For the past year, leaders of several distinctive downtowns in the two state region have been collaborating to exchange marketing ideas, cross promote and share resources. The group is named “Destination Downtown” and our tagline is “Historic, Hip and Happening” as it describes the unique characteristics of the partner communities. Mystic, Norwich, Niantic, New London, Wickford and Westerly-Pawcatuck are working together on this initiative. Chelsea Groton Bank and Rhode Island Housing’s Keepspace Program have been our sponsors.
I am proud to be a part of this effort and excited to share the good news that the renaissance continues in downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. Our unique downtown joins together two states with one state of mind. Whether you enjoy the beauty of the 14 acre Wilcox Park, walking along the river at Donahue Park, or shopping at the many retail boutiques, this year-round commercial district has something for everyone.
The Brazen Hen, the newest addition to the family of iconic Irish Pubs owned by Leo Roche will open soon in downtown Westerly. Leo also owns the Black Sheep in Niantic and the Harp & Hound in Mystic, two outstanding pubs. Patricia Isted is also opening The Twisted Vine, a new martini and piano lounge in downtown Westerly that will feature superb entertainment along with signature martinis. These businesses join a growing list of downtown hot spots that makes a night on the town memorable. Don’t forget the mainstay establishments including C.C. Obrien’s irish sports pub, Prime Time Café, The Bridge, 84 High Street Café, Dylan’s, Malted Barley and Perks & Corks which is famous for its chai-tinis and nightly local entertainment.
With over 50 structures on the national registry of historic places, the architecture is amazing. Take a walking tour and view the impressive details and fine examples of our famed Westerly granite.
Our thriving arts district consists of art galleries, studios and the monthly Arts Stroll which takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. Galleries open in unison to showcase their exhibits and local artists work from their studios.
Our community events offer tremendous cultural and recreational opportunities. Awaken your taste buds during Restaurant Week which takes place September 30 – October 7. You can enjoy three course lunches for just $15 and 3 course dinners for just $25 at some of the area’s finest restaurants. Bring your entire family to Fall Fest in Misquamicut on September 14-16 to enjoy amusements, live music, food and the wacky golf ball drop with loads of terrific prizes. Head back downtown on October for the Columbus Day parade, the largest one in New England, on October 7th.
This winter, the popular Washington Trust ice skating rink will return and provide an ideal recreational activity for the whole family.
Be sure to visit “historic, hip and happening” Westerly-Pawcatuck for yourself and experience 2 Towns, 1 fabulous destination.
To keep up with the many events and happenings downtown, visit www.westerlychamber.org or contact 401-596-7761.
Area Chamber of Commerce