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  • The Mansions

    Newport Favorites

    Most people visit Newport to see the mansions, and why not? They are the result of wealth and oppulence during this nation's growth. The three main mansions are quite stunning and retain most of their original furnishings. The mansions conduct tours and you are not allowed to see them on your own. There is no photography and no touching allowed....

  • Newport

    Often called "America's First Resort," Newport was founded in 1639 by refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It quickly grew into a bustling seaport due to its location at the mouth of Narragansett Bay on Aquidneck Island.Starting in the early seventeenth century, wealthy visitors began to build summer homes in Newport, attracted by the sea...

  • Providence

    Rhode Island's capital and largest city, Providence was established in 1637 by Roger Williams and his followers, who fled Puritan Boston from which they were to be deported back to England for such liberal ideas as separation of church and state, and for criticizing the civil authorities who imposed harsh punishments for infractions of church...

  • A Couple of Things You Can't Do

    Newport has two very historic sites within the town limits that, sadly, cannot be toured. One is Hammersmith Farm. This home was built in the late 1800s by Jackie Kennedy's family. When she married President Kennedy (then a senator), the reception was held here. Later, it was called the Summer White House because the Kennedys spent so much time...

  • Historic houses and crafts on Fall days

    Autumn leaves brighten our fall days...even when there is a bit of rain. Taking a jaunt north on RTE 146 to Lincoln, Rhode Island, we come upon several historic houses and a black smith shop around the area of Great Road. The first stone house had several activities on the grounds including open fire cooking, indian drumming, and a sales table...

  • Part II Historic houses on a fall day

    Next stop was our favorite...the Arnold House. It is owned by Historic New England. It was built in the 1600's and is one of the very few stone enders which is only found in the northeast. There is an enormous summer beam and fireplaces you could walk into. Here the Society of the 17th Century was visiting and demonstrating their early crafts....

  • Watch the Gaspee Day Parade

    Each year on the 2nd Saturday in June, Pawtuxet Village celebrates the Burning of the Gaspee. Colonists rowed out to the British ship at midnight and burned the ship that was chasing our ships up and down the bay....looting....taxing...terrorizing. The parade spans 2.5 miles through the village on a red, white, and blue stripe in the road....

  • counties

    Being so small, Rhode Island does not need many counties.Bristol (the smallest and least populated), Kent (the newest), NewPort (the oldest), Providence (the largest and most populated), Washington.Officially Bristol was part of Massachussets Bay Colony; Providence, Kent and Washington are part of the Providence Plantations; NewPort is the original...

  • The Blue Bug

    If you drive through Providence on the highway (Route 95) you're sure to see this landmark and favorite Rhode Island insect....the BIG BLUE BUG on top of New England Pest Control's business building. Normally he doesn't have sunglasses on and isn't helping himself to a Del's Lemonade (another RI icon). The bug has been named 'Nibbles Woodaway' and...

  • One of the finest State Houses in the...

    Our state house is a beauty. It's one of the largest unsupported domes in the United States. Fashioned similar to the Capitol in DC...it is made of Georgia white marble. Pic #2 Geoff_Wright (VT member) walks the white marble steps beneath the glorious dome of the State House when he visited Providence.Pic #3 shows you the breathtaking dome from...

  • Fall Color

    People that come to see the fall foliage are called "Leaf Peepers". Vermont and the northern and higher elevations of New England are prime foliage viewing territory. But little Rhode Island has beautiful and colorful leaf scenes also.There are beautiful drives suggested on the Foliage maps, such as this oneRoute 3 parallels I-95 from Exit 1 to...

  • Rhode Island Flag

    Rhode Island was the 13th state in the USA; it became a state in 1790.I never noticed the Rhode Island flag until I was looking at my old pictures and wondered what the white flag was. This particular state flag is almost devoid of color. The RI flag is mostly white, with a yellow anchor surrounded by 13 stars which represent the original 13...

  • The Breakers

    The Breakers is yet another gilded mansion in Newport. The best way to see all these mansions is to get a combination ticket for the houses in which you are most interested from the Preservation Society of Newport County. See their webpage at www.newportmansions.org.

  • The tea house in the backyard :)

    This is the tea house in the backyard of the Marble House. (Disgusting, isn't it?) :) I do love the Asian architecture, which oddly seems to blend in with the oceanfront surroundings. Oh, and unfortunately, that is NOT my cute little car parked over there. (I wish!)

  • What a quaint little cottage. :)

    This is the back 'porch' of Rosecliff, one of the area's most famous mansions. You may recognize it as the home of Gatsby in the Robert Redford movie version of 'The Great Gatsby.'

  • Salt Ponds in RI

    The salt ponds or lagoons are very interesting both historically and ecologically. Please refer to the website below for more information..http://omp.gso.uri.edu/discovery/SaltPond/spphysic.htm


    Tons of people do up their houses here.I don't do anything outside. Too much work to put everything away!!


    Always had a live tree. For the last 12/13 yrs. A handful of us drive to VOLENTOWN CONN.To HARTIKA'S tree farm. Only about 40 min drive. Last yr. 2002 was the first we didn't do that. Also the first time we used a fake tree!


    I bought this plant at WALMART for about $4.00. This year, it looks like it's not going to do anything! We had a bad winter this year!It could have done it in!

  • The HEMLOCK!

    I am trying to find pics of this tree when is was healthy! I had a tree service try and save it. But it didn't happen. Those insects effectedthe HEMLOCKS from the MID-ATLANTIC toway up NORTH! They are try to control the insect with another insect! It is too big of a problem.If any of your trees look sick, DON'T WAIT!!Call someone!!

  • Just One Of My Trees!

    Don't know what kind this is. But the FALLSEASON is so BEAUTIFUL here. With different trees changing a different times!

  • Love Growing Stuff!-2

    The other one in the back yard. Couldn't do this a few years ago.My neighbor on the otherside had to have a huge OAK tree taken down. Now there is plenty of SUN for my thing!!Oh yes, I took most of that tree for fire wood!

  • Love Growing Stuff!

    The two of four gardens are next to my driveway and my neighbors yard! Nice people in that house. This was just the start of the growing season

  • Life is Too Short to Drink Cheap...

    This local Rhode Island vineyard is a pleasure to visit. The grounds are beautiful, and the wine is excellent. The sign on the "Rhode Island red" rooster says,"LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP WINES" :-)Sakonnett Vineyard, Little Compton, Rhode Island

  • There's only 2 places where I...

    There's only 2 places where I stopped :PROVIDENCE, the capital, with a beautiful State Capitol and pleasant park all around. Apart this, I did not really like the city.Much better and much nicer is NEWPORT with lots of beautiful old colonial houses (mansions. It's probably the most touristic place in Rhode Island and I guess it's heavily crowded in...

  • frankcanfly's General Tip

    BristolA small town on the less commercial 'East Bay' side of Rhode Island.A patriotic town, with a long history, and home of the nation's oldest Independence Day parade. The parade route street is marked with Red White & Blue paint, as seen here.

  • I love it here and so will...

    I love it here and so will you!Newport is our number one attraction, mansions, beaches, shopping and great activities. Providence is the renessance city and also a must see...one of a kind Water Fire on summer nights complete with music and gondola rides!Block Island...a 20 minute ferry ride to paradise Warm summer nights walking on a quiet beach,...

  • visit the Providence Place...

    visit the Providence Place Mall. If you haven't been to large malls, such as Mall of America in Minnesota, then this mall is quite outstanding. It is huge, and only a 15-20 minute walk from the Brown University campus (head out the front gate by the Rockefellar Library and keep walking). My fondest memory would have to be pelting peanuts at people...

  • Sail on the bay. Visit...

    Sail on the bay. Visit Providence Place shopping mall. Visit Block Island in the summer.Visit Newport. See northern part of RI in the fall season. Northern RI where I was born (Burrillville) is a beautiful place. Plenty of open space and friendly people.

  • danmcf's General Tip

    If you're fond of the Navy and it's ships this would be a nice place to visit.Here's the address:197 Elliot StreetNewport RI, 02841 Unfortunately, it's no longer as easy to visit any type of military installation as it was back in the late 70's.

  • Visit the beaches in South...

    Visit the beaches in South County. Tour the mansions in Newport. Trek College Hill in Providence. In between, there's not a lot going on. Dunes.

  • We mostly just drove through...

    We mostly just drove through Rhode Island to get from Boston to CT and back. Did stop in Providence, just because. Looks like a nice city. Would have liked to have visited some of the islands in the sound, but we didn't have time. Would like to go back someday.

  • Take a trip to the shore and...

    Take a trip to the shore and experience the best beaches in the Northeast and sample the best cuisine in the east. From A-Z you will not find a better variety. Try the chowder and clamcakes at Georges of Galilee, or Ziggy's off of rt. 1A, or Aunt Carries Rt1A They can't be beat. For Atmosphere, try Providence's numerous restaurant in our newly...

  • See the gorgeous foliage in...

    See the gorgeous foliage in the Fall.....it doesn't last too long, but every year it's dazzling! I've posted a picture from a favorite country road to give you an idea.

  • Have some of the foods that...

    Have some of the foods that are special to Rhode Islanders, such as: clam fritters and chowder, jonny cakes, or a grinder(!). A grinder is what most people call a sub or a hoagie, or something else entirely. It's a big sandwich! We also have something here that most people haven't heard of: iced coffee. It's really good, especially in the summer....

  • visit our beaches. take a walk...

    visit our beaches. take a walk on the cliffs at jamestown. fort weatherhill is my favorite place to go for rock climbing. the views of the ocean from the cliffs are awesome!! i love the fact that we have all four seasons in rhode island. i may hate the cold and i complain about it, but i would miss it. the beaches are great to see no matter what...


Rhode Island Hotels

  • Hotel Viking

    The Hotel Viking opened in May 1926, and the two wings of rooms were added in the 1960s and 1970s....

  • Renaissance Providence Hotel

    The Renaissance Providence Hotel is part of the Marriott family of hotels. The hotel was built...

  • Haddie Pierce House

    146 Boston Neck Road, Wickford, Rhode Island, 02852, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Point Pleasant Inn

    333 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hilton Garden Inn Providence...

    We chose this Hilton for the price and the location. We were staying in Warwick for a family...

  • Hampton Inn

    I picked this hotel because I was coming from our great grandson's birthday party in CT and wanted...

  • Hampton Inn & Suites

    We choose this hotel for its proximity, about 2 miles from downtown Newport and its Mansions. The...

  • Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn

    150 Conanicus Ave., (formerly The Bay Voyage), Jamestown, Rhode Island, 02835, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Inn Pawtucket

    2 George St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

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