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Providence-America's Renaissance City

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An August 2006 trip to Providence by zabelle

Westin Providence Photo, Providence, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: Providence is literally the Phoenix of New England. From the ashes of redevelopment has grown a vibrant and culturally rich city.

Providence-America's Renaissance City

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Overview

Walking the streets Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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There was a time not too many years ago when a trip to Providence would not have been pleasant. I remember coming here to the Marriott and finding the whole area surrounding it to be downright seedy. No one would say that today and this is only about 30 years later. Downtown Providence with its shining new image is beautiful You can feel quite comfortable just walking around and the urban blight that used to be so prevalent is gone. Providence Place is one of the most beautiful Malls I have every seen. It is light and bright and has plenty of inexpensive covered parking. Providence is one of the oldest cities in America. It was founded by Roger Williams in 1636. He left the Mas...Read More

Westin Providence

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Hotel

Westin Providence Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Location, Location, Location. This hotel has the absolutely best location in Providence. Connected to Providence place by a bridge it means you have easy access to the Mall and to the shops and restaurants that abound there. There is also an IMAX theater.I have stayed at this hotel before as part of a convention and the prices were still around 200 a night. It can even be closer to 300 so when I saw it on a discount site for 105 I jumped at the chance to spend a weekend there. I gave Irene a call and sure enough it became a girls getaway weekend, I love this hotel but you get nothing for free, oh well yes, you get coffee and tea in the room and it is free. Given the fact that e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Westin Providence
One West Exchange St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 598-8000

Dave & Buster's

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Restaurant | "Dave and Busters"

Dave & Buster's Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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When our daughter Kasey suggested that we come along with them to Dave and Busters at Providence Mall I said yah, right. It was for Christians Birthday so we had to go but I wanted to eat at Fire and Ice and then just join them at the game area at Dave and Busters. One look at the wait at Fire and Ice convinced me that it wasn’t such a good idea. As it turns out we made a very good decision. They had a special at Dave and Busters that if your ordered before 5pm you got a $10 credit for games so we were able to help the Houligans to have a good time. I was very surprised at how pretty and romantic the dining area is at Dave and Buster’s . It is very Casablanca with Palm Trees and dim lighti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Dave & Buster's
40 Providence Place
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 270-4555

Fire and Ice

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Restaurant

Fire and Ice Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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I first became acquainted with Fire and Ice about five years ago when I spent four nights at the Weston at a conference. My friend Cindy and I ate lunch there every day and it never got boring or repetitious. That is the beauty of this concept, every time can be like the first time or every time can be different, you make the choice.The concept here is so different I am at somewhat of a loss as to how to get it across. The closest description I can give is a Mongolian wok gone funky. In their own words "Creating delicious meals is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Grab a bowl and pile it as high as you can with whatever you like best, raw vegetable, pasta, meat or fish. It’s all up to you. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Fire and Ice
48 Providence Place
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 270-4040

Smokey Bones

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Restaurant | "Smokey Bones-CLOSED"

Smokey Bones Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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UPDATE: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED 5-28-2007One of the new additions to Providence Place Mall is Smokey Bones. They are a member of the Darden Restaurant Group which also owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster. In the case of Smokey Bones the decor is definitely rustic mountain cabin with lots of wood, a very open feeling and multiple TVs that you have the control over. Well at least you can control which one you listen to if you choose to listen. Sports are usually all the choices you have but at least you have a choice. The booths are large here you almost have too much room if that is possible. We first became acquainted with them in Georgia about 4 years ago and in 2004 the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Smokey Bones
134 Providence Place Mall
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 228-8450

Cindy's Diner & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cindy's Diner"

Cindy's Diner & Restaurant Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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As we pulled into Cindy’s Diner, I noticed, among other things, that all the people I could see entering, leaving, and sitting were senior citizens. Now, we all know what it means if we see a lot of 15-wheelers pulled up at a restaurant, but what, I asked Kasey, does it mean if all the customers are senior citizens? 'A lot of old people in this town,' was her answer. 'Maybe,' answered mom, 'but probably the food is a good bargain here.' 'That would be my guess.' Grandma, who knows everything had struck again. It was a very good bargain indeed. This really is a cute place. I have seen it many times before as we drove to Providence but the occasion to eat there has never presented itself before ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2007

Cindy's Diner & Restaurant
46 Hartford Ave.
North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857
(401) 934-2449

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Rhode Island School of Design "

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Of important note, entrance is free on Sundays from 10am to 1pm. Lucky us we arrived at about 12:30pm. As usual my luck wasn’t all good, all of their Old Masters Paintings were not on display the galleries were closed for a special exhibit that had not begun yet. This has got to be the most confusing museum I have ever visited. Part of the exhibit is the Pendleton House. It is on two floors and if you want to visit the whole house at one time you will have to visit the exhibits on each of the floors separately. We just did the house first then went back upstairs to start to visit the other galleries.The building has an elevator. If you take it to the fifth floor that is where t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
224 Benefit Street, 20 North Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 454-6500

Roger Williams Park Zoo

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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As I have stated in both my Quebec and Philadelphia journals I am not a big zoo fan and yet I return and return. The things a doting grandma will do to please her grandchild. In this case it was our grandson Brandon. All of seven years old and as sophisticated as his younger brother Christian when it comes to zoo visits. This particular visit took place in the summer of 2005. There was a wonderful special exhibit of dinosaurs which Brandon wanted to see and we wanting to please him took the two hour trip for an afternoon at the zoo.Roger Williams Zoo is on the outskirts of the city. I didn’t realize this and drove around aimlessly before finally calling them to get directions. Don’t be me,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
(401) 785-3510