Napatree Bikes has provided rentals of comfortable bicycles for vacationers to the western Rhode Island beaches since 2002. 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.
2021 (our 19th year) deliveries start June 7th. Summer 2020 was a knockout! I apologize if you had to wait for your delivery or if you tried to rent on "sell out" days. I did not anticipate that so many visitors would need rides during the pandemic. On the bright side, so many families stated that '"the bikes MADE our vacation!'". As always, I ride year around and, hence, provide bike rentals through the cooler, quieter seasons.
Driving a car to, and parking at, beach areas can be disheartening. Best if you plan your arrival/departure on weekends before 9am or after 5pm. I have maps and recommendations, depending on where you're staying, for rides, eats, and diversions.
HERE's a dinner tip, a favorite and easy summer meal: visit Quonnie Farm (West Beach Road, Charlestown) or Wright's farm stand (Watch Hill Rd at Setting Sun Dr) and fill your basket with local veggies, fruit, bread. Then to McQuade's Marketplace for their unbeatable smoked salmon. Both open 7 days/wk.
Still my favorite muffin or sandwich is at The Misquamicut Sandwich Company, Crandall & Shore Rds. .
You'll love Westerly's independent bookstore Savoy Bookstore! I might also be able to point you to a few 'littlefreelibrary' sites near the beach. My love of good books...you could probably talk me into delivering your beach read!
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.
OK, so it rains every now and then. Pack up some pencils/paper (and the kids) and head to the Slater Museum. I guarantee that this place will astonish you and your family.