FARMCOAST 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. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you and greet the day with the sand between your toes and the ocean by your side.
Located within a one hour’s drive of Boston, Providence, Newport, and the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts, FarmCoast is a picturesque stretch of villages and farms with stunning views of stone walls, salt marshes, church steeples, harbors, and fields that reflect the rural quality of 19th century New England. Our summer “ramble” invites you to wander through the four old-fashioned villages beginning in Tiverton, Rhode Island, making your way through Little Compton, Westport, and finally ending up harbor-side in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Here you will discover an active community of artists and artisans, contemporary boutiques, wineries, and a generous selection local farm and seafood-based restaurants. Wandering past salt marsh grasses hugged by a glimmering shoreline while finding out-of-the-way shops and seasonal festivals is sure to make your summer a memorable one. 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.
The best way to ramble through the FarmCoast any time of year is with our FarmCoast Map. Pick one up at any one of our member shops for a full directory and travel map of places to see, eat, and stay while your here. Here are our seasonal picks by town for summer stops on the FarmCoast…
Activities on 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.
Shop till you drop at Tiverton Four Corners. More than two-dozen boutiques and galleries, all within walking distance of each other make-up this stylish 19th-century village offering the latest in home furnishings, fashion accessories, fine art, handcrafts, and distinctive clothing.
Sample a gorgeous selection of local honey and delicious cheeses at Milk and Honey Bazaar.
Travel the world at Gallery4 where you’ll find antiques, accessories, and fine pieces of art from China to Turkey and beyond, not to mention a beautiful room of unforgettable rugs.
Get some advice on making your summer garden glow at outdoor garden boutique, The Farm.
Thinking of weddings? Browse an impressive selection of handmade engagement rings at Arn Krebs Arts and Sue Freda Studios.
Find an impressive summer event line-up at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center. Highlights include the Annual Arts and Artisan Festival on July 20th, the outdoor Sculpture Exhibit opening July 21st, and the Cultural Survival Bazaar, featuring beautiful handmade work from around the world, on July 27th and 28th.
Take a hike at Wetamoo Woods, 550 acres of varied habitats and walking trails.
Begin the South Coast Artist Tour (July 20th and 21st & August 17th and 18th) 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.
IN LITTLE COMPTON
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.
Buy dinner veggies to grill or flowers for your kitchen table at Young’s Family Farm Stand.
Visit a vibrant display of annual and perennial beauties at Peckham’s Greenhouse. And don’t miss the “Art of Pruning” on July 27th at the nearby Sakonnet Gardens.
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.
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.
Drink and be merry outdoors at the Westport River Vineyards Concert Series.
Enjoy sustainability, nature, and regionally acclaimed contemporary art all in one place at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery.
Take yourself to the river at Osprey Sea Kayak where all levels of adventurers are welcome. Afterwards, stop for a refreshing ice cream at the Head Landing Country Store right across the street.
Refresh your closet. Westport Central Village boasts three clothing stores, A.S.Deams, Deni’s Closet Boutique, and County Woolens, each with a different assortment of stylish and seasonal clothing.
Bring the whole family for a memorable day of fun on “River Day,” June 22nd at the Head of Westport featuring music, exhibits, food, children’s games, kayak, and canoe paddling.
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.’
Make a memory with wildflower imprinted dishware and baby hand and feet imprints at Salt Marsh Pottery.
Pet the animals and browse the farm stand at the century-old Alderbrook Farm.
Visit Gustin’s Gallery, a renovated chicken coop now showcasing works from his rare Anagama Wood Kiln, truly unforgettable works of art.
Embrace the natural world around you at the Lloyd Center offering family and adult programs throughout the summer. Some worthwhile events include “Seining in the River” where kids grab a net and discover new animals in the water; “A Summer Night Hike with Bats and Fireflies” inviting you to listen for coyotes, search for bats in the sky, and discover all the creatures that come to life at night in the forest; and “In Search of Treasure” welcoming the whole family to learn how to make and read maps and enjoy a clue-filled journey to find treasure!
Shop around at one of the oldest general stores in America. Davoll’s General Store is home to collectibles, autographed children’s books and antique furniture. Just around the corner Dartmoor Gifts offers a potpourri of distinctive garden gifts.
Enjoy the evening air at Apponagansett Park for the Apponagansett Summer Concert Series featuring local music on Wednesday nights.
Don’t leave without visiting the “harbor village with a beautiful view.” Padanaram Village is where you’ll find a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary New England gift shops including Flora and The Packet. 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 travel-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!