Summer Guide – Day Trips

East Greenwich: Urban Sophistication With a Nautical Feel

Whether you arrive by car or boat, spend the day shopping, strolling and eating


Brunch Your Heart Out

There’s a reason you always see your friends checking into East Greenwich restaurants for brunch: there are a lot of delicious options here. Dante’s Kitchen is the state’s only honest-to- goodness Southern restaurant, complete with Fried Chicken & Waffles and Biscuits & Gravy, and they only serve breakfast and lunch. The perfectly romantic Besos Kitchen & Cocktails has a wraparound porch, a garden patio and a great weekend brunch menu. Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner, which has been around since 1917, serves creative benedicts and omelets and is a go-to destination for johnnycakes. Dante’s Kitchen: 315 Main Street. 401- 398-7798, Besos: 378 Main Street. 401-398-8855, Jiggers: 145 Main Street. 401-884-6060,

Then Walk It Off

You could probably use a walk after that meal and, let’s face it, a little retail therapy. Boutiques line Main Street, like Robin B. Clothier, which offers chic and unique fashion made mindfully. Organical Botanical sells its own herbal, aromatherapeutic bath and body products and The Green Door is an impeccable destination for home gifts. Robin B: 175 Main Street. 401-885-9400, Organical Botanical: 110 Main Street. 401-451-6000, The Green Door: 130 Main Street. 401- 885-0510,

Learn Some History

Today East Greenwich is known as a tony town with great schools, but it has actually played an important part in the state’s history, and the country’s (many places claim to have been the birthplace of the US Navy, but EG is the likeliest). See East Greenwich’s history for yourself at its two museums: the Varnum House Museum and the Varnum Armory. Built in 1733 by Major General James Mitchell Varnum (who served under George Washington and was a member of the Continental Congress), the Varnum House Museum is a Georgian mansion that is a time capsule of Early American life. It houses 17th century furniture and household items. The Varnum Memorial Armory houses a military history museum, including artifacts from the Revolutionary War and weapons from World Wars I and II.

Do Dinner Right

Hopefully all of that shopping and learning has made you hungry, because there are too many delicious dinner options to leave without trying one. On Main Street, among many choice offerings, La Masseria offers gourmet Italian cuisine – how gourmet, you ask? It has a sister location in Manhattan. Red Stripe serves French comfort food: think lots of great wine and cheese. The reopened Post Office Cafe is better than ever, serving creative New American food in a renovated, historic post office. La Masseria: 223 Main Street. 401-398-0693, Red Stripe: 455 Main Street. 401-398-2900, Post Office Cafe: 11 Main Street. 401-885-4444,

Remember what we said about boater-friendly restaurants? They’re at The East Greenwich Marina, which offers transient dockage by the hour or overnight, and has two on-site restaurants.

Finn’s Harborside has been serving fresh seafood and New England fare for over 40 years. Their huge outdoor patio and bar take advantage of the waterfront, and the restaurant offers free boat docking for customers. Finn’s has live music on the weekends. Blu on the Water is the place to see and be seen in the summer in East Greenwich. The indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge is a popular lunch or dinner destination, but becomes an ultra lounge once the sun goes down. Think live music, outdoor fire pits and delicious cocktails – plus docking for boats. Marina: 28 Water Street. 401-575-7665, Finn’s: 38 Water Street. 401-884-6363, Blu: 20 Water Street. 401-885-3700,

Arts in the Evening

Smart day trippers will plan their visit to East Greenwich on a Main Street Stroll night. Stores stay open late one Thursday a month, and there are activities all up and down Main Street. June 23 is Dogs on Main, July 21 is Music on Main, and August 18 is the Taste of East Greenwich.


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