Newport’s Food Rocks, Restaurant Week Rolls

We know Newport pretty well, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but it did. We walked into Midtown Oyster Bar on a fairly quiet Sunday afternoon and smack into the 12th annual Newport Restaurant Week.

Irish Eyes Smiling in Rhode Island

The Irish are proudly represented in Rhode Island; at about 18 percent of the population, those with Irish ancestry rank second only to the Italians here. And overall, Rhode Island is ninth of all US states for citizenry with Irish blood. Add six more, at least temporarily, as a half dozen tour operators were recently…

Exhibit Celebrates Immigrant Impact on State

A photography exhibit, “Ethnos,” running through Nov. 6 at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University transports viewers to some of the nations and cultures of origin of Rhode Island’s 170,000 immigrants. Admission is free. Photographed by Dr. Peter Snyder, professor of neurology and senior vice president for Research at Lifespan, the images celebrate those…

Flavor of Fall in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a summery place for sure, but traveling to and around here is pretty action packed as well. One of the most colorful is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, with more than 5,000 artistically carved and illuminated pumpkins on display from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5. You can…

Basta the Best for Good Reason

The number of restaurants in this state is extraordinary, which is great for the consumer because if a place doesn’t have the goods to compete, it won’t be around long. And sitting atop the eatery heap here is Basta in Cranston, routine winner of awards which most recently included “Best Restaurant in the State of…

Great Ideas of Gilded Age Topic of Talks

Want to know more about Alva Belmont, who last name once was Vanderbilt, noted Newport socialite and leading figure in the women’s Suffrage Movement? A cup of tea more your cup of tea? Have a love of Providence architecture or wonder about Edith Wharton’s work? All that is covered in “Great Ideas of the Gilded…

A Down-Low Track’s-Eye View of Rhode Island

You’ve seen Rhode Island by car, foot, boat, air, bike, paddleboard, etc? Try it by the seat of your pants belted into a custom-made, 500-pound, open-air sled with rail car wheels that you pedal to go clacking down railroad tracks so close to the ground a couple feet below you feel the breeze on your…

Marc Allen Named Exclusive America’s Cup Retailer

Newport is synonymous with sailing, especially because of the city long-standing connection to the America’s Cup races. It’s also a pretty good place to shop for sharp-looking clothes, and now there’s one place that combines both: Marc Allen Fine Clothiers on Bellevue Avenue was named the exclusive retailer for America’s Cup merchandise in Rhode Island,…

Newport Car Museum an Automotive Wonderland

You don’t have to be a car lover to love cars. And at a new museum in Rhode Island dedicated to the art of gorgeous automobiles, there’s a lot to love. The Newport Car Museum opened in Portsmouth in June, and is housed in a former missile manufacturing plant on 17 acres in front of…

The Attwater Boutique Hotel is a Quiet Newport Respite

Anyone familiar with Newport in season knows it can be a pretty noisy place. By the water gets particularly loud with open-air bars, crowded streets and music filling the summer air.

Watery Ways to Get To Folk Fest

The Newport Folk Festival runs July 28-30, and has been around since 1959 and is super popular for its great music, and with that popularity comes a lot of traffic. But there are ways around it, including getting there by water, which makes sense in that Newport is the City By the Sea.

Mystic Aquarium a Delight for All Ages

At Mystic Aquarium, less than 20 minutes from the Rhode Island border, it’s tough to tell who has the biggest smile at the Arctic Coast exhibit – the kids, the adults or the beluga whales, sleek and gorgeous creatures with seeming permanent smiles locked on their faces below iconic bulging brows.