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Star for Vacation Rentals Edgewood Manor Bed and Breakfast - Providence Edgewood Manor Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located 2½ miles from historic downtown Providence, RI and 3½ miles from T.F. Green State Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, close to Brown University, RISD, Providence College and Johnson and Wales. Edgewood Manor B&B is nestled between beautiful Narragansett Bay and Roger Williams Park and Zoo in the Edgewood area. Edgewood was developed at the turn of the century and attracted businessmen from Providence who were drawn by its convenience to the city, the natural beauty of the bay, and its proximity to Roger Williams Park. Check the website

Phone: (800) 882-3285   Price Range: $151 - $250   Size: 6 - 19 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Providence   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts   Activities: Antiquing, Sightseeing

Star for Vacation Rentals Rose Farm Inn - Providence The Rose Farm Inn on Block Island is known for its natural setting, romantic rooms and informal hospitality. Ocean and country views, whirlpool tubs for two and queen or king beds, some with canopies. Decks and flower gardens. Light buffet breakfast in our porch dining room. Bicycle rentals. This peaceful sea and country setting is only a few minutes walk from the village and beaches. 401-466-2034 Check the website

Phone: (401) 466-2034   Price Range: $76 - $150   Size: 6 - 19 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: No   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Providence   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts   Activities: Beach Activities, Biking or Bicycling, Hiking

Providence is the capital and the most populous city in Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the estimated third largest city in the New England region. Despite the city proper only having an estimated population of 178,042 as of 2010, it anchors the 37th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,600,856, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% due to its reaching into southern Massachusetts. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains a rapidly changing demographic.

Culture

Much of Providence culture is synonymous with Rhode Island culture. Like the state, the city has a non-rhotic accent which can be heard on local media. Providence also shares Rhode Island's affinity for coffee, as the former has the most coffee/doughnut shops per capita of any city in the country. Providence is also reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita,[83] many of which are founded and/or staffed by its own Johnson & Wales University graduates.
The gateway arch over Atwells Avenue is a Federal Hill landmark. A sculpture of a pignoli cluster hangs from the center.

Providence has several ethnic neighborhoods, notably Federal Hill and the North End (Italian), Fox Point (Cape Verdean and Portuguese), West End (mainly Central American and Asians), and Smith Hill (Irish with miscellaneous enclaves of other groups). There are also many dedicated community organizations and arts associations located in the city.

The city gained the reputation as one of the most active and growing LGBT communities in the Northeast; the rate of reported gay and lesbian relationships is 75% higher than the national average and Providence has been named among the "Best Lesbian Places to Live". The former mayor, David Cicilline, won his election running as an openly gay man, making him the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital. Former Mayor Cianci instituted the position of Mayor's Liaison to the Gay and Lesbian community in the 1990s. There are numerous social and community organizations supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Providence is home to the largest gay bathhouse in New England.

During the summer months, the city regularly hosts WaterFire, an environmental art installation that consists of about 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. There are multiple Waterfire events that are accompanied by various pieces of classical and world music. The public art displays, most notably sculptures, change on a regular basis.

The city is also the home of the Tony Award-winning theater group Trinity Repertory Company, the Providence Black Repertory Company, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Providence is also the home of several performing arts centers such as the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the Providence Festival Ballet. The city's underground music scene, centered around artist-run spaces such as the now-defunct Fort Thunder, is known in underground music circles.

Sites of interest

Providence is home to an 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) park system, notably Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Roger Williams Park, Roger Williams National Memorial, and Prospect Terrace Park, the latter featuring expansive views of the downtown area. As one of the first cities in the country, Providence contains many historic buildings while the East Side neighborhood in particular includes the largest contiguous area of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the U.S. with many pre-revolutionary houses. The East Side is also home to the First Baptist Church in America, the oldest Baptist church in the Americas, founded by Roger Williams in 1638, as well as the Old State House, which served as the state's capitol from 1762 to 1904.Nearby is Roger Williams National Memorial. Downcity Providence is home to the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world (the second largest marble dome after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome), as well as the Westminster Arcade, which is the oldest enclosed shopping center in the U.S.

The main art museum is the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, which has the twentieth largest collection in the country. In addition to the Providence Public Library and its nine branches, the city is home to the Providence Athenæum, the fourth oldest library in the country. Here, on one of his many visits to Providence, Edgar Allan Poe, met and courted a love interest named Sarah Helen Whitman. Poe was a regular fixture there, as was H. P. Lovecraft (who was born in Providence); both of them influential writers of gothic literature.

The Bank of America Skating Center, formerly the Fleet Skating Center, is located near Kennedy Plaza in the downtown district, connected by pedestrian tunnel to Waterplace Park, a cobblestone and concrete park below street traffic that abuts Providence's three rivers.

The southern part of the city is home to the famous roadside attraction Nibbles Woodaway (also known as the "Big Blue Bug"), the world's largest termite, as well as the aforementioned Roger Williams Park, which contains a zoo, a botanical center, and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.

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