If you lived in New England in the 1970s, you probably remember Rhode Island’s catchy “biggest little state in the union” tourist campaign. These days, the country’s smallest state prefers to capitalize on its stiff-jawed sailing roots, dubbing itself the “ocean state.” It’s a smart gambit. Of the state’s roughly 1,200 square miles, 40 of those are coastline—leaving plenty of room for walking, boating, kayaking and paddleboarding, fishing, birdwatching, and swimming.
While Newport, Narragansett, Jamestown, and Charlestown get all the love, one coastal area remains underutilized: Warwick. I get it: the downtown of Rhode Island’s second-largest city—which features squat industrial complexes and the perma-smell of motor oil—isn’t much to look at. But venture past its commercial areas, and you’ll be treated to some unique coastal sights and experiences.
Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts. As an editor, she has worked on more than 350 books for publishers including Penguin Random House, Workman, and Simon & Schuster. She has also served as a book coach for independent authors, helping them take their ideas from concept to print. An avid traveler and travel writer, Robin lives, reads, and writes voraciously in upstate NY.