For modern nautical accoutrements, stop by Nautical Impressions (16 W. Main St., North Kingstown, 401/295-5303, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.), which sells all the books and gear you need to set sail.
Chances are something will be chiming when you walk in The Hour Glass (15 W. Main St., Wickford, 401/295-8724, www.the-hourglass.com , noon–5 p.m. Sun.–Mon.; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tue.–Sat.), a clock store with everything from antique grandfathers to splashy modern wall clocks.
For a preview of the annual art festival, stop by the Wickford Art Association Gallery (36 Beach St., North Kingstown, 401/294-6840, www.wickfordart.org , 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tue.–Sat.; noon–4 p.m. Sun.; closed Jan.), which showcases work of local artists.