Quick, escape.

Whether you yearn for a secluded seaside retreat or crave a big city scene, these 10 quick getaways provide the perfect mini escape. All are in New England, less than a tank of gas away, so none require a lot of time or money. Go ahead, pack your bag—a great weekend awaits.

Brewster, Massachusetts Distance from Providence: 89 miles Travel time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Hugging the bayside shore of the Lower Cape, Brewster is an old sea captain’s town, known for its mile of low-tide flats, stately captains’ houses, antiques shops and the 1852 general store that’s still a community hub. Thousands of protected acres at Nickerson State Park and Punkhorn…

36 Reasons We Love Rhode Island

Feast your eyes on our catalogue of Rhode Island’s greatness, from the obvious to the odd and all the magic in between.

Our big smooch to this crazy little place that one million of us call home.   1. Because we can stumble across stunning sunsets in the most unexpected places, like on the bike path between Warren and Barrington.    2. Bon Appetit named the Dorrance in Providence one of the top fifty best new restaurants in the United States. ♦…

Fall Getaways!

5 easy weekend getaways that remind us why autumn is our favorite time of year.

Colebrook, Connecticut  Known as part of the Southern Berkshires or Litchfield Hills, the Colebrook/Norfolk region marries urban artistic culture with bucolic landscape — which equals some of the best farm-to-fork restaurants. Norfolk is among the best-preserved villages in the Northeast. Formerly a summer enclave for wealthy industrialists, the architecture of the town’s grand mansions remains intact and worth the drive….

Cache In

Treasure hunting in the twenty-first century.

Inject some spontaneity into your last days of summer with a geocaching adventure, a modern-day treasure hunt that’ll get your family out of the house and into the world. WHAT: Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices, including smartphones. Get started on the website, a user-generated site that sorts caches by region/state. Find a cache near you,…

Weekapaug Inn Video Tour

Enjoy a video tour inside and outside the newly restored Weekapaug Inn.

This is a web extra video from the upcoming July issue of Rhode Island Monthly magazine. On a bright morning, the Weekapaug Inn’s resident naturalist, Mark Bullinger, hoists a birding scope over his shoulder, and we stroll toward the beach. He might be the only hotel naturalist in the country, and guided nature walks are one of the many daily…

A Daytripper’s Guide to Block Island

Our favorite way to see Block Island in one budget-friendly day.

As a kid, I used to spend weekends out on Block Island helping — though they might use a different word — my grandparents run their bed and breakfast in New Harbor. When I wasn’t turning down sheets or picking wildflowers for guest bouquets, I often watched days turn into nights from a sandy spot with a clear view to…

You Can Get There From Here

The Azores first topped my wish list of travel destinations several years back, thanks to an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” Between the sulfur-spewing geysers and the sausage-centric cuisine, Bourdain wasn’t completely sold on this chain of nine Portuguese islands roughly 1,000 miles from the mainland — but I was. The wild and windswept images looked half-Maine, half-Hawaii and altogether exotic,…

The Calm Before the Storm on Block Island

Get out to Block Island before Fourth of July madness sets in.

I think it's bizarre that so many Rhode Islanders pass on the opportunity to escape from reality in fifty minutes or less. And, more bizarre, so many others choose to visit Block Island exclusively on the Fourth of July. I will say that Independence Day on Block Island offers up some of the best people-watching of the year, whether you…

Rhode Island Earns National Travel and Dining Nods

From the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists and Food and Wine magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” nominations, to AAA’s Diamond Awards, Rhode Island is generating quite the buzz in the travel and dining sectors.

Rhode Island may be tiny, but we’re large and in charge when it comes to hotels and restaurants. From the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists and Food and Wine magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” nominations, to AAA’s Diamond Awards, the smallest state is generating quite the buzz in the travel and dining sectors. Here are some of our…