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WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI

SHELTER HARBOR INN. Comfy 19th-century converted farmhouse with rights to a private stretch of sand on Weekapaug Beach. 800-468-8883, 401-322-8883;


QUONOCHONTAUG. A.k.a. “Quonnie,” an undeveloped, privately owned barrier beach. Trails allow public access at specified times.

NINIGRET CONSERVATION AREA/EAST BEACH. East of Blue Shutters Town Beach, pick your parking lot and find a patch of sand.

CHARLESTOWN BREACHWAY. Fishermen cast off here, at this beautiful channel between the ocean and Ninigret Pond.

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THE FANTASTIC UMBRELLA FACTORY. International bazaar with a ’60s vibe, set in a 19th-century farmyard. 401-364-6616

VINTAGE EYEWEAR. A don’t-miss shop at The Fantastic Umbrella Factory. 401-213-6870

NINIGRET NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & KETTLE POND VISITOR CENTER. Kids and windsurfers love the gentle salt pond.

WILCOX TAVERN. Revolutionary general Joseph Stanton’s birthplace serves calamari and stuffed quahogs in an elegant but casual colonial setting. 401-322-1829;

RAMBLIN’ ROSE. Jammed with appealing vintage items for your beach cottage. 401-322-1111;


EAST MATUNUCK STATE BEACH. Strong surf, picnicking, pavilion, and concessions.

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TRUSTOM POND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. 787 acres open year-round, with visitor center, trail info, and RI’s only undeveloped salt-pond shoreline.

LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE. Hits a bit of the South County coast, and then goes all around Narragansett Bay, past 10 different lighthouses in 90 minutes. 401-295-4040;

MATANUCK OYSTER FARM. In East Matunuck, take a guided tour of oyster beds and belly up to the oyster bar. 401-783-4202;

WILLIAM C. O’NEILL BIKE PATH. A six-mile ride from Kingston Station to South County Museum in Narragansett. 401-783-8886;

Please Note: This information 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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