Explore Providence

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Are you traveling to Providence for the Lady Project Summit? Hopefully you'll work in some time to explore a bit of our city and make a weekend out of it. To make things easier for you, here are some favorite local spots and lady-owned businesses that are all located within walking distance of The Vets and The Dean Hotel. (Our favorite illustrator, Jessica of First Pancake Studio also helped out with the amazing/handy map above!)

Shopping Over on Westminster Street, there are a slew of shops near the intersection of Westminster and Eddy Streets. Shops like Homestyle, Queen of Hearts & Modern Love, Craftland, The Vault and Symposium Books are all independently owned by talented women, with unique items you won't find anywhere else. Queen of Hearts & Modern Love will be having their Spring Fling sale that weekend and Indowncity will be having a photo contest where you could win a $50 gift certificate to Queen of Hearts or nearby Downcity Outfitters. Be sure to enter! Travel further down Westminster Street and you'll find The Arcade, America's oldest indoor shopping center. A historic building full of cute shops and delicious restaurants, like one of my faves, Livi's Pockets.

Dining In case you didn't know, you're coming to a city obsessed with good food. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted us The #2 City for Foodies. Since there are way too many restaurants to list here, I'll limit my suggestions to the neighborhood immediately surrounding The Dean. For German food, try Faust, conveniently located inside The Dean. Italian food, try Rosalina (lady owned and operated) or take a quick walk over to Federal Hill, our city's Little Italy. A few other faves are, Sushi Yama, Local 121, Figidini and Bravo Brasserie. For the all important Sunday brunch, make your way over to the West Side (still walkable) to Kitchen, Julian's or Nick's on Broadway. If you want to stay downtown, try Local 121 or Faust.

Playing Don't head out of town first thing on Sunday, enjoy a little downtime. For the art lovers, the RISD Museum is free on Sundays. If it's your first time in Providence, visit the overlook on Congdon Street for a view of all of Downcity and a statue of our founder, Roger Williams. After enjoying the view, stroll through our Roger Williams National Memorial to see the spot where Providence was founded, and to learn a bit more about Roger Williams. (He was a pretty quirky dude.)Need some pampering after a full day of networking? My favorite oasis is The Spa at the Providence Biltmore. Treat yo' self.

Looking for a specific suggestion? Find me at the Summit, or tweet me @kristincrane so I can point you in the right direction.

Providence residents, did I miss your favorite spot? Let me know what it is in the comments.