Rhode Island may be a small state, but
as far as attractions go, it's big on things
to do. You can spend a weekend in a charming
seaside town, attend one of the many summer festivals
in Newport, explore the rolling countryside near
the Connecticut and Massachusetts borders,
or just find a beach and chill out for a while.
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, as is the
state's full name, is the smallest state in
the Union, with just 1,045 square miles of land
area. This compact size works to the visitor's
advantage, however, making it easy to hit all the
desired attractions on their respective list.
And while you're making your way about here,
you are going to, at some point, likely need to
depend on the Rhode Island hotels to rest your weary
head. No need to worry. The Rhode Island
hotels provide a full assortment of lodging options,
from small cottages, to luxurious hotels.
Here's a look at some possible destinations
in the Ocean State, and the kind of Rhode Island
hotels you can expect to find at each.
Rhode Island's largest city is Providence.
Providence has been on an upward climb in the latter
years, making the city more of a joy to visit than
ever. Recent improvements include the restoration
of older buildings, the building-up of the riverfronts,
new hotels, a large shopping mall, and a revitalized
business district. The Downtown Arts District
is a pleasure to explore, and when you get hungry,
the city's up-and-coming dining scene offers
attractive dishes that will inevitably cost less
than in the nearby larger cities of Boston and New
York City. Partly due to the city's
12 schools of higher learning, Providence boasts
some pretty lively nightlife, and the city hosts
a number of yearly events. When it comes to
choosing Providence RI hotels, you might select
one of the luxurious and large downtown hotels,
or spend a romantic weekend in a bed and breakfast.
For discount Rhode Island lodging, there are a good
amount of budget Providence RI hotels off of the
area highway exits. During special college
weekends, the inns and motels in the area to not
only fill up, but raise their rates as well.
On the southern edge of Providence's metropolitan
area, the city of Warwick is a consideration for lodging, as the Warwick hotels
have suitable options for any budget. Warwick
has nice beaches, plenty of shoreline recreation,
a good amount of colonial history, and small town
charm. The state's primary airport in
located here, meaning there are some good choices
for mid-priced airport Warwick hotels.
The second largest city in Rhode Island is the
"Gilded Age" city of Newport,
which is found on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett
Bay. You can get to Newport by ferry, or drive
over one of the 3 bridges that connects the island
to the rest of the state. Newport is known
for its ornate mansions, the bulk of which can be
found lining the coastline. Also known as
a yachting city, boating here is a very popular
activity. Some of the main attractions in
Newport are undoubtedly the mansions, such as the
Marble House and The Breakers. It's
never a bad idea to check out the exhibits at the
Newport Art Museum, or learn about the city at the
Museum of Newport History. Newport's
festivals are part of the city's identity
as well, and among the more notable is the summertime
Newport Music Festival. The hotels in Newport
are known to raise their summer rates, so come at
any other time, and you might only pay half of the
summer cost. While Newport exhibits
a wealthy identity, the city is mostly middle
class, and there are many affordable hotels in Newport.
Even during the busiest times of the season, the
numerous bed and breakfasts and inns provide available
rooms. From the luxury hotels in Newport,
to the city's choices for Rhode Island budget
hotels, you can find the right accommodations when visiting. Some of the Rhode Island budget
hotels and motels can be found in nearby Middletown.
If you are looking for a good base in the north
part of the state, the city of Woonsocket is of worthy consideration. From Woonsocket,
it's just 16 miles into Providence, so both
city's attractions can easily be enjoyed when
you stay at one of the Woonsocket hotels.
The Blackstone River Valley is a major draw for
Woonsocket visitors, as is the unique Blackstone
River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The
Woonsocket hotels aren't exactly numerous,
but there are choices for a nice mid-priced
hotel, or discount Rhode Island lodging here.
If you want to get away from it all in Rhode Island,
you might head to the southern coast and take a
ferry to Block Island. Some of the best Rhode
Island beaches can be found here, as well as migrating
birds, pleasant rolling hills and some nice Rhode
Island hotels. Most of the Block Island hotels
are located in the small town of Old Harbor.
When you visit Block Island, you can select from
a varied accommodations list, with options being
full-service hotels, inns, guest houses, bed and
breakfasts and cottages or apartments. One
of the best beaches found on the state's more
than 400 miles of coastline is East Beach, located
on the southern shore of the mainland. East
Beach is a state park with 3 miles of undeveloped
beaches. Camping is popular on the Barrier Islands around here, and you can find some nice
Rhode Island hotels in nearby Charlestown.
From upscale inns, to charming bed and breakfasts,
the Charlestown hotels have you close to all that
the southern coast has to offer. There are
some nice inns in Charlestown, a couple options
for Rhode Island budget hotels, and overall, the
choices here are pretty unique.
Regardless of where you make your base in Rhode Island, you are close to everything the state has to offer. No more than an hour in your car is what you will spend heading from destination to destination, and you can always know that the beaches aren't far away. Throughout the state, you will find a healthy number of small town bed and breakfasts and inns, and primarily off the major roadways, you should have no problem finding Rhode Island budget hotels. Discount Rhode Island lodging is made possible through vacation packages, and off-season deals, and it never hurts to ask a manager or concierge for any chances to save extra. So, come to Rhode Island, see it all, and always have a great place to stay.