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  • This would not be that much a problem if we had a car, however we were on foot and getting around was definitely a concern
  • Our solution was to avoid hotels and find an affordable inn, Christopher Dodge house
  • There are inns peppered throughout the city as well as within easy reach of it, this one, however, just happened to be steps away from some interesting attractions
  • In my experience Providence is the kind of place that you can fully grasp in one full day


    • by Agoobacha
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      Recently, on a whim, my boyfriend and I hopped on a bus and made our way to Providence, Rhode Island. Although there was nothing in particular that we were keen to see, this is a place with lots of history, quaint charm, and some great food so we figured we could not go wrong. It was indeed an idyllic weekend, most of which was spent wandering around and exploring our colonial roots. It was not all smooth sailing, however, and some downsides did arise amidst the fun.

      First of all, there are very few reasonably priced hotels in the Providence area. The ones that were affordable are far from the city in the suburbs which do not provide easy access to all the sites and sounds that tourist would want to see. This would not be that


      much a problem if we had a car, however we were on foot and getting around was definitely a concern. Although there is a fairly extensive public transportation system in place, it does not really extend beyond the city proper. Our solution was to avoid hotels and find an affordable inn, Christopher Dodge house. The inn idea not only gave us a break for our wallets, but it also provided an extra layer of charm that a sterile hotel may not have been able to accord. There are inns peppered throughout the city as well as within easy reach of it, this one, however, just happened to be steps away from some interesting attractions.

      Although we mostly explored Providence on foot, we did want to see some things that were outside of the city ...


      • and had to employ public transportation for some of our trip as well. Being New Yorkers, we are very used to efficient transportation that can get you from point A to point B in no time. Rhode Island, however, is not as advanced in this way, and the system of buses and trolleys could be a bit confusing. For example there are several buses running under the same number, yet they service completely different areas, therefore it is advisable to check with the driver before getting on to make sure that particular bus or trolley is indeed going to where you want to go. Also, the stops are long and far in between, but they all congregate in the central point of Exchange Street.

        Providence is a an attractive city and it can be very fun

        to explore, however if you come from a place like New York, where there are easily accessible fast food stops on every corner, it is difficult to get used to a city that primarily caters to fine dining. Most restaurants are fancy and will not let you off with a cheap, simple meal. There are very few burger joints that are not chains, and Starbucks are hard to find which is both a curse and a pleasure. Be prepared to spend a good deal of money on food alone here.

        In my experience Providence is the kind of place that you can fully grasp in one full day. There are only a few areas that are worth visiting, the rest being plain and residential. Our favorite part was the beautiful and cozy room at the inn.




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