It ended up being a lovely Rhode Island day, but since rain was forecasted, we planned things for inside or out.
First, we headed to the The Fantastic Umbrella Factory in South Kingstown. Contrary to the name, not an umbrella was seen, but it is a lovely place to spend a few hours with or without kids. On this day, we were joined by another three boys about my son’s ages. There are six shops on property that have a Bohemian vibe.
My kids love to look through them, but parents of little ones might have a lot of stress keeping little hands off all the unique finds. They have decorations from all cultures- Great, hippyish clothing, modestly priced jewelry.
They have a great little cafe on property with healthier sorts of offerings- smoothies, fresh brewed ice tea, salads, wraps. We had yummy blueberry and peach pielets and a strawberry smoothie for a snack. They offer almond milk and gluten free options.
Be sure to bring cash as there is a $10 credit card minimum and In front of the store you can buy chicken feed to take to the animals in the back. So, that is where we headed next.
The chicken knew the deal and ran right over to the kids to eat out of their cups. They even let the kids pet them.
There were also pens of ducklings with their mom and a partridge.
There is an enclosure with emu, goats and guinea fowl. The emu also let the kids pet them, but made quite a weird growling noise. Who knew that’s what emus say?
We then walked through their gardens, where they have plants for sale. It’s beautiful and peaceful and they have very unique specimens.
At this point we were very hungry, so we decided to keep the Bohemian vibe going and headed to Crazy Burger in Narragansett. As an aside, we passed one of my favorite RI restaurants, Matunuck Oyster Bar, but decided it was better to go there another day without kids. Contrary to its name, Crazy Burger is a great place for a healthy or vegetarian eater to dine at and all the food is great. In agreement with the name, Crazy Burger has wonderful, unique hamburgers served on a English muffin sort of bun with homemade ketchup. They also have regular Heinz ketchup if you are a purist. There is always a wait. If you don’t have kids, there is a nice patio outside. Kids and parents all enjoyed our food. Service was great.
Then on to the Piece De Resistance- The Inside Scoop in North Kingstown. Having lived and travelled around this country, this is my favorite ice cream.
All thier ice creams are homemade. My favorite flavors are the Coffee Oreo and Chocolate Brownie. They also have good sorbet and ice cream cakes. To add a little adventure to the trip, take a look in the windows of Ernie’s Mower Shop next door. Another great day of adventure in RI.