Ahhh, summer! It's so wonderful to see you all return each year!
My area recommendations:
HERE's a tip, a favorite and easy summer meal: go see Wendy at Avondale farm stand, about 94 Watch Hill Rd, and fill your basket with local veggies/fruit/eggs, She also has Great Harvest bread. Then to McQuade's Marketplace for their unbeatable smoked salmon/bluefish, take it home and delight your family! Both open 7 days/wk.
Still my favorite local sandwich is at The Misquamicut Sandwich Company, Crandall & Shore Rds. .
Another hidden gem: Joyce's Gourmet for take-out dinners (next to McQuade's Hardware on Franklin St). For fresh fish, go to The Fishery (Dunn's Corners). Get there before 6pm.
Also, after a day in the sun, visit The Granite Theater (across from Wilcox Park) on a Fri/Sat night and laugh like you were on vacation! Great plays, great venue. Shakespeare-in-the-Park will perform TWELFTH NIGHT from July 26 to August 13.
Beach music: Mon/Wed at Town Beach, Tue at Watch Hill green, Sun at Ninigret. Eat well, rest, ride, and swim. And, of course, reserve your Thursday for classic cars, a drive-in movie, or a magic show.
Napatree Bikes has provided rentals of comfortable bicycles for vacationers to the western Rhode Island beaches for 15 years. Riding Watch Hill, Misquamicut, Weekapaug, Shelter Harbor, and Charlestown is a gentle exploration, with bike-friendly roads and little chance of getting lost. You'll find that relaxing pace, hear and see birds, smell the salty ocean air, and gaze at the fabulous cottages, boats, and history that you once passed right by in your car. You rent, at very low fees, because you can't imagine securing all those bikes to the back of your overloaded car.