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

All The Ways To Add More Avocado To Your Life & Your Summer In The OS Just Got Way Better

Forget chips and extra guac for a second because people are now incorporating avocado into marriage proposals, replacing the pit with a ring and documenting the whole darn thing over on Instagram. Kid you not, it's for realz. After chewing on that for a bit, we decided to put together a short list of ways that the rest of us can enjoy more avo in our dailies (aka, daily lives). 

Eats 

Old School: Avo toast isn't going anywhere. It's pretty much a breakfast, brunch or snack classic at this point. Indulge all your AT cravings locally at Insta worthy spots like Shayna's in Wickford and Sydney in PVD

New School: We've had so many swell meals at Perro Salado in Newport! They're also the only place in the area where you can get your hands on some delish avo fries, now trending among avo lovers across the country, and the perfect add on for your next brunch, lunch or evening meal splurge. 

Blame Tom Brady! He created quite the buzz around his recipe for (non dairy) avocado ice cream, which he teased, then finally revealed in his recent-ish health and fitness tome The TB12 Method. Some ppl adore it (a few of our FB friends for sure), and if you're in a DIY mood, you might want to give it a whirl. Otherwise, look for Cado, an emerging brand of avo ice cream that Whole Foods included on their list of the biggest food trends for 2018. And scope out the two Rhody brick and mortars that offer plant-based ice cream, Like No Udder and Wildflour. They'd be most likely (fingers crossed) to offer options in the area this Summer.

Beauty & Lifestyle

You're Soaking In It: Having trouble catching some zzz's? Dr Teal's, a cult fav brand, makes a soothing mineral soak that does in fact contain avocado oil, known of course for being incredibly hydrating. 

Sleep On It: Long before the avo engagement ring trend, Avocado Mattresses have been on our wish lists. Ok, it's a stretch but...they are handmade in the US (unheard of, right?) from organic, all natural materials (no avo tho), and have gotten raves online for being comfy and super supportive. They also have a return policy that means you won't ever have to lose sleep over sending a mattress back for a full refund if it turns out you're not a fan after all. Unlikely, but still good to know.

Let's Face It: Everyone from Sephora and Kiehl's to Tata Harper and Korres has products made with avo oil. Face masks. Eye creams. Treatment oils. After searching around, we couldn't find any options in any of the locally made beauty and skincare lines, but we'll be keeping an eye out. In the meantime, we'll be whipping up some face masks with these (click here) five fab recipes.

 

 

The Seaside Town This Rhody Native Visited In Spain Will Have You Wanting To Vacay, So Start Checking Flights

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If you find yourself vacationing in Barcelona and want to take a break from the city, head over to the costal beach community Sitges. It's a 40 min train ride southwest of the city and pretty easy to navigate. It’s a melting pot of people - families, young and old, gay and straight, all looking to relax, eat, drink and shop. Think Provincetown MA but on steroids. The narrow and winding streets are full of outside cafes and storefronts and the nights become a festive club and bar scene. 

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and rent a chair and umbrella on the beach (13 euros) to soak up the Mediterranean sun. Also offered for 25 euros is a massage right on the beach, nothing more relaxing than that...well, except a glass of Sangria.

Mid afternoon we decided to go back to our hotel, soak in the pool, and get ready for diner and some shopping. There are so many alleyways full of galleries, clothing, and local fair. One particular store got my interest, ArtAmore, a mix of local artisan jewelry and accessories. I found an amazing bracelet there from a local goldsmith who melts old silverware, giving it new life as jewelry. (photo below)

Dinner was next and not as easy to choose as the bracelet. The streets are lined with every type of cuisine from tapas to sushi to Italian to a good old burger and beer. 

We noticed in one of the hidden alleys a café named Num3ric. We chose a table overlooking the trees lining the street, and enjoyed the view of people walking the city. The meal of salmon skewers marinated in soy and ginger and confit codfish served with potatoes was amazing. For dessert, we shared a caramelized Nutella and caramel crepe, the perfect ending to an enjoyable meal.

Finally, you must indulge with a nightcap and visit one of the many nightclubs or bars that Sitges has to offer.  We went to The Gin Tub, an underground speakeasy bar specializing in house made Gins and signature cocktails. With its large staircase that leads downstairs to a hidden bar decorated with vintage medical jars and cool utensils for making drinks, it feels like it might have been there since prohibition time.

I went with the Aperol Spritz with bitters, served with their own dehydrated orange twist. The space itself was full without feeling overcrowded, a mix of tourists and locals. A lot like the community, it’s a wonderful medley of cultures and people enjoying life. A fun way to end a great day in Sitges!

More About Lori

Lori is a visual artist, cook, and food stylist. She is a native of Rhode Island who now lives in NYC and also travels the world in search of food adventure. She launched her website www.thegizzcooks.com to share her healthy, clean and easy to replicate recipes and cooking with real ingredients, the way her grandmother always did. Follow Lori on Instagram @gizznyc for inspiration and more creative food ideas.

Photo Credits: Thumbnail photo of beach at Sitges, Spain by G.M. Kowalewska; additional interior photos courtesy of Lori Gizz