Shop for Anything but Umbrellas at the Fantastic Umbrella Factory

We may never know how it got its name, but this beautiful spot is an intriguing shopper's bazaar.

Small Axe Productions. Photography by Wolf Matthewson.

Where to eat

The Breachway Grill
The Breachway Grill started as a means to fix a simple problem: no one was serving fish tacos to the beach crowd. Since opening nine years ago, they’ve added NY-style pizza to the menu, a raw bar and an outdoor patio. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd., Charlestown, 213-6615,

The Charlestown Rathskeller
With its restored murals and mahogany bar, this one-time speakeasy has been remodeled to embrace its past. There’s live music, ice-cold beer and their famous fries, making it a great spot for a night of fun. Try a refreshing drink at the bar, and you too, will be able to speak easy. 489A Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, 792-1000,

A Short Drive Away
Alaina’s Ale House
Featuring a number of craft beers, this inviting pub serves up more than food. Sing to your heart’s content during karaoke nights, participate in a cornhole tournament or simply enjoy the live entertainment. Make sure to try the sticky Guinness wings, but remember to ask for extra napkins. 343 Kingstown Rd., Richmond, 539-7300,

Where to shop

Charlestown Gallery
Explore this gallery and curate your next collection of art. Started in 1996 by owners Renee O’Gara and Dave Gilly Gilstein, the space showcases fine, contemporary American art in a variety of styles, ranging from painting to sculpture to photography to jewelry making. 5000 South County Trl., Charlestown, 364-0120,

A Short Drive Away
The Blue Mitten Thrift Shop
Shop at the Blue Mitten and make an impact on the community of Westerly. This independent, nonprofit thrift store donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the Chorus of Westerly. Support the arts while shopping for your next treasured piece of clothing or piece of furniture and discover why it’s “the shop that helps Westerly sing.” 135 Main St., Westerly, 585-4484,

Where to explore

Burlingame State Park
Spend some quality time outdoors. Whether you’re into swimming, fishing or just camping, there’s a fun activity for everyone. This popular campsite features toilets, cabins, showers, a playground and an arcade all located on the Watchaug pond. 1 Burlingame State Park Rd., Charlestown, 322-7337.

A Short Drive Away
Cottrell Brewing Co.
If you’re a fan of local breweries, then you need to make a trip across the border to Pawcatuck. Started in 1997 with the Old Yankee Ale, Cotrell now brews four more flavors including the Incredibly Pretentious Ale. 100 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck, Conn., 860-599-8213,

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