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Buy Local And Eat Fresh At These Rhode Island Farmer’s Markets

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Looking to cook a great meal for tonight’s dinner? Check out these farmer’s markets where you can pick up quality locally grown food!

Aquidneck Growers Market
The Aquidneck Growers Market located in Newport offers access to seasonal and regionally-grown food. Their market has a changing roster of local artisans and farm-fresh food! Check out their website for their address and hours of operation.
https://aquidneckcommunitytable.org/aquidneck-growers-market

Coastal Growers Market
Casey Farm is home to the Coastal Growers Market. At this market you can enjoy views of beautiful Narragansett Bay, while you shop for granola, kombucha, coffee, fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods! Open Saturdays, May through October, 8:30 am-12:30 pm http://www.coastalmarket.org/summer-2019-full-time-vendors/

Goddard Park
At Goddard Park, you can enjoy fresh veggies, artisanal meats, fresh flowers, and more! After shopping, you can indulge in your fresh bites by the water at Goddard Memorial State Park Beach. Open Fridays, May through October, 9 AM to 1 PM. https://www.farmfreshri.org

Hope Street Market
Don’t want to travel outside of Providence to go to a farmer’s market? The Hope Street Market has your back! Visit Lippitt Memorial Park for a wide range of produce, fresh seafood, fresh flowers, artisanal meats, and cheeses. Open Saturdays, May through October, 9 AM- 1 PM. http://www.hopestreetmarket.com

Pawtuxet Village
The Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market is one of Rhode Island’s oldest farmer’s markets. Shop for fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and much more! Open Saturdays, May through October, 9 AM – 12 PM.
https://pawtuxetmarket.com

Sankofa World Market
The Sankofa World Market celebrates the beautiful and diverse community of Providence’s West End! At this market, you will find fresh produce and other ingredients used in Southeast Asian and African cuisines. Visit in person or shop their online market. Open Wednesdays, June through October 2 PM-6 PM.
https://sankofaworldmarket.com

South Kingstown
The South Kingstown farmer’s market is known as Rhode Island’s longest-running market! Learn something new about sustainable farming while shopping for this tonight’s dinner. Check out their website for their hours and location.
https://www.southkingstownfarmersmarket.org

RI Beaches Are Reopening!

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It is time to soak up the sun and head down to the beach! All Rhode Island state beaches will be reopening with no capacity limits beginning Memorial Day weekend. Mask will still be required at the concession stands, restrooms, and other crowded areas.

Enjoy your summer at the Ocean State’s beautiful beaches:

Charlestown Breachway
812-774 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813

East Beach
494-534 E Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813

East Matunuck State Beach
950 Succotash Road, South Kingstown, RI 02881

Misquamicut State Beach
257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891

Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882

Salty Brine State Beach
254 Great Island Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882

Scarborough State Beaches
970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882

The Perfect Sunday in Newport

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No plans for Memorial Day weekend? We’ve got you covered. Kick-off the summer with a day trip to Newport over the upcoming long weekend.

Coffee and a View at Coffee Grinder

Start your day off right with a fresh cup of coffee and a coastal view. Located at the end of Bannister’s Wharf, Coffee Grinder overlooks the historic Newport Harbor. Locally grown by a small-batch roaster in Massachusetts and hand-brewed using an Italian espresso machine, their coffee is carefully crafted and high-quality.

 

Grab Lunch at Newport’s Famous Corner Café

Hungry from all that shopping downtown? Hop on over to the Corner Café for a tasty, gourmet breakfast or lunch at a reasonable price. Nestled in the heart of Newport’s Broadway District, the Corner Cafe carries a creative and diverse menu—there is truly something for everyone! Find out what keeps locals and tourists coming back for more and give this beloved spot a visit.

 

Pay Your Respects at the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial

If you are looking to visit Newport on Memorial Day weekend, make sure to stop by Fort Adams State Park and check out the Boots on the Ground For Heroes Memorial display. Since 2016, each year on Memorial Day weekend, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) puts on a stunning display of over 7,000 military boots embellished with name cards and flags honoring the American soldiers that lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. The boots will be on display from 8:00 am on the 28th to 6:00 pm on Memorial Day, the 31st.

 

Enjoy a Delicious Seafood Dinner at The Mooring

Located on Newport’s picturesque waterfront, The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar offers an unmatched dining experience with a range of ‘top-of-the-catch’ New-England style seafood dishes. Whether you are craving oysters or a lobster roll, The Mooring is the perfect way to end your day in Newport.

Touring The Ocean State

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Spring has sprung! It’s time to get outside and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor attractions that Rhode Island has to offer. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids or searching for the perfect date night spot, the Ocean State truly has something for everyone and every occasion.

Get your steps in as you take in amazing views at Newport Cliff Walk

As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, there is no better time to go for a hike on the water. Looking for an easy, scenic hike along the coast? The Newport Cliff Walk is a 3.5-mile trail that is suitable for all ages and features beautiful ocean views at every turn!

Cliff Walk, Newport

Fun for the whole family at Roger Williams Zoo

With 8 exhibits and 160 species, the Roger Williams Zoo offers visitors the chance to get up and close to some of the most fascinating species in the world. This beloved attraction is a favorite among children and tons of fun for the whole family!

1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence

A romantic spring night at Rustic Drive-In

Need ideas for your next date night? How does a movie under the stars sound? Rustic Drive-In has opened for the season and is the perfect place to take your special someone for a night on the town.

1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield

An active afternoon with your four-legged friend at Lincoln Woods State Park

Spanning over 627 acres of land, Lincoln Woods State Park is one of northeastern Rhode Island’s greatest gems. Whether you like to swim, fish, hike, or mountain bike, there is no limit to the possibilities at this park. It is also an ideal place to take your furry friends for a stroll.

2 Manchester Print Works Rd, Lincoln

Touring The Ocean State

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As small as Rhode Island may be, it is filled with a rich history and must-see scenic views! Whether you’re residing here, or just passing through, experience what this beautiful Ocean State has to offer with these 5 tourist attractions.

Newport Cliff Walk
Newport, RI
Enjoy the peaceful sites of the shoreline on your left, and the architectural masterpieces of the Newport mansions to your right. This pubic walking path stretches 3.5 miles, providing breathtaking views wherever you look!
http://www.cliffwalk.com/

Roger William’s Park Zoo
Providence, RI
Home to more than 160 species of animals, Roger Williams Park Zoo is a family-favorite activity here in RI! Learn and interact with animals from around the world in their 40-acre zoo, or experience New England’s largest public indoor display gardens in their Botanical Center. Explore the world’s nature and life at Roger William’s Park Zoo!
http://www.rwpzoo.org/

Beavertail State Park
Jamestown, RI
Whether you’re looking to hike, or just seeking out scenic views, Beavertail State Park attracts RI residents and tourists year-round. With its rich history of being the third premier lighthouse built in the country, the park also operates a Lighthouse Museum, where you can learn of its significance from 1749 to the present day.
https://bit.ly/3bUWbce

Federal Hill
Providence, RI
Federal Hill is teeming with great history, great entertainment, and great food! Heavily influenced by Italian-American settlers, this strip is known for having the best restaurants for genuine Italian cuisine. Whether you’re looking to explore history in the day-time or enjoy the nightlife entertainment, Federal Hill is always a local favorite!
https://bit.ly/3qxdmVi

Coffee Milk
Last, but certainly not least, if your traveling through Rhode Island you need to try a tall, cold glass of our coffee milk! Coffee syrup mixed perfectly with milk, and you get the official drink of the Ocean State. Visit https://bit.ly/3p0IbRF to read about its history, and stop into a local diner to try deliciousness yourself.

These attractions are just the beginning of what Rhode Island has to offer! We hope you enjoy some of our favorite activities that keep us loving the Ocean State.

A Sip of Summer Brewed Right Here in RI – These are some of the best beers and breweries in RI

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Patio weather is upon us and as the days continue to heat up, it’s easy to find yourself feeling thirsty. When you’re sitting on your porch feeling parched, you can always turn to a big-name beer from a large corporate brewery, but why not try something new? After all, our state is full of incredible breweries that need our help now more than ever.

A lot of these breweries have had to make big changes and are working incredibly hard to stay in business and continue brewing their top-notch beverages. That’s why we came up with this list of some of our favorite breweries and beers from each!

Whalers – South Kingstown

We recommend:
Rise – American Pale Ale
Day Tripper -Blonde Ale
Whalers.com

Newport Craft – Newport

We recommend:
Rhode Trip – New England IPA
1639 Pale Ale
Newportcraft.com

Proclamation Ale Company – Warwick

We recommend:
(In)Significance – Triple IPA
Derivative | Citralaxy – Pale Ale
Proclamationaleco.com

Buttonwoods Brewery – Cranston

We recommend:
The World Is Yours – Double IPA
Smoked Helles Smoked Beer
Buttonwoodsbrewery.com

Crooked Current – Pawtucket

We recommend:
White Stout – American Stout
Neopolitan – American Brown Ale
Crookedcurrentbrewery.com

Grey Sail Brewing – Westerly

We recommend:
Captain’s Daughter – Double IPA
Hazy Day – Belgian Wit
Greysailbrewing.com

Smug Brewing Company – Pawtucket

We recommend:
Driving Miss Hazy – New England IPA
Nemesis – American IPA
Smugbrewing.com

Linesider – East Greenwich

We recommend:
Happy Camper – S’mores Stout
VII Stripes – New England Double IPA
https://www.linesiderbrewing.com/

Foolproof Brewing Company – Pawtucket

We recommend:
The Grotto – American IPA
Raincloud – Robust Porter
Foolproofbrewing.com

Tilted Barn Brewery – Exeter

We recommend:
The Chosen One – Double IPA
Peeptoad – American Pale Ale
Tiltedbarnbrewery.com/

Providence Brewing Company – North Providence

We recommend:
It Ain’t Fair – Sour IPA
Sailing Shoes – Hefeweizen
Pvdbc.com

Trinity Brewhouse – Providence

We recommend:
White Electric Coffee Stout – American Imperial Stout
Captain America – Pale Ale
Trinitybrewhouse.com/

This list encompasses some of our favorite breweries, but there are so many more incredible breweries in Rhode Island that could use your support. We strongly encourage you to support RI breweries and other local businesses as our state continues to battle and rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full list of breweries that belong to the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild, visit Ribrewersguild.org!

Great Places to Hike in RI

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Whether you’re looking for some exercise with a view, or you’re just looking to get out and enjoy nature, hiking is a great way to explore the world around you. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to experience beautiful scenery – you can enjoy these great places to hike right here in Little Rhody!

Arcadia Management Area – Richmond

With over 14,000 acres of forested land in Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton, and West Greenwich, this stunning recreation area has miles and miles of trails to explore. Offering both gravel roads and well-marked wooded trails, it’s easy to find the right trail no matter what type of experience you are looking for. RI’s largest recreational area covers enough ground to keep hikers coming back to explore more and more of the beautifully-wooded terrain. While the park is shared by hikers, hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, horseback riders, campers, and boaters alike, multi-use safety regulations are in place to keep the experience safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Burlingame State Park – Charlestown

Burlingame State Park offers beautiful trails and hiking around Charlestown’s Watchaug Pond. With 3,100 acres of rocky woodland, there is so much to explore that you may want to stay for a few days. Luckily enough, Burlingame State Park also features 20 rustic cabins and almost 700 standard campsites that you can rent out. While the campsites are closed until at least June 15, 2020, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, this site’s opening date is worth keeping an eye on.

George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge – Coventry

Managed by the Audobon Society of Rhode Island, the George B. Parker Wildlife Refuge is a great place for bird-watching and possibly catching a glimpse of foxes, mink, deer, and other wildlife. While this 860-acre property may be smaller than some of the others on our list, it offers 7 miles of trails ranging from boardwalks over streams and brooks to Revolutionary War-era carriage roads and rocky trails through hilly terrain.

Long Pond Woods Wildlife Refuge – Hopkinton

If you’re looking for a more challenging trail with beautiful views, you will love Long Pond Woods Trail. While it is the smallest destination on our list with 2 miles of trails through 220 acres of land, it offers lots of steep, heavily-wooded, and rocky terrain leading to a breathtaking view of Long Pond. If you keep a close eye on the water below, you may even see an otter!

Spruce Up Your Yard for the Warmer Weather!

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As the outside finally begins to turn green and beautiful after a long, hard winter, it is more important than ever to pay attention to cleaning up your lawn and landscape. Doing your spring yard preparation now will go a long way towards ensuring that you have a beautiful lawn for summertime!

Lawn

This is the first place you should start your spring cleanup. If heavy traffic and your pets have ruined your lawn, sprinkle soil over the area with a combination of grass seed and fertilizer. Make sure to keep the dirt moist until you see grass start to sprout.

Clean up any debris that is laying around your yard. Remove sticks that have fallen over the winter and rake up leaves and thatch build-up so your grass can breathe again. Remember not to rake into wet grounds, it could tear apart the grass!

Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials

Give all of your plants the ability to grow by clipping away any dead or dying branches. While you’re at it, trim back any branches that are invading your walkways. Not only will this make your yard more inviting, but it will also allow more sun and air to reach the trees and shrubs!

Garden Beds

There is no better time than now to add some color to your landscape. Remember that your flowers need room to grow, so clear your garden beds of any leaves, dead foliage, and invasive weeds before the warmer months arrive. Once you fix up the old flowers and plant some new ones, edge the beds and add a fresh batch of mulch… it makes all the difference.

Patio and Walkways

Before you take advantage of your beautiful outdoor space, it’s important to make sure it is ready for your first party. If your patio and walkways don’t look their best, pressure wash the mildew and grime away and then replace any broken pavers or stones.

Now your yard is officially ready to meet the warmer weather!

Lil’ Rhody’s List of… Winter Fun Activities

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To Keep You And The Family Busy This Season!

Ice Skating at Gurneys Resort

1 Goat Island, Newport, RI

www.gurneysresorts.com

Open 10 am – 9 pm daily

 

Ice Skating at Bank Newport City Center

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI

www.theprovidencerink.com

Open 10 am – 10 pm daily

Bumper Cars on Ice

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI

www.theprovidencerink.com

Open 10 am – 8 pm daily

 

Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing

160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI

www.yawgoo.com

Open 10 am – 6 pm

 

Sledding

4097 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI

www.cumberlandri.org

Open 7 am – 9 pm daily

Christmas Tree Lightings in Rhode Island

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 4-7 PM | 1 BLUFF AVENUE, WESTERLY, RI

Westerly Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

The tree lighting ceremony welcomes all children o help light the outdoor Christmas Tree. Santa Claus will be arriving in style on a fire truck! Seasonal snack and alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages will be available. Please feel free to bring a toy for the toy drive.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH 5-7 PM | 400 HOPE STREET, BRISTOL, RI

Bristol’s Grand Illumination

Start the Christmas season by coming to the lighting of the Christmas tree in Bristol! Don’t miss out on choruses from the local public schools and dancers from Extensions School of Dance will perform, as well as Santa joining in to flip the switch that lights the town up! Don’t forget your Santa hat!

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 4-6 PM | 194 PUTNAM PIKE, GLOCESTER, RI

Harmony Fire District Tree Lighting

Begin the holiday season with your neighborhood Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs. Christmas fun includes lighting the beautiful tree, a fantastic magician, yummy treats, live entertainment and a visit from Santa! In the spirit of the holiday season, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Glocester Food Pantry.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH 5-9 PM | 1 MAIN STREET, NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI

Wickford Festival of Lights

Wickford Village is the best place to celebrate Christmas festivities! Santa will be arriving to this adorable town by boat! Enjoy the tree lighting and hayrides with Santa, Elf Parade and more! The charm of this historic village comes alive as thousands of beautiful white lights transform it into a winter wonderland. Most shops stay open every night until 9 PM for holiday shopping.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH 4:30-8 PM | 13 BOWEN’S WHARF, NEWPORT, RI

Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting

Bring the entire family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an exciting evening of Christmas cheer. Christmas carols, gift shopping, tasty food & drinks, and the lighting of the famous tree, what more can you ask for?

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH 5-9 PM | 2 KENNEDY PLAZA, PROVIDENCE, RI

Providence Winter Lights Market & Tree Lighting

Kick off everyones favorite season in Providence. It begins with the lighting of the City Hall Holiday Tre and ends with a gorgeous festival market, live performances and events and food vendors from across the state. Don’t forget to visit the ice skating rink too!