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The Ocean State, Rhode Island, has one of the most vibrant and diverse bike cultures in the United States-- particularly because of the state's extensive network of dedicated bike paths.

Rhode Island has become a leader in providing bike paths, bike lanes and bike routes to its residents and visitors. Today there are more than 60 miles of paved bike paths in Rhode Island and more than 25 miles of paths under design.

Some of Rhode Island’s longer bike paths – the Blackstone River Bikeway, the Washington Secondary and East Bay Bike Path – are part of an ambitious effort from the Rhode Island-based East Coast Greenway Alliance to create a contiguous bike path from Maine to Florida. Among the 15 states the East Coast Greenway would pass through, Rhode Island is a leader in getting its segments of bikeway built.

While you're in the state, there's plenty to see, do and taste!  The aptly nicknamed Ocean State's narrow frame packs more than 100 beaches, primed for sunbathing, whale watching, or simply relaxing after a long bike trip.  Worked up an appetite? With more degreed chefs per capita, Providence, Rhode Island is the culinary capital of the northeast. Newport has a casual yet lux feel, where you can go for a boat ride or sit by the waterfront and enjoy fresh seafood after a day exploring the opulent and historic Newport Mansions. Little Rhody's bike paths also connect to the Warwick, Blackstone Valley and South County regions, where you may enjoy fairs, festivals, and events celebrating the history, culture, and natural beauty of the Ocean State.

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design new Exhibition -- Pilgrims of Beauty: Art and Inspiration in 19th-Century Italy

New England's Historic Ocean House Has Re-Opened its Doors


Where to Stay

Castle Hill Inn

For more than a century, Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting coastal setting, relaxed elegance and authentic Newport spirit.  Nestled on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life.  Combining the elegance of a boutique hotel with the inviting comforts of a coastal inn, the Inn offers resplendent lodging options to suit the needs and preferences of all guests.  Accommodations include nine guest rooms and suites in the original 19th-century Agassiz Mansion, and 24 private, waterfront accommodations in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages. Within the mansion, indulgent meals are prepared by renowned Executive Chef, Karsten Hart, and the recently renovated Lawn at Castle Hill is the epitome of classic New England al fresco dining. On property activities include stargazing, clambakes, bonfires, games on the lawn, kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, sailing and much more. Voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, and lauded by the New York Times as ‘the best spot in town,’ Castle Hill Inn is the epitome of Newport elegance.

Castle Hill Inn is operated by Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality corporation based in Newport, RI. For more information on Newport Harbor Corporation, please visit the website at www.newportharbor.com. For more information about Castle Hill Inn please visit www.castlehillinn.com.

Hyatt Regency Newport Gets Makeover

Rhode Island's largest city hotel/resort has retooled a $34 million makeover touching almost every area of the property. It also included many upgrades to the event and conference facilities. The hotel has an 8,000 square foot grand ballroom space, 16 meeting rooms, and 27,000 square feet of function space.

The Inn At Newport Beach Announces A Complete Interior Renovation

The Inn at Newport Beach, known for its unique waterfront setting overlooking Newport Beach and Easton’s Pond, has been completely renovated as follows:

Guestrooms: Guestrooms received all new furniture, bedding, 37” flat panel LCD TV’s with high definition cable signal, carpet, wall coverings, draperies and wood blinds, lighting, artwork, in-room safes, and many other enhancements. Furnishings are in rich dark wood tones with granite tops, while fabrics are in beige and blue tones, in keeping with today’s contemporary New England beachside architectural interiors.

Bathrooms: New white Carrera marble floors and wall surrounds, residential wood vanities with granite tops, lighting, mirrors, and increased storage space for guest amenities.

New Lobby and Hallways: Featuring English Ax minister carpets and marble flooring, wall coverings, draperies, signage, lighting, and artwork. The lobby continues with the seaside design of the guest rooms and resembles the interiors in keeping with today’s shingle style resort architecture.

New Suites: 14 existing guest rooms have been converted to 7 spacious, one and two bedroom suites.

New Exercise Room: Exercise while enjoying the beautiful water views in this new exercise room featuring cardiovascular equipment with LCD panel televisions, strength training and flexibility equipment.

What to See & Do

Newport Aqarium

Being a Passholder has its benefits
• Unlimited admission to the aquarium for 365 days.
• Access to the Scuba Santa® preview event.
• Access to passholder-only events -- including new exhibit openings.
• Discounts on Penguin Encounters & Backstage Animal Experiences.
• Discounts to Sharky's Cafe and the Gift Shop.
• So much more! See the complete list of Annual Passholder benefits. 

Family of 3?  
If you're a family of 3, you can give the fourth free pass to a friend or family member, or call us at 1-800-406-3474 to learn how you can still take advantage of this offer and save!

Giving as a Gift?
How thoughtful of you! Your friends and family members will appreciate you giving them the gift of year-round fun, however, you don't want spoil the surprise. When you complete the transaction, be sure to use your contact information and not the recipient's so that they don't receive any communications regarding the transaction.

Meet Bravo, a 650 lb Galapagos Tortoise, and all his friends in the New Turtle Canyon, including some you can touch.
Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount by registering at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

Get an inside look at the Aquarium facility and learn what it takes to maintain a one million-gallon environment.

For more information contact the Newport Aquarium at One Aquarium Way,Newport, KY 41071 or call 1-800-406-3474

9 Manning Square Newport, Rhode Island Artist Captures Hollywood’s Attention!

Former social worker and community activist Meg Reagan is stunned by the success she has had as a jewelry and glass artist in Newport, often referred to in Rhode Island as “the city by the sea.” Friends and supporters can’t get over it either – yet they are hardly surprised that someone with Meg’s talent, work ethic, and personal generosity would capture the notice of Hollywood.

Reagan, owner and creator of 9 Manning Square, unabashedly pulls out pictures of Paris Hilton wearing the glossy belt buckle she designed and produced and unveils a photo of herself taken with Carlos Santana. Reagan’s success is flooring considering how young both she and her business are. Even Martha Stewart’s editors have taken swift notice of Reagan’s quirkily slick house wares and as we speak are poring over her portfolio to see what they’ll feature in one of Martha Stewart’s numerous publications.

9 Manning Square, nostalgically named after her grandmother’s home in upstate New York, boasts simple, yet elegant fused glass and sterling silver jewelry, belt buckles,mirrors, tiles, and other house wares such as the “Lazy Meg,” an updated glass version of the 1970’s era ‘Lazy Susan.’ What sparked national attention is an invite to Las Vegas in October to be a part of the celebrity gift lounge at Andrea Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children, a star-studded benefit concert that raised $9 million for children’s charities. Reagan put her toe into that big and gleaming sea by gifting sets of two buckles and one belt.

The publicity is heady, but it would never have happened without Reagan’s own
community embracing her products first. At age 30, Reagan shifted gears instinctually from her work helping others to answer a creative calling that wanted to put her into the limelight. She began an online jewelry business that became so popular that she was able to open her own storefront this past summer in Waite’s Wharf, a charming beach-side pad that conveniently offers free parking – and gains by sharing the flow of human traffic with the West Deck, an esteemed Newport restaurant. Reagan is solely responsible for all stages of production, and admirably seems up to the challenge. The glass tile is handmade and created using a four-step process: design, fusion of numerous layers into one, forming holes, adding the final touches to make each piece distinct.

According to Reagan, she never dreamed of being a full-time artist, despite minoring in fine art while receiving her undergraduate degree. Her life took a 180-degree turn seven years ago while in grad school when the glass necklaces she’d made for friends as Christmas presents found their way into a high-end shop in Boston’s affluent Beacon Hill area. Today Reagan calls herself a full-time artist and entrepreneur and her one-of-a-kind, handmade glass creations sell in over 100 shops, museum stores, and galleries across the country.

Reagan’s penchant for rich layered color sings in every piece she creates, from deep
fuchsias and turquoises, to caramel swirled with chocolate tones, to hues of jade sandwiched together to make an eye-catching almost mouth-watering statement. Each necklace, bracelet, ring, and buckle is derived from a simple rectangular or oblong shape that gracefully concedes itself to the vibrancy of Reagan’s palette.

The process that brings each unique creation to life includes designing the piece, creating the tile, fusing numerous layers of glass into one, and adding final touches that make each piece a distinct work of art. Every 9 Manning Square creation comes with an unconditional guarantee, and is repaired or replaced for free in the event of breakage, a rare perk enjoyed by enthusiasts of Reagan’s line.

Reagan’s work is available throughout the country and at her Newport Waites wharf studio and retail store. To learn more about 9 Manning Square, or find a store or gallery near you, please visit www.9manningsquare.com.


What to See & Do

The RISD Museum -- (Rhode Island School of Design)

The RISD Museum welcomes visitors with exciting exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, as well as creative community collaborations and free events for all ages.

The Museum's Lower Farago Gallery is transformed into a multifaceted experimental space ----One Room---- with roots in New England's long tradition of community storytelling, performance, and knowledge sharing. The heart of the space is a new but nostalgic interactive installation, School House Long House, in which invited artists, designers, performers, brainiacs, and other community innovators share their ideas and processes through daily talks, creative experiments, art demonstrations, and unexpected happenings.

About the RISD Museum

Southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design ---- also known as the RISD Museum ---- was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 87,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the world ---- with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art.

The RISD Museum, with entrances at 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street in Providence, RI, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and 10 am-9 pm every Thursday. Closed Mondays, January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens (age 62+); $5 college students (with valid ID); $3 youths (ages 5-18); always free for Museum members and children under 5, as well as students, staff, and faculty of member institutions. Free admission every Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday evening of each month, 5-9 pm. For more information, call  401 454 6500 or visitrisdmuseum.org. Follow the RISD Museum at Facebook.com/RISDMuseum.

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design new Exhibition -- Pilgrims of Beauty: Art and Inspiration in 19th-Century Italy

Cocktail Culture is one of the largest exhibitions of costumes and textiles in the RISD Museum's history.

From Prohibition to disco, the cocktail hour ritualized the passage of time between work and leisure amidst the sweeping social changes that defined 20th-century American life. This social phenomenon sparked vibrant new forms of expression in fashion and design - from the iconic cocktail dress and barware to lively printed fabrics. Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980, is the first exhibition to explore the rich and varied ways individuals presented themselves within the theater of cocktails.

Cocktail fashion is presented in context with photographs, illustrations, decorative arts, and novelty items such as a 1940s tiki bar from Japan. Organized thematically, the exhibition illustrates the ways in which the cocktail hour transformed 20th-century fashion and design - from the Roaring Twenties to the wartime and postwar periods to the social upheaval and loosening of societal rules of the 1960s and '70s. Visitors will see how different popular venues for cocktails - such as urban nightclubs, backyard barbeques, and the luxury ocean liner - changed the ways we dressed for one another. A section about icons introduces the classic elements of cocktail culture, such as the little black dress.

Cocktail Culture is sponsored by Swarovski, with additional support from The Coby Foundation and the Museum Associates. Cocktail Culture is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book published by the Rhode Island School of Design and available for purchase at the Museum's shop. Five essays explore the various ways in which Hollywood, Harlem, suburbia, and Paris all helped shape the visual culture of the cocktail party. Contributing scholars include Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design; Clare Sauro, Curator and Director of Historical Collections, Drexel University; Kristina Wilson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Clark University; Susan Hannel, Associate Professor of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design, University of Rhode Island; and Gretchen Fenston, milliner and registrar, Condé Nast Archive.

Where: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903

Chace Center entrance
20 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

Where to Stay

The Providence Biltmore Hotel

The Providence Biltmore, an iconic hotel with an illustrious past, offers the perfect blended experience of luxury, comfort, convenience and value. Commanding a premiere location in the heart of downtown Providence since its opening in 1922, this historic and beloved landmark hotel places guests at the center of city life and many different activities.

For detailed information or to make reservations please call or visit www.providencebiltmore.com


Where to Stay

NYLO Providence/Warwick Invites Travelers to Stay Unique with Special Hotel Getaway Packages

NYLO Providence/Warwick, located at 400 Knight Street in Warwick, RI, is offering a selection of exclusive getaway packages. Valid year-round, these packages allow guests to enjoy the unique loft lifestyle experience of NYLO Providence/Warwick while taking in some of the area's top attractions. For more information or to make reservations, please call NYLO Providence/Warwick at 1.866.391.NYLO or visit www.NYLOHotels.com/Warwick.

Beginning at $199, NYLO's Romance Package offers overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of champagne, dinner in The Loft - NYLO's signature full-service restaurant and bar, and a complimentary in-room movie. The Wine Tour Package, starting at $250 per night, features overnight accommodations for two, dinner in The Loft, a bottle of wine, and limousine transportation for wine tastings at three of Rhode Island's historic vineyards: Sakonnet, Newport and Greenvale. The Dinner and a Movie Package includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner in The Loft and tickets for two to the Showcase Cinemas. Rates for Dinner and a Movie Package start at $159.

Starting at $129 (midweek) and $99 (weekends), the NYLO Providence/Warwick Park & Fly Package ensures that travelers will get a restful night's sleep and a good parking spot when heading to their next destination. Details include overnight accommodations for two the evening prior to departure and free parking for two weeks with shuttle to/from TF Green airport.

The Stay & Play Golf Package includes overnight accommodations for two at NYLO Providence/Warwick, dinner and breakfast in The Loft, and 9-holes of golf at Midville Golf Course in Warwick with a special "19th hole" refreshment in The Loft. Rates start at $189 (weekends).

The Retail Therapy Getaway Package has shopping written all over it with the Warwick Mall steps from the hotel and Providence Place minutes down the road. Itching to see the latest flick? The Showcase Cinemas at the Warwick Mall features all the latest releases, or stretch out in NYLO's chic loft-style accommodations with an in-room movie and snacks from The Loft's "to-go" menu. The Retail Therapy Getaway Package includes overnight accommodations for two with dinner in The Loft and a $25.00 American Express gift card. Rates start at $175 (weekends).

Guests will experience an explosion of decadent flavors when art and cuisine come together at NYLO's Dining Getaway, showcasing the gourmet cuisine and regional specialties in The Loft - NYLO's signature full-service restaurant and bar serving sophisticated regional cuisine. With rates starting at $175 (weekends), this special dining package includes an overnight stay for two at NYLO Providence/Warwick, dinner and breakfast in The Loft, plus admission to the Culinary Archives Museum at Johnson & Wales University.


Historic Ocean House

A slice of 19th century history in Watch Hill, that has engaged vacationers since just post Civil War begins a 21st century iteration next spring. Continuing its 136 year history, the Historic Ocean House, one of the last grand hotels in New England, re-opened its doors June 2010. The Ocean House is a five star hotel featuring 49 guestrooms and 23 private residences perched high on the bluffs in Watch Hill Rhode Island with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Montauk and Block Island.

Because of its age, the original structure was dismantled in 2004 after the property closed in 2003. Longing to preserve this centerpiece of Watch Hill history, a community group came to its rescue. Bluff Avenue LLC, led by Charles M. Royce, Nicholas C. Moore, Donna Simmons and Grant Simmons, was formed to preserve the Ocean House site as a hotel, community asset and significant cornerstone of the Watch Hill and Westerly neighborhood for generations to come.

Famously known for its warm yellow facade and stunning views of the Atlantic, the Ocean House was built in Watch Hill just after the Civil War. The Victorian-style hotel has always been a gracious and genteel resort where generations of families and guests from across America would come ìto summer. The new Ocean House will be open year-round and will cater to leisure and business travelers seeking a serene, first-class, beachfront hotel. Guests will be treated to farm to tableî cuisine in both the fine and casual dining venues. A private Club Room and bar will offer light fare and a convivial atmosphere. An impeccably designed spa will feature six treatment rooms, an ocean view lap pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. A 1,000 foot expanse of private beach will provide guests with an oceanfront playground replete with staffed cabanas and an array of water sports and area activities. The Ocean House will feature over 10,000 square-feet of indoor and alfresco events space to accommodate private gatherings, corporate retreats, business conferences and weddings.

In addition to the hotel, the Ocean House will feature 23 private residences ranging from sumptuous studios to stately two bedrooms, all with stunning ocean views and each featuring the privacy of home combined with the elegant services of the finest of hotels: world-class cuisine, breakfast in bed, private beach and cabana access, spa and fitness centers and all the exceptional touches that make Ocean House living an unparalleled experience.

Nightly rates at Ocean House are from $450 depending on the season. For additional information on Ocean House, please visit www.oceanhouseri.com or call (401) 345-5599.

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