Travel Tuesday // Explore Providence

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Traveling to Providence for the Lady Project Summit? With so many fun events planned by The Lady Project around the Summit, you should definitely plan to spend the whole weekend and explore our capital city.

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 all Downcity hotels.

Shopping Head on over Westminster Street, and the slew of shops that run between Dorrance and Union 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. A block over on Washington Street is the hip, Downcity Outfitters, and tucked in on Mathewson Street (and up a flight of stairs) is one of the best used book stores, Cellar Stories.

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. Be sure to pop into Carmen & Ginger, another lady-owned vintage shop.

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 Downcity neighborhood. For German food and great beer, try Faust, conveniently located inside The Dean. Also inside The Dean is one of my favorite coffee shops, Bolt Coffee Company. For Italian food, try Rosalina (lady owned and operated) or try Figidini for delicious wood fire pizza.  A few other faves include Local 121, Bravo Brasserie, and Red Fin Crudo + Kitchen. If you’re into locally brewed beers, pop into Trinity Brewhouse, or if you’re feeling fancy make a reservation for Gracie’s.

Playing Don’t head out of town first thing on Sunday, explore some of our arts and history. For the art lovers, the RISD Museum is free on Sundays and has a stellar collection, as well as visiting exhibitions. If it’s your first time in Providence, visit the overlook on Congdon Street for a great view 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.) You can also visit our State House for a self-guided tour, and see one of the world’s largest self-supported marble domes, or visit the small Rhode Island Charter Musuem which houses our official state charter, and interesting artifacts from our founding.

Maybe you’re a little drained from a day of networking? Pamper yourself at my favorite oasis, The Spa at the Providence Biltmore. Treat yo’ self. (Local tip: Check out their Facebook page to see if they’re offering any monthly specials.)

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.