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1. Blackstone Valley
Blackstone Valley is where America's Industrial Revolution was born when, in 1793, Samuel Slater opened his cotton mill in Pawtucket. But there's a wealth of other kinds of American history to see, as well as lots to do here. Some of the highlights: The Slater Mill Historic Site (1793); the Blackstone Valley Explorer, which can take you on a great cruise; the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor; The Museum of Work and Culture; and the T.F. Green Airport into which you can fly.


2. Greater Providence
Rhode Island's Renaissance City, Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and is an epicenter of historical and cultural attractions, not to mention some of America's finest educational institutions, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design being perhaps most notable. Benefit Street offers a "Mile of History" on the East Side. Other attractions include: The Rhode Island State House; John Brown House; the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America; the Providence Performing Arts Center; Trinity Repertory Company; and Waterplace Park.

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3. Warwick and West Bay
If you're vacationing to shop, this is the place to be in Rhode Island. In fact, it's the shopping capital of the state. There are 39 miles of coastline along Narragansett Bay for watersport enthusiasts and Goddard State Park offers beaches and boating access. Among the attractions are: Gaspee Days, a month long celebration of June 9, 1772, when Rhode Island patriots captured and burned the H.M.S. Gaspee, a British revenue ship; and Green Airport.

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4. East Bay
East Bay, comprising the towns of Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren, is where you'll find a cornucopia of colonial history and heritage. Bristol is where the oldest Fourth of July parade has been taking place since 1785. Among the region's many attractions: a 14-mile East Bay Bike Path; Linden Place, a Federal period mansion; Colt State Park; the Haffenreffer Museum; Herreshoff Marine Museum; Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, a waterfront estate with a 45-room manor house and breath-taking gardens; Coggeshall Farm Museum; Crescent Park Carousel; and the new Audubon Society Environmental Education Center.

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5. South County
For those who love beaches, boating and whale-watching, the South County region is a great place to spend time, but it also has wonderful woodlands inshore. The countryside is magnificent, dotted by small, quaint villages that so typically characterize the spirit of Rhode Island. There's history and culture here as well. Among the attractions are: Gilbert Stuart's Birthplace; South County Museum; and Smith Castle.

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6. Newport
Newport's history is among the richest in America. It was a hub during the Revolutionary War and home to the America's Cup races for over a hundred years. In fact, it's considered to be the Sailing Capital of America. It's also home to more than ten "summer cottages" built by the very rich and famous in the early 190's. Some are as big as the main part of the White House and offer a glimpse of magnificent craftsmanship in their construction. They are open to the public and well worth a visit. In addition, beautifully and faithfully restored houses dating back to the 1700s make history come to life. And then there are the incredible beaches. Once a favorite summer destination, Newport has evolved into a four-season mecca of culture and history. Among its attractions are: the "Newport Winter Festival" in February; Classical, folk and jazz music festivals in the summer; "Harvest-by-the-Sea" in October; and the "Christmas in Newport" celebration; the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, where the greatest players in the history of the sport are enshrined.

1 Murray House Bed & Breakfast
Murray Place . Newport . Rhode Island 02840
401.846.3337 | E-Mail: bikinicat@aol.com | Website

1 Murray House is located in the Newport Mansion district on Bellevue Avenue, close to the famous Cliff Walk and a short walk to Bailey's beach! It is an enchanting place to stay after a day of exploring Newport, where history, ornate mansions, gourmet restaurants, quaint shops and long, sandy beaches come together to offer you the ideal getaway. 1 Murray House Bed & Breakfast has been voted "one of the best bed & breakfasts on the eastern seaboard" by Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal.

The Country Goose Bed and Breakfast
563 Green End Avenue . Middletown/Newport . Rhode Island 02842
401.849.5384 | Toll Free: 877.25Goose (877.254.6673) | E-Mail: CountryGooseBnB@aol.com | Website

Nestled in a quiet country setting our charming 1898 Ginger Trimmed Country Victorian is minutes from beaches, cliff walk, mansions, Tennis Hall of Fame, golfing, shopping on famous Thames Street, and all seasonal attractions.

22 Bowen's Steak, Seafood
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport . Rhode Island 02840 | 1.401.841.8884 |jbailey@GoNewport.com

Welcome to 22 Bowen's Wine Bar and Grille, located on the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Serving only USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and complimented by a wine list of over 200 selections, we invite you to visit us and enjoy "a little bit of tenderness" at one of Newport's best.

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Bareboat Sailing Charter
Newport . Rhode Island | 1.800.661.4013 1.860.388.6463

Sail the way you dream about it! Consistent breeze, gorgeous beaches, incredible islands, great yachts and first class charter service as you enjoy wonderful sailing and unexpected comforts as you cruise the New England waters.

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7. Block Island
Block Island is the focal point of a famous sailing race held each summer. It's considered a seaside resort located 12 miles south of the Rhode Island coast. With its bluffs and verdant, rolling hills, it reminds many of Ireland. People reach the island via an hour-long ferry ride or for those who want to get there sooner, there are flights out of the state airport in Westerly. The Block Island Nature Conservancy offers a marvelous walking trail that gives travelers a glimpse of the remarkable beauty of the island. If it's serenity you seek, Block Island offers it in abundance.

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