Well we locals sure have lucked out this September, with summer-like days just now giving way to cool mornings, breezy afternoons and the undeniable chill in the evening air – yes, it is now officially fall. But in true New Englander style, I still have a few must-dos before I retire summer for good, up next, a day at the beach.
End-of-Season in Watch Hill, RI
No summer is complete without at least one lunch at St Clair Annex in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, just a short 20 minute drive from Saltwater Farm Vineyard. In the family since 1887 (yes, 1887, that is not a typo), this casual breakfast, lunch and ice cream joint is about as authentic New England, may I say “mom and pop”, as it gets, with owners and friends of SFV, Joann and George Nicholas there every morning in season getting things cooking.
Much of what they serve is made from scratch including a personal favorite, Rhode Island clam chowder (the lesser known, clear broth kin to its creamy New England counterpart, both of which are available daily after 11am) and a crazy-good selection of house-made ice cream.
Also opt for a lobster roll – another summertime New England tradition – which no doubt will exceed expectation, both in yumminess and portion size.
Also, don’t miss out on the end-of-season close-out sales at boutiques like Rochelle’s, which included 50% off summer apparel and discounts off Alex & Anni and new fall apparel as well (Rochelle’s also has locations in Newport, RI and Mystic, CT which are open all year).
And if you simply can not find room for a scoop of ice cream after the clam chowder and lobster roll deliciousness at lunch, take a pint to go or visit another true Watch Hill throwback, the Candy Box, for some to go treats including dark chocolate covered apricots, saltwater taffy, liquorice pipes and about anything else your sweet tooth can think up – nothing like an old school candy shop to make you feel like a kid again!
And no trip to Watch Hill would be complete without a stroll on the beach with the iconic Ocean House at your back.
Cheers to an end-of-season afternoon in one of the most beautiful places on earth,
Missed out on our first Locals’ State of Mind post… check it out here.