Saule is a short walk from Sakonnet Harbor, which has a small calm beach that’s perfect for families with small children. There’s a boat launch here, and you’ll find many people launching their kayaks from here as well.
The harbor is a great place to catch fish: flounder, stripers, and bluefish have been caught in these waters.
Lloyd’s Beach is about a half-mile away from Saule, and there’s no public parking nearby. The best thing to do is to bring a backpack with all your gear and go for it! You can also drop friends and family off, but the driver needs to return to Saule and make the walk.
Lloyd’s Beach is private property, but the owners are willing to share their beach if we show the respect this beautiful stone beach deserves. Here you’ll get a real taste of the ocean.
There are other beaches in Little Compton, like Warren’s Point Beach, but those are truly private. You’ll see the gates to neighborhoods blocked by security guards, and they won’t let you in unless you belong to the club. No worries…there’s one more beach the public can enjoy…
A short drive from Saule, you’ll find South Shore Beach. There’s a fee to park you car here, and the parking lot is small…as is the beach! It gets crowded very quickly on hot summer days and the tailgaters come out in full force! If you manage to get a parking space, but want to get away from the crowds, just walk the shoreline and you’ll come to Goosewing Beach. Goosewing is a nature preserve, so the rowdy crowds stay away, and you’ll enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.
The Commons in Little Compton
The Commons, about 4 miles from Saule, are what you might call “downtown” Little Compton. It is here that you’ll find the town hall, churches, the post office, a Bay Coast bank, Bank of America ATM, grocery store, luncheonette, pizza place, and more.
To get to The Commons, drive 3.5 miles north on Sakonnet Point Road (it becomes Main Road) and make a right on Meetinghouse Lane. (Look for the signs.)
Earle’s Gas: 401-635-8852. Earle’s is the only gas station for miles. They sell some snacks. They recondition and sell old bikes. They even make keys.
A-1 Pizza: 401-635-8353. Pizza, burgers, salads and more…and they deliver!
Wilbur’s General Store: 401-635-2356. This historic little shop has been around for a long time. Explore the hardware section in the way-back of the store. There are also gifts, clothing, a deli, frozen foods, drinks, newspapers, and more.
Gleeson’s Wine & Spirits: 401-635-4500. If you’re a high-end wine snob, you probably won’t find it here. But the general selection of beer, wine and spirits is very good.
Commons Lunch: a good, basic luncheonette.
Further up on Main Road…
Wanna hang out with the locals? Crowther’s has been serving them for years. A full bar, live music some nights, buck-a-shuck oysters other nights, and a casual easy-going atmosphere with simple food. Make a turn onto Peckham’s Road, and leave the rest to the GPS! (www.crowrest.com)
Speaking of Peckham’s Road, the Peckham family has lived in these parts for years. Stop by Peckham’s Nursery, run by Rick Peckham, for an incredible greenhouse experience and a wide variety of flowers, vegetables and garden supplies. (Rick’s sister, Liz, runs Wishing Stone Farm…see below.)
Continuing on Main Road, you’ll pass Walker’s Farm Stand and Young’s Family Farm Stand. They don’t offer organic produce, but they have excellent quality fruits and veggies, plus cheese, dairy, and local eggs. Wilma’s is a seasonal bakery next to Walker’s, offering a variety of tasty baked goods, plus a Rhode Island classic: famous Del’s Lemonade!
If you want organic veggies, the best source (besides my home garden down the road) is Wishing Stone Farm, which is a bit out of the way but totally worth the effort. (Look at the map above and you’ll see it. Turn off Main Road onto Swamp Road.) You’ll find the best quality organic produce, baked goods and more.
Sweet & Salty Farm is down the street from Wishing Stone, and they sell yogurt, cheese, and meats (seasonally.)
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards: “Carolyn” is Carolyn Rafaelian, the founder of the very successful Rhode Island-based jewelry company: Alex & Ani. She bought this vineyard from its original owners, and has added a few nice touches. Though the cafe is open with limited hours off season, it shines with wonderful light food in the summertime. Dine in or out. The vineyard offers you the opportunity to taste their wines as well. It’s a beautiful spot, but better wine can be found further down the road in Westport, Massachusetts at Westport Rivers. Still, a fun place to visit, and it gets very busy on those rainy vacation days!
Tiverton Four Corners
Remember that traffic light you passed about 8 miles back? The quaint village of 18th century buildings that house shops, art galleries, eateries, and more? That’s Tiverton Four Corners. They’ve got a website that really details everything you need to know:
If you’re hungry, you have several choices in this area…
Provender: sandwiches, coffee, pastries
Four Corners Grille: burgers, seafood
Gray’s Ice Cream: famous ice cream, convenience store
Milk & Honey: gourmet cheeses and meats
Further Down the Road in Tiverton
Just keep heading north on Main Road (back toward Route 24), and you’ll find more places to eat and shop along the way.
Helger’s Ice Cream: Open seasonally, we think this is the best ice cream in town.
Stone Bridge Liquors: Beer? Sure. Booze? Okay. Skip the wine.
Evelyn’s: A seasonal clam shack that was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Cash only, and it can get expensive.
Cumberland Farms: your basic convenience store.
The Red Dory: Mediterranean style cuisine. Seafood, meats, full bar. 401-816-5001 www.reddoryrestaurant.com
Coastal Roasters: a great little coffee shop offering fresh baked goods and excellent coffee choices.
Cross over Route 24 and continue north to get to…
The Boathouse: Seafood, meats, full bar, great water views. It gets very crowded. Make reservations! 401-624-6300. www.boathousetiverton.com
A couple of miles up, you’ll find Rite-Aid and CVS. These are the two closest pharmacies to Saule.
Tom’s Market, and a variety of other shops and eateries are also in this area, as is the Tiverton Post Office.
The Back Eddy: This will become your favorite hangout. About a half-hour ride from Saule, and located on the Westport River down by Horseneck Beach, The Back Eddy is a casual dining experience with the freshest local ingredients. Chef Aaron and his crew create marvelous dishes that’ll keep you coming back for more. Have drinks on the dock or dinner on the outdoor deck. Hang out with Tanya at the bar, or just settle into a table in the dining room. Best cure to tell Sal, the owner, that you’re staying at Kelly and Al’s house. (Look at the map above, all the way to the right. Do you see Rt 88 in Westport? You just take it all the way down to the water.) http://www.thebackeddy.com
Westport Rivers: A wonderful winery located on a farm in nearby Westport, Massachusetts. It’s not as fancy as Sakonnet Vineyard, but the wines are far better. Live music in the summertime. Tastings, tours and more. http://www.westportrivers.com
It looks like you could swim from Sakonnet Point to Newport, but alas, you do need to drive. (It takes about an hour from Saule.) Take your car all the way north to Route 24, drive over the Sakonnet River Bridge, then continue south to the end of 24. It empties onto Route 114 (also known as West Main Road) which takes you into Newport. You can also take Route 138 down, which is called East Main Road, and get to Newport that way.
There’s so much to do in Newport, from mansion tours to a stroll on the Cliff Walk…from restaurants to art galleries and museums…from the Tennis Hall of Fame to wine tasting at a vineyard. If you contact us, we’ll be more than happy to give you specific details. But for now, here are our favorite places to dine in Newport…
Fluke Newport: Great food, creative cocktails, excellent selection of rums. http://www.flukenewport.com
The Revolving Door: a cool concept: change the chef every month and change the menu. A great bar, too. http://www.revolvingdoorri.com
Castle Hill Inn: It’s the view that makes this worth the trip. We’re not impressed with the dinner menu, but stop in for appetizers and drinks while checking out the amazing view on the lawn. Sit back in an Adirondack chair and enjoy. www.castlehillinn.com
Midtown Oyster Bar: A fun, loud, casual, 3-story building. This is where you come for…what else? Oysters! http://www.midtownoyster.com
Grace Vanderbilt: It’s a hotel, but the restaurant is excellent. The Garden Terrace is fun for lunch. And the rooftop bar has a great view. www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt
The Spiced Pear: Located in the very sophisticated Chanler Hotel right on the Cliff Walk, The Spiced Pear was the best fine dining experience we’ve had in Newport. Expensive and worth it. www.thechanler.com/spiced-pear-homepage
You need to cross the Pell/Newport Bridge to get to Jamestown. It’s worth it for this restaurant…
Jamestown Fish: It seems strange that a high-end seafood dining experience is hard to find in Rhode Island. You’ll have to go to Jamestown to enjoy it. Jamestown Fish also has a more casual bar area and outdoor patio with a pizza oven if you don’t want to dress up. http://www.jamestownfish.com
If you’re already In Jamestown, why not cross the Jamestown Verrazano Bridge over to the mainland? (And if you’re coming from New York, stop in before you go to Newport.)
Plum Pt. Bistro: A wonderful family-run restaurant with super-fresh and creative Italian/Mediterranean seafood dishes, and indoor and outdoor bar. Ralph Conte and his family are our friends and they will treat you right. It’s not a big place, so call ahead for a table. 401-667-4999 http://www.plumptbistro.com
There are many great reasons to make a day trip to Providence, about an hour’s drive from Saule, and food is certainly one of them. Museums and art galleries are a couple more. Contact us with your specific needs and we can give you suggestions. Meanwhile, our favorite restaurants in Providence…
Persimmon: This gets our vote for the best restaurant in Rhode Island. James Beard-nominated chef Champe Speidel and his wife, Lisa, run this marvelous restaurant, assuring you one of the best dining experiences you’ve ever had. Do not miss the opportunity to eat here! Reservations a must. www.persimmonri.com
Al Forno: It’s been written up in every food magazine imaginable for many years, and for good reason: wonderful Italian dishes like no other. This is where they invented grilled pizza. Reservations a must! http://www.alforno.com
The Capital Grille: sure, it’s a chain. But it’s where you go to get the best steak in town. Little-known fact: the very first Capital Grille was in Providence. This newer location is across the street from where it all started, with a view of the river that makes it extra special in the fall during providence’s famous Waterfire nights. www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/ri/providence/providence/8059
birch: A tiny 14-seat U-shaped bar, with some of the best food Providence has to offer. Don’t let the size fool you! Located across the street from the Trinity Repertory Theater. www.birchrestaurant.com
The Eddy: Not a restaurant, simply the best bar for high-end mixology in the city. Intimate surroundings. Be adventurous and let the bartenders guide you through the drink menu. Great snacks, too. www.eddybar.com