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Top Choice Historic Building in Newport

Rough Point

While the peerless position and splendor of the grounds alone are worth the price of admission, this faux-English manor house also contains heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke’s impressive art holdings, including …
Top Choice Street Carnival in Providence

WaterFire

Particularly during summer, much of downtown Providence transforms into a carnivalesque festival thanks to the exceedingly popular WaterFire art installation created by Barnaby Evans in 1994. Marking the convergence…
Top Choice University in Providence

Rhode Island School of Design

Perhaps the top art school in the USA, RISD's imprint on Providence is easily felt, with students' creativity extending across the cityscape. Open to the public, the extraordinary collections of the Museum of Art in…
Top Choice Historic Building in Newport

Breakers

A 70-room Italian Renaissance mega-palace inspired by 16th-century Genoese palazzos, Breakers is the most magnificent Newport mansion. At the behest of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Richard Morris Hunt did most of the de…
Top Choice Historic Building in Newport

The Elms

Designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1901, the Elms is a replica of Château d'Asnières, built near Paris in 1750. Here you can take a 'behind-the-scenes' tour that will have you snaking through the servants' quarters and…
Top Choice Modern American in Providence

birch

With a background at Noma in Copenhagen and the fabulous Dorrance at the Biltmore, chef Benjamin Sukle and his wife, Heidi, have their own place, the understated, but fabulously good birch. Its intimate size and sty…
Top Choice Museum in Newport

National Museum of American Illustration

This acclaimed museum features an impressive collection of Maxfield Parrish's impossibly luminous works in color, NC Wyeth prints, Norman Rockwell's nostalgia and the illustrations of other American graphic heavywei…
Top Choice State Park in Newport

Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams is America's largest coastal fortification and is the centerpiece of this gorgeous state park, which juts out into Narragansett Bay. It's the venue for the Newport jazz and folk festivals and numerous spe…
Top Choice Seafood in Narragansett & Point Judith

Matunuck Oyster Bar

This small, indoor-outdoor seafood-centric restaurant sits on a spit of land opposite Galilee on Point Judith Pond. Considering that the parking lot is carpeted in shells, it's no surprise that this oyster bar speci…
Top Choice Library in Newport

Redwood Athenaeum

Founded by Abraham Redwood in 1747 as an important archive of American history and architecture, the neoclassical structure was built by Peter Harrison who the library honors with a room devoted to priceless America…