When September rolls around and the golden days of autumn start descending upon the fair state of Connecticut, the locals know that a visit to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic is in order. Visiting Clyde’s is a quintessential New England experience.Not only is it a National Historic Landmark, but a visit to Clyde’s is like walking into a scene in a Norman Rockwell … [Read more...] about Fall into Autumn with a Visit to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
Are you a coffee lover? A cocktail connoisseur? Or maybe a Bloody Mary is more your speed, especially on a lazy Sunday morning? There’s no need to choose because Perks & Corks in downtown Westerly has whatever it is you are craving – as well as some libations you probably never even knew you needed.Perks & Corks has been in business for 20 years now, and although … [Read more...] about Perks & Corks: A Westerly Favorite for 20 Years and Counting
Tired of fighting for a spot at the beach? Looking for a fun and unique day trip? Well, look no further! Having grown up in Rhode Island, one of my favorite places to visit has always been The Fantastic Umbrella Factory. Although the name confused me as a child (I pictured an actual factory producing great quantities of umbrellas), The Fantastic Umbrella Factory is actually a … [Read more...] about Reaching Nirvana – Fantastic Umbrella Factory
There’s a chill in the air, the beaches are much less crowded, and the leaves are getting crisp and colorful. That can only mean one thing here in New England. It’s time to throw on a scarf, order up a pumpkin spice latte and celebrate the season at one of our many local farms. Sure, you can get your pumpkins at the grocery store, but we all know that picking them yourself is … [Read more...] about 5 Festive Farms for Fall Frolicking
As someone who grew up in Westerly, my personal reflections on the growth of the town tend to boil down to the times I had before the Malted Barley was established and the times I had after, because the restaurant has just made such an impact on the downtown scene. Accordingly, it was a pleasure to get to speak with founder Colin Bennett about his background, his process, and … [Read more...] about The Malted Barley’s Recipe for Success
Raspberry Fudge, Biscoff Boston Cream, Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes - oh my!When I casually cruised by a little corner store spot last month near my house and saw purple and yellow shiny balloons out front, I was curious. When I saw the sign that said "Cakes and Cones," I was ecstatic and almost fell off my bike! Dutch’s Cakes and Cones has moved into the Pawcatuck … [Read more...] about Dutch’s: Plant-Based Deliciousness!
The buzz of the tattoo machines carving black lines and shading into the skin of brave clients echoes throughout the Irish Rose Tattoo shop in Pawcatuck. Westerly resident and tattoo artist Tony “Asian” Nguyen is bent over his customer's forearm in full on concentration as the head and background of a wolf takes shape and becomes permanent body art.The walls around Tony’s … [Read more...] about Tattoo Artist Tony Asian: Staying Original
A downtown fixture for the better part of a decade, Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila is known for its modern Mexican dishes, its plentiful sangrias, and its vibrant nightlife - all of which are definitely bipartisan issues, if you ask me. Owner Wendy Carr recently took the time to share her history with Latino culture and cuisine, and her love for the community she was raised in.A … [Read more...] about Let’s Taco-Bout Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila!
For someone who does not identify as a "career restaurateur," Joe Welch seems to be getting the hang of it pretty quickly. After partnering with Dave Parr a decade ago to open Bridge, the two joined forces again to start Graze Burgers in late 2018. The concept, and the menu, was simple - fast-casual dining, with high quality, extremely local ingredients. So local, in fact, that … [Read more...] about Grazing In the Grass (Can You Dig It?) with Graze Burgers
As we turned into the driveway for the Margin Street Inn, it felt like we were driving right into a storybook or a fairy tale. The green lawn sprawled out around us and the beautiful trees loomed large overhead. We spent a few minutes marveling over the property’s beauty as we walked to the door before Innkeeper Sarah Goff Cooper welcomed us (my partner and I) in. We walked in … [Read more...] about Dine & Stay: Margin Street Inn & Ella’s Food & Drink
Read Part 1 First!Another iconic landmark and one of the best hangouts, with live music and great food on the beach, is the Colucci family’s Andrea Seaside Restaurant and Beach Bar, originally the Andrea Hotel. The 100-year-old hotel had 26 rooms and was open part-time year round hosting weddings and holiday celebrations. The hotel building was severely damaged by … [Read more...] about Misquamicut Family Ties – Part 2