Travel

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…

Rhode Islanders Help Bring Old Hollywood Back to Life

Arguably the most angst-inducing scene from The African Queen (1951) happens right before Humphrey Bogart’s Charlie and Katherine Hepburn’s Rose share their first kiss (I swoon! Click here to see a video).  German soldiers blow two bullet holes in the top of the boat’s boiler and the engine shuts down, but Charlie, the hero, quickly gets the boiler up-and-running again,…

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Things Every Rhode Islander Should Eat, See and Do!

Rhode Island is the smallest state in America, but it has so much to offer that many natives live their entire lives without taking advantage of all the activities, meals, sights and sounds that make the Ocean State unique. Here is the definitive list of things that make up the quintessential Rhode Island experience — from beaches to orchards, music…

Rhodies Rule!

These New England favorites enliven any landscape and ask little in return.

Come April, after embarrassing months of wearing leaves that look like fat cigars, as writer Eleanor Perenyi once described them, rhododendrons unthaw and launch their show. The knock-out flowers—pink, purple, red, white and yellow—sail aloft for weeks. Sure, there’s a smidgen of labor involved, as in planting, but after that, using our quick-read, make-yourself-an-authority primer, it’s almost a free ride….

World of Extremes

In the state’s smallest, most isolated, and most seasonal of towns, summer and winter are worlds apart. That’s something Block Island residents love–or leave.

The unseasonably warm temperatures on a late fall day are accompanied by a shroud of fog that is hindering Jim Fiorato’s ability to point out the most calendar-perfect scenes from his taxi. I’m on an informal tour of Block Island with him. And I’m finding that the fog, the village shorn of summer tourists, and the narrow roads empty of…