England land that we love!
Although these Rhode Island towns are optimal to visit during the summer and early fall with all businesses open, any time of the year will do just fine. A nice winter weather day with snow blanketing the back roads and main streets, and spring offering a warm reawakening of the senses after a long-cold winter are certainly nice times of the year to visit, too.
Here are some of those Rhode Island destinations that fit the more humble version of New England quite nicely...
|Wickford Village (photo by Eric)|
|Pawtuxet Village (photo by Eric)|
|Jamestown (photo by Eric)|
|Bristol RI (photo by Eric)|
|Tiverton (photo by Eric)|
The FarmCoast Farms meet the coast in this truly unspoiled, often beyond scenic section of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. On the Rhode Island side, Tiverton and Little Compton make the FarmCoast special with its rural, coastal scenes, isolated beaches (like Fogland Beach, also known as Tiverton Town Beach) wineries, johnnycakes for breakfast at local restaurants, seafood (like the seasonal Evelyn's Drive-in), ice cream at Gray's Ice Cream Stand and farm stands turning out delicious produce. The quintessential small town New England look is firmly intact, especially at Tiverton Four Corners -- with some nice antique stores -- and the center of quiet Little Compton. Perhaps the most impressive area of the FarmCoast is Sakonnet Point with its incredible Atlantic Ocean views, often set to an absence of crowds. Read more on the FarmCoast
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