There are few places in Rhode Island prettier thanWickford Village inNorth Kingstown. As you peruse the boutiques you’ll see it’s the subject of many paintings and photographs sold there, and with good reason. Historic buildings, each unique and beautiful in its own way, line the streets, and the entire village wraps around a cove where one can watch boats sail in and out and families of ducks and swans gliding through the water.
Each summer, hundreds of artists and art lovers gather in this historic hamlet for the annualWickford Art Festival, a popular two-day event that takes place July 11 and 12 this year. Throughout the rest of the year, the village’s many shops and galleries display beautifully handcrafted artwork, much of it created by local artisans. Different Drummer, Village Faire and TheWoven Path all sell interesting, handmade items including sea glass and beaded jewelry, handbags, greeting cards, pottery and ornaments among other things.
Inside other shops you’ll find stylish apparel, such as at Green Ink and CanvasWorks which carry well-known brands and funky accessories; and items for the home, including restyled furniture at Eclectic Bungalow and rustic décor at TheWickford Collection. Children will love TheWorld Store, which features a fun selection of science and natureinspired toys and games; and the spiritually inclined may want to check out The Grateful Heart, which sells metaphysical and health-related books as well as crystals, meditation CDs and dreamcatchers.
Like East Greenwich, Wickford has some fabulous waterfront restaurants that offer scenic views of the cove while you dine. For breakfast or lunch, try Beach Rose Café, where you can choose from a delectable assortment of soups, salads and finger foods, including chowder and fried clams. For something