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The 3 Best Spots For A Drink In Newport, Rhode Island

The 3 Best Spots For A Drink In Newport, Rhode Island Sep 2nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: During summer, the city of Newport, Rhode Island, brings in millions of visitors who want to experience history, mansions, sailing, boutique shops, delicious restaurants and relaxing on the water. One facet of Newport worth exploring is the drink scene. To help you enjoy scenic views, historical cocktails and quality craft beer, here are three of the best spots for a drink in Newport. Castle...

Bringing My Love Of Backpacking Home

Bringing My Love Of Backpacking Home Sep 2nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller Every year, I spend months saving money for backpacking trips abroad and learning about the foreign cultures I'll be visiting. The farther away from home and the more exotic the destination, the more value I put on the trip. It wasn't that I didn't think cities drivable from my home weren't worthwhile; but I...

Art On The Rhode: Take A Creative Vacation In Providence

Art On The Rhode: Take A Creative Vacation In Providence Jul 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: New England is known for its captivating coastline and rural charm, but it is also a great retreat for artists and art lovers. Sure, big cities such as Boston have thriving art scenes, but there are several smaller-sized cities with artsy vibes throughout the region. One such place is Providence, Rhode Island, a city recently tagged "The Creative Capital" that has become a magnet for cultural...

Exploring Newport, Rhode Island's Famed Mansions

Exploring Newport, Rhode Island's Famed Mansions Jul 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: A recent visit to Newport, Rhode Island, allowed ample time to tour the city's famed Gilded Age mansions, palatial summer "cottages" once owned by robber barons and business titans with names like Astor and Vanderbilt. I couldn't get enough of the historic homes – perhaps the product of one too many childhood Saturday mornings spent watching "America's Castles" and dreaming of what...

Maxfield Parrish Retrospective At The National Museum Of American Illustration

Maxfield Parrish Retrospective At The National Museum Of American Illustration May 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: He was one of the most popular illustrators of his day and his work remains immediately recognizable more than forty years after his death. Their rich, deep hues and fantastic imagery appeal to both children and adults. Now Maxfield Parrish is being honored with a major retrospective at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island. "Maxfield Parrish: The...

Visiting Synagogues Around The World

Visiting Synagogues Around The World Apr 6th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Places of worship have long been points of interest for travelers. Solemn and usually quite ornate, these buildings provide a window onto a community's history and values and often give visitors a much-needed pause while pounding the sightseeing pavement. Cathedrals are typical for this kind of touring. But have you ever thought to pay a visit to a synagogue? My fascination with exploring...

Hotel employee uses marching band to quit job

Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: While it may not be as epic as former JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater's "SlipQuit" meltdown back in August 2010, this (now, obviously, former) employee of the Providence Renaissance Hotel also went out in style. After three years of employment at the hotel, he made it loud and clear that he was quitting by enrolling a group of his friends to form a marching band. Watch the video to see...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Is Providence, Rhode Island the Country's Most Creative City?

Is Providence, Rhode Island the Country's Most Creative City? Jun 24th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Summer in New England is so pleasant and so cliche, I didn't arrive in Rhode Island expecting to find much more than craft breweries, lobster rolls and some wicked good times. And they certainly have those! But no sooner had I parked the car than I stumbled across a storefront packed with bizarre costumes, alien heads and smiling ogres, looking across the street at City Hall. What, I...

Grace Hotels opens first U.S. property, Vanderbilt Grace, in Newport, Rhode Island

Grace Hotels opens first U.S. property, Vanderbilt Grace, in Newport, Rhode Island Apr 15th, 2011 at 4:30PM: This week, Grace Hotels announced the official acquisition of their first U.S. property, The Vanderbilt Grace. The Vanderbilt Grace, formerly known as Vanderbilt Hall, was commissioned in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and opened as hotel in 2008 after several years of restoration. The original owner died aboard the ill-fated RMS Lusitania in 1915. Before before its acquisition by Grace...

Five great Fourth of July destinations

Five great Fourth of July destinations Jun 30th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Arguably the most American holiday of all (sorry, Thanksgiving!) the Fourth of July occupies an undeniably special place in the hearts of millions. Remarkably, the enthusiasm of so many for the holiday seemingly floats independently of patriotism. It's a family holiday, a time for picnics and fireworks and the sheer enjoyment of hot summer temperatures. The following are a few places where the...

Westin hotel to layoff employees after protests over pay cuts

Westin hotel to layoff employees after protests over pay cuts Jun 12th, 2010 at 1:00PM: The Westin Hotel announced it would cut the jobs of almost 50 employees at its Providence, Rhode Island hotel. The layoffs come after several months of demonstrations at the hotel. According to the Providence Journal, the hotel workers were notified Friday that their jobs would be farmed out to a subcontracting firm at the end of the month. Demonstrations began in March when the 200-member...

Top Caribbean bolthole to offer iPads to guests

Top Caribbean bolthole to offer iPads to guests Jun 11th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Lighthouse Bay Resort, an exquisite Barbuda resort recently tipped by Vanity Fair's George Wayne as an appropriately majestic honeymoon location for Prince William and Kate Middleton, already cocoons its guests in utter bliss. It offers isolation along a miles-long stretch of insanely stunning beach; a skilled chef who produces wonderfully personalized meals; an appealing list of activities,...

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Newport, Rhode Island

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Newport, Rhode Island May 12th, 2010 at 4:30PM: There's a lot to love about Newport, Rhode Island. The beaches, the boats, the sunsets, the nightlife, the festivals and the quaint downtown district make Newport a New England favorite. Rhode Island's favorite beach town is hopping in the summer months, so if you plan to take part in the adventures you'll need to book ahead. Located just a foot-and-car bridge away from the center of town is Goat...

20 great bike rides

20 great bike rides May 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: For many travelers, the default mode of transport is a plane or a car, but they're certainly not the only options. Have you ever considered adding a bicycle ride to your next trip? Riding a bike has a number of advantages over other forms of transportation. You'll move slower, no doubt, but with that slowness comes an increased awareness of your surroundings, a chance to get some fresh air and...

Five Valentine's Day deals in New England

Five Valentine's Day deals in New England Jan 20th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Nothing says "romance" like a roaring fire on a chilly evening on Valentine's Day. Through the windows, you can see snow-laden trees and pure white landscapes. From the warmth of your room, you can enjoy the winter wonderland outside, as you settle down for the perfect evening with the perfect person in your life. If this is how you envision your Valentine's Day this year, turn your thoughts to...

Wineries with outdoor music offer perfection: 10 wineries and 9 states

Wineries with outdoor music offer perfection: 10 wineries and 9 states Sep 8th, 2009 at 12:00PM: As I sipped a glass of red wine at Harpersfield Winery in Geneva, Ohio on the last Saturday in August while listening to the Hollywood Slim Band, one of my favorite Ohio-based groups, I thought what a perfect finale evening to the last month of summer. The setting sun that cast its warm glow over the scene--plus the plate of cheese, meats and olives served up with warm bread cinched the thought....

Four New England leaf-peeping deals you won't want to miss

Four New England leaf-peeping deals you won't want to miss Sep 5th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Fall is right around the corner, and in New England, this means the leaves are getting ready to change. If you're planning to be part of the influx of leaf-peepers to the northeast corner of the United States, New England Inns & Resorts has put together some great deals to help you make the most of your experience – without draining your pockets. Whether this is your first trip to New...

Think local for a low-cost wine-tasting trip

Think local for a low-cost wine-tasting trip Aug 31st, 2009 at 12:00PM: When most people think of going on a wine-tasting trip, their thoughts tend to head west - to California, Washington, and Oregon. It's not surprising. From Napa Valley in California to Walla Walla in Washington, these states are some of the biggest producers of wine in the US. But if you don't live in one of these states, there's no need to venture far from home for a weekend of swirling and...

Photo of the Day (6.27.09)

Photo of the Day (6.27.09) Jun 27th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I detest snails. I hate the slimy trail they leave behind them and their eerie antennas. For some reason, snails really like the sidewalk around my house, and I find myself tiptoeing around them when I walk my dog. I despise so much that once I put one in a jar and froze it, and sometimes I would pour salt on them. It wasn't very nice of me, I know. Ironically enough, I love escargot. I love the...

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