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Barrington. Photography by Chris Vaccaro.

Great Places for Foodies

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Bluewater Bar and Grill
With twenty years of restaurant experience, Bluewater Bar and Grill chef Brian Thimme is ready to cook mouthwatering seafood dishes that everyone’s sure to enjoy. Bluewater’s warm and friendly atmosphere paired with its festive bar and lively outdoor patio also makes for a fine, can’t-miss eatery in these parts.
32 Barton Ave., Barrington, 247-0017, bluewatergrillri.com.

Table Bistro
When you first walk into Table Bistro, you’ll be met with flashes of aesthetically and aromatically pleasing dishes as they make their way to their respective diners. The bistro is known as one of Barrington’s hidden gems and with an endless wine list chock-full of unique flavors at diners’ disposal, it’s easy to see why.
8 Anoka Ave., Barrington, 337-5830, tableri.com.

East Bay Oyster Bar
Complete with trendy wooden tables and a magnificent, full-service bar, East Bay Oyster Bar sits right in the heart of downtown Barrington. If you’re craving incredible seafood and a selection of full-bodied wines galore, stop by this popular, casual eatery. It’s a great place to take the family, or even a date.
308 County Rd., Barrington, 247-0303, stockfoodgroup.com/east-bay-oyster-bar.

A Short Drive Away
Quito’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar
Serving Rhode Island’s fresh-from-the-sea favorites, Quito’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar is a little restaurant by the water’s edge in Bristol with a whole lot to offer. It’s the perfect place to stop by on a warm summer day and enjoy some locally caught oysters or a lobster roll down by the bay.
411 Thames St., Bristol, 253-4500. quitosrestaurant.com.

Square Peg
Situated in Warren’s historic district, the Square Peg is well-known for its stylish fixtures and fresh ingredients. The staff greets you as though you are family, even if it’s your first time stepping foot in the establishment. Seafood, burgers and a full bar? We’re there.
51 Miller St., Warren, 215-3831, thesquarepegwarren.com.

Great Places to Shop

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J. Marcel
Are you ready to be styled from the ground up? With clothes, bags, costume jewelry and more, this full-service boutique has it all. Even better, J. Marcel’s team of talented and fashion-forward stylists can help you find the best outfit for any special occasion, from job interviews to cocktail parties to coffee dates.
40 Maple Ave., Barrington, 383-9777, jmarcel.com.

Feminine Fancies
What suits your fancy? If the answer is something along the lines of chic clothing and trendy fashion statements, then check out Feminine Fancies. It carries everything from dresses and denim to jewelry and lingerie, as well as a number of popular local and national designers from Kent Stetson to Nicole Miller. No wonder owner Elaine Felag has been styling Barrington locals for more than thirty years.
290 County Rd., Barrington, 247-1087, femininefanciesri.com.

A Short Drive Away
Muse
Stunning handcrafted jewelry sparkles inside Muse’s display cases. No matter if you’re shopping for a bride, a newborn baby, your friend’s birthday gift or for some wall art for your own home, Muse has that something you need. Be sure to make an appointment before stopping by so the staff can assist you to find exactly what you are looking for.
279 Water St., Warren, 289-2150, musehandcrafted.com.
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Barrington Books
One could argue that this belongs in the “shop” section, but any bibliophile knows that a trip to the bookstore is much more than running an errand. At Barrington Books a visit is more like an adventure; you can peruse its shelves of high-quality selections, talk nerdy with its book-loving staff and even grab a gift or two for the kiddos in your family from the toy and game section.
184 County Rd., Barrington, 245-7925, barringtonbooks.com.

Barrington Preservation Society Museum
Situated on the lower level of the Barrington Public Library, the Barrington Preservation Society Museum is home to a whole host of artifacts from the Massachusetts/Rhode Island town’s intricate past. Open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, admission is free and the themed exhibits change throughout the year.
281 County Rd., Barrington, 247-1920, barringtonlibrary.org.

A Short Drive Away
Comedy Connection Rhode Island
Here you must be eighteen or older to laugh: The featured acts at Comedy Connection Rhode Island range from local to famous and from witty to downright profane. Feel free to grab a drink from the full-service bar but be conscious of your order — whiskey might seem like a good idea at first but not so much when it comes out your nose during the show.
39 Warren Ave., East Providence, 438-8383, ricomedyconnection.com.

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Anything but “Borington”

With four acres of unequalled beachfront overlooking Narragansett Bay, Barrington Town Beach is the perfect place to soak up some rays. Pack your swimsuit, some sunscreen and a lunch (don’t forget to grab a Del’s) and get ready to set up camp for the day on its pristine sands. Parking is $30 a season.
Bay Road, Barrington, 247-1900, barrington.ri.gov.

The first multi-town bike path built in Rhode Island, the East Bay Pike Path winds right through the heart of Barrington, offering the best sights this little town has to offer. Go for a short ride within border limits or push yourself to experience more of the Ocean State by pedaling to neighboring Warren, East Providence or even through to the capital city.
253-7482, dot.ri.gov/community/bikeri/eastbay.php.

An excellent place to stop and rest during your exploration of the East Bay Bike Path, Veterans Memorial Park was first established as a public recreation and conservation area in 1946. It stretches over more than 230 stunning acres, with the famous Brickyard Pond taking up eighty-four of them. Bring the whole family and enjoy some fresh air on the park’s green-filled trails, quaint foot bridges and picnic-perfect stretches of grass.
exploreri.org.

Looking for a local spot that offers a diverse array of Rhode Island’s coastal plant life and animal communities? Then Osamequin Nature Trails and Bird Sanctuary is the destination for you. Located along the west shore of Barrington River’s Hundred Acre Cove, the nature trail is easy to navigate and the bird sanctuary designation makes for excellent bird watching. exploreri.org.

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