A village of South Kingstown, Kingston is home to an Amtrak station, RI’s largest state university, and historic charm.
Along Route 138 at the junction of Route 108, find Fayerweather House (1859 Mooresfield Road/Rte 138), a small white dwelling that serves as a nonprofit and offers a range of goods handmade by members. Peter Pots Pottery (494 Glen Rock Rd.) is a Rhode Island staple, crafting beautiful and functional stoneware since 1948.
Brewery and taproom Shaidzon Beer Company (141 Fairgrounds Rd.) gets extra crafty by using locally grown herbs and hops in select brews like their Lowland Villager Saison and Hoped Up IPA. TLC Coffee Roasters (3362 Kingstown Rd.), a nearby specialty cafe, roasts its own beans and serves 21 iced coffees on tap. If you need some food to wash all those beverages down, Philadelphia’s famed fare can be found at Tilly’s Cheesesteaks (3711 Kingstown Rd.), a laid-back spot that serves classic and creative variations of the cheesy sandwich.
Kingston is best known as the home of the University of Rhode Island (45 Upper College Rd.), which is perfect for a picturesque stroll any time. The South County Art Association (2587 Kingstown Rd.), a member-based artist organization, offers a variety of educational programs, classes, and exhibits to the public throughout the year. Musical performances at the Courthouse Center for the Arts (3481 Kingstown Rd.) range from classic rock tribute bands to family-friendly concerts. The Kingston Chamber Music Festival plans to return for July 24 through August 1, with a livestream option for September 6 through October 6.
Since 1696, Kenyon’s Grist Mill (21 Glen Rock Rd.) has been grinding out the cornmeal that makes Rhode Island’s iconic johnnycakes, which are savory corn pancakes available at diners all over South County. In addition to the bucolic setting, Kenyon also offers kayaking on the Queen’s River.