We are pleased to introduce Rhody Gem, a new monthly column in The Bay Magazine. We’re always being thanked for spotlighting the “hidden gems” of the state, and in our ongoing efforts to leave no stone unturned, we’re putting the call out to our readership! Each month we’ll spotlight a Rhody Gem: a business, artisan, or place lead to us by our faithful readers.
What it is:
Located in a shingled outbuilding at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, this gift shop is worthy of its own visit.
Where to find it:
Once parked at the Blithewold lot, follow the path to a small brown cottage that is the Carriage House Visitors and Education Center and houses The Shop at Blithewold; hours are the same as those of the Mansion. Look for the shop to re-open later next month.
What makes it a Rhody Gem?
While small, this gift shop is bright and filled with a thoughtful assortment of gifts, many sourced from Rhode Island and New England. In addition to museum keepsakes like T-shirts and books about Blithewold’s Van Wickle family, the cottage’s white shelves are filled with garden- and coastal-themed home accents, handmade jewelry, children’s items, and more. Blithewold members receive a 15 percent member discount. After shopping, visit the gardens and grounds, which are open year-round.
The Shop at Blithewold
101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol