July, 11 2018

TOD Treks the Ocean State: What's Up, Warren?...

What's Up, Warren? ...


The small seaside town of Warren, Rhode Island, could easily be overlooked, nestled as it is next to the better-known tourist draw of Bristol, and located about 20 minutes outside Providence and some 30 minutes from the glam of Newport. But this former whaling and shipbuilding port still boasts a working waterfront and is home to outdoor-recreation options and an eclectic collection of enticing locally owned shops, restaurants, antiques dealers, and art galleries—all worthy of a visit and a great place to live!  


TOD's Top 3 "Must Dos" in Warren:  


MAIN STREET – With plenty of open spaces in the free municipal parking lot behind the town hall, it is just a short walk to the shops along the Main Street and side streets—including Woof! Woof! (a pet boutique and biscuit bar), Whimsies, and oh, the shoe selection at Savon, not to mention the quirky ambiance of Imagine (A great gift shop, claiming to be New England’s largest -3 floors!) It is hard to resist the Delekta Pharmacy—complete with old-fashioned soda fountain, and the cozy Coffee Depot, a favorite meeting spot of the locals.   


WATER STREET – TOD worked up an appetite, and he headed down to beautiful Water Street, where there is no shortage of dining options including water views, and exceptional, unique cuisine.  TOD's Top Picks? The family friendly and lively Square Peg for burgers, seafood and a great bar, the classy ambience of Revival Craft Kitchen and calming river view and eclectic menu of Trafford, where you can take in fresh ingredients and fresh air! We can’t talk about Warren, Rhode Island, without mentioning Blount—a company that’s part of both the town’s past and its future along the waterfront. The signage boasts “World Headquarter of Clam Chowder.” As purveyors of award-winning soups and fine seafood, the operation utilizes two historic buildings on one side of Water Street and a retail store on the other (also the Blount Clam Shack)!  


EAST BAY BIKE PATH - With so much water all around, kayakers and boaters enjoy plenty of recreational options, but Warren is also set in the midst of the East Bay Bike Path, a sweet 13.8-mile paved path that wends its way from Bristol through Warren and on to East Providence, with scenic views of Narragansett Bay along the way. TOD followed the path to the Audubon Society’s Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge for a quiet walk. The trail is wide and well-marked, an easy stroll down to the water’s edge. TOD finished up his day in Warren with a stop at DELS, Long-standing chain selling frozen lemonade, 


Pull up a chair and enjoy your Del's--also along the East Bay Bike Path. (Requesting a spoon if you must, but most folks just squeeze the cup and drink it down!)


No doubt that the East Bay of Rhode Island is a GREAT place to live and play.