Great Escapes: Our guide to Providence, RI

“The Smallest State” is giving big city energy, especially on a vacation, in Providence, RI.


The River Walk is a great place to start your trip, rain or shine.

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If riverside promenades, Italianate architecture + a thriving arts community appeal to you, planning a spring visit to Providence, RI might be just the ticket.


Talk about a vibrant art scene.

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Why go?:


We recommend trying whatever is featured as a special at Maria’s Cucina.

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You can find the Athenaeum at 251 Benefit St.

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Act like a local:

  • Food: What’s even better than the repurposed atmosphere of Maria’s Cucina’s old Italo-American home? The Gnocchi Toscana ($28).
  • Outdoors: Hit the water on a swan boat, kayak, electric boat, or pirate tour at Roger Williams Park.
  • Learn: Catch the latest literary exhibition + look up at busts of Frederick Douglass and Louisa May Alcott at the Providence Athenaeum.
  • Listen: Enjoy live music at Providence’s oldest theatre, The Strand.
  • Explore: Get the best view of the city by climbing up to Prospect Terrace with a picnic.
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The Wedding Cake House was owned by the Tirocchi sisters, of A. & L. Tirocchi Gowns.

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Where to stay:

  • Vrbo: The sunny Walter S. Budlong Apartment sleeps four with two bedrooms and one full bathroom. (~$170/night)*
  • Save hotel: The Wedding Cake House was built in 1867 + recently restored by art collective The Dirt Palace. (~$70/night)
  • Splurge hotel: The Dean Hotel is a swankier option, complete with a karaoke lounge + bar. (~$110/night)
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