Don’t let the small size of Rhode Island fool you, the state has a lot to offer. Known as the Ocean State, many people opt to stay within RI because of its central location.
It is only three hours to New York City, Cape Cod, Boston, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The small state measures only 48 miles long by 37 miles at its thickest point.
When picking a bed and breakfast in Rhode Island, you can stay in Newport or Providence. Also, you can pick lodging with an ocean view. The diminutive state boasts 400 miles of lovely coastline. Enjoy the amazing Cliff Walk for unparalleled views and to soak up the area's architecture which is reminiscent of the Gilded Era. If you are staying in the state’s interior then you’ll love the lush, wooded forests and ample hiking. Without a doubt, Rhode Island is a great state to explore off the beaten path.
Europeans fled to the area of present-day Rhode Island and settled the forestland sometime during the 1600s. Roger Williams is credited with founding the state in 1636. It has the distinction of being one of the original 13 colonies. Newport quickly became the hub of shipping and sprang to the lead position during the Industrial Revolution. In 1899, the state hosted the First National Lawn Tennis Championship. Now it is home to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Summers are lovely and warm in Rhode Island with the temperature hovering around 83 degrees and rarely reaching over 90 degrees F. In the winter, the temperature can dip to 21-degree F and on rare occasions can even go below 7 degrees. Many tourists flock to the state in the autumn to see the lovely changing colors of the fall foliage. Storms moving up the Atlantic shoreline often impact the state bringing wind and rain. Precipitation each month ranges from 2.5 to 3 inches on average.
One of the biggest tourist draws of Rhode Island is the state’s rich history. You’ll find a bevy of shops and eateries lining Bellevue Avenue's Historic District. The aristocratic Newport mansions are another must-see. The area was once home to the Vanderbilt and Astor families who would vacation in the state during the summer months. Many of the mansions now serve as museums and are open to the public. Tour the Isaac Bell Mansion or the Elms House. Stroll down the Cliff Walk and marvel at the architectural wonders.
Providence serves as the capital of Rhode Island. The postcard-perfect city boasts many 18th and 19th century homes along it’s College Hill. At night, the WaterFire art installation sheds light down onto the tidal basin and is home to many public events during the summer months.
Bristol is referred to as the ‘most patriotic town in America’. The city flies innumerable American flags and the downtown is painted with a distinguishing red, white, and blue strip to show the town’s pride.
If you are looking for a beach town to dip your toes in the sand then check out Narragansett. You can walk to the oceanfront from the heart of the small town.
Rhode Island is home to a large Italian and Portuguese immigrant population that is clearly reflected in the available foods. You’ll find many family-owned restaurants that boast a variety of international cuisine. The close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean also ensures fresh seafood. You’ll want to try stuffies which are a local favorite that consists of a clam filled with stuffing. Along the beach and wharf are many places offering seafood boils.
When planning a vacation, a lot of people overlook Rhode Island because of its tiny size but the region has a lot to do. Water sports, boating, beaches, history, hiking, biking, and dining are just a few options. It’s New England charm and wonderful coastal vibe are two of the charming characteristics of the area. One of the best things about staying in Rhode Island is that everything is close. Whether you stay in Providence, Narragansett, Newport, Bristol, Westerly, Cranston, Warwick, or Woonsocket, everything is nearby. You can soak up the culture and enjoy the artistic qualities of each place within the state.
Explore the Cliff Walk, shop in the historic district along Bellevue Avenue, or tour the lavish Newport mansions. The choices are endless. Go bird watching, charter fishing, shopping, hiking, or biking. Depending on the time of year, you can also indulge in winter surfing.
Rhode Island is brimming with a multitude of natural features. It is home to the largest estuary in the area which is the reason why it spurred the Industrial Revolution. Explore Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island which is made up of 200-ft cliffs that stand in a statuesque fashion above the Atlantic. You can walk on the beach at the base by climbing down a 141-step staircase. Narragansett Bay spans 147 miles and is home to forty islands. It is fed by seven rivers and Boasts over sixty different types of fish and shellfish. Without a doubt, it is Rhode Island’s crowning jewel and helps to bolster the state’s thriving economy. These are just a couple of the state’s many natural features.
Rhode Island is a small state and if you don’t have an auto then you can still get around using bus services, trains, and ferries along with cabs on occasion. You can also explore the various historic districts on foot. Some establishments even rent bikes. If you decide to use an auto then you’ll be happy to know that there is a great deal of street parking and a lot of garages in the state’s cities. Remember, if you visit Block island during the summer it's best to go there without a car. Instead, use a bike to explore the island. At some bed and breakfasts, the innkeeper will rent bikes.
Do you plan on escaping for a much-needed getaway to Newport, Providence, Bristol, or Narragansett? You’ll want to think of the amenities that are important to you such as a jacuzzi tub, comfy bed, street parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi.
Why not pick a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast within walking distance of the Bellevue Avenue Historic District or stay close to Cliff Walk so you can explore the Newport mansions? You’ll find plenty of Rhode Island bed and breakfasts that fit any taste or need.
Picking lodging with adequate amenities to make your stay perfect is important. You should consider the guest rooms, check-in time, accessibility such as if they have street parking, private baths, a comfy bed, a jacuzzi tub, or in-room Wi-Fi. Whether you pick a Victorian b&b or a boutique establishment, most will boast a dining room with a gourmet or continental delicious breakfast.
The history in the area is undeniable and you’ll see it when looking for the best bed and breakfast in Rhode Island because many of them are historic gems. If you want to focus on the beach during your getaway then you’ll be happy to find a bed and breakfast in Rhode Island on the beach or within walking distance of its sandy expanse. Without a doubt, there is some quintessential charm in staying in a Newport Rhode Island bed and breakfast on the water for a couple of days.