Long long overdue – here is a post from when I visited Rhode Island three weeks ago. Sorry for the delay!
I’ve always wanted to go to Rhode Island – I’ve only been to NY, Boston and Connecticut – and I just love short getaways so I was super excited to be visiting Lindsay from Fashionista’s Travel for her big birthday! Lindsay and I met back in March during Blog Better Boston conference and clicked right away – after a trip to NY together for the Nomading Film Festival, we’ve seen each other a few times since and I decided to go spend my weekend in Providence!
Getting to Providence was the easiest thing ever – I don’t know why I hadn’t done it before. It’s a nice trip away from the city and takes less than me going into the city from my house (you know, MBTA, not that efficient). Anyway, took the commuter rail – $10 each way – one every hour or so – and got there around 3pm.
Late Brunch at Nick’s on Broadway
One of the best brunches I’ve had in a while – a little pricey but the food was really good, including the bread. Don’t order the Bloody Mary though – not impressive. I guess no one can really make the perfect Bloody Mary unless you make it yourself since everyone’s preferences are different. Anyway, good brunch. Satisfied. I loved that we dined watching the food being made as well – it was a complete open kitchen and you could see the chef being all serious ordering the kitchen around.
Celebrating the big Three-Oh!
We started off with dinner at Jacky’s Waterplace Restaurant – a fancy Asian restaurant. Food isn’t that great but pretty good – a little overpriced and the service, awful – but we had good company and had a great time :) My sushi wasn’t bad and the fish bowl we ordered did the trick :) I liked that it was by the water since there was a WaterFire show happening and I got to see it – even though it was just a glimpse.
After dinner, we headed over to Ri Ra Irish Pub, a typical Irish bar. There was a live band that played weird songs from the 90s I hadn’t heard in years. But we were with good company so it was fun.
How could we not end the night with a little bit of food in our tummy. Everyone insisted that I had to try Haven Brothers Diner – so I tagged along and got a cheese burger. The burger, I downed it in seconds – it was good – from what I could remember. It has to be good if there’s a Wikipedia page right..? Well apparently, it is “one of the oldest restaurants on wheels in America and was founded in 1888 as a horse drawn lunch wagon.”
Did I get to see much of Providence? No, not really – but I did have an awesome time – and knowing that the trip only takes an hour or so, I’ll definitely be back. Maybe I’ll get there early morning and do a day trip :)