Day Trip: Providence
Providence reflected in Waterplace Park
From Jacob Hill Inn the Providence skyline is visible over the tree tops, only a few minute drive West to the Historic East Side, is one of three distinctive areas of the city. Location of Brown University with its ivy covered Buildings and picturesque gates at the top of College Hill. Also home to The Rhode Island School of Design with its wonderful RISD Museum on Benefit Street known as “Mile of history” a showplace of Colonial preservation. The John Brown House, a three story Georgian mansion that dates back to 1786 is open for tours.
Shopping opportunities are in Wayland Square for unique gifts, Thayer Street for young trendy cloths and book shops and Wickenden Street with art, antiques and cafes.
Providence Waterfire Festival
Our favorite secret spot on the East Side is a scenic look out of Downtown and a wonderful view of the State Capital Building, Prospect Terrence on Congdon St.
The second area to explore is Downtown including Capitol Hill. The State Capitol Building is a must see (M-F only), a tribute to the inspiring architecture at the turn of the century. Topped with the world’s fourth largest self-supported dome.
Rhode Island State House
Across the bottom of the East Side is Water Place Park & Riverwalk. The hallmark of Providence’s Renaissance. Romantic bridges crossing the water, put even famous visitors in the mood to propose. If you really want to make it special book a ride in a gondola and be serenaded in Italian. The is the scene of the popular Water Fire Celebration with 100 blazes illuminating the river, accompanied by a variety of music venues all over the city, including Free Ballroom Dance Lessons and Jazz.
Prospect Terrace Park overlooking Downtown
Another Free event not to miss is Gallery Night on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Trolleys follow a loop around the city stopping at a wide range of art galleries and museums.
Home of the oldest mall in America, the Arcade built in 1828. A brand new mall Providence Place recently opened offer 3 levels of upscale shopping at over 150 boutiques and specialty shops anchored by Nordstrom. On the top level is an Imax theatre and a wonderful view overlooking the river and the East Side.
Rhode Island State House at Night
Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink is just in front of the historic Biltmore hotel. A list of wonderful fine dining restaurants is endless and to round out your visit: take in a play at Trinity Repertory, a performance at the Providence Performing Arts Center, Rhode Island Philharmonic performs at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium or a Hockey game at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Federal Hill Providence’s own “Little Italy”. The Old World meets the New World in this mouth-watering section of the city where the pasta is fresh, the sauce is spicy and the atmosphere is festive. Off of Atwells Avenue on Spruce Street is Pastiche a fine desserts & Café another secret spot.
We highly recommend having access to a vehicle during your stay at Jacob Hill Inn, it will give you more flexibility. It is almost impossible to walk the entire city and enjoy everything Providence has to offer. Driving is made easy with a customized itinerary, maps and directions provided by the Inn. Parking is also readily available and very reasonable, (3 hours for $1 at Providence Place) Car rental is available from the Airport or Train Station as well as taxi service.
Public transportation is available down the road from the Inn (15 minute ride); there is also transportation via the trolley system once Downtown there is even a link to Newport.
Trolley Tours of Providence offer a narrated one hour tour we highly recommend.
This smallest state in the Union is also one of the most easily accessible – plane, train, or auto. Recent expansion and low-fare air service has made Providence one of the most affordable, hassle-free destinations in all of New England.
Providence has all the advantages of a central hub without the disadvantages of a big metropolis. The city is bisected by Interstates 95 and 195 and is strategically located 185 miles from New York City and 45 miles from Boston.
The destination images are provided by Boston based photographer Greg M. Cooper. You can purchase a custom print by contacting the studio at www.gregmcooper.com.