THE WEST BAY
The area of Rhode Island which hugs the western shores
of Narragansett Bay began much as the East Bay - fishing,
boatbuilding, etc. But while these arts and crafts are
still practiced and preserved along the shore, the city
of Warwick is now known as home to one of the greatest
shopping experiences in the country. Known as the "Miracle
Mile" of shopping, RI Rte. 2 is a famous strip which
runs several miles and boasts not only two large shopping
malls, but plaza after plaza of every major department
store, discount store and specialty shop in the country.
Warwick's Greenwich Bay and East Greenwich's Greenwich
Harbor are the place for the weekend boater, with a marina
at every other address. This is a perfect starting off
point to see Rhode Island from the water.
Pawtuxet Village is an historic settlement, well-preserved
but a still-lively community which hosts the world-famous
Gaspee Days, the summer celebration which reacreates the
famous pre-Revolutionary event in which Rhode Island patriots
captured and burned His Majesty's Ship the Gaspee in one
of the first incidents of the American Revolution.
Warwick is also the location of Green State Airport, an
international airpark where you'll be landing if traveling
by airplane, making Warwick and the West Bay a perfect
homebase for seeing Rhode Island.