Panoramic views from Prospect Terrace Park and a statue of Roger Williams, who led the founding of Rhode Island in 1636
A gondola glides through downtown Providence, a seaport threaded with rivers.
College Hill scenery includes sculptures on the Brown University campus and homes from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Saturday pedaling and strolling along the shops and restaurants that line Westminster Street downtown.
Public art in Providence includes Still Here, a massive mural completed in 2018 by Baltimore-based muralist and street artist Gaia “to inspire and celebrate the resilience of Indigenous people.” Find a public art walking tour at artculturetourism.com/public-art-tour.
A midday crowd at Dune Brothers Seafood for chowder, lobster rolls and fried fish.
Dinnertime at Bellini, an elegant Italian restaurant in The Beatrice boutique hotel, featuring house-made pasta.
Newport visitors can see walls of rose-colored stone in Marble House, deemed the most lavish mansion in America when the Vanderbilt family completed the summer residence in 1892.
Portraits in the stairwell at Rough Point, another Newport mansion that was the longtime seasonal home of tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke.
Brimming with yachts, busy Newport Harbor is the embarkation point for ferry trips to and from Providence, Block Island, and Jamestown.
The Seastreak ferry route between Newport and Providence passes several lighthouses.
Public art pops up again downtown.
Pitchers of sangria, clams in a garlic-herb broth, marinated lamb chops, and lupini beans at Aguardente, a new addition to a Providence neighborhood that’s been home to Portuguese immigrants for centuries.
The bar at Aguardente.
Patio tables fill quickly at Aguardente, opened in 2021 on Governor Street in Providence.
Nightfall at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel.
Bellini restaurant on Westminster Street.
Patio seating in the courtyard of Providence’s plant-based food hall, Plant City.
Downtown boating and riverside parks.
Marble House, in Newport.
A recent mural by Charleston-born street artist and RISD grad Shepard Fairey.
A nonstop, two-hour flight delivers opulent mansions and vibrant arts and dining scenes