Category Archives: Providence

Explore Providence: The State House

82 Smith St., 401-222-3983 Not to be confused with the Old State House (a Benefit Street attraction), the Rhode Island State House is a neoclassical building located just to the north of the downtown area — not far from the … Continue reading

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Shopping in Providence: East Side

College Hill Across the river and up the hill from the Providence Biltmore Hotel, Thayer Street runs through the middle of Brown University. A hangout for students from RISD and Brown, here you will find a funky college vibe with … Continue reading

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Shopping in Providence: West Side

Providence has lots of unique stores and boutiques to suit every shopper’s tastes. The options downtown are within easy walking distance of the Biltmore, while Federal Hill is a quick cab ride or a more vigorous walk to the west. … Continue reading

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VRA*31: Providence Dining

Consistently recognized as an interesting and exciting city for food—from Four-star to French to Food Trucks, Providence offers a variety of appealing cuisine with varying price points both in immediate proximity to the Providence Biltmore hotel and within a short … Continue reading

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Explore Offbeat Providence

Looking for something a little different? This is your town — its history and culture are so full of interestingly unique and quirky elements that what might be considered off the beaten track elsewhere is par for the course here. … Continue reading

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VRA*31: Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design

The following open house and two tour options of the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design have been arranged for attendees of the 31st VRA Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Walking directions from the Providence Biltmore: http://goo.gl/maps/Ku3Kn … Continue reading

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Explore Providence: The Athenaeum

251 Benefit St., 401-421-6970 Housed in an 1838 Greek Revival building designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland, the Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported library — one of the oldest in the nation. While only members may borrow materials, the “Ath” … Continue reading

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VRA*31: Open House Collections

The following Open House options have been arranged for attendees of the 31st VRA Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. In close proximity to the Providence Biltmore conference hotel, visit the following collections on your own and gain free entry … Continue reading

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VRA*31: Guided Tours

The following guided tour options have been arranged for attendees of the 31st VRA Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Continuing successful formats from recent years, the tour offerings are designed to maximize your experience of one of America’s most … Continue reading

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Explore Providence: Other Museums

Culinary Archives and Museum 315 Harborside Blvd., 401-598-2805 “An educational resource for Johnson & Wales University, the community at-large, food scholars, and the food service industry.” Certified foodies aren’t the only ones who will enjoy this museum — with holdings … Continue reading

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