08/29/2012 01:10 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2012

Little Black Book: Coastal Rhode Island

She's been summering in Quonochaontaug (Quonnie!) for as long as she can remember -- and wants to keep it that way. In the meantime, Ali Rickards (Tracy Anderson's right-hand-woman) parts with a few tips for visitors to the Rhode Island coastal town.

QUONOCHAONTAUG, Rhode Island - Being the smallest state in our country, Rhode Island never seems to get the attention it deserves. Boardwalks are just literally planks on the sand, its beaches are some of the best in the country, and the coast has managed to stay unspoiled. Seafood is obviously the name of the game, but the state's strong Portuguese influence and Native American roots are evident in many dishes. Anywhere you go you are sure to hear that distinctive Rhode Island accent, which turns a party into a potty.

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