Sunday, July 31, 2011
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Drive 60 minutes or less and enjoy a night at McCoy Stadium.
Less than an hour from Middletown, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket offers an inexpensive alternative to Fenway Park for families and baseball fans. Tickets for the games range from $5 for seniors and children, to $11 for box seats. General admission tickets cost $7. If you get hungry at the game the stadium has a variety of foods to choose from including the traditional ballpark staples of hot dogs, peanuts and beer to more local favorites like doughboys and Del’s Frozen Lemonade. The atmosphere is family friendly at McCoy with the teams’ polar bear mascot Paws around to entertain and take photos with young fans. The ballpark also features an iParty Kids Zone with pitching and batting games for kids to play. The stadium DJ seems to know what …
With this Lighthouse Tour found less than 30 minutes away from Middletown, revisit the days of hopping in the car, starting the engine and driving off in search of fun.
Hop in the car, drive 30 minutes or less and experience the quintessential Ocean State experience – a tour of the bay's lighthouses. A tour of the lighthouses is only the beginning of the ride you'll take aboard The Millennium Ferry out of North Kingstown. From May to October, Rhode Island Bay Cruises offers a wonderful alternative to the everyday getaway. A 90-minute tour of the historic lighthouses along the waters of Narragansett Bay is just the start. Sailboats from a simple dingy to one of the boats used during the filming of the incredibly popular "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise grace the waters as well. There are many marine birds, from seagulls to local exotics that practically wink at you as you cruise on by. The tour takes…
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. It will take you little more than 15 minutes to get to Battleship Cove.
It will probably take you more than 15 minutes to get there, but in about 20 to 25 minutes, you can be standing before a decommissioned U.S. battleship in Battleship Cove in Fall River – a floating museum full of rich military history. It's a great day trip for any age group. At Battleship Cove, visitors can see how war veterans lived and worked on the ships and can imagine themselves serving on the vessels back in WWII. The cove offers exhibits including PT boats, helicopters, a submarine, a destroyer, the world's only exhibited example of a Soviet-built missile corvette, the USS Fall River, and the centerpiece, the USS Massachusetts. Battleship Cove offers a plethora of activities including overnight stays, a carousel for kids and …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Patch Passport shows you a 'Little Bit of Paradise.' This is a local place where you can feel like you are a million miles away from the daily stress of life, without having to go far from home. Come along and relax.
Mary Ellen DiJulio, a registered nurse for 33 years, understands the value of western medicine, but also believes in a wellness approach to health and beauty, which is why she opened Sedona Spa and Health Club on West Main Road in Middletown. Sedona offers a comprehensive set of health services and facilities: from circuit training, cardio classes, nutrition counseling, spa services and tanning. The spa and health club is only available to women, which DiJulio said provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for its members. I booked a facial with Sedona’s esthetician Anne Corey to experience one of the many services first-hand. In order to get through the spa, we walked through the facilities’ circuit training and past the cardio room…
Friday, July 29, 2011
Did you know Middletown offers places to sample tastes from around the world? Today's Patch Passport maps out where to eat in Middletown, organized by international flavor.
Do you want to get out of the kitchen, but are bored of the same old places you always go? Want some fresh ideas for tasty meals? Then the Patch Passport can help. We've assembled a list of local places with international flavors. Try one out and let us know what you think. Bon Appetit! Chinese: French Bakery Greek: Hawaiian/Polynesian: Italian/Pizza: Mexican: Middle Eastern: Portuguese: Sushi: Thai: Vietnamese:
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Thursday Patch Passport shows you where to find trinkets and unique treasures in Middletown. Get out and explore unique local shopping and all the Beach House has to offer.
Now in its 15th year of selling seaside inspired treasures, The Beach House can tastefully dress up anything from a “coastal corner” to a seaside inspired home. “It’s all a state of mind,” says Sally Emmett Dwyer as she offers a tour of Middletown's eclectic shop featuring many one-of-a-kind items, along with those souvenirs that make coastal New England excursions complete. Dwyer said she had wanted to combine her talents as an interior designer with gifts, and was given the opportunity when she was laid off from her job 15 years ago. She initially opened The Beach House in Middletown. Over the years she had moved it to Portsmouth, and then Tiverton, but eventually brought it back to Middletown, where it has been operating for more than…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Travel Back in Time with the Wednesday Patch Passport, to discover the history and roots of Middletown at Boyd's Windmill in Paradise Park.
There has been a movent in this country to “eat local.” The idea behind it is that food grown in one’s local community is fresher, healthier, and better for the environment because it doesn’t need to be trucked from as far away as the West Coast. As with all things, what was old is new again. For example, there was a time here in Middletown when eating local wasn’t a choice, but a reality. When the earliest settlers from Europe came over to inhabit Aquidneck Island they found a soil that was rich and fertile as it is today. These same settlers grew corn and grain. But in whole form it wasn’t good on the digestive system and was labor intensive to grind down in one’s home or farm. The solution was to build windmills that resembled those …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Take advantage of time with your kids and get out and enjoy these hot spots in Middletown. Your Patch Passport gives you options for great local spots for kid-friendly fun.
Looking for some cool spots to hang with the kids? Middletown has plenty of great kid-friendly places that are fun for the whole family. Simmons Farm In addition to offering picturesque views of farmlands and delicious local and organic produce, meats, and cheeses (from their new goat dairy!), Simmons Farm also offers Middletown’s only petting zoo and the kids can’t seem to get enough of it. Pull in anytime during the day to get an up close visit with the goats, pigs, cows, llama, ducks, and other farm animals. Feed is available for 25 cents per cup and the animals are eager to dig in whether it is out of your hand or by sticking their noses right in the cup. Krupkowicz Planetarium Being in a community surrounded by nature, there are few …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Discover a Hidden Gem in Middletown that you may have driven by and never knew existed. Or maybe you have not visited this interesting spot in years. So take a little trip with Patch...we’ll show you the way.
Prescott Farm, located at 2009 West Main Road in Middletown, will take you back in time. At this beautiful picturesque country setting, which features an 1812 Robert Sherman Windmill, you will feel history come alive. The farm offers free admission and is open to the public. Come sit at a picnic table and enjoy your lunch under the trees while you watch the ducks and geese over at the pond. Explore the many hiking trails. Take a tour. The Newport Restoration Foundation, founded by Doris Duke, offers many programs throughout the year at Prescott Farm—from free soil testing with URI Master Gardeners Gardening to blacksmithing, open hearth cooking and, of course, those monthly Windmill Wednesdays. June through October, Windmill Wednesdays run…
This week, Patch will help you become a tourist in your own town.
Monday, July 25, 2011
This coming week, Patch will help be your guide as you become a tourist in our town. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the town you've loved for years, we're here to show you what there is to see. Check back to Middletown Patch daily to see what excursion is next. We will feature stories, photos and videos showing off the best of our town. We hope this project encourages you to shop local, eat local and be local. Patch wants to show you how much your own town has to offer. And although everything will appear this week, it's not going anywhere. This page will remain a resource for you all year long. Whenever you're hosting visitors or need a Saturday activity, come back to this page. Your 7-Day Itinerary: MONDAY: For the Monday …