Two summer days in South County
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
Routes can be found on their website: http://www.ripta.com/
*North Kingstown: 1 (401) 885-7558 *Narragansett: 1 (401) 783 - 2859
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
Where to Stay
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.
1 (866) 343 – 1787 1 (401) 364 – 1010
1 (401) 364 – 0080
1 (800) 478 – 1426 1 (401) 792 – 9865
1 (877) 789 – 9341
1 (401) 783 – 4704
1 (401) 783 – 3787
1 (877) 430 – 1613 1 (401) 792 – 8234
1 (401) 788 – 3500
1 (401) HOLIDAY 1 (401) 789 – 1051
1 (401) 348 – 8788
1 (800) 447 – 6384 1 (401) 596 – 6384
1 (800) 782 – 3224 1 (401) 348 – 8200
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.