I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of boating enthusiasts, which means I learned how to water ski long before I ever stepped into any binding on a snow-specific ski.
While my uncle kept his houseboat at the Pirate Cove Marina, in Portsmouth, R.I., my aunt kept her Formula docked behind a Main Road liquor store owned by a friend in Tiverton. It was the latter boat that we would take out most often, headed to nearby Nannaquaket Pond, where the smooth, calm water always welcomed boaters to go water skiing, fishing or lounge in the summer sun.
But for all that goes into making Nannaquaket a perfect environment for a day out on the water, it’s the pond’s only source of dining that also attracts hungry visitors by both land and sea.
When Evelyn DuPont erected Evelyn’s Drive-In in 1969, she created a local phenomenon for Rhode Islanders and residents of southeastern Massachusetts. Yes, you could always, easily, drive to Evelyn’s. The clam shack is prominently featured along the side of Tiverton’s Main Road. But Evelyn’s has long been defined not only by the delectable seafood options it provides, but also its dock in the rear, welcoming boaters to the shore with the promise of a New England favorite.