Last we talked, I was suggesting the perfect date day/night for the springtime. But we all know that in the summer months, there’s a lot more going on in Westerly and throughout the region in general so I wanted to put another little date guide together for you. Let’s call it the perfect date day/night summer edition!
But first things first, don’t forget the sunscreen to keep the UV rays at bay and a few water bottles to stay hydrated. Also, just for planning’s sake, pack a bathing suit, towel, insect repellent, a beach blanket, walking shoes and a light jacket.
Once again, this itinerary is perfect if you have a couple kids or if it’s just you and your significant other, spouse, or friend. But of course, these are simply suggestions. If there’s something you see along the way or a place you’ve always wanted to go…do it! Don’t let me cramp your style.
- 10:30am — Let’s start with a late breakfast, otherwise known as brunch, at the Cooked Goose on Watch Hill Road. Try the Breakfast Goose breakfast sandwich, the Cooked Goose Truffle Eggs or the Vanilla Almond French Toast. Pair it with a cup of their delicious organic coffee and the day is off to a perfect start.
- 12pm — I’m a beach person so I’d strongly suggest a few hours by the ocean. August is the best time to be in the water in Westerly – it’s so warm and glorious. I’d suggest parking on Bay Street in Watch Hill and walking a few blocks to East Beach. It’s beautiful. On one side you’ve got the water and the lighthouse and on the other side is the Ocean House.
- 3pm — Since you had a late breakfast, let’s skip lunch and go straight to drinks and appetizers. Drive ten minutes to the Misquamicut beach area on Atlantic Avenue and beeline it for Paddy’s Beach Club or the Windjammer Surf Bar for some al fresco food and cocktails. The view is gorgeous and the food – well, it’s bar food, but there’s something about the salty ocean breeze that makes it taste like nothing else.
- 5:30pm — Since we’ve stuck with a beachy theme for the day, let’s keep it going for dinner. Head out of the Misquamicut area to Route 1 and depending on if you’re interested in a casual, quick dinner or a nice sit-down meal, I’d either suggest Shore Dinner Hall or the Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar. The latter is owned by the same person who owns the Cooked Goose! Shore Hall Diner has great lobster rolls, fried seafood and chowder and the Sea Goose has a great raw bar and wonderful fresh seafood entrees.
- 7pm — If it’s a Tuesday to Sunday, head down to Wilcox Park in downtown for Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s play is Twelfth Night. For this part of the day/night, you’ll want to either have a blanket or chairs to sit on and maybe a blanket if it’s supposed to get cool later on. It starts at 8pm but there’s usually some kind of pre-show, plus it’s just nice to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
- 10:30pm — If you’ve still got some energy, head to the Malted Barley for a cold beer and a warm pretzel. Let’s be honest, the Malted Barley is good any time of the year! Or if you’re more interested in a fancy cocktail, head to Perks and Corks! Keep your phone away, enjoy the company of whoever you’re with. Cheers!
Well, thanks for tagging along! I hope it was a the perfect date day/night.