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….

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…

Disney Characters Skate Into Boston

It’s been too many years since my kids were little and I took them to Disney on Ice shows in Providence. I can’t remember the last one I did see, probably “Beauty and the Beast,” so I had no idea what recent characters have been skating around in those intervening years. But I found out, in…

Off-Season, Martha’s Vineyard Can Be a Holiday Shopper’s Bargain

Martha’s Vineyard, a haven for the rich and famous, is an expensive place to lay your head at night in high season. But when the rich and famous and many of the tourists have left, things cheapen up considerably.

NYC a Worthwhile Short Hop From Providence

The beauty of Providence being so close New York City is the ease of hitting the city that never sleeps, with a comfortable three-hour ride on Amtrak’s Acela Express train.

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…

‘Tis Nearly the Season for Polar Express Rides

OK, so it’s not even Halloween yet and here we are talking about Christmas. But when it comes to train rides on The Polar Express, it’s not too early to start planning, these things fill up quickly. In Rhode Island, that’s the popular train ride sponsored by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council USA, a 90-minute excursion…

Historic New England Hosting Herb and History Hikes

Historic New England, said to be the oldest and biggest regional heritage organization in the nation, is hosting a pair of “History and Herb Hikes” at Arnold House in Lincoln, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon both days.

Cape’s Sea Crest Offering Mid-Summer Deal

Cape Cod in mid-summer may not seem the best time to get a deal on stays. But the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, on its own private stretch of Old Silver Beach in Falmouth, has a pretty good mid-week package this month. Better hurry though, it ends July 21. The resort is offering a 20-percent discount…