Julie Dugdale

Wine Daytrips: Cape Cod

Make a weekend of tastings on the Cape.

It’s a drizzling late-November day as my husband and I arrive at Truro Vineyards in North Truro — a haul from Providence, but worth it for a spontaneous weekend getaway at this little patch of wine country at the end of the world. We have no trouble spotting the place beneath a 2,000-gallon wine barrel perched like a beacon atop…

Wine Daytrips: Southeast Massachusetts

Cross the border and take your tastings to a new level.

The first thing I notice as my husband and I head out to the flagstone patio at Westport Rivers Winery is the bright red Rhode Rage food truck parked a few yards away from the sea of vines blanketing the horizon. I pause for a minute, trying to reconcile the trendy urban vehicle with the bucolic greenery. Before I can…

Wine Daytrips: Western Rhode Island

Head to the country for some under-the-radar pours.

The minute I pull into the secluded lot of Verde Vineyards on Moswansicut Lake in Johnston, I know I’ve arrived somewhere special. I park my car and dodge a family of roaming guinea fowl to see owner and winemaker Giacomo “Jim” Verde puttering around the grounds. Verde, a retired CCRI biology professor who lives on the property and turned his…

Wine Daytrips: Newport and Little Compton

You can vineyard hop without driving far.

Autumn may be too cool for the beach, but the ocean breeze still beckons, especially when the sun is streaming down. What to do, then, when your family is visiting from out of town and you’ve exhausted Newport’s waterfront wonders? We don’t have to venture far from the harbor — fifteen minutes, to be exact — to reach a different…

Forage for Wild Mushrooms in Rhode Island

'Shroom Hunters Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt Show You How

Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption You might call it something like a treasure hunt: Hiking along a heavily wooded trail in western Rhode Island, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt…