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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

  • Providence, Rhode Island | A Slice of the Renaissance City

    Providence, Rhode Island | A Slice of the Renaissance City

    History begins to whisper when you pull into the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1636 by religious exile, Roger Williams, the Ocean State’s capital is not only one of the oldest cities in New England, but perhaps also one of the quirkiest. Home to Brown University, Rhode Island...Read more

Rhode Island Articles

  • Wickford, Rhode Island | Could You Live Here?

    Wickford, Rhode Island | Could You Live Here?

    Water is at the heart of Wickford, Rhode Island, where you’ll shop to the tune of gulls, take your morning coffee within sight of swans, and find the harbor a constant companion. Wickford Village can seem like an island. Streets uncoil like rope, with sea captains’ houses leaning back from the...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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