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Yankee Magazine Names Local Rhode Island Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Local Rhode Island Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
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Dublin, NH (April 21, 2014)—The May/June edition of Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, has named local establishments in Rhode Island as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2014. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. This special issue also names 20 top events in Rhode Island, and a total of 120 events across New England. For 38 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Yankee’s May/June issue also guides readers on summertime journeys with maritime-themed articles about our region’s seafaring history from Mystic to Maine, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our Rhode Island state expert Lisa Speidel whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

This year’s Travel Guide features more than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections. The listing for each establishment includes a description, address, phone number, and Web site, if available. The following “Editors’ Choice” establishments from Rhode Island include:

Editors’ Choice
Block Island

BI Southeast Lighthouse Foundation—Best Island Light, Block Island
Block Island Fishworks—Best Charter Fishing, Block Island
The Hygeia House—Best Inn for the Literary Set, Block Island

East Bay and Newport
Coggeshall Farm Museum—Best Living-History Farm, Bristol
Harbor Bath & Body—Best Local Bath Products, Bristol
The Inn at Mount Hope Farm—Best Historic-Farm Stay, Bristol
DiMare Seafood Marketplace, Restaurant & Bar—Best Rhode Island Clam Chowder, East Greenwich
Schartner Farms—Best Farm Stand, Exeter
Norman Bird Sanctuary—Best Nature Hike, Middletown
The Belafonte—Best Room with a View, Newport
Buskers Irish Pub & Restaurant—Best Breakfast, Newport
The Francis Malbone House—Best Elegant Escape, Newport
newportFILM—Best Outdoor Indie Film Series, Newport
Newport Gulls. Ltd—Best Bargain Baseball, Newport
Onne van der Wal Gallery—Best Seaworthy Souvenirs, Newport
Thames Street Kitchen—Best BYOB, Newport
Top of Newport Bar at the Hotel Viking—Best Rooftop Bar, Newport

Providence and North
Sonia’s Near East Market & Deli—Best Healthy Lunch, Cranston
Wright’s Farm Restaurant—Best Family-Style Chicken, Harrisville
The Hope Chest—Best Consignments, Johnston
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council—Best Bike Tours, Pawtucket
The Gamm Theatre—Best Intimate Theatre, Pawtucket
Tacos Don Nacho—Best Mexican Roadside Stand, Pawtucket
Cable Car Cinema & Café—Best Art-House Cinema, Providence
Cellar Stories—Best Used-Bookstore, Providence
Cook & Brown Public House—Best Gastropub, Providence
The Dorrance—Best Bistro, Providence
Farmstead—Best Local Food, Providence
Prospect Terrace Park—Best View of the Providence Skyline, Providence
Providence Marriott Downtown (AQUA)—Best Hotel for Pool Lovers, Providence
The Providence Flea—Best Vintage Finds, Providence
The Providence Biltmore—Best Classic City Stay, Providence
Rhode Island Historical Society—Best Walking Tour, Providence
Stock Culinary Goods—Best Gifts for the Gourmand, Providence
Castle Luncheonette—Best Dynamite, Woonsocket

West Bay & South County Region
RH Div of Parks & Rec. Charlestown Breachway—Best Low-Key Beach, Charlestown
Rhode Island Bay Cruises Lighthouse Cruise—Best Sightseeing Cruise, North Kingstown
Plum Pt. Bistro—Best Contemporary Italian Dining, Saunderstown
Ocean House – Seasons—Best Splurge, Watch Hill
Water Wizz—Best Old-School Water Park, Westerly
Flying Horse Merry-Go-Round—Best Vintage Ride, Westerly
The Weekapaug Inn—Best Gourmand Getaway, Westerly

Top Events

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. The “Top 20 Events” in Rhode Island, according to Yankee Magazine, include:

MAY 2–4: PAWTUCKET, Cherry Blossom Festival. The Roosevelt Avenue mill district provides the backdrop for a family-friendly celebration of Asian heritage and culture and the resurgence of the Blackstone River Valley’s industrial corridors. Discover the Cherry Blossom Bike Tour, kayaking, an antique car show, food truck court, music, road races, and more. 401-724-2200;

MAY 9–11: WESTERLY, Springfest at Misquamicut State Beach. Music, good food, carnival amusements, rides, evening bonfire, petting zoo, classic car show—it’s a great kick-off to summer, so come join the fun in the sun.

MAY 11: JAMESTOWN, Sheepshearing Day at Watson Farm. Visit the historic farmstead and celebrate spring with a family-friendly program. Keep the baby lambs company while the adult flock is shorn by local experts. See spinning and weaving demonstrations and take a scenic hike along the grounds—made more bucolic by the herd of heritage red Devon cattle.

MAY 17–18: NORTH KINGSTOWN, National Guard Open House & Air Show. Visit Quonset State Airport and view the exceptional aerial and static displays, plus activities for all ages. Don’t miss the high-flying maneuvers of the Navy’s Blue Angels.

MAY 24–25: WESTERLY, “Virtu” Art Festival. Over 150 booths will dot the landscape of beautiful Wilcox Park featuring the impressive works of select artists. Enjoy perusing the wares, listening to live music, and noshing on fine food—plus a kids’ craft area is sure to occupy the younger set. 401-596-7761;

JUNE 7: NEWPORT, Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off. Now in its 33rd year, the event returns to the Newport Yachting Center, where attendees enjoy sampling traditional and exotic variations of the time-honored staple and vote for their favorites. Live music, kids’ activities, and additional food and bar offerings, too. 401-846-1600;

JUNE 11: BARRINGTON, Barrington in Bloom: Beyond the Garden Gate. A combination flower show and garden tour staged at 10 homes, some with views of Narragansett Bay or the Providence River. Tour originates from St. John’s Church, rain or shine. 774-565-0113;

JUNE 14: RICHMOND, Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival. Visit Washington County Fairgrounds for a transcendent trip to the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy traditional music and dance, Scottish food, Celtic harp demonstrations, sheepdog trials, Highland sports, kids’ activities, and more.

JUNE 27: WESTERLY, Electric Eve Rhode Island. It’s a 5K neon-glow run. Follow the magical neon course route, and enjoy an even-ing of food, funky neon outfits, and an awesome stage show and concert at Misquamicut State Beach. 401-596-7761;;

JUNE 27–29: NEWPORT, Flower Show. Visit Rosecliff, where this year’s theme is “Journey: Grand Vistas.” Discover beautiful, juried horticultural specimens and floral designs, stunning garden exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations, and wonderful shopping in both the Oceanside Boutiques and the Gardeners’ Marketplace 401-847-1000;

JUNE 28–29: NARRAGANSETT, Art Festival. Take a walk through Veterans’ Park on the shores of Narragansett Beach, and enjoy the water view while discovering the many fine works displayed by 100 area artisans. A fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Wakefield.

JULY 1–6: PROVIDENCE, Cirque du Soleil: “Varekai.” At the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, an extraordinary world comes to life—a world called “Varekai.” The production offers the stunning acrobatics the troop is famous for and pays tribute to the spirit and art of the circus tradition. 800-745-3000;

JULY 11–27: NEWPORT, Newport Music Festival. In all, more than 60 concerts—three to five per day—with music ranging from Bach to Bernstein, will be performed. Enjoy the magnificent venues (including Touro Synagogue and Gilded Age “summer cottages” such as The Breakers and others) as much as the beautiful chamber music. 401-849-0700;

JULY 19–20: WARREN, Quahog Festival & Art Festival. Visit Burr’s Hill Park and discover a wide variety of fresh cooked seafood, chowders, stuffed quahogs, and clam cakes, plus unique arts-and-crafts offerings, live music, pony rides, rock-wall climbing, and more. 401-247-0232

JULY 25–27: MIDDLETOWN, Newport Antiques Show. A premier gathering of more than 40 of the country’s top dealers is held at St. George’s School. Attend an expert-led lecture, and search for treasures among the offerings: paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and much more. 401-846-2669;

JULY 30–AUGUST 17: WESTERLY, Shakespeare in the Park. The Bard’s comedic Twelfth Night is sure to provide an evening of laughs in lovely Wilcox Park. Bring a blanket and settle in under the stars for this summertime exclusive. Free. 401-596-7909;

AUGUST 7–10: CUMBERLAND, Cumberlandfest. Live music, amusement rides, fireworks, fair-food offerings, craft vendors, and a car show, plus still more family-friendly activities, are on hand at Diamond Hill State Park in a cele-bratory salute to the town’s heritage and culture.

AUGUST 9: NEWPORT, Reggae Festival. The rhythmic beat of lauded reggae musicians will groove on, come rain or shine, at the downtown waterfront. Enjoy authentic Jamaican foods, a full bar, and shopping select marketplace vendors. 401-846-1600;

AUGUST 13–17: RICHMOND, Washington County Fair. The state’s largest agricultural fair presents daily concerts, a giant midway, horse and tractor pulls, arts and crafts, a farm museum, delicious foods, and much more, all at the county fairgrounds. 401-539-7042;

AUGUST 29–31: CHARLESTOWN, Rhythm & Roots Festival. With some 40 musical groups and performers in the lineup, festivalgoers at Ninigret Park will be swaying to the beat for hours on end. Take a break to sample a variety of tasty food selections (including Cajun and Creole dishes), shop for souvenirs, and more.;

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Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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