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Providence In January?

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Providence In January?

I have a business trip in early January in Providence.

I will have some downtime day and evening, no car, and want to find some things to do. The School of Design Museum is on the list, but anything else that is a "must see"?

I am staying at the Biltmore.

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1. Re: Providence In January?

You can easily do a nice walking tour of Providence with the Biltmore as your base. Explore the area right around your hotel... it features a pretty park, outdoor ice rink, restaurants, etc. Head east and up the hill to College Hill, also called the East Side. It includes lots of historic homes and buildings as well as Brown Univeristy and RISD.

Another nice place to walk is Federal Hill. This is a bit further away. You might consider taking a cab there and then exploring on foot. It's Providence's Little Italy. Lots of good restaurants and shops to explore there.

If you head across the street to Waterplace Park you can take that to the State House/ Providence Place Mall area. The State House is a beautiful marble building. The mall is an upscale one. In between your hotel and there are many excellent restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Jamestown, Rhode...
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2. Re: Providence In January?

Unlike Newport, there aren't a lot of must, must sees in Providence. Benefit Street is considered the most historic street, and the area just up from the museum around the big church, and all around the Brown/RISD campus have many unique and beautiful Colonial mansions, which showcase the city's wealth and importance during the 18th century. One, the John Brown house is also a museum.

Federal Hill isn't very historic, but there's some great restaurants, and places like Venda Ravioli or Tony's Colonial have lots of prepared food and Italian specialties that are an eye to behold.

Lastly, if you like seafood I would go to Blount Seafood, and try a RI specialty -fried clams. It's a new, upscale, casual eatery downtown in the Jewelry District. You could walk there, or take a quick cab ride.

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3. Re: Providence In January?

we will be in Providence & Newport this Friday & Saturday 12/28-12/29, while on a trip to Boston. Suggestions regarding hotels in one of the cities please! and what can we expect as it relates to the weather limiting the things we can do up there?

Jamestown, Rhode...
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4. Re: Providence In January?

The forecast is sunny, upper 30's. If there isn't a lot of wind, a sunny wintery day can be fairly pleasant to walk around, shop, especially in Newport. Many hotel are reviewed on this site.

Saunderstown, Rhode...
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5. Re: Providence In January?

Definitely go to RISD, cross the street and hit the Atheneum, one of the coolest places, and oldest libraries in the U.S. and it's totally hip, not stuffy.And they know every thing that's happening in the city. Then head back down the hill, cross over the river and go to Westminster street. Cool shops like Craftland, lots of design stores, excellent tapas bar which opens at dinner time (Flan y Ajo) which is a BYOB so go next door to Eno and grab a bottle of wine or sangria or beer. Or go to Local 121 for dinner, great local food and maybe one of the best cocktail bars in the city, although New Rivers is delicious and not a far walk or quick cab ride from your hotel. Wickenden is the best street to walk down, antique stores and restaurants, etc and then turn down Benefit Street and pretend it's 1820 and you are out for a neighborhood stroll. It's a beautiful vista for a beautiful city. Enjoy!!!

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6. Re: Providence In January?

Bring ear plugs. The Biltmore is a noisy place to stay. A lot of road noise and busses.

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