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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

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