13 Places To Get Your Halloween Penny Candy Fix in Rhode Island

Halloween is almost here. Instead of running to the closest corner store chain, visit a locally-owned candy shop in Rhode Island. What might surprise you is the greater variety of nostalgic penny candies like Smarties lollipops, gold coins, Warheads, and Super Sour Drops. Better yet, these stores have sweets year round to satisfy your candy…

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…

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…

Keep the Tequila Flowing This Friday Night at Mohegan Sun

Already missing National Tequila Day? Yesterday might not have been the perfect time to stir the perfect margarita — rainy Tuesdays aren’t real great for partying — but fortunately there’s a chance for redemption: the first annual Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting debuts on Friday, July 28.

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.

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…