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LOCALS’ STATE ON MIND, PART 2

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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

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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.

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Also opt for a lobster roll – another summertime New England tradition – which no doubt will exceed expectation, both in yumminess and portion size.

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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).

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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!

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And no trip to Watch Hill would be complete without a stroll on the beach with the iconic Ocean House at your back.

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Cheers to an end-of-season afternoon in one of the most beautiful places on earth,

JM

Missed out on our first Locals’ State of Mind post… check it out here.

HERE COMES THE DRONE…

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Drone photography and videography is adding a new perspective to weddings at Saltwater Farm Vineyard.  This September Chris Walsh Productions joined us to capture two weddings at the Vineyard from the ground & the air.

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Check out this short from Brianna and Ian’s September 6th wedding, featuring some great aerial shots of the Vineyard and surrounding area.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Aerials __ 9-6-15-HD from Saltwater Farm Vineyard on Vimeo.

Josie and Mike were married September 13th (yes, just three days ago!). It was not just the aerial shots that made their video remarkable… Chris and his team were able to shoot, edit and share this video with Josie, Mike and their guests at the end of their celebration Sunday evening.

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To view Josie and Mike’s “Same Day Edit” video use password josiemike

Josie + Mike // Same Day Edit from Chris Walsh on Vimeo.

The Real SFWedding Details 

VideographyChris Walsh Productions

Ladies Hair and Make-up … Antonio Hair Design

Bridal Party AccommodationsMystic Marriott 

Flowers … Cameron & Fairbanks

Globe Lighting & Furniture … Ryan Designs

Catering … Coastal Gourmet

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Cheers to capturing the big day from above, and of course, to Brianna & Ian and Josie & Mike,

JM

Locals’ State of Mind, Part One

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As a full-time resident of Stonington, I can tell you first hand – there is something bittersweet about the passing of Labor Day. Yes, it means that another summer is drawing to a close (and with it all the things I didn’t get around to doing) and winter is just a few not-so-short months away. But looking past the inevitable shift in seasons, it also marks the time of year when summer residents pack up, the kids head back to school and for several wonderful weeks, we locals count on summer sticking around just a little while longer for us to enjoy sans our seasonal brethren (we do love you, but we love September too).

So in honor of all the things I did not do between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I am dedicating the next few weeks to doing – and featuring – some undeniable local, summer must-dos before they too pack-up for the season.

Wehpittituck Farm

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Located just a short two mile or so drive down RT 1 from Saltwater Farm Vineyard there is a “Farm Stand” sign directing you to turn right and proceed one mile down Cove Rd. The sign has been there for at least two or three seasons, but alas, today was the first time I had occasion to take the short, scenic trip to Wehpittitick Farm.

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The farm, which has been in David Rathbun’s family for nine generations (part of the home dates back to the 1740s or earlier), had a revitalization when local, recent college grad, Jimmy Moran, decided to try his hand at farming. Eggplant, peppers, onions, garlic, green beans, eggs – I could keep going but check it out for yourself… Not only does the farm stand operate on the Cove Rd property, but Jimmy participates in the Westerly Farmers Market and the Noank Farmers Market.

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Although I didn’t pick anything up in the way of produce or dairy (not because it didn’t look delicious, but it was either too hot or me too lazy to cook today – you pick) it should be noted that they have a beautiful array of flowers planted on property sold loose or in vases which you can “trade back in.” At two bucks a stem, I grabbed three large sunflowers to take home and with a little help from the wildflowers in my backyard, created a very handsome arrangement. They also typically have dahlias and other flowers, but I am guessing I arrived too late in the day (or season?) to snatch any of those.

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Cheers to local farm stands, $6 bouquets and an endless summer (a girl can dream),

JM

Like this? Stay tuned for more end-of-the-summer must-dos and check out some of our other favorite summer spots here and here.