Rhode Island | The Ocean State
Photo/Art by Catherine Scott
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 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.
Late winter in New England is the height of flower show season, with shows popping up all over the east coast. As a welcome escape from our current cold weather, we recently spent an afternoon at The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show in search of tips and inspiration...Read more
The temperate shores of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, where farmland rolls to the sea, are the perfect place to welcome the new season. The parking lot at the Blithewold estate in Bristol is overflowing on this chilly day in late April. I walk around the pink blooms of the Japanese star-magnolia tree...Read more
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