My travels have taken me to a pastoral setting in the South County of Rhode Island. Did I say pastoral Rhode Island? How can that be? I knew of the beautiful beaches of Rhode Island, the “Grande Dame” resort town of Newport, and of course Providence, the state’s capital and largest city. Imagine my reaction as I drove through acres of horse pastures, rolling meadows and more golf courses than I could count just minutes off of Interstate 95. Well, I had no idea such a place existed in that tiny state. I was pleasantly surprised.
South County, Rhode Island, is located in the lower half of the state. It is bordered to the west by Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport area and to the east by Newport, land of mansions and the Tennis Hall of Fame. Its southern border is marked by the pristine beaches and shorelines that hug the Long Island Sound. South County has many picturesque New England villages — small, intimate, wooded hamlets with church steeples, educational institutions and artist colonies. In many ways, South County has the rural feel of 18th century New England.
And yet, this little hideaway is incredibly accessible to many attractions and population centers. Within a few hours from the bustling cities of New York City, Hartford and Boston, it’s easy to discover the “Other Rhode Island” of South County. Roger Williams, Rhode Island’s founding father, would still feel very much at home here. You, too, can find yourself immersed in this pleasant retreat.