Providence and Rhode Island and Thereabouts
This is only a small sampling of what is available in the
Providence has strong ties to the fantasy genre. One of
Providence's notable citizens was H. P. Lovecraft, who deeply identified with
Providence, declaring it the only "livable" city. Seeking to bring the
wide-ranging scope of science fiction to the horror genre, Lovecraft was inspired
by the Gothic-style College Hill atmosphere and the abundant colonial
architecture. Providence was such an important city to Lovecraft that he chose "I
Am Providence" as his epitaph.
Providence has many attractions for visitors to explore--museums, theaters,
historic sites, colleges and universities, an award-winning zoo, and world-class
Providence is a very walkable city. For more details you can contact the
Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, One West Exchange St.,
Providence, RI 02903; 800-233-1636 or 401-751-1177, or browse http://www.providencecvb.com or
For a few suggestions, we offer:
- Federal Hill: walk the streets H. P. Lovecraft wrote about. This is the
Italian section of Providence, with many excellent restaurants.
- Brown University: has a notable collection of Poe papers.
- Waterplace Park and Riverwalk is a pleasant vista close to our facilities.
- Olneyville section of Providence: the costume jewelry capital of the U.S.
- Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit St.; 401-454-6500;
TuWFSa 10-5, Th N-8, Su 2-5.
- Johnson & Wales University Culinary Museum, 315 Harborside Blvd.;
401-598-2805. Culinary, travel, and hospitality artifacts of -3000 to +2000 (call
- Roger Williams Park & Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave.; 401-785-3510; M-F 9-5, SaSu
- Local eateries, for example, Wes' Rib House (open to 4am SaSu), the Capitol
Grille, and Union Station brewpub.
Information is available from the Visitor Information Center, 23 America's
Cup Ave., Newport RI 02840; 401-849-8048, fax 401-849-0291, and at
- Touro Synagogue [National Historic Site], 85 Touro St.; 401-847-4794; http://www.nps.gov/htdocs1/tosy/index.htm. The synagogue (at 72 Touro St.) is the oldest synagogue in the
U.S.; Newport was the northernmost settlement of Sephardic Jews in pre-colonial
America. Su 1-3 and M-F only at 2pm by appointment. Services: erev Shabbat 6pm;
- Cliff Walk: a 3.5-mile walk with the surf on one side and Newport's mansions
on the other. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Guided walking tours by
appointment. Open year-round. Free. Parking on Narragansett Ave. off Bellevue
Ave. or in the Easton's Beach (Newport Beach) parking lot. Cliff Walk Society,
- Mansions: many of the summer homes built by the elite of past generations are
open to the public. The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave.; 401-847-1000;
- Naval War College: The Museum is open to the public M-F 10-4; closed on
holidays. Public access to the Museum is through Gate Number 1 of the Naval
Education and Training Center. Facilities for the handicapped are available, as
is a gift shop operated by the Naval War College Foundation. Information:
Director, Naval War College Museum, Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd., Newport,
RI 02841; 401-841-4052/1317; http://www.nwc.navy.mil/museum/.
Little Compton, RI
- Sakonnet Vineyards, 162 West Main Rd., PO Box 572, Little Compton, RI 02837;
401-653-4356; http://www.sakonnetwine.com. Vineyard
tours and tastings.
West Warwick and Cranston, RI
Fall River, MA
- Battleship Massachusetts (BB59), off I-195 (exit 5) in Battleship
Cove, 508-678-1100; firstname.lastname@example.org.
9am-5pm. Other ships there include Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD850),
Lionfish (SS298), two PT boats (PT617 and PT796), and the Russian-built
missile corvette Hiddensee (originally Rudolph Englehofer of the
DDR's navy, it was renamed after reunification).
- The Marine Museum, 70 Water St. off I-195 (exit 5) in Battleship Cove;
508-674-3533. M-F 9-5, Sa N-5, Su N-4. Old Fall River Line, Aids to Navigation,
RMS Titanic (pre-discovery exhibits).
- Foxboro Stadium, current home of the Revolution (real football/soccer) and the Patriots (American football).
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