HorsePowerment is an Equine-Assisted Learning Program in Coventry

Horses can help us communicate more effectively and improve our leadership skills; this innovative program shows us how.

Photography by Sarah Farkas.

Where to eat

Black Oak Kitchen and Drinks
This new, sleek destination offers dining in a modern setting with creative twists on classic favorites. Think maple sriracha crispy chicken, Korean barbecue steak tips and sausage ragu among other comfort food must-haves. Brunch is available on Sundays with a specialty cocktail menu offering boozy breakfast concoctions including the ghosted bloody with ghost tequila and fresh jalapenos and the twenty-one-plus chocolate milk with Godiva white chocolate and dark creme de cacao. It’s what weekends were made for. 760 Tiogue Ave., Coventry, 615-2500,

Bean Barn RI
Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of Joe or a full breakfast, the Bean Barn is a great spot to start your day off right. Enjoy a breakfast sandwich or eggs over easy while you read the morning paper or head to the coffee shop during lunch hours for a soup, salad or grilled cheese. 599 Tiogue Ave., Coventry, 615-2662,

A Short Drive Away
Middle of Nowhere Diner
This traditional diner is located, well, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. You’ll want to go out of your way to find it, though, with diner favorites like breakfast all day as well as ham or sirloin steak dinners with vegetables and potatoes. This is comfort food heaven. The kitschy interior rounds out the classic greasy spoon experience. 222 Nooseneck Hill Rd., Exeter, 397-8855,

Where to shop

Bead Sting
Bead Sting offers a variety of jewelry and gifts from brands such as Chamilia, Vera Bradley and Alex and Ani. Stop in to shop for watches, ornamental wood signs, purses, scarves and cards for yourself or gifts for loved ones. 57 Sandy Bottom Rd., Coventry, 821-0300,

Hardcore Hobbies
Hardcore Hobbies is a nice destination for remote control hobby enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a vehicle for land, air or water, this store has the parts and accessories you need. There are also indoor and outdoor tracks to test your trucks and cars. 1278 Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry, 822-1411,

Where to explore

Paine House Museum
The Paine House, originally built in 1691, has served as an inn, tavern and election site before being preserved into the museum that it is today by the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society. Visitors enjoy period furnishings, textiles and Civil War artifacts throughout the home. Rumor has it, the house is also a site of paranormal activity. 7 Station St., Coventry,

A Short Drive Away
Leyden Farm Vineyard
Join the Leyden family at their West Greenwich vineyard for sips of rich red wines, such as Romeo’s Red and American Merlot, or white wines, including Cleo’s Blanc and Sunny’s Grigio. The expansive lawn and deck area are the perfect spots for relaxing and enjoying the vineyard’s lovely vistas. 160 Plain Meeting House Rd., West Greenwich, 392-1133,

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