summer

Garden and Herb Festival

One of the most peaceful and bucolic parts of my hometown of Tiverton, RI is Tiverton Four Corners. The roads at this four-way intersection all lead to something wonderful – farms, beaches, hiking trails, vineyards, and some incredible local favorite shops and restaurants including The Provender, Milk and Honey,  Four Corners Grill, and the iconic […]

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The Gardens of Blithewold

Blithewold is a historic 33-acre summer estate overlooking Narragansett Bay in Bristol, RI. The mission of the nonprofit organization that maintains the property is to “preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.” I’ve been to Blithewold before, once for the […]

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Smith’s Castle Gardens

Smith’s Castle is not a castle at all, but a historic home on a historic piece of land that was once the site of Roger William’s (the badass founder of RI) trading post. The “castle” was given it’s nickname because the original structure, which was burned down in a 1676 conflict with the local Narragansett tribe, was […]

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Tomato Day at Casey Farm

Casey Farm is a historic, working farm in Saunderstown, RI. The property is situated on a rolling hill overlooking Narragansett Bay, and driving by this picturesque farm is the highlight of my daily commute. Casey Farm’s Coastal Growers Market was voted one of the top 5 Farmers’ Markets in New England by Yankee Magazine. My friend Kendalyn invited me […]

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Surprise Lotus Pond

For the past two years, I’ve heard a few people mention this random lotus pond on the road to Wickford Village (RI). But whenever I drove by the area that people described, I could never find the plants, even after looking up directions online. Last week I was driving towards Wickford from Narragansett in a hurry to get somewhere […]

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The wild side of Bristol

Bristol, RI is probably most famous for being home to the oldest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the country. Seriously, people start yelling “Happy Fourth (or Fowth depending on how long you’ve lived in RI for)” to each other in early June.  The whole two weeks leading up to the parade is slightly chaotic mix of free outdoor […]

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Sakonnet Point, Little Compton, RI

If I had to pick one favorite spot in Rhode Island, it would be Lloyd’s Beach in Little Compton.  Growing up as a wanna-be marine biologist, this is where I would come to feel connected to the ocean. It was here that I first saw harbor seals in the wild (in winter, they haul out […]

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Moonrise Walk at Mt. Hope Farm

The Bristol Land Conservation Trust hosted another Moonrise Walk with Mt. Hope Farm this year. Our event was part of series of more than 60 scheduled outdoor activities called RI Land Trust Days, a two month-long celebration of land trusts in RI. This year, the skies were even clearer and we didn’t need our StarMap app […]

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