Rhode Island Monthly 2015 Summer Guide : Page 6

GU id e The Magic of Summer Rhode Island’s favorite magician is super busy these days, starring in two NBC primetime specials called “Mat Franco’s Got Magic” that will trace his journey from Johnston to Vegas. The URI grad is proud of his roots, and he shared ive of his favorite things about summer in Rhode Island. Su mm er 1 2 3 5 SUMMER PASSION My Wrangler BY CAMRYN RABIDEAU IN THE KNOW Get the insider 411 on informal tours, quiet beaches and o -menu cocktails. By Erin Balsa The day I drove my shiny new car off the lot in Warwick, I decided to take the back way home. Instead of driving Route 1 all the way down to Narragansett, I hopped on 138 East and then got off on Scenic 1A. It was the perfect June day — 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky — and I just couldn’t resist rolling down the windows, cranking up the radio and cruising along the beautiful stretch of shoreline toward Narragansett Beach. I had just passed the turnoff for Bonnet Shores and was making my way down toward the ocean when I glimpsed the driver of a car tossing me a casual wave as he passed. I hadn’t been living in ’Gansett for very long, so I simply assumed that the man had mistaken me for someone else. Except then, not half a mile later, it happened again. A young woman driving a | | CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 Jeep Wrangler 6 RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The nice folks at Charlestown’s Behan Family Farm are always happy to give informal (and delicious) tours to those curious to learn how an aquaculture farm operates. behanfamilyfarms.com Don’t get stuck in Newport-bound tra ic: Take the lesser-used Route 24 instead of 95. For a unique experience that most tourists miss, visit Block Island’s Sacred Labyrinth, which lies behind a stone wall toward the north end of Corn Neck Road. While Matunuck’s Ocean Mist is widely known for serving up a mean bloody mary, those in the know order the o -menu Marianne. This tall concoction of iced co ee and liquor is sure to cure whatever ails you. Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd., Wakeield, 401 782 3740, oceanmist.net. Matunuck Oyster Bar o ers one o -menu dish: frutti de mare, which features calamari, shrimp, scallops and mussels over linguine. Reject’s Beach is a little known slice of paradise that sits adjacent to the uber-exclusive Bailey’s Beach on Ocean Avenue in Newport. Roger Williams Park Zoo can be, well, a zoo in summer months. To avoid the crowds, visit after 3 p.m. when most patrons have already headed home. rwpzoo.org Three o’clock is also a great time to hit up Misquamicut Beach . Parking prices are slashed midday at several lots. Moonrise Kingdom fans enjoy exploring the bay below Fort Wetherill in Jamestown where the memorable beach dance scene was ilmed. l SUMMER GUIDE 2015 MAT FRANCO PHOTOGRAPH, BRAD COHEN. 4 IGGY’S. It’s the best place to go in the summertime and eat some chowder. I like to switch it up though; it’s all about variety for me. I went when I was younger with family, and in college I lived in Narragan-sett and it was a short drive away. Iggy’s Doughboys, 889 Oakland Beach Ave., Warwick, 401 737 9459; 1157 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, 401 7835608, iggysdoughboys.com. NEWPORT FOLK FEST. Everyone associates me with magic, but I love music just as much. I just happened to be better at one than the other. I’m a big classic rock fan, so the year Jackson Browne headlined, I really enjoyed it. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, newportfolk.org. THE RUSTIC DRIVE IN. You go out, you get to see a couple of movies, the whole car costs the price of a few movie tickets, and you can bring the family or a group of friends. It’s an awesome thing to do. Rustic Tri Vue Drive-In, 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithield, 401 769 7601, yourneighborhoodtheatre.com. FOOL’S RULES REGATTA. It’s a big deal in Jamestown. Di erent groups of people enter this race, but the boats are built of random things. They’ll be made out of barrels and they’ll use the sheet as a sail. Every one is di erent. East Beach, Jamestown, jyc.org. THE BEACHES. I don’t do favorites. I don’t care if we’re talking about Matunuck, Scarborough, Narragansett; it doesn’t matter. Rhode Island’s one of the best places to go for its beaches. (See our beach guide on page 14.)

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