13 Places To Get Your Halloween Penny Candy Fix in Rhode Island

Halloween is almost here. Instead of running to the closest corner store chain, visit a locally-owned candy shop in Rhode Island. What might surprise you is the greater variety of nostalgic penny candies like Smarties lollipops, gold coins, Warheads, and Super Sour Drops. Better yet, these stores have sweets year round to satisfy your candy…

Mystic Aquarium a Delight for All Ages

At Mystic Aquarium, less than 20 minutes from the Rhode Island border, it’s tough to tell who has the biggest smile at the Arctic Coast exhibit – the kids, the adults or the beluga whales, sleek and gorgeous creatures with seeming permanent smiles locked on their faces below iconic bulging brows.

Sometimes Queasy Memories of Rocky Point Park

There’s a stretch of broken railroad track where the scenic train once chugged. Down the gut of the place are towering, rusting hulks that were the stanchions of the Skyliner gondola ride. At the top of the old ride are caves, formed by giant rocks that create tenuous walking paths, daring walkers then and now….

Taking a Hike on Rhode Island’s Hilly Side at Tiverton’s Fort Barton

Set foot just about anywhere in Rhode Island, and you’ll find a lovely place for a hike, much of it flat, lots of it boosting your heart rate, and others downright challenging. In the latter category has to be Fort Barton and Highland Woods in Tiverton, a gorgeous hilly holding managed by the Tiverton Open…

Narragansett’s The Break a Boutique Beauty

Sometimes, one bad thing leads to something good. We were overnighting in Narragansett recently and had booked a room at a local B&B, but upon inspection found it woeful, outdated and rudely mismanaged. We scrambled to find alternate Friday-night accommodations for our party of four and bam, stumbled onto The Break, a stunningly beautiful 16-room…

Off-Season, Martha’s Vineyard Can Be a Holiday Shopper’s Bargain

Martha’s Vineyard, a haven for the rich and famous, is an expensive place to lay your head at night in high season. But when the rich and famous and many of the tourists have left, things cheapen up considerably.

Bristol House B&B is a Shining East Bay Star

Truth be told, we didn’t know what to expect when booking a room at the Bristol House B&B, what with it being a couple miles out of downtown Bristol, Rhode Island and all its shops, restaurants, and boutiques. It’s smack dab in the middle of a very pleasant little neighborhood off Route 114, so it…

Preserving the Fruits of Summer’s Labor

No one wants to think about the end of summer. But it’s a great time to think about canning and preserving the good stuff you may have grown in your garden, or may have on hand and would like to keep around for the cold winter ahead.

ShelaLara Vineyards

Rhode Island’s newest winery is located in Coventry; ShelaLare Vineyards opened its doors in 2011 and offers tastings and tours every Saturday and Sunday as well as by appointment. The vineyard produces 20 varieties of wine each year, including natural fruit essence wines (such as the Gaspee wine slush), vintage wines, California wines, glacier dessert…

State Purchase Ensures Access to R.I. High Point

The state of Rhode Island has purchased 5.5 acres at the top of Jerimoth Hill in Exeter (off RI-101), the state’s highest point, giving hikers easy access to the lofty (812 foot) spot. For years, it was a wry joke among so-called “highpointers” that one of the lowest high points in the U.S. was also…