A few months ago, I was looking for a house for sale in East Greenwich, RI.
I wasn't seeking it out with any real interest in buying it, per se, but it had caught my eye during one of my "let's just see what's out there in (and out of) my price range" browsings on RILiving.com.
I followed the directions I had memorized in my head (as I know the surrounding area pretty well)... travel South on Rt. 1/Main Street, take a left at Rocky Hollow Road. A few more lefts and rights through the back roads and I found it.
The house was adorable. Perfect, really. I love homes build in the early 1900's, and this was a 1920's Bungalow with a front porch and a beautiful garden. I would have moved in immediately, if there weren't other things to think of first... like telling my husband and selling our house. You know, minor things.
I drove by the house a few times, each time finding something else that I loved about it, and finally decided to stop torturing myself. I could have gotten back on Rocky Hollow Road and onto Main Street easily, but I knew I was near the water and wanted to drive along the road (aptly named: Water Street) with the view of the harbor.
Although I know the area well, I don't travel along Water Street much. It's outside of my normal route, a bit of a back road. But as I had that little Bungalow on my mind that day, I was in a back road kind of mood. And on that back road was where I discovered one of my new favorite Secret Spaces.
It's really just a little look-out point. There's a gravely parking lot. There are a few picnic tables. But it has a beautiful, unobstructed view of Greenwich Cove. It's quiet there, especially on a weekday morning. I imagine it could be a place for teenagers to go "park" on a Saturday night (do teenagers still do this?), but for my purposes - tranquility, thought-gathering, peace and quiet - it is perfect.
There are a lot of restaurants down the road a bit, with equally gorgeous views of the Cove. But if you want a place to sit with your thoughts, without having to buy food and listen to the conversation of the people next to you, I'll share my Secret Space with you.