This delightful coastal village is a part of North Kingstown, and it’s the kind of picture-perfect waterfront New England town that summer days are made of.
The heart of Wickford, centered on Main and Brown Streets, is ideal for spending an afternoon strolling and shopping. Find fun jewelry and handmade art at Yes! Gallery (17 Brown St.), global goods at Midnight Sun (13 West Main St.), happy home decor at flatfish cottage (12 Main St.), artwork and apparel by Vanessa Piche (10 Main St.), and affordable fun fashion from Binnsy Boutique (7 Main St.). Green Ink (89 Brown St.) has been selling unique women’s clothing and accessories since 1972. Beauty and the Bath (11 W Main St.) is a whimsical bath and body boutique, The Woven Path (11 Brown St.) offers distinctive handmade gifts by local makers, and The Sew-Op (14 Phillips St.) is a one-stop shop for fabrics, patterns, and notions. Different Drummer (7 W Main St.) brims with affordable, one-of-a-kind artsy finds. Harbor View Artisans (61 Brown St.) is an artist co-op showcasing the work of painters, glass artists, woodworkers, silversmiths, and more. Newcomer Therapy Boutique (5 W Main St.) cures your wardrobe blues with classic and trendy women’s fashion.
Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet (21 W Main St.), a home entertaining mega store, offers two floors of kitchen and tabletop goods. Dave’s Fresh Marketplace (125 Tower Hill Rd.) is RI’s largest locally owned and operated independent grocer since 1969. Find one-of-a-kind functional tableware at Spring Pottery (14 Brown St.), which also doubles as a working studio.
There are several diverse – and delicious! – dining options in Wickford. Tavern by the Sea (16 W Main St.) has Mediterranean-inspired fare, two outdoor patios, and an outside bar. Tate’s Italian Kitchen (64 Brown St.) serves fresh Italian classics. Shayna’s Place (45 Brown St.) is a family-owned cafe that serves homemade breakfast and lunch favorites, and its sister cafe Alma Juice Bar + Market (2 Main St.) specializes in cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Of course, a trip to Wickford wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Wickford on the Water (85 Brown St.), known for both creative specials and water views. If you’d rather do the cooking at home, Gardner’s Wharf Seafood (170 Main St.) sells live lobsters and seafood locally caught that day.
If you’re looking for some R&R, find your “me” time at Tranquility Day Spa (23 Brown St.), a waterfront wellness center that offers luxe facials, aromatherapy, body work, reiki, and more. The Wickford Art Association (36 Beach St.) offers juried art shows like Small Works: Lil’ Rhody Art Show beginning August that showcase local talent. Of course, you can also simply stroll the streets and take in the charm of historic Wickford Village and its harbor.
The Kayak Centre (70 Brown St.) is a huge facility that offers a boatload of educational services and adventurous gear for sale. In the summer, they offer daily rentals and instruction for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, as well as guided sunset tours.
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