City Spotlight: Woonsocket

Woonsocket, RI is located in the northeastern part of the state and started as a farming community during the 1800s. It grew to be one of the largest textile manufacturing centers in the United States powered by the Blackstone River. It has a large French Canadian population and the city has museums, parks, restaurants, theaters, antiques, breweries, and shopping centers. You will find this an exciting vacations stop for a day trip or a longer weekend stay.

The Museum of Work and Culture located in French Market Square lets you explore the history of the French Canadian population. On the tour, you will visit a rural farmhouse and see the shop floor of a textile mill. The museum has a classroom, union hall, interactive displays, and many photos. It is run by the Rhode Island Historical Society. It is located at 42 South Main Street.

Take a riverboat tour with Explorer River Tours in the warmer weather. You will leave from Cold Spring Park 101 Katherine Road dock. This 40 passenger boat will provide you with a 40-minute river tour of Woonsocket. Our tours are great for adults and children who are provided with binoculars and nature guides.

You can buy tickets for a show in the evening at the Stadium Theater at 28 Monument Square  This local theater was restored in 2001. There you will find a variety of shows murder mysteries, musical group performances, Broadway shows, and dance and theater classes for local residents.

Diamond Hill Plaza on Diamond Hill Road has 18 stores for shoppers. You will find clothing, restaurants, nail, and hair salons. Timeless Antiques and Collectibles located on 91 Main Street sell toys, furniture, paper, jewelry, glass items, and pottery. Woonsocket has a variety of restaurants with food to meet all your tastes.

When you want some outdoor activity visit the World War II Veterans Park on Veterans Way with walking paths, picnic tables, basketball courts, restrooms, and a splash park in the warmer weather. These are some of the many tourism attractions available for you to see in Woonsocket, RI.

City Spotlight: Narragansett

When you are looking for a new city to visit and explore, Narragansett, Rhode Island is a great option to consider. The city of Narragansett is located in eastern Rhode Island along the Atlantic Ocean. While it has a year round population of around 15,000, it typically more than doubles due to the variety of activities that it has to offer, which draws people from all over the northeast United States.

Head to the Beach

One of the most popular activities that people enjoy in the Narragansett area during the summer months involves heading to the local beaches. This city offers a wide range of public beaches for people to enjoy. Some of the most popular spots to head to for fun and sun include Narragansett Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach and Salty Brine State Beach. All of these are beautiful beaches that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Atlantic coast.

Fishing Charters

If you enjoy being out on the water and catching fish, Narragansett has plenty of great options for you to enjoy. The city offers several different private boat fishing charter options. Some of these include Captain Sheriff’s Fishing Charter and C-Devil II Sportfishing. Both of these tours will take you to some of the best spots in the area where you can catch bass, cod and flounder and several other types of fish.

Sea Tours

If you would like to experience the ocean without fishing, there are also a variety of options to consider. There are several different companies that offer sightseeing charters that can allow you to enjoy the coast. These include sunrise and sunset cruises or whale watching excursions.

Narragansett, RI is a great place to visit anytime of the year. During the summer months there continues to be a lot of attractions to enjoy that make this city a great place for your next vacation.

Places to Stay in Jamestown, RI

Jamestown is so charming and tranquil, I recommend planning an overnight stay. You’re only 10 minutes (by car or ferry) from the hustle and bustle of Newport, and at the end of a long day, you can return to a quiet retreat. Here are some great lodging options in Jamestown:

 

East Bay Bed & Breakfast

This small B&B has four guest rooms, all with private baths, WiFi and flat-screen TVs with DVD player. The decor is a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings for a clean, inviting style. Guests can enjoy the full breakfast each morning either in the formal dining room or at individual tables on the three-season porch. Complimentary bottled water and afternoon snacks is a nice touch. The East Bay Bed & Breakfast is just a short stroll to Jamestown’s restaurants.

 

Lionel Champlin Guest House

This lovingly restored Victorian beach cottage has five guest rooms, all with private baths and WiFi, as well an apartment with separate entrance and full kitchen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the relaxing front porch and common living areas, where they’ll find a guest refrigerator and cable TV. Coffee, tea and homemade pastries are offered each morning. The Lionel Champlin Guest House close to everything you’ll need in Jamestown.

 

Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn

This 31-unit timeshare property has one-bedroom units that sleep four people (there’s a sofabed in the living room). The “kitchenette” has a small sink, fridge and microwave, but not much counter space. Some rooms have nice views of the harbor and there is an outdoor pool.

Wyndham Newport Overlook
This timeshare property has 19 two-level units with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (sleeping 4 to 6). They all have a washer/dryer and full kitchen, making this a good option for families. The property is right on the water and you’ll enjoy the stunning views from your balcony and patio. There’s also an outdoor pool and hot tub.

 

Places to Stay in Wickford, RI

You won’t find any hotels right in Wickford, but there are several within a 20-minute drive. These hotels are also a short drive from Providence, Newport or the South County beaches.

 

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

This fairly new hotel is just 10 minutes north of Wickford on Route 1, across from a convenient shopping center. It has very reasonable rates, even during the prime summer season. The hotel has an indoor pool and offers free breakfast. All rooms have full kitchens, and one- and two-bedroom suites are available.

 

Hampton Inn & Suites South Kingstown

Just 15 minutes south of Wickford on Route 1, this hotel is in a shopping center with several restaurants and a movie theater. It’s a bit pricey during the summer, but still reasonable compared to Newport hotel prices. A hot breakfast is included in the room rates and there is an indoor pool.

 

Comfort Suites West Warwick

This hotel is less than 20 minutes north of Wickford, right off Route 95. It’s close to stores, casual restaurants and a movie theater. Rooms have a microwave and refrigerator and guests receive a free hot breakfast. There is an indoor pool.

  • In town during the summer? Stop by the Wickford Village Farmers Market, held Thursdays from 3 – 7pm (end of May – September). The market has a variety of crafts and baked goods, as well as local meats and produce.
  • If you’re in Rhode Island in mid-July, you won’t want to miss the Wickford Art Festival, which is one of the top fine arts shows in the country.