It happens every year. As the temperatures decrease, the days get shorter and window for outdoor activity gets smaller. If you’re like me, it can get a little depressing. When you walk out of work at 4:30 p.m. and it’s already pitch black? Yeah, it’s a big bummer. But that doesn’t mean you should stop being active and doing the things you love. The worst thing to do when the … [Read more...] about Staying Fit and Healthy Through the Autumn and Winter
Places to Visit
Now that the humidity has evaporated, the bugs have all but disappeared, and the foliage is about to burst with color it’s a great time to hit the trails and hike! The Westerly Land Trust has some great nature trails right here in our neck of the woods, so dust off the backpack, don’t forget water and a snack (Bogue's Alley in Pawcatuck offers delicious breakfast and lunch … [Read more...] about Scouting out the Wahaneeta Preserve
In my last story I mentioned that one of my favorite dog walks is the Avondale Farm Preserve. This 50 acre gem consists of grassland meadow and salt marsh. It lies just off Watch Hill Road in Avondale. The preserve is part of the original 700 acre Pendleton - Chapman Farm. Avondale has a fascinating history that goes all the way back to the settlement of Westerly by the first … [Read more...] about Seaside Dog Walks – Avondale Farm Preserve
Summer may officially be over, but there's still plenty of fun to be had in Westerly, so grab your best girlfriends and make plans for an entire Girls Day downtown! To help you maximize your fun and minimize your stress, we've put together a suggested itinerary for you! Mia's Prime Time Cafe Start the day off right at Mia's for breakfast - or brunch, if you want to sleep in … [Read more...] about The Perfect Girls’ Day in Westerly
It’s hard to believe summer is almost gone. Are you ready for autumn? I’m not! But there are a few things that I love about the changing of the seasons. For one, the chilly, crisp fall mornings are nice. Makes me want to start drinking hot coffee and tea again. Also, all those fall-themed foods: apple pie, slow cooker chili, roasted acorn squash, pumpkin muffins. Okay, there … [Read more...] about End of Summer, Start of Fall To Do List
The big week is finally here, the week of the Bricks and Murals festival here in downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck! The event kicked off on Wednesday evening with a reception for the visiting artists and community volunteers and will be followed by a food stroll and block party Thursday night, all along High Street. This festival has been years in the making but in these last … [Read more...] about The Bricks and Murals Festival Has Arrived!
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
One of the biggest mysteries in Rhode Island is down the Old Post Road in Charlestown. Who built Fort Ninigret? The fort was named after the great sachem of the Niantics, Chief Ninigret. The remains of the fort, considered to be the oldest military post in America, were long ago designated as an Indian fort in atlases of the state. Indian tradition records that this site … [Read more...] about The Mystery of Fort Ninigret
I had some relatives coming into town recently and I don’t know if you ever feel this way, but sometimes it feels like I’m taking family to the same old places that I always take them. I was looking for something different, somewhere unique to bring them. There are the places that I go to constantly that are amazing, but one of the best parts of having family in town is … [Read more...] about Let Us Direct You to New Places!
They are one of the most successful life forms on our planet and they have been around for millions of years. They have evolved into perhaps as many as 400,000 different species and are known by scientists as angiosperms. What are they? If you guessed flowers, you'd be right. There is a place right in Westerly where nature puts on its own flower show; it’s the Avondale Farm … [Read more...] about Avondale’s Grasslands