Rhode Island | The Ocean State
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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 bobbing 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.
There's much to be said for a cozy country Christmas, for simple pleasures and silent nights. But on a recent gray December day, I was craving a concentrated dose of over-the-top holiday wonder. I headed down to Newport to take a tour of three of its most famous mansions: The Elms, The Marble House,...Read more
When the cold settles on Prudence Island in the middle of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, the 150 year-round residents notice a special quality of light they call “winter blue” reflecting off the water. Photographer Ron Cowie found a place of self-sufficient people with deep roots, a place where he felt...Read more