At first glance, Tiverton, R.I., may seem like just another small-town window onto the past. It has the character of a bygone Cape Cod with all its seaside charm, complemented by the nostalgic smell of fried clams in the air. But it doesn’t have the Cape’s trauma of heavy traffic and the swarms of tourists.
And with the requisite beaches and breezes and boating, Tiverton is a desirable summer getaway, but its fall harvest and vivid foliage extend its season for visits deep into autumn. Factor in the chance to please nature lovers, and this quiet next-door neighbor to popular Little Compton begins to look like a sleeper to pay attention to in the second-home sweepstakes.