Monday, June 26, 2017

Planning a weekend getaway to Providence RI

Providence is a city that has reinvented itself. It is no longer the dingy city that is was in the past. You will notice the difference right away especially if you haven't been here in a while. It is a great place for a getaway. A weekend getaway to Providence Rhode Island offers activities for lovers, seniors, friends, and families.

Providence is connected to just about everywhere with TS Green International Airport. They also have an Amtrak Station which is connected to the NE Corridor. 

Driving into downtown Providence is also easy as Interstate 95 goes right through and coming from the west Route 6 takes you through Eastern Connecticut.

Downtown there are great hotels. The Omni is connected with Providence Place Mall by a skywalk. You never have to go outside. The Biltmore is a historic hotel which also has a spa in their building so if getting away to a spa sounds wonderful, the Biltmore is a great choice. If you have the kids with you, the Providence Hilton has an indoor pool to keep them entertained and is within walking distance of just about everything. If you want breakfast included the Hampton Inn will satisfy your needs.

In the summer months, Waterfire is a great weekend attraction. Fires are set along the three rivers in downtown Providence. The water gleams, the smell of wood fires fills the air and it is both an exciting and a romantic time in Providence. It does attract quite a crowd so makes your plans early. Waterfire begins in May and runs through early November.

Providence is a walkable city but if you would like to take a trolley tour it is a great way to learn about the layout of the city and also some interesting information. Providence Trolley Tours offers tours every day but Tuesday through the end of September.

If you are interested in history and art a walk on Benefit Street with a stop at RISD Museum of Art is in order. If you are coming for a weekend, save your visit for Sunday morning when the entrance to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum is free. There is an interesting permanent collection with the addition on changing exhibits.

If you have the kids along, Providence Place Mall not only has an IMAX theater they also have Dave and Buster's which is guaranteed to entertain the children all the way from the wee ones to the teens.

Be sure to check what show is happening at the Performing Arts Center. This amazingly attractive art deco building has a full schedule of great shows. 

Providence is a great place for dining. They are especially famous for their Italian food and if you want the best you can head to the Federal Hill neighborhood where the best of the best are located. If you are not sure where it is, taking the trolley tour will introduce you to it. Al Forno is one of the most famous of the many Federal Hill restaurants.

If you are looking for Seafood, McCormick and Schmick has a downtown location and for steak Flemings Steakhouse. If you want a French style bistro, give Bravo Brasserie a try. They are located right across the street from the Trinity Repertory Theater.

Lots of things are always s going on in Providence. Check out Go Providence for what is happening when you are planning your getaway weekend in Providence. I have spend many weekends in Providence and it never gets old. 

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