Jamestown occupies Conanicut island, the second largest island in Narragansett Bay. Of course, this is Rhode island, so don’t let “second biggest” mislead you: Conanicut island is only nine miles long by one mile wide. Jamestown retains much of its rural character and quiet charm, providing a peaceful retreat from some of the more booming beach towns. Those who like to explore on foot or by bicycle will find Jamestown a perfect place to spend a relaxing day outdoors. Car traffic is light. There are great parks, plenty of unspoiled beauty, lots of historic sights and lovely water views just about everywhere.
Known for: rural charm, history, open spaces, water views
Good for: families, nature-lovers, biking, fishing
Two Takes on Jamestown Dining
Narragansett Avenue is one of the main thoroughfares in Jamestown, including two of its most popular restaurants. For a real taste of traditional South County fare, head to Chopmist Charlie’s, affectionately known as “the Cheers of Jamestown.”40 Narragansett Ave. 401-423-1020. For a more upscale, new american twist on local seafood, try Jamestown Fish, where you can also enjoy a cocktail in their upstairs Bridge Bar. 14 Narragansett Ave. 401- 423-3474.
Blues, Bloodies and Brunch
The Narragansett Café is a local favorite for food and live music. the best time to visit is on sunday from 1-4pm when you can enjoy live blues and swing, creative Bloody Marys and Mimosas, their signature Benedict varieties and getting to know the locals. 25 Narragansett Ave. 401-423-2150.
Jamestown Arts Center
This multi-disciplinary, all purpose arts and cultural hub is both gallery and event space, hosting art openings, film screenings, theatrical performances and classes. 18 Valley St. 401-560-0979.
What to See
Jamestown is more about enjoying nature than any man-made excitement.
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