the simple, quiet, and relaxing way...

The 2023 Season was so much fun for me; thank you! For those curious, the pandemic year 2020 remains as the busiest ever (nearly double), tapering back to normal efforts in 2022/3. I'm very pleased that I had no stressful 'sell out' days in 2023. I'm looking forward to see you all in 2024. Enjoy your off-season riding- you know New England weather; we could be riding on New Year's Day! -Gary


Area Tips 

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, pie, and ice cream. Then to McQuade's Marketplace for their unbeatable smoked salmon. Both open 7 days/wk. (McQuade's is also one-stop perfect for your family smiles: bakery, prepared foods, fresh produce, deli.)‚Äč

Try "The Works" at "Gansett Wraps (casual/take-out) or the test lobster roll at The Cooked Goose. Favorite thin-crust pizza at Vittoria's NY pizza. 

Another hidden gem: Joyce's Gourmet for take-out dinners (next to McQuade's Hardware on Franklin St). 
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.

Beach music: Mon/Wed at Town Beach, Tue at Watch Hill green. Eat well, rest, ride, and swim. And, of course, reserve your Thursday for classic cars, a drive-in movie, or a magic show.

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. Also The United Theater, in downtown Westerly, shows first run movies, special screenings, and musical events with their partner Knickerbocker Music.

Since 2002, Napatree Bikes has provided rentals of comfortable bicycles for vacationers to the western Rhode Island beaches.. Riding Watch Hill, Misquamicut, Weekapaug, Shelter Harbor, and Charlestown is a gentle exploration, with bike-friendly roads with little chance of getting lost. You'll find that relaxing pace, hear and see shore birds, smell that salty ocean air, and gaze at fabulous cottages, boats, and history -that you once passed unseen from your car. You rent, at very low fees, because you can't imagine securing bikes to the back of your overloaded car.

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