America’s Tiniest State Packs an Historical Punch

Providence River

After a recent conference in Manchester, NH, Charlie and I explored Rhode Island, staying in Providence. You can read a more wordy version in TravelPulse – this is more of a pictorial. We were hosted by the Omni Providence Hotel, a gorgeous and convenient place to stay within walking distance of everything the city has to offer. GoProvidence provided lots of input in terms of what to see in the city including a day trip to Newport.

Love the murals throughout the city

Cool views from the Omni

Omni Providence Hotel

One of our favorite places in town was Federal Hill, Providence’s version of Little Italy. There are tons of stories about this place, sometimes called the “Tri-Guido” area. The food is phenomenal.

Even the lines in the road are Italian

Entrance to Federal Hill, the Little Italy of Providence

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes at Caffe Dolce Vita

Caffe Dolce Vita

Newport is only a 45 minute drive and is worth spending an afternoon, just to see the amazing mansions that serve as summer homes to the rich. Many are open for tours.

Newport statuary

Just a gate house

Would you need any more fireplaces?

Back to Providence…we enjoyed a tour boat ride through the center of town with Providence River Boat Company. Our captain gave us an excellent overview of the history of the city and pointed out info that only a native would know.

Flood levels over the years from the Providence River

Flood gates put in place after recent floods

We wish we had more time in the state as there are over 400 miles of coastline, even though it is only 48 miles north to south by 37 miles east to west.

Loved the architecture

If a New England trip is planned, make sure you include Rhode Island…it has a personality of its own and the food is fabulous!

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