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Rhode Island – where small is beautiful …

Rhode Island packs a lot of living into a small footprint. America’s littlest state was named in the 1600s for its red clay, or maybe it was for the Isle of Rhodes. And, by the way, most of it isn’t even an island. What’s indisputable, however, is that Rhode Island’s beaches are brilliant. Waterfront dining is as plentiful as the surfers State of Rhode Islandbobbing in Narragansett Bay, not to mention the many elegant inns on the water and off. Seaside villages such as Watch Hill are among the prettiest you’ll see anywhere. And the splendor of Newport’s mansions suggests Downton Abbey—but with an ocean view. Palatial homes, cliff walks, the amazing spectacle of WaterFire in Providence, kayaking around Block Island, shopping in classic villages … Expect endless enticements from this tiny state.

Rhode Island Destinations

  • Exploring Warren, Rhode Island

    Exploring Warren, Rhode Island

    In Rhode Island, the town of Warren could easily be overlooked, nestled as it is next to the better-known tourist draw of Bristol, and located about 20 minutes outside Providence and some 30 minutes from the glam of Newport. But this former whaling and shipbuilding port still boasts a working...Read more

Rhode Island Articles

  • Rhode Island Foliage Drive | Directions

    Rhode Island Foliage Drive | Directions

    This Rhode Island foliage drive explores a coastal route from the old whaling towns of southeastern Massachusetts to Rhode Island’s pristine rural villages. Distance: about 40 miles one way More: Rhode Island Foliage Drive Photographs Sandwiched between the famed travel destinations of Newport and Cape Cod is a slice of picture-perfect country life...Read more

Jud's Journal

  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union, won't hesitate to tell you how well they do "firsts:" first state to declare independence, first Jewish synagogue in the country—the list goes on and on!
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