By Summer Brons
Providence
Rhode Island
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If you're looking for a unique New England vacation, look no further than Providence, Rhode Island. One of the 13 original colonies, Rhode Island has a lengthy history that shines beautifully through today's big-city lifestyle. EscapeWizard.com would love to help you plan your visit to the self-proclaimed "Creative Capital:” Providence, Rhode Island.

Flying into Providence is easy, thanks to Theodore Francis Green International Airport (PVD) located in Warwick, just 6 miles from the city. Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) is also just an hour and 15 minutes away, for those looking for additional flight flexibility. EscapeWizard.com is happy to secure a low price for your flight to either airport. Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book with EscapeWizard.com. Then, when booking your hotel reservations, click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Once you’ve arrived in Rhode Island’s capital, it’s likely that you’ll want to take in some of the historical sites for which the city is known. Providence’s East Side neighborhood is home to the largest contiguous area of buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States; and also features the 1638-founded First Baptist church, which is the oldest of its kind in the Americas. Another aged building of interest is the Old State House, the state’s capitol from 1762 until 1904, and now serves as home to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission.

While a library may not typically be at the top of a traveler’s must-see list, EscapeWizard.com recommends a quick stop at the Providence Athenaeum for novelty’s sake. This is the fourth oldest library in the country, and was even frequented by Edgar Allen Poe. For a further taste of cultural treasures, visit the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, boasting the 20th largest collection in the U.S. Finally, for a truly unique art display, plan your Providence trip during the summer months and experience WaterFire, a dazzling collection of nearly 100 bonfires over the surface of the rivers passing through the city.

If your recreation plans include a few conventional sight-seeing adventures, not to worry, Providence has those too. Roger Williams Park is a popular tourist spot containing a zoo, botanical garden, and the city’s own Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. If shopping is on the agenda, visit the Providence Place Mall and enjoy the offerings of one of southern New England’s largest shopping malls. Although currently closed for renovation, the city’s other mall, Westminster Arcade, was built in 1828 and was the first enclosed shopping center in the country, open to the public.

Providence is also a great place to come to learn. The city has campuses of seven of the state’s higher learning institutions including: Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Rhode Island. Students make up about 25% of the population of Providence, and as such, those furthering their education have a strong impact on the businesses and economy of the city.
   
EscapeWizard.com loves Providence, Rhode Island for the history, charm, and bragging rights of being one of the country’s first cities. We know you’ll enjoy a visit to the capital of the “Ocean State” and encourage you to book your travel arrangements with EscapeWizard.com!
Hotels in Providence
By Leanne Longwill
Sheraton Providence Airport
1850 Post Road, Warwick, RI
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The Sheraton Providence Airport is conveniently located less than a half mile from the T.F. Green Airport and within minutes of downtown Providence. It’s just off Interstate 95 too so you’ll be near some of New England’s finest colleges and universities. You’ll also be close to the area’s many corporate offices like IBM, Ernst & Young, and Hasbro. If you’re looking for fun, there are several shopping malls nearby and also movie theaters, a golf course, and lots of historic sites. If your stay is more work than play, this hotel offers a 24-hour business center where you can copy, print, or fax to get the job done. The hotel has free parking, free luggage storage, free shuttle service within the surrounding area, and free (limited) airport pick-up and drop-off service.

How nice it is to stay at a 100% smoke-free hotel! The rooms are lovely and feature 32” flat panel televisions, plush 300 thread count sheets, Sweet Sleeper® beds, and hypoallergenic pillows. The bathrooms are stocked with Bliss® bath products, hair dryer, bathrobe, and slippers. This hotel also offers connecting rooms, disability accessible rooms, and since it is also a pet-friendly hotel, you can even request a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® dog bed for Mr. Woofy!

They have a gift/sundry shop, indoor heated pool, sundeck, billiards, and a 24-hour fitness facility. From your room you have free local calling and international direct dialing. In the hotel’s own Bluefire Bar and Grille, you can enjoy American cuisine and casual dining from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The hotel check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is noon.

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Hotels in Providence
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Omni Providence Hotel
One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI
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Whatever your reason for visiting the Providence, Rhode Island area, the Omni Providence Hotel (formally called the Westin Providence) is the ideal hotel choice. This beautiful hotel, located right in the middle of downtown Providence, is also conveniently attached to both the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall. This allows for easy access to some of the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife in the city, all within walking distance of the hotel. Also nearby you will find the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Trinity Repertory Theatre. A short drive will bring you to the Roger Williams Park and Zoo, the Triggs Memorial Golf Course and several area hospitals and colleges. 

The well-designed rooms are sure to please, as well. Most of the rooms offer fantastic views of the city, and all rooms feature the Omni Providence Hotel Heavenly Bed®. If you are traveling on business, you will be happy to find a convenient, large writing desk, along with high-speed internet access available for a small additional fee. The guest rooms also provide a color television with cable channels and available in-room movies and games. Suites are available, offering separate sitting areas, if you desire additional space.

The Omni Providence Hotel strives to satisfy guests in every way, including offering the nightly unwind(SM), a chance to meet other guests while enjoying beverages and light food. The smoke-free hotel also offers an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna. A fully equipped fitness center is also available, as well as the Capital Club Spa.

There are several wonderful dining options available in the hotel. Citiperk Coffee Shop and Café Gusto offer light meals and snacks, while Centro features delicious Italian cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The well-known Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar is also located here, serving dinner in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere.

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