2) Little Compton, Rhode Island
A little more off the beaten path, Little Compton is filled with historic sites and the oldest winery in New England. Wilbor House offers a trip back in time to life as it was in 1690 and is the home of the local Historical Society. Located on the Sakonnet River near the Massachusetts border, Little Compton offers a variety of recreational choices. Dundery Brook Trail is situated on a 118-acre preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. Here, you’ll be treated to a variety of rare plants and diverse wildlife along a flat 1.1-mile trail suitable for children and those who find hiking a challenge. The picturesque Little Compton Commons, or town center, offers well preserved historic buildings and sites dating back to the Revolutionary War, as well as an authentic general store. If you’re a sun worshiper, head to South Shore Beach. It’s known for its soft silky sand, beautiful vistas, as well as access to Goosewing Beach Preserve, also owned by the Nature Conservancy.