Little Rhody

by Liz Dowling

The Washington County part of Rhode Island ~ including Charlestown, Weekapaug, Westerly, Watch Hill and Block Island ~ is by far my favorite. I grew up going to Charlestown every summer as a kid and Block Island as an adult.

My daughter and I took a ride down memory lane (for me) this summer, starting with the classic Soft ‘N Foamy car wash right off the Block Island ferry. I LOVE the old fashioned car wash where you stay in the car. And a bargain at $10.00.

Dave’s Coffee is our next stop in Charlestown, RI. Dave’s is a local Rhody business and has the best coffee mugs we have ever found. Plus, the best coffee to put in them!

Watch Hill was our destination today since we were only doing a day trip.

Boats + boats + boats and the cutest group of Opti’s in the Watch Hill harbor!

Quick stop at the Yacht Club for an iced tea with a view.

The Candy Box has been here FOREVER and is the cutest candy store I have ever seen. We left armed with their salt water taffy, sour somethings for Emily and licorice for me.

Another Rhody institution, the Flying Horses merry-go-round. I rode this as a little kid, as did my two daughters. Grandchildren next ladies!

There is no stop allowed in Watch Hill without lunch at the St Clair Annex. Best lobster rolls, fries and grilled cheese. Their ice cream is homemade, but we couldn’t squeeze it in this time after our giant lunch. Shocker!

We popped into the Ocean House so Emily could take a look post renovation. It is gorgeous.

We didn’t pop into Taylor Swift’s house (above), but did get a good picture of it from the Ocean House porch.

Emily and I hit every single shop on Bay and Fort Streets and picked up some really cute things!

Heading out of Watch Hill and back through Westerly for a mandatory stop at Sandy’s Fine Foods.

Amazing sandwiches….


…and homemade pies at Sandy’s. They also have every cheese, cracker, dip etc you will ever need for entertaining.

Last stop before the ferry, my favorite Whaley Farm off of Route 1. It has been run by the same family for generations and they grow everything themselves. The corn was insane. We left with 12 ears of silver queen corn, local blueberries, heirloom tomatoes, and Narragansett Creamery burrata and mozzarella. Whaley Farm fresh pesto too.

It was a great day Emily! Next time, we are staying overnight at the Ocean House 🙂

the wry home

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Amy Harden August 25, 2022 - 8:03 am

Looks like a great day! You and your Dad introduced me to Watch Hill.😍

Liz Dowling August 25, 2022 - 11:06 am

Lets go together next time!

Katie August 25, 2022 - 8:23 am


Karen Bradley McElroy August 25, 2022 - 10:56 am

Love this post as I visit my mom in Connecticut and we have visited some of these amazing places but not all. I will enjoy hitting a few if your favorites my next trip.

Liz Dowling August 25, 2022 - 11:06 am

It is such a cute area, you will love it!

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