South County Gem

Myrna George, President of the South County Tourism Council named this great South County gem for the whole family: the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Exeter. This is RI's only museum operated by and dedicated to the state's Native people, and has more than 20,000 cultural objects and hundreds of thousands of pieces of archival materials focusing on the Natives of New England and RI.

Visitors come from throughout the world to this respected museum. Don't miss Family Day, which includes tours, films, storytelling, scavenger hunts, and more fun activities. 390 A Summit Road, Exeter. 2012 Summer Hours: Wednesdays 10am-2pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm. Family Day: July 25 and August 15, 10am-2pm. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children/seniors. For more information, go here or call 491-9063.

Lake Retreat in Coventry


Take a breather at Maxwell Mays Retreat, a lake cottage on 300 "private" acres and part of the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can canoe, bird watch, and go on nature walks along the countless trails and bike paths near the property, as well as watch "spectacular sunsets," according to South County Tourism's Myrna George.


2082 Victory Highway, Coventry, RI. Free.


Westerly Food Find


South County Tourism expert Myrna George shares a culinary gem tucked away in Westerly--Markos Restaurant. Mark Awad, owner & chef, is committed to preparing dishes that are fresh & authentic Near East-inspired cuisine, with an array of choices for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.


55 Beach Street, Westerly. Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9/10pm. 401-348-6200.


Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed


The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed, made up of 300 square miles, offers "unlimited recreational opportunities: mostly flat-water paddling on the rivers; numerous streams in pristine forest for fishing native brook trout and stocked brown and rainbow trout; and five state management areas for hiking, biking, hunting, birding and natures studies," according to Myrna George.


203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley. 401-539-9017.