Driving along Post Road you’ll find the usual strip mall businesses but keep your eyes peeled for eclectic shops like Rē (7511 & 7512 Post Rd.) which specializes in antiques, art, jewelry and more.
You won’t go hungry in North Kingstown, that’s for sure. Allie’s Donuts (3661 Quaker Ln.) is a must-stop. Famous for their delicious donuts, the bakery also makes (equally amazing) custom donut cakes. Dan’s Carriage Inn & Saloon (1065 Tower Hill Rd.) offers family favorites in a historic setting. It’s all about comfort food at Rome Point Cafe (820 Boston Neck Rd.), which serves eclectic breakfast and lunch, plus vegetarian options. Oak Hill Tavern (565 Tower Hill Rd.) is all about big portions at great prices. Upscale dining and sipping can be found at Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar (7366 Post Rd.), and lunch gets a big city upgrade at The Provisioner New York Deli (7669 Post Rd.).
Smith’s Castle (55 Richard Smith Dr.) is one of the oldest homes in the state, and houses 400 years of New England history. Known for hosting events and tours in period-dress, they’re continuing to monitor and re-assess the scheduling of upcoming events on a regular basis. Be sure to visit SmithsCastle.org for updates.
Never heard of Gilbert Stuart? Check your wallet. Stuart painted the portrait of George Washington that’s on the $1 bill. The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum (815 Gilbert Stuart Rd.) is a time capsule of Rhode Island in 1750. The gorgeous scenery itself makes the place worth a visit.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Studio 460 (460 Tower Hill Rd.), the working studio and art gallery of resident sculptor Henry Gauthier that also features works from local artists.
History and trivia buffs will enjoy a ride into Quonset Point, a small peninsula, once known for manufacturing Quonset huts. The historic area was once home to the Quonset Point Naval Air Station – the northeast’s major base during WWII– and the Atlantic Seabees. Today, it’s Quonset Business Park, home to nearly 200 businesses, like the multimillion-dollar facility that Autocrat built as a research and development space for foods like the syrup that makes Rhode Island’s official state drink, coffee milk. The Port of Davisville is a major point of entry for shipping on the East Coast, and is one of the top ten auto importers in North America.
Biomes Marine Biology Center (6640 Post Rd.) is New England’s only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium in the region. With daily kids programming and a touch tank, visitors learn all about what’s living in Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.