One Of The Prettiest Beaches In The OS You're Probably Missing Out On

Because Everyone's Posting Sunglass Emojis This Week...

The locals won't be too jazzed about my saying this (They're super famous for wanting to keep the town on the DL.), but if you ever get a chance to check out South Shore Beach in Little Compton, you totally should. It's just so New England postcard pretty!

Heck yeah, it's rockier than Gansett, but that's part of its charm! Speaking of which, someone at a whole essay (a love/hate letter) in the (NY) Times a few years back about the rocky beaches in Little Compton and growing up there and it is a must read for any current and former Rhody residents.

*For the record, I found out later that the adjacent area that's overrun with tons of rocks isn't techinically part of South Shore and is in fact a preserve. Peaceful yes, but it does make for tough walking, especially if you're barefoot.

My best tip for beaching it there? Go after 2pm. It usually isn't as intensely hot or as crazy crowded. The peeps who live for the summer sun and sand, and who most likely made their way over hours earlier, are by that point probably packing up their cars and heading homeward. A perfect time to enjoy it to the fullest and take a nice mellow and meditative walk along the water.

If you're looking for a DD, Starbucks or any kind of fast food (any traditional restaurants or coffee shops really), you are outta luck. What you will find are a several charming farm stands over on West Main Road where you can pick up in season veggies and fruits, plants and flowers, and maybe even a pie or two. Young Family Farm was also offering fresh, made to order pizza last summer. Bet it was yummy! Worth inquiring about this year.

Beach time + pizza? What could be better?

 

 

This City Is Bachelorette Party Goals & 7 Things You Need To Know Before You Go

Nashvegas. Smashville. Let's Get Nashty! You've seen the photos and hashtags (#NashvilleLooksGoodOnYou) in your feeds on Instagram and Facebook. Brides to be and their bridal parties (Nashlorettes!) having what looks like way too much fun in Nashville, Tenn. In some cases, even hiring local photographers to document their outfit choices against a backdrop of colorful murals or the skyline views from the pedestrian bridge.

Not sure when it became the top city for destination bachelorette weekends (According to a recent NY Times article on the cultural phenom, it all started about 4 yrs ago.), or when destination bachelorette weekends even became a thing, but we did chat with a few ladies who were there last month for such an event. After some verbal arm twisting (What happens in Nashvegas...), they looped us in, with these 7 things to know before you go.

  1. Up In The Clouds: From Logan, the flight is literally an hour and a half - it's easy! (Another reason to go, even if you're not tying the knot.)
  2. What The Pre-Wedding Party People Are Wearing: Most of the other brides-to-be and their parties were clad in jean shorts and matching slogan tees. We skipped the coordinating t-shirts (and cowboy boots) and instead went with ripped denim and crop tops or tanks. (Some people were more dressed up. Guessing they were locals?)
  3. Navigating Nashville: Use Uber. We learned a lot about what goes on in and around the city from our drivers. One told us that bartenders make 2K+ a weekend, enough to cover their rent for multiple months and then some.
  4. Accomodations: We recommend reserving something on Airbnb because you can cook (breakfast especially...once you see #5, this will make more sense.), and there's more space for everyone to get ready. Also, the residential (vs. hotel) setup encourages more camaraderie among the group.
  5. Downtown is so much fun! There’s bar after bar, and each one had 5 or 6 floors with a different band on every level. There were also awesome rooftops bars, where we saw bartenders jumping up on top of the bar to sing and dance. 
  6. Pedal Tavern, billed as the city's premiere party bike - that has groups drinking and pedaling but not driving - was the most popular attraction. It was completely sold out during our weekend there. (And this was before it was mentioned in that Times article about how Nashville is the hottest place right now for destination bachelorettes.)
  7. One of the most popular places for eats? Hattie B’s Chicken! The line was long, with a 2+ hour wait. Life Hack: If you’re smart like us, you’ll order online in advance, pick up, then sit at the outside counter and eat while everyone else is still standing in line.

 

 

Some Of The Best Rhody Retreats & Summer Outings Because You're In Staycation Mode

We're coming up on the first official day of Summer 2018, so what better time to dish about some classic Rhody spots for summertime staycations and outings (and Instagraming too of course, if you're so inclined). In-demand photog Stacey Doyle is sharing some of her favorite destinations from around the Ocean State as well as some absolutely gorgeous photos from her personal collection. Did any of your warm weather go-to's in Rhode Island make her list? Scroll on and see. 

Block Island

My absolute summer fav is Block Island. Quick ferry ride and so many great places to enjoy! I always grab a bike rental as soon as I arrive. Drinks on the patio or on the lawn at the Spring House, the labyrinth, Mohegan Bluffs, apps on the porch or fireside at the National Hotel, and local art and inspiration at the Lightburne Cottage Gallery

After a long day of biking, I'd suggest one of these fab spots for food and drink - Poor People's Pub, Dead Eye Dick's or The Oar. Late night dancing at the Yellow Kittens.

Off Island 

Food & Drink

The Hot Club is a must. It doesn't feel like summer if I haven't lounged on their deck for a long afternoon, enjoying the city and water views (along with a dark & stormy or a few!). A lobster roll (or 14) and clam cakes - So many great spots throughout RI! • Take a walk in our Elmhurst area and head to Newport Creamery for a scoop or two.Cocktails, friends and people watching at Finn's Harborside - Always a hoot! Wine tasting at Diamond Hill Vineyard in Cumberland and Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton

More Rhody Favs

India Point Fireworks

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory and their Gardens & Greenhouses

And snuggling with my honey in our own backyard, enjoying a summer night in front of our fire pit

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Photo Credits: Thumbnail photo by Falkenpost; all interior photos courtesy of the lovely and talented Stacey Doyle