Good to see you at that regatta last week. Hope you know I was serious about that invitation for you and your lovely wife to come and stay with us in Rhode Island for a while. You and I can go Lasering a different place every day during the week and then we can do a regatta somewhere nearby at the weekend.
But I understand that (like me) you prefer to travel to sailing venues where your wife can find something interesting to do during the day while you are sailing. So here are few ideas off the top of my head for things to do around here. My blogging friend Carol Anne says that I should tell you about the "offbeat" activities, not the stuff that is on the radar of the average tourist. Well, I've done a bit of both, so I hope your wife will find something on this list that appeals to her.
Look forward to seeing you soon.
- Sin and Flesh
- Do the Cliff Walk
- Have dinner at 22B
- Experience WaterFire
- Visit the Newport Mansions
- Stop at the sign of the lemon
- Enjoy an ice-cream at Gray's
- Catch a play at the Trinity Rep
- Drive the Coastal Villages Trail
- Tour the gardens at Blithewold
- Take lunch at Evelyn's Drive-In
- Go for a walk in Weetamoo Woods
- Tour a battleship at Battleship Cove
- Check out the Buzzards Bay Brewery
- Fly a kite at Brenton Point State Park
- Go surfing at Easton Beach in Newport
- Watch international polo in Portsmouth
- Go for a stroll around Mount Hope Farm
- Have a picnic at the Sakonnet Vineyards
- Pick your own fruit at Sweet Berry Farm
- See the butterflies at the Butterfly Farm
- Explore a fort at Fort Wetherill State Park
- Try Standup Paddleboarding at Third Beach
- Take a day trip on the ferry to Block Island
- Run, walk or bike on the East Bay Bike Path
- Take the kids go-karting at Seekonk Grand Prix
- Go kayaking with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
- Have an Italian meal on Providence's Federal Hill
- Be amazed by the Green Animals Topiary Garden
- Visit a museum dedicated to our local axe murderer
- Go birdwatching at the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
- Visit the Rhode Island Red Commemorative Monument
- Have breakfast at the Bayside Restaurant in Westport
- Take the kids swimming at Newport's Gooseberry Beach
- Take a cruise around 10 lighthouses in Narragansett Bay
- See the proof that the Chinese discovered America before Columbus
- Take a windswept walk for miles and miles on Horseneck Beach
- Shop for pottery, antiques, toys, cheese, whatever at Tiverton Four Corners
- Drink wine and listen to live music on a Friday night at the Westport Rivers Winery
- Take a tour of Newport Harbor on Rum Runner II a prohibition-era smuggler's boat
- Go to Hartley's Original Pork Pies in Fall River to buy the best English-style pork pies in America
- Learn about the history of the American whaling industry at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Watch a minor league baseball game in Pawtucket -- yeah I know it's only the Red Sox but that's all we have
- Does your wife play golf? I know nothing about golf -- but just in case that is her thing, here is a list of the Best 25 Rhode Island Golf Courses
- I don't know why anyone would come to Rhode Island to go mall shopping but if that's your wife's thing then she will enjoy Providence Place Mall
- Check out the colonial garden at the Pardon Gray Preserve -- the corn is Tillerwoman's project so be careful what you say about it over dinner
- If you come next week I will see if we can get you tickets so we can all go and see Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellenkamp at McCoy Stadium
- Or if you come for the July 4th weekend we can go and watch the parade in Bristol, the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States!
- If you feel inclined to buy your hostess a thank-you gift then you couldn't do better than to buy a plant for the garden from Tillerwoman's favorite nursery, Peckham's Greenhouse in Little Compton
- Whatever our wives find to do around here and wherever we go sailing, at the end of the day we can all meet at the absolutely best place to be and for the best thing to do: our deck for cocktails and a bottle or two of wine, and watching the sun set over Mount Hope Bay. Cheers mate!
What is a view worth?
Posted in response to Carol Anne's writing project:
Getting the spouse to come along.
Getting the spouse to come along.