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22 Hours in Providence

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A November 2005 trip to Providence by ext212

Woods-Gerry Gallery Photo, Providence, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: We could only spare 22 divine hours, so we decided to meet in Rhode Island.

22 Hours in Providence

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Overview

Providence City Hall Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence is a small but pretty town, much like the rest of the main "cities" of New England. I love it in these parts of the country, and my heart always skips a beat when I visit. Providence was no different.Esquire just named De Wolf Tavern in Bristol, Providence, as one of the best restaurants in the country. We drove the 25 miles to see and taste for ourselves. Other restaurants we tried in the area were Rue de L'espoir and McCormick & Schmick's for brunch and seafood, respectively. Walking around the Brown University and RISD grounds was a nice way to kill time the next day. The autumnal shades of brown, yellow, orange, and red were a good backdrop during ou...Read More

Edgewood Manor

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Hotel

Edgewood Manor Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Edgewood Manor is usually not the type of place we'd stay in, but because we're in New England for only one night, we decided to spend it in an old mansion turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn complete with elaborate fireplaces and exquisite antiques. The Edgewood Manor has 18 guestrooms, each with a private bathroom, cable TV, and Internet access. A few come with their own fireplace and Jacuzzi tubs.I booked the Colonial Room, the only room available for the Friday night we spent in Providence. It has a Victorian sofa by the foot of the king-size four-poster bed and an ornate lamp on the ceiling. The bathroom is as big as the bedroom. It has two pedestal sinks, a tiled shower, and of cours...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Edgewood Manor
232 Norwood Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island
401/781-0099

De Wolf Tavern

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Restaurant

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I missed my 5pm train ride to Providence from New York City. While waiting for the 6pm train, I called De Wolf Tavern to move our 9pm reservations to 9:30. The restaurant closes their kitchen at 10pm, and I was ready to receive a "no" from the maitre d'. To my surprise, she told me that they could still accommodate us at 9:30pm. De Wolf is in Bristol, about 25 miles from Providence, so the boy and I immediately got into his car and drove. I called the maitre d' again to let her know we were running late, and she seemed really polite about it. When we arrived, we were seated toward the back of the second floor, but I immediately requested to be transferred near the front by the fireplace. They happi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

De Wolf Tavern
259 Thames Street
Bristol, Rhode Island
401/254-2005

Rue de L'espoir

Restaurant

Rue de L'espoir Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Driving around Providence looking for a brunch place, we came across Rue De L'espoir. It was such a nice autumn day when we walked in, sunlight bathed the entire restaurant and there was a happy buzz all around. We started our day at noon, and it was already extremely busy when we walked in, but we were seated promptly by one of the attentive waitresses. Because we're in New England, I ordered the poached eggs on top of crab cakes. Poached eggs will always taste like poached eggs, and I would have preferred the crab cakes to be less soft. But the dish came with some flavorful potatoes that were very savory; I couldn't have enough of them.Rue de L'espoir definitely gave us a nic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Rue de L'espoir
99 Hope St
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
+1 401 751 8890

Scialo Bros. Bakery

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Restaurant

Scialo Bros. Bakery Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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When you enter Scialo Bakery, the bell on the door rings, and you're greeted by the pastry smell that wafts through the air. All of a sudden, you just want every piece of biscuit, tart, and cake in the store. (Un)fortunately, the boy prevented me from buying more than two tarts to take back with me to New York City.I first heard of Scialo Bakery when Mario Batali, one of my favorite New York City chefs, presented it as one of the best in Rhode Island. When we finally made it to Providence this year, we drove to Federal Hill and stopped by to buy some of their delicious pastries.Federal Hill became the Little Italy of Providence when about 54,000 Italian immigrants arrived from ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Scialo Bros. Bakery
257 Atwells Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
877/421-0986

McCormick & Schmick's

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Restaurant | "McCormick & Schmick's"

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located in the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, where co-owner Bill McCormick once parked cars as a young boy. We were looking for a seafood restaurant and left our car in another part of town, so when we turned the corner on Dorrance, we decided to just eat here.Spontaneity isn't so bad. The menu at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant features more than 30 varieties of fish and seafood from around the world. While we nursed Hoegaardens, we split the corn chowder soup and the baby arugula salad with goat cheese. We also ordered a big pot of mussels and half a dozen oysters.The space reminds me of a huge steakhouse, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

McCormick & Schmick's
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
888/344-6861

Woods-Gerry Gallery

Attraction

Woods-Gerry Gallery Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Woods-Gerry Gallery is one of the primary exhibition spaces for Rhode Island School of Design (RISD, or better yet, "Reez-Dee") students and faculty. Throughout each semester, it exhibits a fine collection of works from every program.When we visited, the gallery featured the works of the undergraduates of the Printmaking class. We viewed a whole range of items, from traditional lithograph and silkscreen prints to pieces created using computers and different photo processes.The best thing about the gallery is that it's free and open to the public. They are open from Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday, 2 to 5pm. Exhibits change every week, and every Thu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Woods-Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect St.
Providence, Rhode Island
401/454-6142