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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 9y

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Connecticut/Rhode Island, off the beaten path

I am in NY city considering what to include in my destinations list for New England. My interests and expectations are noted below. Please let me know where, (if any) specific destinations in either CT or RI are worth a stopover? Please only include something if you've already been there and done it. Thx!

-landscape/architectural photography
-memorable scenary
-viewpoints, panoramas, sunsets
-nature
-the outdoors, hikes with a view,
-specialty/unique local cuisine
-and anything else unique, or FULL of original character from the local area.

2. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Here is a list of things I think may fit your criteria.

-landscape/architectural photography
Newport "summer cottages" (19th century mansions built by the Vanderbilt's and Astor's, etc.), Watch Hill, RI; Point Judith, RI; Mystic, CT; the Connecticut River town of Essex, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. In Old Saybrook you can take a sail on the "African Queen", the original boat used in the Bogart and Hepburn movie.
-memorable scenary
Just about anywhere along the Coast of CT & RI; Block island, RI Named one of the 12 "Last Great Places" in the Western Hemisphere by the Nature Conservancy; Cliff Walk, Newport. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT
-viewpoints, panoramas, sunsets
Block Island, RI
-nature
Block Island, RI
-the outdoors, hikes with a view,
Block Island, RI
-specialty/unique local cuisine
Abbots Lobster in the Rough, Noank, CT; Louis' Lunch, New Haven, CT (supposed creator of the Hamburger); great Portuguese food in Fall River, MA & New Bedford, MA
-and anything else unique, or FULL of original character from the local area.
Griswold Inn (1776 Inn) known for Sunday morning "Hunt breakfast", Essex, CT; Gillette Castle, Hadlyme, CT; USS Nautilus Museum (first atomic submarine) Groton, CT; Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

yeah Newport is nice - Providence is a great city tho!
I really think its Gotham feel provides the rawness that i so so desire... which Boston cant offer.

The waterplace park fires are stunning and a MUST see - again theres a website somewhere in the internet with a schedule - but i really cant recommend them enough - its like Venice on fire - in a short concise marketing statement.

specialty/unique local cuisine
Provi is a italian city state and has plenty of nice italian restaraunts. especially in the north end.

The Trinity Brewhouse in Downtown is great too for local beers.

Look for the Red Fez bar - err...its hard to find but itsnear the bars around Club hell and Jerkys - which i recommend as well - again - use the web and u lfind these places.

have fun!

4. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

All the great Italian restaurants in Providence are in an area of town called Federal Hill. As a general concensus, the best restaurant in Providence is Al Forno (Italian, downtown).