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At the heart of East Green­wich isMain Street, a one-mile stretch with pic­turesque bou­tiques that draw cus­tomers in with their at­trac­tive win­dow dis­plays. The store­fronts of­fer ev­ery­thing from unique gift items, cloth­ing, jew­elry and art­work to an­tiques, bridal gowns, home ac­ces­sories and sport­ing gear.

If your taste is eclec­tic and whim­si­cal, a visit to the Troll Shop is a must. The store is more ap­peal­ing than its name im­plies, and filled with trea­sures of all kinds in­clud­ing stylish trin­kets, nau­ti­cal and mer­maid-themed dé­cor, vin­tage items and, of course, trolls. Bags by Iris is a women’s ac­ces­sory shop that car­ries a large se­lec­tion of Vera Bradley and Alex and Ani. For fash­ion­istas there’s ZuZu’s Pe­tals, a designer dress bou­tique, and Karma Cou­ture, a luxury con­sign­ment shop that sells designer brands. Those with small chil­dren may want to check out Lina Pic­col­ina, which sells up­scale chil­dren’s con­sign­ment.

Vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in his­tory – or tour­ing beau­ti­ful his­toric build­ings – may en­joy a visit to the Var­num Ar­mory and Var­num House mu­se­ums, named af­ter JamesMitchell Var­num, a gen­eral in the Con­ti­nen­tal Army dur­ing the Revo­lu­tion­aryWar. The me­dieval-style fortress houses an ex­ten­sive mil­i­tary and naval mu­seum that fea­tures weapons and ar­ti­facts dat­ing from the 16th cen­tury.

The Var­num House mu­seum sits on a hill over­look­ing the bay within walk­ing dis­tance ofMain Street. Built in 1773, the colo­nial man­sion is a fine ex­am­ple of 18th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. Guided tours are of­fered at both the ar­mory and house dur­ing se­lect times or by ap­point­ment.

With more than 25 eater­ies onMain Street alone, there’s

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