A Day in Pawtuxet Village
Enjoy a sunny day in this waterfront community.
Every year thousands of Rhode Islanders flock to the Gaspee Days Parade in Pawtuxet Village, but few stay long enough to experience everything the little seaside community has to offer. Although this year’s festivities came and went, there’s still plenty to do in the picturesque neighborhood. Straddling both Warwick and Cranston, Pawtuxet Village offers a convenient location as well as charming shops and a variety of up-and-coming eateries. Spend a balmy summer’s day wandering the village’s quaint streets.
Twice Told Tales
Start the day replenishing your library. Twice Told Tales is stocked with a variety of used books, perfect for feeding your reading habit without breaking the bank. In addition to books, it also carries gifts and cards. So if you’re looking for a present for someone, bibliophile or otherwise, you’re sure to find it. Want some fashionable accessories? The shop carries an eclectic array of jewlery, including Trollbeads and Uno de 50, a brand designed and manufactured exclusively in Madrid, Spain. 2145 Broad St., Cranston, 401-785-9599, twicetoldtalesri.com.
After book shopping, wander down the street to Schastea. This tearoom, formerly known as the Elephant Room, serves just about every steeped beverage imaginable, from delicate white teas to flavor-packed chai. If you’re in the mood for something a little stronger than Earl Grey, try one of the tea-infused cocktails. For lunch, enjoy some creative specialty crepes with your drink, including savory options like a fig and prosciutto crepe, or sweet options like a banana and coffee syrup crepe. Sit back with your book, munch on your snack and watch the world go by. 2170 Broad St., Cranston, 401-461-2170, schastea.com.
After tea, head down the street a little further for more shopping at Noon Designs. Originally working out of San Diego, Nora Alexander and Maie Webb, the creators of Noon Designs, branched out into Rhode Island. As former RISD students, they decided to expand their business in the state that fostered their creativity. Peruse through simple but stylish jewelry that emphasizes the natural beauty of its materials. The shop also carries home decor emboldened with stylish patterns and designs, from tea towels covered in vegetables to glassware adorned with birch trees. 18 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-455-1222, noondesignshop.com.
After shopping, take a break with a stroll through Pawtuxet Park. Situated along the scenic Pawtuxet Cove, you can take a seat on one of the waterfront benches and watch the boats go by. If you’re looking for a bit of shade, take cover beneath the park’s centrally located gazebo. Children can play on the swing-set and horseshoe pit while parents snack at picnic tables or play a game at the chess tables. The park is host to special events and festivals, including the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival. 2 East View St., friendsofpawtuxetvillage.org.
After building an appetite at the park, head on over to Basta for dinner. The eatery’s simple, elegant Italian cuisine includes everything from Neopolitan pizza to gnocchi alla Sorrentina — what more could you ask for? Enjoy your meal with an Italian-inspired cocktail like il capo, a tequila-based libation with chili oil, jalapeno-infused agave nectar and lime. Finish off your entree with a delicious dessert: The handcrafted gelato or tiramisu are popular options. 2195 Broad St., Cranston, 401-461-2300, bastaonbroad.com.
After dinner, why not burn off some calories with an hour or two of upbeat dancing? For those not in the know, swing is a jazzy genre of dance that includes classics like the Lindy Hop, the Charleston and the questionably named Collegiate Shag. The Swing Salon offers Friday night classes and dances for all levels of experience, from complete beginners to the more advanced. For a truly authentic experience, visit when they have live music. 400 Warwick Ave., Warwick, 401-680-6244, swingsalon.org.