Rhode Island Travels

I feel as though I have experienced a modern version or planes, trains, and automobiles – jet-setting around the NE.  Seeing as my ultimate goal is to explore every state and locale around the country (even if it’s for a mere hot-second, quick snapshot, or postcard), I seem to be making a pretty solid effort.

Last weekend I was lucky to be invited to Rhode Island to stay with some family.  Funny enough, this family is from Southern California, but happened to be out on the east coast for a few weeks while my cousins were involved in lacrosse camps.  The sport has somewhat made its way westward, but there’s no comparison in terms of the level of play.

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I arrived in Providence on Friday evening and was able to catch up with Sarah over some much anticipated ice cream.  She was a complete doll and agreed to pick me up from the train station and drive me to where my cousins were staying.  Even though we communicate weekly via text, it’s always nice to catch up in person, don’t you agree?

Cooked Goose

After sleeping in on Saturday morning, we headed out for a midday meal at the Cooked Goose; a homey favorite for the locals of Westerly, R.I.  I’m always a sucker for neatly designed t-shirts and funky-named entrees

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A quaint little setting with cookies the size of your face and filling homestyle breakfasts.  As you can see we were all over the menu from breakfast burritos to chocolate chip pancakes to spinach/feta omelets.

The Cooked Goose
~ Menu ~
92 Watch Hill Road
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
*Breakfast, lunch + take-out

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I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to many places over my 23 years of life and I’d like to think of myself as somewhat cultured.  However, I can’t help think that the east coast is just a different place.  I’m certain I spent a majority of the trip just gawking and soaking it all in (hopefully not in a rude way, just as a baffled and quite interested manner).  From the people to the architecture to the beaches to the style of clothing.  I can’t even begin to describe it besides “so east coast.”  Maybe it’s the fact that California has been so engrained in my mind as home, everything we do as “normal” that makes me try to comprehend the lifestyle out here.

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After breakfast (or really more of lunch) we drove up the coast to Newport for some time on the beach and obviously some Del’s Frozen Lemonade.  Originally started in Rhode Island, Del’s has now expanded to 20 different states, even California!!

IMG_5414  One sip and I fell in love.  It had a fresh and fruity flavor with actual chunks of lemon rather than the syrupy mess that Minute-Maid sells at sporting events and theme parks.  No, no, this was quite a treat.

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~ NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND ~

Newport - 3~ A trip to the wharf to people watch ~
~ Indulge in some ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s for Katherine, gelato for Katie, and self-serve Pinkberry for me) ~
~ A visit to the Alex & Ani flagship store ~

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~ Sunday Funday ~

I started with endless cups of coffee and reading off my kindle.  From there it was time for breakfast at the local sandwich joint – a bagel w/ egg + arugula for her and a spinach/blueberry/banana/granola smoothie for me

10 Sandwiches 
98 Bay Street, Watch Hill, R.I.
(Selling Dave’s Coffee coldbrew)

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We walked along the beach, spotted Taylor Swift’s house from a far (bottom left), got caught up in some of the local shops, and enjoyed our afternoon with a fruity drink and crudite platter at the Ocean House.  I do have to say, our drinks were some of the finest I have every tasted (probably because I couldn’t taste the alcohol) and am totally willing to mix one up for anyone willing to be my guinea pig 😉

Ocean House Colada ~ Ciroc Coconut Vodka, Coconut Water, Mint

The Low Tide Painkiller ~ Mount Gray Silver Rum, Pineapple Juice, Creme de Coco, Midori, Grapefruit Juice, Creme de Strawberry

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The Ocean House was built in 1868 and known as the last remaining water front Victorian Era hotel on mainland Rhode Island.   It originally did not have any heating, cooling, or ventilation, as most homes in this area didn’t.  Seeing as they were all “summer homes”, they were only open 3-4 months out of the year.  It was demolished in 2005 and reopened in 2010, built brick by brick to mirror the original building.

I definitely recommend either getting dressed up to have a cocktail inside or even stopping by to have one along the water.

The Ocean House
1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, R.I. 02891

I believe there’s an element of old school living that shines through – the fact that people have been settled here in these towns for ages.  They vacation in the same spots year after year, while our families were exploring the mountains and lakes on the west coast.  The slow mornings, the fact that everyone knows each other, the east coast prep style (from Lily Pulitzer to Sperry’s to folks dressed in all white and playing croquette), and the distinct difference between the seasons.  It’s just plain ‘ol different and for now that’s all I have to describe it.

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All in all it was a lovely escape from the city and I was oh-so-happy to spend time with my family.

Have you ever been to Rhode Island?

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15 thoughts on “Rhode Island Travels

  1. What a cool read! I visited about a month ago, and loved it! Did many of the same things as you….except that sundae.. that looks awesome! I did have an awful awful though and that was delicious!

  2. I went to college in RI, and not once did I enjoy the state like you did this weekend. It looks like such a marvelous and total New England weekend! Love the little beachy towns, and HOW cool you saw TSwifts house!

  3. I’m baffled by the fact that Del’s is no longer just a RI thing. How did I not know that? You really managed to hit all the stops- next time you’ll have to make it over to Cassandra… But you probably did see her from the big Newport bridge you drove over 😉

  4. This sounds like an awesome weekend! I grew up on the east coast haha, and even I think it’s a lifestyle unlike any other. Took me some time to get used to Pittsburgh, which I love now, but I also love heading back east to my roots whenever I can 🙂 I was in Rhode Island once for a skating competition in providence. We didn’t get to see much of the area, but we came in 2nd, so it holds fond memories for us 😉

    • That’s so neat you used to skate! I love exploring and making comparisons between what I know and what’s new. I guess that’s all a part of life.

  5. Your weekend sounds amazing! I went to Rhode Island once in July and there was a freak hail/snow. It was crazy! You look like you had incredible weather! It looks gorgeous xx

  6. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!! I love living on the east coast, except for the humidty! Worst part ! I’d love to visit RI, it seems like its a bigger version of my little town! 🙂

  7. I was born in southern cal and moved to Rhode Island in the summer of 1976 ! What a summer it was , tall ships , clambakes and the best beach ever Narragansett Town Beach! I never left and own a home 2 blocks from that beach. I have never looked back .I love it here, The great homes . stone walls and the change of seasons. There is something to be said about this beautiful small state , the ocean state! Come visit and fall in love with Rhode Island.

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