A SUMMER RAMBLE THROUGH FARMCOAST NEW ENGLAND
What’s your idea of the perfect summer day? Perhaps it’s relaxing with a book on the beach? Shopping for fresh produce at a local farm stand, browsing undiscovered boutiques and small town shops, or savoring homemade ice cream on the water? If you delight at the thought of an afternoon surrounded by small shops and a beautiful shoreline, then we welcome you to explore the four coastal towns of FarmCoast this summer, where beaches abound, farms are in full swing, and concerts, festivals, and fresh flowers await.
The best way to ramble through the FarmCoast any time of year is with our FarmCoast Map. With map in hand you will discover an active community of artists and artisans, contemporary boutiques, wineries, and a generous selection local farm and seafood-based restaurants. So whether you take a drive through on a Sunday afternoon, spend a day shopping at our charming village shops, or find a weekend getaway enjoying the coastal landscape, a trip to FarmCoast is the perfect summer retreat. Read on to find our favorite seasonal picks by town for summer stops on the FarmCoast.
START your SUMMER ON THE FARMCOAST…
Start your ramble off right with some local flavor from Coastal Roasters. Find your favorite freshly roasted coffees and fair trade teas, baked treats, smoothies, and frozen blends in the popular shop over looking the Sakonnet Bay. Before you leave stop in next door at Shop-Isa to find an eclectic selection of art, jewelry and accessories for the home. More local shopping awaits at the stylish and historic village of Tiverton Four Corners. More than two-dozen boutiques and galleries, all within walking distance of each other make-up this 19th-century village offering the latest in home furnishings, fashion accessories, fine art, handcrafts, and distinctive clothing. While you’re there make sure to sample a unique selection of local honey and delicious cheeses at Milk and Honey Bazaar and get some advice on making your summer garden glow at T4C’s outdoor garden boutique, The Farm. Thinking of weddings? Browse an impressive selection of handmade engagement rings at Arn Krebs Arts and Sue Freda Studios.
If you’re thinking of coming to Four Corners more than once this summer be sure to check out the impressive summer event line-up at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center. Highlights include the Annual Arts and Artisan Festival on July 19th, the outdoor Sculpture Park Exhibit opening July 1st, and the Cultural Survival Bazaar, featuring beautiful handmade work from around the world, on July 26th and 27th.
Tiverton also offers plenty of open outdoor space. Take a hike at Wetamoo Woods, 550 acres of varied habitats and walking trails. You can also kick off the South Coast Artist’s Tour (July 19th and 20th and again on August 16th and 17th) at the tucked away Bowhouse Studio where vibrant works of Kelly Milukus are elegantly displayed in a renovated barn.
Where to Eat in Tiverton: Recent “Rhody Hero,” the Provender Fine Foods whips up a creative assortment of sandwiches and cookies, just the thing on a hot summer day, while the Four Corners Grill offers traditional American fare and outdoor seating. Evelyn’s Drive In serves up a casual seafood atmosphere and mouthwatering lobster rolls. Ice cream anyone? Gray’s Ice Cream is still the most popular place to get a cone.
Little Compton, RI
Next make your way to one of the most beloved sleepy towns in New England to discover the oldest working mill in the country at Gray’s Grist Mill, grinding native Indian corn into a beloved Rhode Island staple, johnnycake mix! And try their newest addition, The Daily Grind coffee shop for a quick pick-me-up. Pick up some dinner veggies to grill or flowers from the Local Bouquet for your kitchen table at Simmons Cafe and Marketplace. Before you go visit a vibrant display of annual and perennial beauties at Peckham’s Greenhouse or travel back in time with a tour at the Little Compton Historical Society. Looking for a little more local art? The eclectic Art Café features just that, plus a sitting garden and your favorite caffeinated beverages.
Once in Westport, stop at Lees Market for some cooler snacks and get to the beach! Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a beautiful option for a full day of sun and sand. But first feast your eyes on the esteemed Dedee Shattuck Gallery where you can enjoy sustainability, nature, and regionally acclaimed contemporary art all in one place. For more outdoor adventure take yourself to the river at Osprey Sea Kayak offering rentals, classes, and stand-up paddle boarding. If you’re up for an evening of music, drink and be merry at the Westport River Vineyards Concert Series.
Where to Eat in Westport: Grab some crab cakes and calamari at The Bayside Restaurant just a stone’s throw from the beach. For something more upscale try Bittersweet Farm, which offers full course dining Tuesday to Sunday, or indulge in a local favorite on the water, The Back Eddy whose motto is ‘Think coastal, eat local.’
Kids and adults alike will love to pet the animals and browse the farm stand at the century-old Alderbrook Farm. Embrace the natural world around you at the Lloyd Center offering family and adult programs throughout the summer. Stop by Coastal Vineyards for a quick tasting and then visit Dartmoor Gifts offering a potpourri of distinctive garden gifts. If it’s Wednesday, enjoy the evening air at Apponagansett Park for the Apponagansett Summer Concert Series.
End up in one of the most charming villages on the FarmCoast, Padanaram Village. The “harbor village with a beautiful view” is where you’ll find a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary New England gift shops including Flora and Folia Home and Style. There you’ll also find a fragrant Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 1-6pm.
Where to Eat in Dartmouth
The Beach Plum Café on the water is perfect for a delicious local breakfast or lunch, and you will find satisfying dinner menus at the Black Bass Café or harbor-front Sail Loft.
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Want some more ideas? Visit our “25 things to do on FarmCoast” for inspiration! It’s possible, with the map and handy locator grid, to satisfy your wander-lust this season by putting together your own comprehensive, leisurely day trip or weekend getaway along this 30-mile country route. We hope you do!