* Mom Central received complimentary lodging. All opinions expressed are our own.
Even in the summer, every day seems busier than the last, and we rarely get the time to think about vacations, much less actually take them. So when the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Rhode Island invited Mom Central to come to Providence, I welcomed the break.
The close proximity to Boston makes Providence an attractive getaway option. Without needing a car, you can get to Providence directly from Boston courtesy of the MBTA, arriving in a little over an hour. With amazing nightlife, delicious food, and activities for the entire family, my boyfriend and I experienced a weekend of pure fun and relaxation.
Downtown Providence proves extremely walkable, and features parks, shopping and beautiful architecture. Historical Federal Hill, renowned as the cultural “heartbeat of Providence,” offers incredible dining. The variety of food pleasantly surprised us, as we passed restaurants spanning from Lebanese and Japanese to Italian favorites. At Providence Oyster Bar, an upscale casual restaurant, we found everything seafood lovers like us could ever want.
After a great stay at the recently renovated Courtyard Marriott Downtown we headed to Julian’s for breakfast based on the enthusiastic online reviews. I would go back to Providence just to eat there again! Julian’s highlighted the underlying creative, funky vibe of Providence. A few doors down, Seven Stars Bakery caught my eye and we couldn’t resist stopping in for a few treats to bring home.