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Rhode Island Best Local Secrets 2012

Rhode Island Best Local Secrets 2012
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BEST COLLECTION
Simple Pleasures, Providence
This former forge laced with rosebushes and ivy feels like a secret garden. The owner, a RISD grad, scouts the globe to present an international bazaar, from batik scarves to lush soaps to folk art. 6 Richmond Square. 401-331-4120; simplepleasuresprovidence.com

BEST PHOTO OP
Nautical Art Gallery, Newport
Onne van der Wal’s lush images of yachts, harbors, beaches, and wildlife circumnavigate the globe. The South African sailor’s photography has landed on the pages of Travel & Leisure and National Geographic. 1 Bannister’s Wharf. 401-849-5556; vanderwal.com

BEST LOCAL HANGOUT
Ocean Mist, Wakefield
This apres-surf spot is the perfect dive bar. It’s always summer, thanks to a gimlet view of the Atlantic from the deck, Gansett beer on tap, and reggae bands on stage. 895 Matunuck Beach Road. 401-782-3740; oceanmist.net

BEST SERVICE
Rhody Surf, Newport
This business operates only on wheels–and the savings on overhead makes surfing more affordable. For out-of-towners who just want to rent boards but don’t need lessons, Rhody Surf will deliver boards and wetsuits to customers at the beach and fetch them when you’re ready to dry out. 401-216-9283; rhodysurf.com

BEST FARM-TO-FORK MENU
Chez Pascal, Providence
Inspired by a local farmers’ market, Chez Pascal’s owners decided to craft a “Monday Market Menu” based on what they could forage from nearby growers. Their French-inspired food is as award-winning as it is on the other nights of the week, and the intimate space is perfect for any couple’s celebration. Entrées: from $22. 960 Hope St. 401-421-4422; chez-pascal.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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