Newport Flower Show Blooms French Style

We happened by the 22nd Annual Newport Flower Show opening night party Friday night, always a spectacular warm-up for the weekend, and found it in full Parisian bloom, befitting the French theme: “Fete des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres.”

Flowers and More Part of Annual Newport Show

The 22nd Annual Newport Flower Show runs June 23-25, with this year’s theme being “Fete Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres,” featuring a variety of special guests, colorful floral designs, horticultural exhibits, garden displays and more. It is held at the literally palatial Rosecliff on Bellevue Avenue, one of the city’s historic mansions and one modeled…

Sometimes Queasy Memories of Rocky Point Park

There’s a stretch of broken railroad track where the scenic train once chugged. Down the gut of the place are towering, rusting hulks that were the stanchions of the Skyliner gondola ride. At the top of the old ride are caves, formed by giant rocks that create tenuous walking paths, daring walkers then and now….

Party for the Planet at the Zoo

Kids getting a little restless toward the end of school vacation week? Pack ’em off to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, where the Earth Day celebration “Party for the Planet” runs now through April 21.

Taking a Hike on Rhode Island’s Hilly Side at Tiverton’s Fort Barton

Set foot just about anywhere in Rhode Island, and you’ll find a lovely place for a hike, much of it flat, lots of it boosting your heart rate, and others downright challenging. In the latter category has to be Fort Barton and Highland Woods in Tiverton, a gorgeous hilly holding managed by the Tiverton Open…

Where to Find Winter Fun in South County

Pond hockey, yeeeaaah! That photo is from last year, unfortunately. Yes, we’re still waiting for our lake to stay frozen enough to enjoy some pond hockey in winter 2017, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of other great outdoor activity to be had down in South County.

New Surprise In An Old City

Just when you think you know a place, it surprises you. Take Newport, for example, a city I thought I knew pretty well. But one reasonably non-freezing winter day when four of us hit the city for a walk, sure enough, we found new something new – at least to us.

Lose Yourself in Literature at Westerly’s Lovely Savoy Bookstore

It might not quite be Flourish and Blotts*, but the Savoy Bookstore and Cafe in Westerly is a Harry Potter worthy shrine to the written word that makes Barnes and Noble look like an antiseptic supermarket by comparison. Love of literature suffuses every corner of this 3,000-square-foot publication paradise, where books are reverently displayed on two…

The Zoo’s Gift to You: Free Admission for the Rest of 2016

Penguins, red pandas, and snow leopards are in their glory in this chilly weather, and now there’s even more reason to bundle up and head to the Roger Williams Park Zoo — it’s free!

Giant Gingerbread House Goes Up in Newport

There are gingerbread houses and there are epic gingerbread houses like this one: A 16-foot high beauty that is part of the celebration of Christmas in Newport, and created by the Newport Marriott’s kitchen team. It is said to be the largest working gingerbread house in New England.

Aquidneck Island — It’s More Than Just Newport!

If you say “Aquidneck Island” to anyone not from this state, forgive them if they’ve not heard of it. But say “Newport,” which is on Aquidneck Island, and they likely will have, given the city’s fabled tourism, history and beauty. But no one town is an island, or at least not in this case: Portsmouth…

Riverside’s Carousel Offers Timeless Fun and Local History, Too

Rhode Island kids have been reaching for the brass ring at the Crescent Point Carousel  for more than a century now, and while the surrounding amusement park has faded into history, the historic Charles I.D. Looff merry-go-round continues to spin new memories in East Providence.