Chepachet Village is rural trimmings at its finest. In 1971, this quaint, tucked away village was the first in Rhode Island to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Chepachet boasts a thriving business community including working farmsteads, antique shops and seasonal shops, all of which harken back to its rustic roots.
Get: Antique fixtures and toys from the Town Trader (a former 1690’s trading post); country wares, handcrafted furnishings and authentic penny candy from Brown and Hopkins Country Store (open May 26); estate jewelry, Star Wars merchandise and primitives from the Old Post Office Antiques (currently closed); vintage decor (think everything from traditional clocks to taxidermy) from Old Stone Mill Antiques and Treasures; locally made pottery and windows from Sideways Down Antiques Gallery; designer dog bandanas, collars and more from Trish Hampton; and local honey and farm goods from Lightning Ridge Farm.
Try: A Route 44 wrap at Cady’s Tavern; some parmesan garlic wings and/or penne pink vodka at Tavern on Main; the ‘Cheapachet’ breakfast plate (including two eggs, home fries and your choice of meat for just $3.99) at the Village Bean; a Greek-style pizza at Aegean Pizza; or some good old fashioned pizza strips at DePetrillo’s.
Do: Make a furry friend at the petting zoo before perusing all the maple offerings at Chepachet Farms and Sugar House; enjoy a picnic or a hike in the fresh summer air at Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area; get in touch with the area’s agricultural origins at Deep Roots Farm; and spend an afternoon tasting various delicious wines at Mulberry Vineyards.