Hello from the Visitors Bureau in Providence. Depending on when you are here, there are plenty of events going on. Try not to miss WaterFire, a free event featuring nearly 100 bonfires that line the rivers of Providence. We are also one of the best restaurant cities in the country. If you are here July 8-21, you can take advantage of Providence Restaurant Weeks. About 100 restaurants (including some in Bristol and Warwick) will feature three-course lunches for $14.95 and three-course dinners for $29.95. To find out more about Providence, visit our website www.GoProvidence.com. Have a great trip!
What sorts of things do you like to do?
Bristol is pretty compact, with a small "downtown" area. Quito's is a classic RI clam shack, if you're interested in local cuisine.
Newport would be a highlight. I would drive Ocean Drive, visit Bowen's and Bannister's Wharfs, tour the harbor (several options from taking a tour to riding the water taxi or Jamestown/Newport Ferry), tour a mansion and walk part of Cliff Walk. Two days in Newport is better than one, if you have time.
I'd visit Providence on a weekend, if possible. If you want Italian food check out Federal Hill (Atwells Ave). Get out and walk it. Be sure to check out the piazza. Lots of old style Italian but also several updated and fusion cuisine. Downtown has several good restaurants... check the reviews on Trip Advisor to find a good one. As PVB mentioned, do not miss a Waterfire if one is happening while you're here. The East Side, aka College Hill, is a beautiful area.
Narragansett has great beaches( much cleaner water than AC). Galilee is a working fishing port and the restaurants fronting Salty Brine State Beach are just about the best place to have a drink at sunset... George's or Champlains. Live music at George's most weekends.
In Westerly Watch Hill is a beautiful drive, but parking is difficult. Misquamicut is very popular for teens and young adults. The beach is lined with bars and amusements... lots to do. Not a good choice if the surf is up and you have little ones.
Hi! Thanks to everyone for the great advice! Lauryc, your tips are really helpful, thanks so much for some detailed suggestions. We are definitely interested in exploring local cuisine as well as checking out the main attractions! Thanks :)
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@4filamtravelers, thank you for the warning, that is unnerving!
Also, we are visiting Newport one day and I was considering doing a lunch cruise tour, has anyone does this? Is it worth it?
Also in Newport we want to see the windmill, has anyone visited this?
Thanks again everyone :)
I don't know of any windmills in Newport worth visiting....
Jamestown has a windmill, and it' very scenic. Whether to visit or not is depending on your interests.
Don't give much weight to 4filamtravelers. If you check his posting history you can see that all he posts about, pretty much, is Health Dept issues. I think he is a disgruntled RI Health Dept employee (state gov't has been slashed due to budgetary issues). I can tell you I have lived here 50 years, vacationed right in my own back yard plenty, RARELY ever visit a chain (and then, only in another state) and have never once, ever, been sick in over 50 years. Lots of hogwash there! Restaurants KNOW their bread and butter depend on keeping patrons healthy!
Oh wait, are you talking about the old stone mill....
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Tower_(Rhode_Island)Edited: 17 July 2012, 02:01