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.
Summer of 2019 was exceptional; seems like so many of you had perfect weather for your entire visit! The beach areas have quieted down now, allowing you a little time to smile with your memories and plan for 2020.
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 West Beach Farm (West Beach Road, Charlestown) or Wendy at Avondale farm stand (across from Cooked Goose), and fill your basket with local veggies and fruit. 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.