Some vacation destinations sacrifice quality for quantity. There's plenty to do, but not much of it is very memorable. Rhode Island isn't one of those kinds of places.
Whether exploring the state's rich cultural heritage or making the most of its vast natural resources, visitors here make vacation memories that last a lifetime.
Many choose to spend their Rhode Island vacation at or around Narragansett Bay, the playground literally at the center of it all. Here visitors can experience more water-filled activities that can be shoehorned into a weeklong getaway: swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking - even seal watching. Or they can stay a bit more grounded, choosing to explore the area's amazing stretch of Gilded Age mansions, seek out bargains at locally owned boutiques, tour the International Tennis Hall of Fame, or make haste to an award-winning restaurant for an unforgettable meal.
But whether your idea of the ideal Rhode Island vacation is getting wet or whetting your appetite, Endless Vacation Rentals properties will put you at the center of it all. Book today and experience Rhode Island for yourself, and discover how the smallest state always manages to leave such a large impression.
Rhode Island favorites. When in Rhode Island, try these locals' favorites: hot wieners with meat sauce, chopped onions, mustard and celery salt; grinders; pizza strips; and spinach pies.
Clam chowder, Rhode Island style. Although white New England and red Manhattan chowders are served in Rhode Island, a clearer version bears the Rhode Island name.
Spiced Pear (Newport). One of only two AAA Four-Diamond restaurants for 2008, the Spiced Pear marries fresh seafood with oceanfront views.
Narragansett Bay. The Bay is a launching point for more activities than anyone could possibly do in a week, from swimming to boating to parasailing to scuba diving. The Bay also offers the opportunity to "just be" with sightseeing, shopping and dining opportunities.
Celebrate Independence (Bristol). Americans have been showing their patriotism on the 4th in Bristol since 1785. Festivities include a parade, a drum and bugle corps competition and a ball complete with grand march.
First Baptist Church in America (Providence). Founded in 1638, it's the oldest Baptist church in the Americas. Brown University has been holding commencement services at the church since 1776.
International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport). In 1881, the Newport Casino hosted the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships. Now its home to the world's largest collection of tennis memorabilia.
Belcourt Castle (Newport). This 60-room cottage, a Louis XIII-style hunting lodge, stands out even among the spectacular mansions of Newport. Belcourt, finished in 1894 for $3 million, hosts tours, weddings and special events.
Spring Street (Newport). Art and antique collectors flock to this area, where it's easy to spend a day browsing for the perfect bargain.
Armchair Sailor (Newport). This unique shop on Thames Street sells nautical navigation charts (originals and reproductions) and equipment (plotting tools, barometers and binoculars).