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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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28 SUMMER 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE 28 28 to the ruins of an old carriage house, Bishop said, adding that there are great photo opportunities of Scarborough Beach from that location. Arcadia Management Area in Exeter is another beautiful location that offers wooded trails, ponds, and waterfalls, and a rich history: it was the home of the Narraganset Tribe, Bishop said. There's also Stepstone Falls in West Greenwich, which cascades over a series of low, gray ledges. For lots of bird sightings, visit Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Charlestown, which also has a salt pond and an access point for kayakers. If people can't get to a beach, Bishop said that "doesn't mean you can't have a wonderful day by the water" by access- ing one of many salt ponds. People can clam in any of the salt ponds. Quonochontaug Pond in Westerly and Charlestown is a great place to take kids clamming, she said, and to have a picnic. Another wonderful thing for families to do is visit the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown and check out the night sky, Bishop said. People can also bring their own telescopes. Every location Bishop listed offers "really amazing" photo opportunities of nature, she said. If you're looking for a place to kayak, try Winnapaug Pond in Westerly, which has islands you can paddle out to and have lunch or hang out, Bishop said. Other kayaking spots include the Pawcatuck River, the Woonasquatucket River, the Blackstone River, and Stillwater Pond in Smithfield among oth- ers. If you're looking for a hike closer to home, there are plenty of spots in the Blackstone Valley including Lincoln Woods, the Monastery in Cumberland, Wolf Hill Forest Preserve in Smithfield, and many others. For a comprehensive list of trails, visit exploreri.org/gtraillist. php . End your hike or walk with a picnic. Make your own lunch or pick up takeout at your favorite recently reopened restau- rant. If biking is more your speed, ride one of the many bike paths around the state: try the Blackstone Valley Bikeway, which includes 18.2 miles and 11.6 miles of continuous path from Cumberland to Woonsocket; the East Bay Bike Path, which goes for 14.5 miles BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT A view of the Blackstone River from the BLACKSTONE RIVER BIKEWAY, one outdoor adventure you can add to your staycation list this summer. from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol; and the South County Bike Path, which consists of 7.8 miles from Kingston Station in South Kingstown to Mumford Road in Narragansett. Movie nights are also a great family outing. Visit the Rustic Tri-View Drive-In in North Smithfield or the Misquamicut Drive-In in Westerly. Bishop said fami- lies can grab dinner somewhere, sit on the beach, and then get back to their cars to watch a movie on a Friday or Saturday night at Misquamicut. Treat yourself to a culinary adven- ture. There are more than enough ice cream stands around the state to create a self-guided tour. Start with Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland and Lincoln Creamery in Lincoln and then head down to Brickley's in Wakefield and Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton. Compare the same flavor at multiple locations. Why stop at ice cream? Create the same challenge with other summer treats: clam cakes, lobster rolls, or gour- met donuts. You can also do a local brewery tour, either picking up beers to go or stopping if places offer outdoor seating. If you're keen on staying home but still want some rest and relaxation, you can get creative with what you already have. If your backyard is already equipped with a pool or fire pit, you could add a few decorations to make it feel like you're on a tropical getaway (tiki torches, beach chairs, etc.) or set up a tent and sleep outside for a camping experience close to home. As long as the state moves forward with its reopening plan and continues to relax restrictions, more places are likely to also reopen later this year. Before visiting any locations, make sure to read up on social distancing and other guide- lines. No matter how you choose to spend time off this summer, remember to treat your staycation as if you were actually traveling to another destination: unplug, relax, and have some fun. STAYCATION From Page 27

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