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5 Sites for Planning a Providence B&B Weekend

October 26, 2009
by Sarah Amandolare
Boasting charming historic scenery with modern flair and an artistic sensibility, Providence, Rhode Island, is a fine choice for a weekend getaway. Sleeping in a cozy bed and breakfast can make a few days of dining, strolling and museum hopping in Providence all the more appealing.

Providence Attractions and Food

Visit Rhode Island is a one-stop site for quick and easy Providence travel planning. There’s an overview of things to see and do all around the state, including an arts and events calendar, and advice for getting around within Providence and between Providence and other popular Rhode Island destinations like Newport. Special travel offers and coupons are also available on the site; use the savings on fresh Rhode Island seafood at a Providence restaurant.

To learn about the best pizza in Providence, which university museum is hosting a notable ceramics exhibit and where to find kitschy and cozy handmade crafts in the so-called Creative Capital, visit offManhattan to read about one writer’s weekend of culture and culinary delights in Providence.

Sure, Providence boasts renowned gourmet restaurants and art, but the city and its surroundings also present a host of active outdoor pursuits, tucked away neighborhoods, and historic homes and buildings. Get the insider tips in Visit New England’s list of “Ten Great Things to Do in Providence/Warwick Rhode Island.” The list also doles out advice for shoppers, such as where to find ethnic Indian jewelry and clothing, and offers tips for parents looking for museums and activities for kids.

Halloween and WaterFire in Providence

WaterFire in Providence is one of the city's main attractions, a sculpture extending along three downtown rivers. The waterways are illuminated by 100 bonfires, which lend an intoxicating, smoky scent and create mysterious silhouettes and shadows. WaterFire was designed and installed by multimedia artist Barnaby Evans, a graduate of Providence’s Brown University, and draws crowds of locals and visitors eager to stroll along the river while international music plays in the background. WaterFire is held on summer and fall weekends; the last event of the season will be on Halloween, on Oct. 31, 2009.

Providence Bed and Breakfasts

Providence has an eclectic assortment of bed and breakfast inns that are explained in detail on booking site Options include a Providence B&B housed in an elegant Greek Revival mansion, and stately properties near the Rhode Island State Capitol Building, within walking distance of downtown and the Brown University campus. Additional inns listed near Providence include a 10-bedroom home on a country estate with views of the Providence skyline, and a few of Newport’s charming historic inns.

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