Two summer days in South County

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In the small state of Rhode Island lives a hot spot for summer vacations! South County, made up of the towns of Southern Rhode Island, is home to thousands of visitors June through August. This itinerary was made for a 2 day, one night stay in South County, however it has options that can fill a whole week!

Get In[edit]

North

  • If travelling north on I-95 there are several exits that will take you into South County.
  • Exit 92 in Connecticut to Rt 78. Take this onto Rt. 1 which leads from one end of South County to the other.
  • Take Exit 3 into Kingston RI to Rt. 138. 138 leads to Rt. 1, south to Narragansett and Westerly and north to North Kingstown and Wickford.

South

  • Take exit 9 off I-95 onto Rt. 4, which connects to Rt. 1.

Getting Around[edit]

Public travel in South County (Washington County) is very limited so having a car for your vacation would be ideal. But if you don’t there are still ways of getting around. RIPTA

  • The RIPTA bus system goes from Providence to southern Rhode Island hourly. The bus will take you to various points in South County (Washington County) including in the Narragansett Pier by the beach, Main Street in Wakefield, and URI Campus.

Routes can be found on their website: http://www.ripta.com/

Taxi Services

  • Eagle Cab – Narragansett, 1 (800) 339-2970
  • Wakefield Cab – Wakefield, 1 (401) 783- 0007
  • Wright’s Taxi – Westerly, 1 (401) 596-8294
  • Rental Cars
  • Enterprise Rental 1 (800) 736 – 8222

*North Kingstown: 1 (401) 885-7558 *Narragansett: 1 (401) 783 - 2859

  • Thrifty Rentals – Westerly, 1 (401) 596 – 3441

And finally, New to South County as of 2010 is the South County Trolley that runs through South Kingstown and Narragansett hitting very important points in a vacation! www.southernritrolley.com

  • The Trolley runs from 8:00am leaving from the Holiday Inn on Rt 1 and traveling south to the South County Commons/Hampton Inn and through Wakefield starting with the Wakefield Mall down through lower Main Street. It then loops through Narragansett stopping at Mariner Square, Durkin Cottage Park and Galilee and heading North on Ocean Road to the Sea Wall and the Pier Marketplace, (check out Nana's Ice Cream) then back up through Northern Narragansett to the Holiday Inn.

Where to Stay[edit]

Depending on the length of your stay there are many options as to how where you can stay. There are a variety of hotels and Inns throughout the area for short term stays. Many visitors stay for a week at a time or longer in some of the many rental cottages throughout Narragansett.

  • Hotels & Inns
  • Surfside Motel, Charlestown

1 (866) 343 – 1787 1 (401) 364 – 1010

  • Ocean View Motor Inn, Charlestown

1 (401) 364 – 0080

  • Blueberry Cove Inn, Narragansett

1 (800) 478 – 1426 1 (401) 792 – 9865

  • Lighthouse Inn, Narragansett

1 (877) 789 – 9341

  • Ocean Rose Inn, Narragansett

1 (401) 783 – 4704

  • Village Inn, Narragansett

1 (401) 783 – 3787

  • Eden Manor, South Kingstown

1 (877) 430 – 1613 1 (401) 792 – 8234

  • Hampton Inn, South Kingstown

1 (401) 788 – 3500

  • Holiday Inn, South Kingstown

1 (401) HOLIDAY 1 (401) 789 – 1051

  • Andrea Hotel & Restaurant, Westerly

1 (401) 348 – 8788

  • Grandview B&B, Westerly

1 (800) 447 – 6384 1 (401) 596 – 6384

  • Pleasant View Inn

1 (800) 782 – 3224 1 (401) 348 – 8200

  • Cottage Rentals
  • Ann O’Brien Realty – 1 (401) 782 – 3900
  • Bay Realty – 1 (401) 789 – 3003
  • Durkin Cottages – 1 (401) 789 – 6659
  • Properties Unlimited – 1 (401) 364 – 6700
  • Shoreline Realty – 1 (401) 783 – 6688
  • Stanton Realty – 1 (401) 596 - 2885

Day 1[edit]

Breakfast

Start your first day off right with a trip to Phil's in Wakefield for a perfect breakfast! They've got great prices, excellent food, and they're super quick, perfect if you're in a rush to the beach.

After Breakfast, head down to Narragansett Beach. Find parking on the Sea Wall or in the South Lot where you can pay for a daily parking pass (Most housing rentals in the summer include a beach pass). Entry to Narragansett beach isn't free so if you'd rather go to a free beach you can continue down Ocean road until you reach Scarborough beach. Parking is sometimes a fee, but entry in general is free.

Lunch

After a long morning at the beach you'll need some food to rejuventate. What better food to have at the beach than seafood? Accross from Scarborough Beach is Starboard Galley located at 5 Angell road. At the galley you can find "the worlds best" Clamcakes & Chowda, quick sandwiches, and delicious fish and chips. The restaurant is family owned and decorated with art by the owners, so sit down inside and enjoy your lunch or head back to the beach with your to go bag!

After lunch spend the day browsing the shops in the Narragansett Pier and Wakefield. Head down Ocean Road to the lighthouse and watch some surfers for awhile, and on your way stop at Newton Rocks off of Ocean Road. There, you can relax in the warmth of the sun and watch the boats pass while gazing at the Newport Bridge.

Dinner

After a long day in the sun, dinner should be refreshing and go along with the theme of the day. Head over to Turtle Soup on the Sea Wall and sit outside or by the window. Since you already had seafood for lunch, Turtle Soup is a great choice for dinner. You can get fresh seafood if you're still in the mood, or choose from any of their great burgers, pizzas, pasta dishes, and salads. The great part about Turtle Soup is it's upscale with a relaxed atmosphere, which means no bathing suits or missing shirts, but jeans and a t-shirt will do just fine.

After Dinner, head over to the Coast Guard House for drinks on the deck and enjoy the evening air, or head down to Charlie O's Tavern for a delicious pitcher of Sangria. If you're ready for dessert, Brickleys Ice Cream (in Wakefield or Narragansett) is the place to go.

Day 2[edit]

Breakfast

To get the day started today make a stop at The Coffee Connection in Northern Narragansett (Bonnet Shores Area). Make sure to bring cash because they don't accept credit cards! After you grab yourself a delicious coffee and bagel, head next store to Crosswynd Traders, there you'll find a small shop filled with clothes galore. And if you head all the way to the back right you'll find Narragansett, Rhode Island, and Newport gear at low prices, the perfect souvenirs for your summertime getaway.

Next, hop on route 1 and head south to Westerly where you'll be spending the rest of the day. First, head over to Watch Hill and check out all the gorgeous scenery, maybe even make a stop at the beach and relax for awhile. Check out all the shops in Westerly and spend the day enjoying the quaint town.

Lunch For Lunch, head into Charlestown and hit The Corner Deli by the Breachway. Deli sandwiches are their specialty, but everything is refreshing and excellent especially on a hot summer day. After lunch, walk over to the Ice Cream store (located in the same plaza) and enjoy a nice scoop of something sweet in the afternoon sun.

The next thing on your list is only a few minutes down the road. Follow the road to Matunuck School House road and make your way over to Ninigret Park. Before you do though, stop at the Minisuper up the road and grab some bread to feed the snapping turtles! Enjoy an afternoon walking through Ninigret's gorgeous fields and keep an eye out for the various animals that inhabit the area. If you're into bird watching there's a list of "special" birds that have been spotted at the park before you enter the trails. After jumping on the path take your first left and start tossing in bread, wait a few minutes and before you know it you'll have a plethora of snapping turtles in the water below you!

Dinner

After a long day of adventures, dinner will be the perfect end. Head back up to Westerly for dinner at Vetrano's, a delicious italian restaurant with real italian food! Pasta, Pizzas, you name it, they have it and it's delicious! Since you already had ice cream after lunch, head down to The Cove in Charlestown for drinks and live music.

Alternate Options[edit]

Breakfast

  • The Breakfast Nook - 409 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. 1 (401) 783 - 1555
  • Crazy Burger - 144 Boon St., Narragansett. 1 (401) 783 - 1810
  • Java Madness - 134 Salt Pond Rd., Wakefield. 1 (401) 788 - 0088
  • Perry's - 140 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 284 - 1546

Lunch

  • Calvitto's Pizza - 90 Point Judith rd., Narraagansett. 1 (401) 783 - 8086
  • Picnic Basket - 20 Kingstown rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 782 - 2284
  • Pier Pizza - 328 Main st., Wakefield. 1 (401) 788 - 8181
  • Trio - 15 Kingstown rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 792 - 4333
  • Jim's Dock - 109 Succotash rd., Wakefield. 1 (401) 783 - 2050
  • The Cooked Goose - 92 Watch Hill rd., Westerly. 1 (401) 348 - 9888
  • 84 High Street Cafe - 84 High St., Westerly. 1 (401) 596 - 7871

Dinner

  • Matunuck Oyster Bar - 629 Succotash rd., Wakefield. 1 (401) 783 - 4202
  • Bridge - 37 Main st., Westerly. 1 (401) 348 - 9700
  • Charlie O's - 2 Sand Hill Cove rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 782 - 2002
  • Coast Guard House - 40 Ocean rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 789 - 0700
  • Casey's - 191 Old Tower Hill rd., Wakefield. 1 (401) 789 - 9714
  • Mews - 456 Main st., Wakefield. 1 (401) 783 - 9370
  • Shogun - 59 South County Commons Way, Wakefield. 1 (401) 284 - 1311
  • Trattoria Romano - 71 South County Commons Way, Wakefield. 1 (401) 792 - 4933
  • Spain - 1144 Ocean rd., Narragansett. 1 (401) 783 - 9770
  • Venice - 165 Shore rd., Westerly - 1 (401) 348 - 0055
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