Located off Interstate 295, exits 10 and 11, Cumberland is in the northeast corner of the state. There are bus routes running from Providence, but Cumberland is best accessed by car.
Blackstone River Bikeway
The Blackstone River Bikeway is scheduled to be a 17.1 mile (27.5 km) by 12-foot wide scenic bike-path under construction by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The southern end of the Blackstone River Bikeway will eventually link to the popular East Bay Bike Path, making a continuous 31.9 mile (51.3 km) route for alternative transportation.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation & Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have made great progress with a ten-mile off-road segment already opened.
The Kelly House Museum, located along the bikeway in Lincoln focuses on transportation history.
As of mid-2009, the completed segment begins in Woonsocket, at the River's Edge Recreation Complex, and heads south through the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln, terminating just north of Valley Falls Heritage Park. A marked on-street route leads from the main path to a short segment in the Valley Falls park. A side spur from the Kelley House Museum leads to a visitor's center, which is accessible as a rest stop off of I-295. Several other parking areas exist along the bikeway.
In the village of Ashton, the Bikeway follows the route of the Blackstone Canal for three miles, mostly on top of the historic towpath. While at Ashton, visit the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, a newly opened museum and visitor center adjacent to the Bikeway that offers free tours. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management manages the Rhode Island segments which have already become a popular recreation destination.
Interim on-road routes stretch north through Woonsocket, home of the Museum of Work and Culture, and south to Providence. While in Pawtucket visit the Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. From here, one can follow city streets into Providence to make a connection with the popular East Bay Bikepath that travels 14.5 miles along Narragansett Bay to the historic waterfront community of Bristol.
Cumberland Public Library & Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, ☎ (401) 333-2552, . M-Th 9AM-8PM, F-Sa 9AM-5PM after Labor Day-June, Sa 9AM-1PM July & August, closed Sundays. The Cumberland Public Library was a originally built in 1900 for a congregation of monks. A fire destroyed the buildings in 1950 and it has been reconstructed into a beautiful place ever since. The monastery that surrounds the library provides long walking paths for exercising or taking strolls with your pets. There is also a large playground located on the right-hand side once you enter the grounds that is perfect for children. The librarians are very helpful and the building is designed conveniently for anyone looking for a movie or book. This sight is extremely popular for people of all ages and is a great place for relaxation.
In addition to a sight of relaxation during the day, the night holds fast to a site called Nine Men's Misery. On March 26th, 1976, ten colonists were confronted by the Narragansett Indian Tribe where nine men were captured during the King Philip's War. These nine men were brutally tortured, skinned, and left to rot on each of there own respected wood polls. The surviving colonist returned to his folk, and informed them what had happened. Promptly the men were buried, but many say that their spirits still haunt the site where they were tortured. On occasion, to this day, skinned squirrels and other small animals can be found at this site; a work that is done in the dead of night by the cults, ritualist, and people of the like.
Diamond Hill State Park, Diamond Hill Road. Known as Rhode Island’s 2nd tallest hill and an abandoned ski resort, Diamond Hill still has tons to offer to visitors. Diamond Hill State Park contains a ton of hiking trails, lots of open space, a stage, and an old ski lodge, which can be rented out for basic functions. Also, every August the park hosts CumberlandFest- which is Cumberland’s annual Summer Carnival. The park also includes several athletic fields, and its old ski slopes are great for sledding come winter time.
Franklin Farm, Abbott Run Valley Rd.. Franklin Farm is a town-owned farm in the historic Arnold Mills section of town. Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, the farm takes up over 65 acres of land and contains some early 19th century farm buildings. Although the buildings are in the process of being renovated, Franklin Farm still has lots to offer with its community garden. In the community garden, volunteers grow and harvest a plethora of fruits and vegetables, which they sell at the farm stand on the property.
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Phone: (401) 725-9272, Fax: (401) 725-9278. The A cultural arts center where the music, dance and folk arts traditions of the Blackstone River Valley come to life. BRT presents weekly acoustic-based music concerts with an emphasis on the ethnic groups that settled in the Blackstone River Valley, monthly folk dances and children's events, as well as special events on a year-round basis.
Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Ann and Hope Way, +1 401-724-2200, . A live story presentation of “The Polar Express,” based on the children’s book by noted Rhode Island author Chris van Allsburg. This family fun train trip aboard the Providence and Worcester railroad includes costumed characters, songs, entertainment, a souvenir mug, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Phantom Farms, 2920 Diamond Hill Road, ☎ 401-333-2240. M-F: 6:30AM-6PM S-Su: 7AM-6PM.. Phantom Farms is a picturesque apple orchard and farm stand with a warm, country style vibe bursting from every direction. Inside the farm stand one can buy a plethora of various home grown fruits and vegetables (apples, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, and giant pumpkins) and fresh baked pastries. But the real fun comes from the outside- apple picking, pumpkin picking, and even easter egg hunts. When apples and pumpkins are ready to be picked, Phantom Farms invites all to come out and pick your very own fruits. Similarly, right around easter, Phantom Farms hosts a giant easter egg hunt for all kids under the age of 13. Don't forget to get a honey stick before you leave!
With Heart & Soul, 3751 Mendon Rd., ☎ (401) 658-3470. - F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12AM-4PM. With Heart & Soul is a local specialty shop filled with all of your favorite brands. Vera Bradley products, as well as Pandora bracelets and charms can all be found here at a reasonable price. Also, the very polite and always smiling staff makes the shopping experience even more enjoyable.
Diamond Hill Vineyards, 3145 Diamond Hill Rd., ☎ (401)333-2751. Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM. Diamond Hill Vineyards is a vineyard that sells locally made wine and other goods. The vineyards are placed on a serene patch of secluded land and include many beautifully manicured gardens on the property.
Davenport's, 1070 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 334-1017, . Su-Th 11AM-10PM, Friday and Sa 11AM-11:30PM. Davenport's restaurant is well-known in Cumberland for its fabulous meals! From fish and chips to bacon cheeseburgers, Davenport's menu offers something for everyone. They provide friendly and quick service to customers and you are able to make reservations. By clicking on the link, you can view their great menu. All in all, Davenport's is highly recommended by many of Cumberland's residents!
Cumberland House of Pizza, 2360 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 658-2626. Open every day but Monday.. Cumberland House of Pizza a.k.a "CHOP's" is probably one of the most popular places to go for Cumberland residents. It is a family owned business and they never fail to keep their customers coming back for more pizza and fish and chips. If you are ever in Cumberland, be sure to come here!
Sakis Pizzeria & Grill, 2275 Diamond Hill Road, ☎ (401) 334-4137, . Sakis also has excellent pizza as well as many other choices such as salads and subs. They always have great service and everyone working there is extremely friendly! It is a definitely a place to go for awesome pizza and subs.
Supreme Pizza, 3450 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 658-0032, . Great pizza, great service- who could ask for more? Check this place out, the menu offers several options and you can have it delivered or pick it up!
Royal Panda, 356 Mendon Rd, ☎ (401) 727-2188, . M-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, Su noon-1AM. Great Chinese food open late and excellent service. You are able to walk in and order or order over the phone. They have a friendly staff as well.
Andrew's Bistro, 3755 Mendon Rd, ☎ (401) 658-1515, . A sophisticated restaurant with a very nice staff of workers. The ownner is very friendly and waiters/waitresses provide excellent service to their customers. They have a variety of meals to choose from on their menu and they are available to take reservations and bookings for private parties.
Coffee Connection, 2364 Mendon Rd, ☎ (401) 658-2400. Provides probably the best coffee in Cumberland. With flavors like chocolate covered strawberry and french kiss, they melt the sugar first, making it even more delicious coffee. Additionally, they have mixed drinks that combine your favorite flavors together for a frothy treat as well as sandwiches that make for a great lunch meal.
J's Deli, 2364 Diamond Hill Rd., ☎ (401) 334-1414. M-F 7AM - 8PM, Sa 9AM - 8PM, Su 10AM - 6PM. J’s Deli is one of Cumberland’s favorite sandwich shops. With tons of variety and huge servings, J’s Deli always has residents coming back for more.
Ice Cream Machine, 4288 Diamond Hill Rd., ☎ (401) 333-5053. Ice Cream Machine offers great homemade ice cream in almost any flavor you can imagine. Located right across the street from Diamond Hill State Park, Ice Cream Machine is a great place to satisfy your Ice Cream craving. Famous ice cream entrepreneurs Ben and Jerry visited Ice Cream Machine before they began their own business, to see how real homemade ice cream was made.
Poppy's, 3344 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 658-2700. M-W 6AM-2PM, Thursday and F 6AM-7PM, Sa 6AM-2PM, Su 7AM-1PM. A great, homey restaurant for breakfast and lunch, or dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. Looks like a diner on the outside, but is like a mother’s kitchen on the inside. Good restaurant for kids, there are games and books at each table. Although mostly known for its breakfasts, Poppy’s also serves lunch every day and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. Serves Pepsi products.
J Gray’s Family Tavern, 405 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 723-7600, . M-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 12PM-1AM. A restaurant and tavern that’s for the whole family. Has a dining room, a lounge and bar. Known for having a friendly atmosphere and good service. Has TVs, free Wi-Fi service and has live music every Saturday night, from 9PM to midnight. Friday specials are Rhode Island favorites such as fish and chips and clam cakes and chowder.
Angelo’s Pizza, 133 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 728-3340, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11PM-12AM, Su 12PM-10PM. Not just a great place for pizza, has other Italian foods, even full meals! Angelo’s Pizza also has outdoor tables for eating in nice weather. Has a detailed website that shows its menu, and also offers catering. While it has these restaurant attributes one can still order pizza, on the phone or online.
Fortune House, 1800 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 333-9976. A Chinese restaurant that does not use MSG. Praised for its fast service and cheap takeout, perhaps the best source of Chinese cuisine in Cumberland! Fortune house has moderate prices but great food, and delivery.
Jackie’s Galaxie, 1764 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 333-4700, . Monday-Thursday 11:30AM-10:30PM, Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-11PM. A quiet restaurant that serves Thai, Chinese and sushi. Somewhat pricier than other Asian fusion restaurants but has great selection and a bar. Right off of I-295, this can be a good dining experience for any travelers going by. Jackie’s Galaxie’s menu can be viewed from the website. Offers take-out but not delivery.
Eggs-Up Family Restaurant, 2378 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 658-2424. A very popular breakfast and brunch restaurant very close to the suburbs. Usually attracts a large crowd due to its great food! Unfortunately, they only serve breakfast and close early, but still a favorite of Cumberlandites.
Lizzy & the Enchanted Creamery, 1700 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 334-3375. A combination ice cream store and toy store. A great place to bring the family for both things that make children happy, be it consumable or not. The creamery has also been host to children’s book signings.
Josie's Ice Cream, 797 High St, ☎ (401) 727-0087. An ice cream store attached to its neighboring flower shop, Josie's offers an excellent place to get your ice cream and sundaes. There is no inside sitting area, but rather a large deck with chairs, tables, and umbrellas. In addition to this, there is an alternate sitting area in the back under a large tent. Great location- down the street from both the High St baseball field and Garvin Elementary School.
Good Times Pub, 1666 Diamond Hill Road, ☎ (401) 333-8828, . M-Tu 4PM-9PM, W-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 9AM-9PM. Pub open until 1AM every day.. A cute little restaurant and bar, Good Times Pub is another popular place to eat or have a drink in Cumberland. The friendly staff of waiters, waitresses, and bartenders make for a pleasant experience and a tasty meal!
Tuck’s Pub, 2352 Mendon Road, ☎ (401) 659-0450. A restaurant with a full bar and a patio. The dining area is small, but separate from the bar area.