Seasonal Ramble

FARMCOAST WINTER RAMBLE
Tour the Coastal Villages of FarmCoast New England

Slowly but surely the ospreys have packed their bags for winter, daytime travelers have retreated to the warmth of their own nests, and locals have taken to shorter days and longer nights. FarmCoast has settled into the winter season wearing the all the charm of a seaside New England landscape. So if you delight in traveling at slower pace, we invite you to follow us through our back roads where you will find winter’s bounty patiently waiting for admirers. This time of year is perfect for enjoying the work of local artists, craftsmen, antique dealers, and specialty retailers. Come appreciate handmade beauty, local flavor, and picturesque winter landscapes all on the FarmCoast!

Located within a one hour’s drive of Boston, Providence, Newport, and the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts, FarmCoast New England 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 winter “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. Along the way you will discover an active community of artists and artisans, contemporary boutiques, wineries, and a selection local farm and seafood-based restaurants, and many more pleasant surprises in between. Wandering past salt marsh grasses hugged by a glimmering shoreline while finding out-of-the-way shops along this coastal village route is as blissful as the falling snow. 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 snuggling up at one of our B&Bs you’re sure to be enchanted by FarmCoast’s most restful time of year. 

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 winter stops on the FarmCoast. Please call ahead during the winter months as some business hours change during this season.

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WINTER STOPS ON THE FARMCOAST

Tiverton

Perk up at Coastal Roasters where you’ll your favorite seasonal beverage even better than you remembered it, sprinkled with spices and sustainably sourced.

Visit the tucked away Bowhouse Studio and vibrant works of Kelly Milukus.

Stop to knit at Perfectly Twisted Yarn then make your way upstairs for a free jewelry cleaning from jeweler Peter Tirpaeck or art lesson from oil painter Libby Gilpatric.

Get some inspiration for your home with two floors of stunning interior design at The Cottage offering fine linens, furnishings, cookbooks, home accessories, and more.

Travel the world at Gallery4 where you’ll discover antiques, accessories, and fine pieces of art from China to Turkey and beyond, and a beautiful room of unforgettable rugs.

Take your boots and camera for a winter hike through Weetamoo Woods.

See a film during the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center winter film series.

Take time to rest at the School House #1, a century old school house turned vacation rental at Sakonnet Farm.

Pick up some local honey and sample delicious cheeses at Milk and Honey Bazaar then wander through the village shops, with over 20 to choose from, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite!

Eat in Tiverton

The Provender Fine Foods makes delicious gourmet sandwiches and mouthwatering homemade desserts. Just up the road, the Four Corners Grille serves good old-fashioned American fare.

Little Compton

Experience the history of Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards open for tours and tastings daily.

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 a specialty latte their newest addition, The Daily Grind for a quick pick-me-up.

Explore the marine-inspired ceramics of Charlie Barmonde. His studio is open by appointment and his functional and decorative works are well worth the visit.

Warm up with a cappuccino or hot cocoa and serving of local art at the eclectic Art Café open through the winter 7-1pm.

In Westport

Uncover a new author and warm cup of tea at Partners Village Store. This bookstore, café, and gift boutique serves mouthwatering sandwiches, and frequent book-lovers’ events so you can spend the afternoon here in bliss.

Get up close and personal with magnificent works of art at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. Enjoy sustainability, nature, and regionally acclaimed contemporary art all in one place.

More art is offered farm-house style at the Art Stable, a fine arts gallery exhibiting painting, encaustic, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and metal.

Find that perfect winter sweater in one of Westport Central Village’s three clothing stores: A.S.Deams, Deni’s Closet Boutique, and County Woolens, each with a unique assortment and style.

Taste wine at Westport Rivers Vineyards and Winery with tours and tastings offered daily.

Eat in Westport

If you don’t get your fill at Partners, try the casual beachside Bayside Restaurant, or the more rustic Bittersweet Tavern located in a beautiful New England barn.

Dartmouth 

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 Gallery’s a renovated chicken coop now showcasing works from his rare Anagama Wood Kiln, truly unforgettable works of art.

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.

Don’t leave without seeing 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, Folia, and The Packet.

Eat in Dartmouth

The Beach Plum Café on the water is perfect for a delicious breakfast or lunch, and you will find local menus for dinner at the Black Bass Café or harbor-front Sail Loft.

 

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It’s possible, with the map and handy locator grid, to satisfy your wanderlust this season by putting together your own comprehensive yet leisurely day trip or weekend getaway along this 30-mile country route. We hope you do! May you stay warm and inspired this winter season!