A Quick Guide to Providence, Rhode Island

Oh Rhode Island, I can’t seem to stay away from you! And for good reason. I first had the chance to explore The Ocean State when I visited Newport a few months ago. Needless to say that visit is what pulled me into this state. I had the chance to visit the capital, Providence, known for the university’s that call it home, foodie scene and arts. I explored all of the above in just a short 48 hours.

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Providence Marriott Downtown

Near or far, Marriott properties never cease to amaze me. Providence Marriott Downtown was no different. The team here was so accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure my stay was comfortable. We arrived late in the evening (we being my mom and I) to a delicious fruit plate and milk & cookies. But not just any milk & cookies- gluten free cookies and almond AND soy milk. This made opening the door to room 135 at 11pm a little bit better (for those of you that don’t know, I am gluten free and dairy free). Most of the time I have to forgo the sweet treats when traveling so it was nice to “indulge” for once.

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On that same note, we enjoyed dinner at The Chefs Table at Bluefin Grille, Providence Marriott Downtowns very own restaurant. This was a perfectly portioned five course meal. With my dietary restrictions in mind, Chef Franco Paterno modified every single dish so that I could enjoy the dinner to the fullest extent. Each course was paired with a complementary wine- I wanted to buy each bottle. I will let the photos do the talking:

1st Course: Stonington Red Shrimp “Cocktail” with lemon aioli, tomatoes, horseradish, and basil paired with 2016 Gooseneck Vineyards Grenache Rosé

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2nd Course: Eggplant spread on Gluten Free Crostini paired with 2012 Davis Bynaum Pinot Noir

Providence, Rhode Island

3rd Course: Fluke, Avocado, Grapefruit Salad paired with Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

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4th Course: Roasted Potatoes, Smoked Boar Broth, Fava Beans, Turnip Greens and Long Onion paired with Rutherford Ranch, Napa Valley

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5th Course: Triple Berry Mousse paired with Gooseneck Vineyards Italian Prosecco

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Another reason to love this property is its new bike program with Priority Bicycles! I had the chance to bike through many of the different neighborhoods of Providence which gave me an entirely new perspective of the city. I pedaled my way through Federal Hill, Broadway and Benefit St. with many different stops along the way. Learn all about their new Bike Package here.

Whether its adventure you’re seeking a spa day or a pool day, Providence Marriott Downtown is the spot to base yourself when visiting.

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Explore Benefit St. and the Brown University neighborhood

History buff? Architecture obsessed? These are the spots for you. Picturesque, shady streets and homes with beautiful window boxes might sound like quintessential New England because it is!

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

Pay a visit to RISD Museum 

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Kayak the Providence River

Head to Waterplace Park and rent a kayak from Providence Kayak Company. They offer both single and tandem kayaks! This gives you an entirely new perspective of the city. One way you’ve got a concrete jungle and the other you have lush greenery lining the river.

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Take in the views of the city at Prospect Park

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Visit the Rhode Island State House- one of the three largest unsupported domes in the world

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Create your own foodie tour

A few of my favorite spots are:

Seven Stars Bakery for their Matcha Lattes.

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Bolt Coffee for a two in one Instagram opportunity: two murals and delicious coffee.

Providence, Rhode Island

Sydney Providence for a trip to Australia without even stepping foot on a plane. This spot is reminiscent of Australian cafés from their menu to the airy décor. Order the avo toast on a gluten free bagel and coconut milk latte- delicious way to start your day.

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PVDonuts for their…well…donuts obviously! Oh and nitro cold brew! They change their flavors daily so be sure to check out their Instagram for updates!

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

Hemenway’s for lunch or dinner. This spot goes down in history for me. This is the first place I tried oysters! And let me tell you, they did not disappoint. It’s also a good spot for a romantic dinner as it sits on the river.

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Cap it off with drinks at Rooftop @ the Providence G at sunset. Order the Rooftop Spritzer (complete with a champagne popsicle) and enjoy the views. All of your Instagram dreams are slowly coming true!

Catch a show at Columbus Theatre or another venue! Check in with @PVDlive for all of the updates.

Providence, Rhode Island

It was a quick 48 hour trip this time around! Have you ever visited Providence before? What am I missing!?

Providence, Rhode Island

This post is written in partnership with Go Providence and Providence Marriott Downtown, as always, my opinions are my own.

A Three Day Itinerary to Kennebunkport, Maine

It’s no secret that I love coastal towns. When you’re 5 minutes away from the beach, no matter what direction you walk in, you know the next few days are going to be good. This was my second time visiting Kennebunkport but this time I was here to experience LAUNCH, a maritime festival. Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of activities at locations throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel are just a few of the experiences I had.

The festival highlighted the community’s maritime history. Events included a Castaway Cove for Kids at the Seafood Center of Maine with homemade clam cakes and ice cream, buoy decorating, touch tanks and bouncy houses; the Sailors & Sirens 5K, a chef competition, chowder cook-off and local food truck gathering in downtown Kennebunk, an authentic Lobster Bake with red-and-white checked tablecloths overlooking the water; and a VIP “Rock the Boat” adults-only after-party on board the Spirit of Massachusetts where we viewed the River Lights Boat parade. Needless to say, this long weekend was chock full of fun in the sun. Here are a few things you can do during your next visit to The Kennebunks.

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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

This hotel is situated right in downtown Kennebunk on the Kennebunk River. It’s really in the heart of the Port. On any given day, you can see lobster boats, canoes, kayaks, and passerby’s enjoying a lobster roll. The Boathouse is really a home away from home with just 23 guestrooms spread across two buildings.

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Ideal for romantic getaways, a quick trip to the coast or even a girls weekend the rooms are beautifully appointed with custom headboards (swoon), mahogany cabinetry and soft, cozy linens. Each room has a balcony of its very own. I enjoyed my morning coffee overlooking the Kennebunk River with my mom. Little moments like that are what it’s all about!

Kennebunkport, Maine

Downstairs you’ll find David’s KPT, know that this is more than just a hotel restaurant. Serving lunch and dinner, wharf side with panoramic windows, private balconies and an outdoor deck. Be sure to enjoy lunch and dinner here at least once during your stay. The seafood is delicious and fresh.

Kennebunkport, Maine

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Bar Crawl

Live like a local! One of my favorite things about Kennebunkport is how walkable it is. Start at Federal Jack’s and enjoy some local brews! Then head to Old Vines and order the Lori 75- a local favorite and perfectly refreshing during the warmer months. Walk next door to Pedro’s and enjoy their margaritas. Next up head back downtown to Alisson’s and end the night at Pilot House. A local, I mean very local, spot.

Coffee Crawl

Kennebunkport keeps it local. You won’t find any chain coffee shops here. My favorites are Dock Square Coffee House. Here I order a medium soy milk latte to start a chilly summer morning. Yes, in Maine we sometimes have chilly mornings on the coast. Next up is Mornings in Paris. This is my iced coffee spot but their specialty is the Nutella Latte- with real Nutella. There are countless fresh French pastries to complement your cup of joe.

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Beach Day

What is a trip to the coast without a beach day? If you’re up for it, start the day at sunrise at Goose Rocks Beach. I’ll let you in on a little secret: this is THE sunrise spot. I will let this photo do the talking:

Kennebunkport, Maine

For the day pack up the cooler and head to Kennebunk Beach. It’s really divided into three parts: Gooch’s Beach which is the soft sandy beach, Middle Beach a quarter mile of black pebbles, and then Mother’s Beach cleverly named for its playground, on duty lifeguard and restrooms. Can you guess the guests that frequent this beach?

Kayak or Bike

Head to Coastal Maine Kayaks and rent a Kayak for a half or full day. In addition to kayaks, you can also rent bicycles, scooters and paddle boards!

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Coastal Drive

A given! A tourist favorite is the coastal drive down Ocean Ave. Picturesque pull off points filled with flowers, cliffs and ocean views. Walker Point is also a spot of interest, also known as the Bush Compound. Yes, the presidential Bush family.

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Cocktails on the Coast

Head to the Colony Hotel for sunset, cocktails and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Wander

Perhaps the best way to uncover the hidden gems of Kennebunk is to just walk, bike or drive around. Some good photo opps include:

Pedro’s surf boards

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Barn door across from Ben & Jerrys

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Cape Porpoise Harbor and the lobster traps on the pier

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Snug Harbor Farm

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Langsford Road Lobster and Fish House

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Gooch’s Beach jetty
Wind sculptures at Maine Art Gallery
Arundel Wharf
View from Lanigan Bridge

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Old Vines Wine Bar

Just as good cocktails as there is food. The chicken meatballs paired with a glass of white makes the perfect pair.

Pedro’s

If it’s Mexican fare you’re after this is the spot. Chips, guac and salsa to start do the trick. I think I liked it so much because of the décor- take a look for yourself.

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Alisson’s

Open for 40 years, they know comfort food. A super casual atmosphere with delicious food. I enjoyed the veggie burger sans the bun with sweet potato fries. I had my eye on the gluten free pizza too!

The Clam Shack

This little spot made it on Travel & Leisure’s top 10 list for Best Lobster Rolls in Maine. It’s all about the meat- and man it was delicious. Again, I enjoyed it sans bun and over a bed of lettuce. But I hear the rolls arrive with the meat still warm. Are you drooling yet?

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Spirit of Massachusetts

Now open for the season, enjoy some fresh seafood and cocktails on the back deck. The perfect spot to unwind after a long day.

Like I said before, I was here for LAUNCH but in my down time I explored a little bit more of what this beautiful area has to offer. Let me know if you make it to The Kennebunks this summer!

This post is written in partnership with The Kennebunks Chamber of Commerce, as always, my opinions are my own.