the waterfront region that wraps around the southernmost
edge of Rhode Island between Mystic, Connecticut and
Providence. It is one of New England's best loved vacation
spots and the "Yachting Capital of the World".
... a secret place for leisurely walks along miles of
sandy shoreline with waves lapping at your feet, a natural
paradise, lush with forestland and a perfect place for
unhurried exploration of quaint towns and seaside
villages, rich in colonial flavor and heritage.
best known for its 100 miles of shoreline, the beautiful
beaches are just the beginning; South County offers much,
much more. The region is comprised of nine towns;
Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North
Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and
Westerly; each with a character all its own, from coastal
to country, bustling to bucolic. Once summer homes to
celebrities like Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and
Henry Ford, South County remains a classic distillation of
beautiful turn-of-the century homes overlooking its miles
of glorious beaches.
Vacation Paradise: Here
you'll find the best year-round saltwater and freshwater
fishing on the East Coast. Mariners will enjoy boating on
the waters made famous by the America's Cup. Hop on an
excursion boat ride, harbor tour, whale watch or charter a
fishing trip. Fresh seafood served in seaside settings is
the gourmet mainstay of residents and visitors. From
chowder to lobster served boiled or baked, seafood is
celebrated along with other local delicacies including
jonnycakes, sweet corn and fresh strawberries.
Truly an all-season
vacation destination, South County offers special
activities all year long including strawberry picking in
June, art festivals in July, seafood and quahog festivals
in August, national fishing tournament through September,
Indian festival and jonnycake festival in October, and
Christmas celebrations, just to name a few.
of 'country' and colonial Americana will be charmed by
South County's rich heritage. In 1637 Rhode Island's
founding father, Roger Williams, established a trading
post near the present village of Wickford, and the 1678
home that still stands there today offers tours by
costumed docents. Later in the 19th century, textile mills
doted the landscape, many of which are still in operation
today. A stately collection of restored colonial homes,
sprawling Victorian seaside 'cottages,' local history
museums and inviting bed & breakfast inns dot the
roadside. Local shops and boutiques are filled with
antiques, collectibles and crafts.
looking for an unhurried, unspoiled retreat can choose
from a dozen camping areas with adventure tours planned by
local kayak, canoe, and bicycle shops. In all, there are
nineteen nature preserves, state parks and forest areas
open as public greenways. And if your idea of a perfect
day in the country includes a round of golf, ample tee
times are available on South County's eleven public golf
County is rich and varied... a place you'll want to keep
coming back to all year long.