We’re Goin’ to Rhode Island!
Rhode Island. Who knew that the smallest state in the U.S. actually had the longest name: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Well, they had the longest name until 2020’s election when 52.9% of the voters said “let’s just drop those last three words.”
This week, My Girlfriendships® helps you plan a girls weekend to either the capital city of Providence or the cozy, seaside town of Narragansett—Gansett for short. Thank goodness, because I cannot say “Narragansett" without stuttering!
Providence is home to the famous Brown University and a bustling downtown. Oh and these fun things too!
What to Do
- Providence River Boat Company | So many boat adventures to choose from! Want someone to tell you what you need to know? Take the relaxing, 90-minute narrated tour. Interested in the buildings? Then the Providence architecture cruise is for you. How about a different way to end a perfect day? The twilight river cruise is ideal. No matter which tour you and your girls choose, you’ll have a blast!
- WaterPlace Park | Once upon a time, this area was entirely covered by water, and was known as Great Salt Cove. Over time the water was drained, the land was filled and railroad tracks ran over it. Today this beautiful, urban park is a vital part of Rhode Island's history and is a wonderful spot to be with your besties. (And here I thought this spot was all about water slides!)
Where to Stay
Hilton Garden Inn | This hotel is in the perfect downtown location, built next to the bay and India Point Park. The views of the river are phenomenal, and it offers those special touches like fruit-infused water and a hearty breakfast buffet. Within the hotel is a beautiful and scenic restaurant called The Garden Grille, a bar called the Pavilion Lounge, and a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry snack store.
- Rare Townhouse | This three level townhouse Airbnb is a rare find. Just an 11 minute walk to downtown Providence, the home is spacious and cozy! You and your girlfriends will appreciate how clean and comfortable this townhouse is. The Airbnb owner lives in the condo next door, which makes it convenient should your group need anything. But don't worry. The entry and the entire townhome is 100% private.
“Gansett” is a cozy, seaside town where, in the summer, the city's population doubles as people come to enjoy the sun and sea. You and your girls should join ‘em!
What to Do
- Roger W. Wheeler State Beach | Who’s Roger W. Wheeler and why is there a beach named after him? He’s the one who created Rhode Island’s state life-saving system, which ensures every beach has lifeguards who promote safe swimming practices. Besides the beauty of the beach, there's a pavilion, a concession stand, and hot showers to rinse off the sea salt. What a perfect place to have a beach day.
- The Towers | You can’t go to Gansett without visiting The Towers, an iconic structure in the northern part of Rhode Island. In the late 1800s, The Towers were part of the Narragansett Pier Casino, the happenin’ spot for Rhode Islanders. Sadly, a fire in 1900 devastated most of the structure, and only The Towers remained. Today, The Towers are proudly listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where to Stay
- The Break Hotel | Want ultra-chic? Then you want The Break Hotel. This 16-room boutique property is known for its beach-house feel and the employees’ attention to the smallest of details. You’ll love the turquoise color schemes, the retro aura, and the whimsical touches throughout.
- Family House on Sand Hill Cove | This three story Airbnb has a beautiful, open floor plan and brand new furniture. The home has not been on Airbnb until this year! It’s a family home, but when they aren’t there, they list it on Airbnb to share their quaint spot with others. There’s a large yard with games available for your use, plus you and your girlfriends are only steps from the beach