Romance comes naturally to South County. Warm sandy beaches, romantic riverside lodging, first-class dining, sunset kayaking are just a few South County offerings for a couple wanting a relaxing getaway.
Bill Bokon, owner of the Stagecoach House Inn, Richmond, RI, has his own Top 10 list of suggestions for his guests from a winery tour and tasting, a round of golf, local dining, to trout fishing next to the inn. He offers special packages to his guests which change with the season.
Many visitors prefer the milder weather of April and May, notes the South County Tourism Council. The moderate spring temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities, from hiking to golf to walking along a sandy beach.
Historic attractions such as the Gilbert Stuart Museum and Smith’s Castle open for the season, the flowers are in bloom at the Kinney Azalea Gardens and Theatre by the Sea. Visit the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, then take a hike through the trails of Arcadia Management Area in West Greenwich.
Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge features the state’s only undeveloped salt pond and is perfectly suited to bird watching. Rent a kayak or charter a boat to fish for stripers or whatever is in season.
For fans of the arts, there are several theaters in South County, ranging from community to professional productions. Browse through local art galleries and shops to find the ideal memento to bring home.
Smartphones provide visitors with an easy way to learn about accommodations, restaurants and events in South County. Visitors who have a smart phone or other PDA device can simply visit the SCTC mobile website, www.southcountyri.com to find a restaurant, a fun event, or lodging for an unexpected guest.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get around in our area,” said SCTC President Myrna George. “Our visitors can be on a hike or at the beach and decide where to go to dinner, make their reservations and decide on an activity for the following day.”
No matter how active, or laid back South County visitors want to be, there is something for every sense and sensibility.