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Tour Providence, Rhode Island

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Divine Providence
Historic Meets Hip in the Renaissance City

The State Capitol in Providence, Rhode Island
State Capitol


After a stop for a freshly baked muffin or croissant at Olga's Cup & Saucer in the Jewelry District, head off for a daytrip to nearby Newport, one of America's oldest seaports and a city rich in maritime history. You can take a bus from Kennedy Plaza or drive; the journey by car via the West Bay is faster (about 40 minutes from Providence via the Jamestown and Newport bridges), while an alternate route down the East Bay through Warren, Bristol, Portsmouth and Middletown is longer but more scenic.

A ceiling at the Aldrich Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island
Ceiling at the Aldrich Mansion

Newport's downtown Visitor's Center is well worth a stop to get oriented and get information; the center also serves as the city's transportation hub and has a large parking garage. Adjacent lies Easton's Point, a historic Quaker neighborhood famous for its Colonial seaside architecture. The Point is also home to The Rhumbline, a hidden gem of a restaurant on Bridge Street that serves a mix of traditional New England and Southwestern fare.

From the Visitor's Center you can board a trolley to get to the famed Newport Mansions, open year-round for tours. If the weather is nice, a stroll along the Cliff Walk provides a peek into the backyards of these Gilded Age masterpieces, not to mention breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. For an elegant lunch, sample the bistro menu at The Spiced Pear restaurant at the Chanler at Cliff Walk. If you decide to stay over, a luxury room at the Chanler is about the closest you can get to spending the night in a Bellevue Avenue mansion.

Downtown Newport is an easy walk from the Visitor's Center; highlights include the specialty shops and restaurants of Thames Street, the city's historic wharves and Spring Street. Spend the afternoon strolling the historic cobblestone streets, enjoy an elegant lunch at 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille on Bowen's Wharf or at the stylish 47º North, then take a harbor tour aboard the classic wooden speedboat Rum Runner II before returning to Providence — "The Renaissance City," where history meets hipness.

For more information, visit the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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Providence, Rhode Island

*Images from Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.

(Updated: 04/11/12 NW)

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