Remarkable Rhode Island Needs to Be Your Next Destination

  • Small in Size, but Big on Visitor Attractions

    Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the nation in land area, but it packs a mighty wallop when it comes to activities and attractions for travelers. Fall is a perfect time of year for a visit, when the state's lush foliage turns into a red and golden feast for the eyes. Providence, Rhode Island's capital city, offers an outstanding urban leaf-peeping experience. Head up the hill to the area around Benefit Street near Brown University for views on a canopy of mature elms shading historic mansions and churches.

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  • Newport's Wine & Food Festival

    Now in its 11th year, the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival has earned numerous accolades and is touted as one of the nation's finest wine festivals. It's no wonder; the festival's scenic location high on the cliffs overlooking Newport is reason enough for a visit. All of the proceeds from the festival support the town's mission to preserve the spectacular mansions that line historic Bellevue Avenue, built by America's wealthiest families over the centuries,

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  • Pond-to-Plate Delights

    You'll never taste an oyster quite as fresh and succulent as those grown in the clear waters right off the deck of the Matunuck Oyster Bar in southern Rhode Island. In addition to the sustainably sourced fresh seafood produced on site, the restaurant also utilizes the fresh organic produce grown on the adjacent farm for a total farm-to-table and pond-to-plate culinary experience.

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  • The Redcoats are Coming

    Relive history on every corner in the enchanting town of Newport. Founded in 1639, it emerged as one of the leading ports in the 1760s and became both the economic and social heart of colonial New England. Stroll past charming buildings and houses from the 17th and 18th centuries on your historical adventure. Keep your camera poised, as the "Redcoats" are known to make an appearance when you least expect it. 

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  • Federal Hill: Providence's Little Italy Neighborhood

    Federal Hill, one of the nation's most vibrant "Little Italy" neighborhoods, is located in downtown Providence. Settled by Italian immigrants in the 1870s, the rich heritage of its early settlers is alive and well to this day. Plan a visit to experience truly authentic Italian cuisine, or to shop in the many groceries, bakeries and specialty stores featuring a wide variety of products imported directly from Italy.

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  • Life's a Beach

    If it weren't for the distinctive New England architecture surrounding Easton's Beach, you might think you were in Southern California on this picturesque strand. Its rolling waves are perfect for surfing or boogie boarding, and grilling is allowed in the picnic area that also features a playground for family fun. The famous Newport Cliff Walk is just steps away from this stunning stretch of sand.

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  • Fun Times in the Old Town

    The streets of historic Newport take on a whole new light when the sun goes down. Centuries-old buildings house fine restaurants, bars, dance clubs and live music venues.

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  • It's not Venice – it's Providence!

    After a day of touring, there's nothing more romantic than to glide down the Providence River in an authentic Venetian gondola. You'll be serenaded by a charming gondoliere as you sip your champagne and sail past the historic landmarks along the riverwalk. 

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  • Enjoy a Hearty Breakfast – New England Style

    A hearty New England breakfast is a not-to-be-missed experience when visiting Rhode Island. The Corner Café, located in the revitalized "Broadway" area of Newport, is famous for its breakfast menu.

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  • Bringing the Napa Experience to Rhode Island

    It might be surprising to some that southeastern New England has a coastal wine trail that features 14 exceptional wineries, including the Newport Vineyards, the largest grower of wine grapes in New England. An extraordinary micro-climate in Newport, best compared to the Loire Valley in France, results in outstanding grape harvests and award-winning wines. The newly-renovated winery offers wine tastings, tours and excellent dining options.

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  • White Horse Tavern, the "Bucket List Bar"

    For a historic bar experience unlike any other, raise a glass at the White Horse Tavern in Newport. Proclaimed to be the oldest operating tavern in the United States, the distinctive red building opened to guests in 1673 and was a regular haunt for colonists, pirates, British soldiers and our founding fathers. George Washington may not have slept here, but he definitely enjoyed the tavern's meals and libations while he charted the course of our nation's history.

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  • Mangia! Mangia!

    Craving fresh Rhode Island seafood with an Italian flair? Siena Restaurant in Federal Hill, Providence's own "Little Italy," serves up the best swordfish steak this side of Sicily, with the added bonus of a fresh lobster tail plucked from local waters. Magnifico!

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  • Go Back in Time at Historic Fort Adams

    The fascinating history of Fort Adams goes back to 1799, when then-incumbent President John Adams established the coastal fortification. It was added upon to protect Newport's harbor through the War of 1812, the Spanish American War, the Civil War, and WWI and WWII. The one-hour guided tour takes you from the top of the Fort walls to the depths of the underground tunnels for a mesmerizing and highly-recommended historical experience.

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  • Sail into Newport Harbor

    If cruising is your thing, Newport Harbor welcomes cruise ships throughout the year, with the majority of visits in fall through early November. Larger ships anchor in the harbor and tenders cart passengers easily and conveniently to the center of town, where they can explore to their heart's content.

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  • Overnight in a Historic Lighthouse

    The Rose Island Lighthouse was built in 1870 and guided navigators into Narragansett Bay for more than a century. It was deactivated in 1970 after the Newport Bridge was built. In 2008, it was restored to its former Victorian style and a variety of accommodations are available for unique, historical overnight stays.

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  • Raise a Glass to Life

    Old schoolmates convene at the historic Greenvale Vineyards, located along the beautiful Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, R.I., for a reunion and to raise a glass of fine wine in celebration. Owned by the same family since 1863, the vineyard's estate-grown fruit and award-winning wines are renowned in the region. The winery is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. 

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  • Visit the Ocean House, a Rhode Island Icon

    A trip to Rhode Island would not be complete without a visit to the majestic Ocean House. Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort that overlooks a pristine stretch of private beach with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Have lunch or afternoon cocktails on The Verandah for magnificent ocean views while you dine.

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  • Shop 'Til You Drop in Rhode Island's Scenic Towns

    Whether you're looking for original art, maritime-themed artifacts, original jewelry, antiques, boutique clothing or just souvenirs of your visit, Rhode Island is replete with shopping opportunities galore. Bannister's Wharf in Newport is a popular area to stroll, dine and shop for some unique items to take home from your trip.

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  • Savor Paella in a Landmark Hotel

    If you can't get to the coast of Spain anytime soon, try the paella for two at the One Bellevue restaurant in Newport's landmark Hotel Viking for a culinary experience you will not soon forget. Dine on the garden terrace where you can take advantage of house specials such as paella for two with a bottle of wine, or a traditional New England seafood bucket brimming with the local catch.

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  • Picture-Perfect Wedding Venue

    The lawn of the European-styled boutique hotel The Chanler, overlooking Newport's famous Cliff Walk, is a magical spot for a wedding. It's also a magical spot for dining at the award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant that combines exceptional cuisine with magnificent coastline views.

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  • Discover the Mansions of the 19th-century "Rich & Famous"

    No visit to Rhode Island is complete without a tour of at least one, if not all, of the incredible mansions that line Bellevue Avenue in the heart of Newport. The Marble House, built in 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, served as the majestic site of the 2016 Newport Mansions Food & Wine Festival.

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  • A Perfect End to a Perfect Day

    A blazing harvest sun drops into the horizon over Narragansett Bay for a picture-perfect end to a Sail Newport sunset cruise aboard a magnificent schooner.

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