Behind the Barn Doors at Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery
The North Smithfield farm produces milk and sweet treats that are udderly delicious.
Where to eat
The specialty here is simple, affordable food — and beef, of course. Choose from a number of classic sandwiches, but make sure to try one of the bovine-derived dishes such as the pastrami or roast beef sandwiches. The beef is slow-cooked for eight hours and hand-sliced. Up for dessert? Choose from five different types of pies or a variety of other sweet treats. 1 Greenville Rd., North Smithfield, 762-9880, thebeefbarn.com.
A Short Drive Away
Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern
Expect twists on some of your favorite comfort foods, from paleo options and juicy burgers to freshly grilled pizzas, cheesesteaks and a variety of tacos (just to name a few). Join Blackie’s for brunch too, and munch on morning specialties including French toast bites, a breakfast burrito, corned beef hash and eggs and more. It’s a five-napkin kind of joint. 181 George Washington Hwy., Smithfield, 231-4777, blackiesbulldogtavern.com.
Arrive with an empty belly and get ready to experience an authentic Italian meal. Be transported to little Italy with beautiful decor and painted murals. Begin your meal with pasta e fagioli, a classic Italian soup made with cannellini beans and pasta. Stay for one of several pasta dishes (our favorite is the rigatoni alla zingara: homemade pasta sauteed with sweet Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms and black olives in a San Marzano tomato sauce with a touch of cream and Romano cheese) or a chicken, meat or fish dish. 3 Wake Robin Rd., Lincoln, 333-6700, trattoria-romana.com.
Tavern on Main
It’s easy to forget that Rhode Island has a long history, but at Tavern on Main, you’ll be greeted by historic details around every corner. Housed at a onetime stagecoach shop, the Tavern is approximately 300 years old. It was also once the focal point of the Dorr Rebellion, Rhode Island’s own mini-Civil War. Sit in one of its storied rooms and enjoy classic fare, from New England pot roast to stuffed shrimp. 1157 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 710-9788, tavernonmainri.com.
Tavola da Siena
Mix and match your favorite meats, cheeses and olives to create your own antipasto board, choose from a plethora of grilled pizza options or munch on a salad, and we’re not talking about soggy greens in boring dressing. The thick cut tomatoes and fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad provide the perfect start to a winning meal. Don’t forget to order dessert; the tiramisu is heavenly. 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, 349-4111, sienari.com.
Where to shop
Lulu’s Krazy Daisy
The shop specializes in high-end fashion and many goods still have their original tags attached from brands like Chanel, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. With a sizable selection of purses, shoes, jewelry and more, revamp your wardrobe for fun summer style. 706 Saint Paul St., North Smithfield, 597-6219.
A Short Drive Away
With Heart and Soul
This boutique is renowned for its jewelry: It has everything from Alex and Ani bangles to Pandora rings. But it also has an impressive selection of other gifts. Shop for luxury soaps and scrubs for your hygiene-crazed friend. Looking for the latest fashionable accessories? Browse everything from Vera Bradley bags to T. Jazelle bracelets. 3751 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, 658-3470, with heartandsoul.com.
Gift Shop at Wright’s Farm Restaurant
This 4,000-square-foot shop runs the gamut; there is a little something for everyone. Pick up a toy or other kid’s item in the children’s department, peruse the fashion accessories including clothing, handbags and jewelry or snack on homemade fudge or your favorite sweets from the candy corner. If you shop often, be sure to join the rewards program and earn a point for every dollar spent. 84 Inman Rd., Harrisville, 765-5745, wrightsfarm.com.
Ryco’s Trimming Co.
If you’re crafty and love textiles, Ryco’s is the place for you. Equipped with every fabric, thread and sewing tool imaginable, the shop has the right supplies for beginners and experts alike. Take some classes on sewing, quilting or design. Whatever your project, whether it be a blanket or a teddy bear, you’ll find resources and inspiration at Ryco’s. 25 Carrington St., Lincoln, 725-1779, rycotrim.com.
Housed in a repurposed mill building, this antiques emporium reflects the history of the surrounding town. Check out cabinets full of vintage memorabilia, Victorian-era furniture and just about everything else from the near or distant past. If you’re an old-fashioned audiophile, Stillwater also has an impressive collection of vinyl, from jazz to rock. 711 Putnam Pike, Greenville, 949-4999, stillwaterantiques.net.
Brown and Hopkins Country Store
For more than 200 years, Brown and Hopkins Country Store has operated as a general store; it sells everything from vintage lighting to penny candy and all purchases are rung up on an antique cash register. Whether you want to give your home some antique charm or fill up on pocket-change sweet treats, you’re sure to enjoy the store’s old-fashioned hospitality and charm. 1179 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 568-4830, brownandhopkins.com.
Things to See and Do
Rustic Tri-View Drive-In
Rhode Island was once a place of restaurants staffed by carhops, daily deliveries by trusty milkmen and, of course, drive-in theaters. The Rustic is the only one of its kind left in Rhode Island, but it’s far from going extinct. When it comes to the movies, you’re not going to find a better deal than this: One ticket is good for an entire carload of viewers, and most showings are double features. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield, 484-5452, yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.
A Short Drive Away
Smith-Appleby House Museum
Take a tour of this delicately restored and furnished farmhouse from 1696 and see how the family lived in the home’s quarters. This country mansion was home to the Smith-Applebys for many years, and they still linger around their home to this day; many of the family members are buried in the cemetery next to the house and locals claim the property is haunted. 220 Stillwater Rd., Smithfield, 231-7363, smithapplebyhouse.org.
R1 Indoor Karting
R1 Indoor Karting lets customers zoom around a go-kart track at blistering speeds. Equipped with the latest in kart technology, the electric vehicles have the power of a racecar without the fumes. Its asphalt track is specifically designed for karting, meaning you’ll have a fast experience all around. Grab a bite at the onsite Fuel Restaurant and Sports Bar afterwards and try your hand at axe-throwing, too. 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, 721-5554, r1indoorkarting.com.