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A March 2008 trip to Providence by zabelle

Brownstone Cathedral Photo, Providence, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: Just a short weekend to enjoy the delights that Providence has to offer. My daughter Kasey and I were up to the challenge.

Hotel Providence

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Hotel Providence Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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If you are looking for someplace special to stay in downtown Providence the Hotel Providence is a very lovely choice. But first things first, the entrance of the hotel is not on Westminster it is on Mathewson. Westminster is a one way street, we had to drive around the block three times to find the entrance. Parking is valet, just drive up to the canopy and leave your car with the valet.I could write 500 words just about the Lobby, it is a work of art, or I guess I should say many works of art. It is in their own words “an opulent Belle Epoch salon” with antiques, fine art and gilt mirrors. There are flower arrangements and the feeling is of a haven in the midst of the city.Our roo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

Hotel Providence
311 WESTINSTER STREET
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
1-401-8618000

L'Epicureo Ristorante

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Restaurant | "L'Epicureo"

L'Epicureo Ristorante Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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It is late March, when we woke up it was in the 20’s . We decided even knowing that as a captive audience we were going to pay for the privilege, to eat at the Hotel. Let me begin by saying this is a gorgeous restaurant. There is a magnificent chandelier as you enter the area between the bar and the restaurant. The wall facing the bar has a monumental mirror that reflects the light, it is just a stunner. Even the desk where the maitre de stands has painted flowers on glass. I felt very upper class.The dinning room gives you a view of Grace Episcopal Church and on the wall are four old Master paintings in a monumental size. Venus, Mona Lisa and more. The tables have crisp white ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

L'Epicureo Ristorante
238 Atwells Ave
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
+1 401 454 8430

Bravo Brasserie

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Restaurant | "Brasserie Bravo"

Bravo Brasserie Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Following my best Rachael Ray tip we began a discussion on one of the shops on Westminster Street about where we were planning to have dinner. Our hotel has a very upscale restaurant but it was a bit too pricey for Kasey and me. I had decided that we would eat at Blakes Tavern a local pub. The menu looked reasonably priced and had things that we would both enjoy.The owner of the shop suggested that we try Brasserie Bravo. When she mentioned that they had mussels and frites, I was sold. Located on the corner of Washington St directly across from the Trinity Repertory Theater this restaurant couldn’t have a better location. Make sure that if there is anything showing at the Trini...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

Bravo Brasserie
123 Empire St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 490-5112

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

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Brownstone Cathedral Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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The Cathedral is built in the Victorian Gothic Style. It has two very impressive towers over 156 feet high each. It is an impressive sight and even though we didn’t know exactly where it was we found it by finding the towers. The current Cathedral is the second one on the site. The first was too small for the growing catholic population and even splitting the parish wasn’t enough, it torn down to make way for it’s replacement. . Bishop Hendricken hired Patrick Keely as the architect of the new Cathedral. I am very familiar with Patrick Keely’s work since he also designed not only my own home parish of St John in 1849 but also St Mary’s Church in Newport and St Joseph in Providence. I w...Read More

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Multiple Shops

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Looking down Westminster Photo, Providence, Rhode Island
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Clover233 WestminsterThis is a very upscale shop with both men’s and women’s clothing that looks as if it belongs in New York City. Wow, we really loved some of the things that they had there. We wished we had the $5,000 credit card from ‘What not to Wear” because we could have put a serious dent in that card. For a list of the designers that they carry check out their web site http://www.cloverprovidence.com/Symposium Book Store240 WestminsterThis is a serious college style book store but they have a wonderful selection of really interesting books beyond just what might be on someone’s class list. They do have a small but excellent selection of children’s book...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2008