While Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation, there is no shortage of great food. It's known as the Ocean State, and after spending a few days exploring it, I can say it definitely lives up to its name! There's a never ending supply of fresh lobster, succulent clams, and much more. The selection from under the sea is out of this world, but that's not all Rhode Island has to offer. There are plenty of other interesting foods, like pizza bread and coffee milk. Take a dip into the Ocean State's fare and check out some of my favorites here.
The New York Times' Light and Space Where Fire Alarms Once Rang visits the Providence, Rhode Island home of artist couple Wendy Edwards and Jerry Mischak, which was originally built in 1931 as a firehouse. The couple, who were living in a mid-19th-century house on Brown University's campus and also renting two separate spaces for their studios, wanted to find a place where they could both live and work. When Mischak saw a sign for a new firehouse going up in East Providence, he stopped into the old headquarters, and spoke to the firemen about the digs. A year later, they'd paid $185,000 for "a hazardous wreck," complete with "lead-base paint and asbestos." An architect helped them to transform the space, removing the fire poles, unearthing gorgeous steel beams, raising the ceilings, creating an open dining and living area, and making two artist studios. Some architectural details were salvaged as evidence of the structure's origins, like French doors, subway tiles, and fire pole openings. But in essence, the building was renewed, instilled with the kind of light and space that only artists could see in a perilous, old structure — the same kind of vision that has transformed ancient cathedrals and chapels and frat-boy dwellings into modern homes.
Who knew New England's smallest state had so much to offer?! In addition to the many great forest and beach walks and hikes for leashed dogs, there's a growing number of off-leash areas, too. In the last two years alone, several new dog parks have opened up including the first-ever, official dog park in Providence and a huge park in Warwick (about 12 miles south of Providence). The 33,000 square foot Warwick Dog Park includes grassy and shady sections, fire hydrants, and a crucial "airlock" area to unleash and leash pets upon entrance/exit.
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Why should a vacation be only for you? Newport's Hotel Viking has started a new pet pampering program – dogs (and cats!) under 75 pounds are welcome to stay in the hotel... and welcomed with a bottomless sack of organic treats from local pet boutique, Cricket & Riley. If your pup should run out (or crave something a little more substantial), this hotel also offers Canine Room Service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily!
While in Newport, visit national historic site, Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and the only one that survives from the colonial era. Pups are welcome on the grounds, but not inside – consider taking them for a stroll down historic Bellevue Ave (and stop by the actual Cricket & Riley store seen here) instead.
At first glance, these sweaters may appear to be for babies! Fall and winter in Rhode Island, or anywhere in New England for that matter, can be super chilly. Many pet shops in Providence stock their shelves with handknit sweaters and coats that are pretty enough for people. If your pup shivers on his walks, that's a good reason to put a sweater on the lil' guy in colder temps. Park Ave Puppy's (you may recall the store from when it was featured on TLC's While You Were Out) carries some of the cutest doggie outerwear around, many of which are handmade designs. Lucky for you non-natives, they also have an online boutique where you can order some of their items –including these two sweaters – shipped straight to your doorstep.