Travel Guide: One Day in Providence, Rhode Island

For my new Summer Travel Series, I'm taking day trips to a handful of cities and documenting all the must-see, must-do attractions. First stop: Providence, Rhode Island.

 

When none of us were looking, the smallest state in the country became one of the best summer getaway spots on the East Coast. I made my first trip to Rhode Island a year ago, with a weekend escape to Providence and Newport, and I basically fell in love with the chill vibes and wide range of art and culture the city has to offer. While I always suggest doing your own thingk and making your own adventures, I also love getting suggestions from friends when traveling to a new place. So here I've put together a simple guide for what to do, see, eat, and drink during a day out in Providence...

MORNING:
I'm not a morning person. Like, at all. But I can drag myself out of bed for breakfast (or early brunch) at Nick's on Broadway in the historic Federal Hill district. The pulled pork eggs Benedict and house-baked brioche French toast are top notch.

Next, walk off that heavy meal and head over to the RISD Musdeum for some culture. Affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design (one of the best and most prestigious design schools in the country), this place boasts a massive collection of ancient and contemporary pieces as well as an impressive range of works from local Rhode Island residents and students.

AFTERNOON:
Hungry again! So next, fuel up on lunch at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar. You can't do Providence without seafood, and Hemeway's  knows seafood. Grab a few local oysters and a lobster roll and you're set.

After lunch, make your way to the Providence Athenæum. Founded in 1836, the Athenæum is a three-story working library in a gorgeous 1830s Greek Revival building. It holds an impressive collection of historical works and special collections.

Or if you're looking for some historic beauty, take a walk to the Brown University campus to see how the Ivy Leaguers live, Then stroll up to the Swan Point Cemetery, a peaceful and meticulously maintained 200-acre garden cemetery in northeast Portland.

NIGHT:
For dinner, check out North in the Dean Hotel in downtown Providence. Its Asian-inspired by a veteran chef of NYC's Momofuku. Then head out for a nightcap at Eddy, a trendy spot with refreshing cocktails like the gin-based Herbs de Providence and a gin and tonic on draft.

So there's your day! Obviously there's a ton of other stuff to do along the way (H.P. Lovecraft fan? Providence has so much for you! Like historic mansions and beaches? Newport is just a short ferry ride away!) But you're probably exhausted from all that art and beauty. So, next time.

Cheers,

-Michael

TravelMichael Ardan