Hi Everyone, it's Heidi. Time to visit another town that is close to home: North Smithfield. When I woke up this morning, one of the first things I thought was “I want to go for a hike”. Brian was already up, and Aemilia was getting ready to go to work. Aoife and Tarynn were happier staying home, so Brian and I headed off to North Smithfield to check out the trails at Rocky Hill Road Conservation Area. This turned out to be the perfect spot for today. Rocky Hill consists of 23 acres, and there is a loop trail that goes through some wetland areas.. However, we’ve had a lack of rainfall in Rhode Island this summer, so all of those wet areas were completely dry today. Brian and I enjoyed the opportunity to explore an area that was new to us today, and we left a painted rock at a bench along the trail.
On our way home we stopped at Goodwin Brothers Farm Stand. Although we’ve passed by several times, and we’ve admired the houses they build out of pumpkins in the fall, this was our first time stopping at Goodwin’s, and it is a really nice farm stand! Nearly all of the produce was local, and much of it was grown right on their farm. Also, the prices were very reasonable for fresh, local fruits and veggies. We bought some donut peaches, and are looking forward to trying them once they ripen for a few days on our windowsill. (update - the donut peaches were super sweet, juicy, and delicious.)
After Aemilia arrived home from work, we headed back to North Smithfield for lunch at The Beef Barn. We checked out the menu online and called our order in to shorten the wait time. The Beef Barn is a North Smithfield staple, and we had visited once a few years ago for a geocaching meet and greet. Today we tried the pastrami sandwich, cheeseburgers, a steak sandwich, and a roast beef sandwich and they were all delicious. We upgraded our sandwiches to “specials”, which meant they included fries and salads, which were all awesome as well. Aemilia and I also got shakes which were nice and thick and hit the spot. We enjoyed our food on a shaded picnic table and then crossed over the street to take a photo at the street sign that marks the line between Woonsocket and North Smithfield. On Smithfield Road, one side of the street is Woonsocket while the other side is North Smithfield.
We followed up our Beef Barn lunch with dessert from Wright’s Dairy Farm. We had made a stop at Wright’s on our Woonsocket day, and Wright’s is so amazing that it warranted a second stop. During the summer, Wright’s has an ice cream trailer called “The Wright Scoop”, and Brian, Tarynn, and I opted for ice cream, while Aemilia and Aoife decided to order bakery treats. You really can’t go wrong with anything at Wright’s. All of their pastries are made fresh and the cream for the pastries and the ice cream comes from their own cows. Our ice cream was outstanding, and it was a great surprise to see that a graduate from my school is scooping in the ice cream trailer for the summer, and we got to say hello.
We headed home again for a few hours before heading out for our final North Smithfield destination: The Rustic Tri-View Drive-In movie theatre. The Rustic opened in 1951 and is the only remaining drive-in movie theatre in Rhode Island. We had never been here before, and we will most definitely be back!!!! It was so fun to see “The Iron Giant” outdoors, and the cars were nicely spaced so we felt very safe there. We haven’t been seeing many friends this summer, but hopefully next summer life will be more normal, and we will be able to go back to this Rhode Island gem for a super fun night with a carloads of friends.
Our North Smithfield day and evening was so fun! So happy to have had a chance to explore this awesome town!
We are a family who loves to travel and explore. Covid-19 has changed our plans for summer 2020, but we are making the best out of the situation by exploring our beautiful home state of Rhode Island. During the summer of 2020, we are hoping to visit every town in Rhode Island. Thank you for joining us on our journey!