The best of Providence, via Instagram

The best of Providence, via Instagram

We spent the long President’s Day slash Valentine’s Day weekend at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island–mostly because I did a fun little Instagram takeover for The Dean, but also because I am currently obsessed with exploring underrated hidden gems of cities on the East Coast. I feel like there are so many great little cities scattered across the Northeast that are beautiful and interesting and livable and not exactly on most travelers’ top destinations. Alas, Providence is totally one of those places–and it’s well worth a visit.

View of Providence from Prospect Park in Rhode Island

Since it’s only a three-hour drive from New York City, it’s perfect for a little (romantic) weekend getaway from the city. Providence is adorable: it retains a very small-town feel with quaint, colorful streets and quirky Brown University buildings, yet still has the varied food/drink/coffee shop options of a bigger city. It is also very COLD–so we were lucky that The Dean is a bit of a destination in itself (with great rooms plus a coffee shop/German restaurant/speakeasy cocktail bar on site), since exploring in sub-zero temperatures is not for the faint of heart. I definitely think Providence is worth a weekend adventure, although it might be more fun in good weather–especially since it’s so walkable! Here are a few of the highlights:

Swamp Meadows Covered Bridge in Rhode IslandBecause covered bridges are supposed to be romantic, we did a little detour through one of Rhode Island’s covered bridges on Valentine’s Day. According to Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, kissing under a covered bridge brings good luck! First Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island“Burr burr is all I can say / Until we thaw out someday”: I loved this little bit of winter humor outside the beautiful First Baptist Church.Winchester Street in Providence, Rhode IslandBrown University in Providence, Rhode IslandHow gorgeous is this Brown University campus building? I can’t even imagine getting to go to class in such a gorgeous place.Houses in Providence, Rhode IslandProvidence River in winter in Rhode Island  Providence skyline from Point Street Bridge in Rhode IslandHouse on Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode IslandExample #1 of Benefit Street being the cutest street in Providence.House on Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode IslandExample #2 of Benefit Street being the cutest street in Providence.Providence Athenaeum Library in Rhode IslandAnd in bibliophile paradise, I give you the Providence Athenaeum: a library that was founded before the Constitution was signed.

The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island

Special thanks to The Dean Hotel for letting me take over their Instagram. The Dean Hotel kindly provided me with complimentary accommodation, but all opinions are my own.

What’s your favorite photo of Providence? 

  • The last one! I have this obsession lately with neon signs. I would love to have a bar area in my house and have one always hanging on the wall behind it. One day!

  • camorose

    One of the other ones in The Dean says “time for another”–it would be the perfect bar sign!!!

  • The photo between the church and Brown university – for some reason it just made me want to jump into my computer screen and stroll through the super chilly streets (unwise, since I can hardly handle 15 degree c (59 f) days in Melbourne!)

  • Swooooon!!

  • I’ve been hearing so much about Providence lately which is funny because growing up in Boston it was a place you would only go to if you were trying to go clubbing underage. Glad to hear it’s leaving the seedy rep behind – these photos make it look like such a cute place!

  • camorose

    Haha yes! The cold definitely appears to be much prettier on screen than it was in real life 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! I feel like it’s totally undergoing a renaissance.

  • That bridge and that library! <3

  • camorose

    The library was totally my favorite part of Providence! So beautiful!

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