What to Do in Warwick: A 24-Hour Guide
With finger-licking food, artisanal wineries, and shoppable streets, the small, yet lively Orange County town is the perfect place for a quaint day trip.
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Warwick is old-fashioned in a good way. As the small town thrums with a sense of liveliness and excitement, it never lets go of its comfortable, slow pace. On weekends, residents and visitors compete for parking spots outside of retro storefronts and low-key eateries, sneaking glances into open windows as they slowly roll down quaint roads. As far as day trip destinations go, the Orange County spot provides a much-needed reprieve from bustling commercial centers and speedy highways. It invites visitors to take a breath, go on a walk, and forget about everyday life, even if only for a little while.
9 a.m. - Fuel up with a homemade breakfast at Fannie’s
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why not start your trip eating homemade bread and local eggs cooked the way you want at this cozy eatery? Pair your breakfast with Fannie’s signature latte, made with cardamom, organic maple syrup, and topped with the perfect peak of whipped cream. If lattes aren’t your thing, choose from the many drink options like espresso, hot tea, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and signature breakfast cocktails like Bloody Marys or mimosas.
Open daily, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
28 Railroad Ave, Warwick
10:30 a.m. - Take a quiet stroll through Stanley Deming Park
Less than a quarter mile from Fannie’s is a picturesque park with beautiful scenery of Warwick. The recently renovated playground is an ideal spot for kids to run off their energy while parents sit back, read a book, or take in the sounds of nature.
Park Way, Warwick
12:30 p.m. - Grab a bite to eat at Eddie’s Roadhouse
A beer and a burger at Eddie’s sound like the perfect lunch. This eatery currently offers 16 craft beers on tap and seven fresh burgers. Pair a Grimm Spiritual Consultant IPA with the Southwest Turkey Burger topped with roasted red peppers, jalapeños, avocado, melted pepper jack cheese, and a drizzle of homemade chipotle aioli. The hoppy IPA pairs well with the spicy burger to accentuate the heat. If you want to eat on the lighter side, try one of the flavorful salads prepared with local produce and topped with the house-made IPA vinaigrette.
Tues-Thurs 12 p.m. - 12 a.m., Fri-Sat 12 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sun 12-9 p.m.
18 Main St, Warwick
2 p.m. - Sip wine samples at Applewood Winery
Whether you are in the mood for wine or hard cider samples, this winery has the full package. Tastings are only $6 a person with the option to choose from over 12 types of wines and six types of ciders. Pair your samples with a cheese board or an applewood-fired pizza from the café, which is open weekends from March through November.
March – August: Wed-Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., September – October: open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., November – December: Wed-Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick
4:30 p.m. - Walk down Main Street
The charming central street is filled with more than a few places to explore after sipping some mid-afternoon samples. The Candy Apple Shoppe is the place to visit if you have a sweet tooth; with more than 40 varieties of candy apples to choose from, you'll be hard pressed to select one from the peck. If bookstores are your version of a candy shop, explore what Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe has to offer. The quaint store often features authors from Orange County and the Hudson Valley area.
6 p.m. - Eat an Italian dinner at Grappa Ristorante
Start dinner here with one of the cold or hot antipasto, or one of each if you're feeling particularly ambitious. For the main course, choose from a pasta dish like cavatelli broccoli rabe, an enticing plate of homemade pasta sautéed with sausage, broccoli rabe, olive oil, and roasted garlic. If you want a chicken dish, stick with pollo florentine, which comes topped with prosciutto, spinach, and a blanket of melted fontina cheese that is finished with a decedent white wine and herb sauce. By the end of dinner, you will feel like you're in Italy.
Mon-Sat 12-10 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m.
22 Railroad Ave, Warwick
9 p.m. - Spend the night at Cider Mill Inn
The former dairy farm and apple orchard is now home to a restored 1865 Victorian farmhouse bed and breakfast. Just a 15-minute drive from the heart of Warwick, this inn starts at $140 a night. The B&B features luxurious down comforters and plush terry robes. The bed sheets are from Comphy Co., the same company that supplies sheets to the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons.
207 Glenwood Rd, Pine Island