Summer State of Mind: Don’t put those white pants away just yet

We New Englanders pride ourselves on being stoic, all-weather tolerant folk, but let’s face it, drinking a Dunkin’ cold brew while shoveling your snowy driveway, which we undoubtedly do, blows. We endure some of the cruelest weather conditions and seasonal affective disorders Mother Nature throws at us to get to summer, but we are quick to dismiss it after Labor Day, surrendering our souls to an early autumn. Summer is disappointed in you. So put down that pumpkin spice latte and listen up. Here are some tips to squeeze that little extra juice out of your summer. 

Hit the Beach

Beaches after Labor Day become like the Wild West — they’re a lawless, deserted oasis, teeming with fun activity potential. The parking is free and you can bring your pup. Don’t forget to grab a Del’s on the way. Surfs up! Newport has some of the state’s best beaches. But you already knew that.

Take in a Flick at the Drive-in

The nights are getting a bit shorter and there is a nip in the air, while the unforgettable scent of late summer abounds. Drive-ins have the power to etch these feelings indelibly into your memory. Rustic Tri View Drive-in in North Smithfield has showings thru October.


Have a Day at an Amusement Park

The final weeks of summer are perfect for finally getting to an amusement park. The lines are shorter and admission is cheaper. Check out Adventure Family Fun Park Narragansett, Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH (approx. 1 hour 30 mins from PVD) or Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass (approx. 1 hour 45 mins from PVD).

Drink More Rosé

Ah, rosé. Summer in a glass. Go ahead, crack open a bottle in February for all I care. No one is judging. Grab a bottle at Campus Fine Wines, Nikki’s Liquors, High Spirits or Bottles. They all have great selections and magical recommendations.