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Top Destinations in Rhode Island, United States

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of the 50 states in the United States of America and is one of the original thirteen colonies.[1] It is the smallest state in the United States but still receives roughly 26.2 million visitors per year.[9] Rhode Island’s flag is white, gold, and blue, with the motto of “hope” being represented through the words on the flag, along with the anchor located in its center.[7] Things to do while visiting Rhode Island include the Roger Williams Park Zoo, WaterFire Providence, the Newport Cliffs, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[4] Rhode Island’s terrain is mostly flat, with small hills, forests, and lakes. The weather fluctuates throughout the year with summers having temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit around eight to ten days and winters having an average temperature from 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Rhode Island gets a fair amount of rain throughout the year; however, most rain usually falls in early spring and late fall.[6]

What Rhode Island is known for

Rhode Island is one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States of America. Rhode Island is also the smallest state in the U.S., being 48 miles from north to south and 37 miles from east to west. Rhode Island is known for making fine jewelry and silverware.[1] In Rhode Island, there are many historical landmarks, some of which are The Breakers in Newport, Arcade in Providence, Fort Adams in Newport, Brick Market, Newport, the Aldrich House in Providence, and the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace in Saunderstown.[8]

Rhode Island is home to an assortment of different activities, including the WaterFire Providence, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, and the Newport Cliffs.[4] People come from around the United States along with other parts of the world to visit the state. In 2019, Rhode Island got 26.2 million visitors. Through the travelers, Rhode Island gained around $7.0 billion, and approximately 87,852 jobs were supported. The travel economy supports a total of 13.4% of all jobs in the state.[9]

Rhode Island’s state flag is gold, white, and blue. The flag has an anchor on it, along with thirteen stars that surround it. The anchor represents hope, while the thirteen stars represent the original thirteen colonies of the United States of America. They also symbolize Rhode Island’s role as one of the thirteen colonies—specifically the thirteenth one—to ratify the Constitution. Located beneath the anchor on the flag is a ribbon with the word “hope” on it. The term “hope” is the state’s motto. The anchor and stars on the flag are gold, while the ribbon is blue, and the word “hope” is also gold. Occasionally, the flag is decorated with a gold fringe around the edges. The flag was first adopted on November 1, 1897.[7]

Geography

Rhode Island, one of the fifty states that make up the United States of America, is located on the northeast side of the country. The surrounding landscape is mostly flat with small hills, trees, forests, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. Rhode Island is right next to the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and a portion of the state is right against the North Atlantic Ocean. Cities within the state consist of Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Cranston, Warwick, and Narragansett, among others. 

Animals that live inside of Rhode Island include things such as squirrels, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, groundhogs, common raccoons, coyotes, muskrats, American minks, grey seals, harbor seals, red foxes, striped skunks, mice, Virginia opossums, American beavers, bobcats, North American river otters, rats, bats, common bottlenose dolphins, and orcas. Plants that thrive in Rhode Island are American pokeweeds, rugosa roses, ghost pipes, sensitive ferns, poison ivy, eastern white pines, wild carrots, tansies, cinnamon ferns, chicories, red maples, Norway maples, white clovers, autumn olives, and sweetfern.[5] 

Abrupt changes in temperature and precipitation are expected within Rhode Island. Summers are usually hot and humid, with around eight to ten days reaching temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The more interior areas sometimes get temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coasts are usually a few degrees cooler. Winter temperatures average to be from 15 degrees Fahrenheit to 20 degrees Fahrenheit in most of the state. The coastal regions are slightly warmer, averaging to be around 25 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. Night temperatures in the winter drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit for six to eight days in the island areas, but dropping below zero degrees is rare in the coastal regions. The spring and autumn months are often mild to cold with moderate precipitation. The annual rainfall of Rhode Island is 42” to 46” with mostly even distribution throughout the year. Early spring and late fall tend to get the most rain.[6]

History

Before Rhode Island was first colonized, Native Americans occupied most of the area. Some of the tribes included the Wampanoag, Niantic, and Narragansett tribes. Diseases killed many inhabitants of the area.[3] Rhode Island was first colonized when Roger Williams was exiled from Massachusetts Bay because the Puritans disagreed with Roger’s religious views. After he was exiled, he named the new settlement Providence. He claimed that "providence" was what brought him to the area. Williams was followed by other exiles who ended up founding Pocasset, which is now Portsmouth, along with Newport, which was founded in 1639.[2]

Despite the setbacks in King Philip’s War, Rhode Island grew. The settlement of Providence was attacked twice during the fighting. King Philip was killed near what is now Bristol. During that time, Rhode Island was the first state to outlaw slavery; however, weak enforcement of this law made Rhode Island the largest slaveholding state in New England.[2]

During the Industrial Revolution, the first textile mill, called Samual Slater’s Mill, was created in Rhode Island. A rebellion rose up because of the industrial improvement, and the revolutions were held to allow non-property owners to be able to vote. As a result of the uprising, non-property owners were allowed to vote with a $1 poll tax. The state reached its most prominent point of industrialization after the Civil War. Many families who gained a lot of the money during the time period made Rhode Island their summer home, and many mansions and houses were built in Newport.[2]

After WWII, Providence hit a significant slump, and about a third of the population was lost. There were major issues with crime, the city was rundown, and most of the crimes in the town were organized crimes. Since the 1970s, Rhode Island has refurbished much of its buildings and cultural sites, increasing the number of tourists that come each year.[2]

Top Bed and Breakfasts in Rhode Island, United States

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#1

The Villa

Westerly, Rhode Island
4.9 (110 Reviews)

The Villa has eight rooms with unique names and is a Mediterranean-styled bed and breakfast. The property is located in Rhode Island near the city of Westerly. Six of the rooms reside in the main house, while two are in the carriage home in the back. A pool and jacuzzi connect the carriage house and home. Breakfast is served at the establishment and has a menu with options changing every day. Michael and Betsy are the owners of the Villa and enjoy getting to know guests and helping make a romantic, relaxing, or comfortable stay for patrons. The home originally built in the 1850s has gone under major renovations and has been brought to modern standards around 2003 when Michael first purchased the property.

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#2

The 1661 Inn Properties

Block Island, Rhode Island
4.5 (837 Reviews)

#3

Darius Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island
5 (1 Reviews)

#4

Sarah Kendall House Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
4.9 (1 Reviews)

#5

Escobar's Farmhouse Inn

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
4.6 (1 Reviews)

#6

Artful Lodger

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#7

The Inn At Old Harbour

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#8

Aurelea Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#9

Lark Hotels - The Attwater

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#10

1 Murray House Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#11

The Francis Malbone House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#12

Wander Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#13

Ivy Lodge

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#14

The Burbank Rose

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#15

The Inn at Villalon

Middletown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#16

Aunt Polly's Place Bed and Breakfast

Middletown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#17

Albert House Bed And Breakfast

Cranston, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#18

Edgewood Manor Bed & Breakfast

Providence, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#19

Christopher Dodge House

Providence, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#20

Chestnut Inn Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#21

Stagecoach House Country Inn

Wyoming, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#22

Hilltop Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#23

William's Grant Inn

Bristol, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#24

C. C. Ledbetter Bed and Breakfast

Providence, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#25

Sir Edward's Folly

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#26

Eden Manor

Wakefield, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#27

Annie Brownell House Bed and Breakfast

Providence, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#28

Langworthy Farm Bed and Breakfast

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#29

The Samuel Durfee House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#30

Melville House Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#31

Admiral Weaver Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#32

The Blue Dory Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#33

The 1900 House

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#34

The Richards Bed and Breakfast

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#35

The Brinley Victorian Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#36

Cooney Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#37

The Pilgrim House Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#38

Stella Maris Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#39

The Old Court Bed and Breakfast

Providence, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#40

Mount Hope Farm

Bristol, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#41

Abigail Stoneman Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#42

1873 Architects Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#43

Old Beach Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#44

The John Easton House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#45

Wayside Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#46

Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#47

Armistead Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#48

The Gothic Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#49

Hygeia House

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#50

The Sullivan House

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#51

The Old Town Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#52

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#53

East Bay Bed & Breakfast

Jamestown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#54

The Victoria Skylar Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#55

Gardenview Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#56

Island Inns

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#57

Fair Street Guest House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#58

Thames House Guest House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#59

Historic Hill Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#60

America's Cup Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#61

Inn at Washington Square

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#62

Inns on Bellevue

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#63

Elm Street Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#64

Sanford-Covell Villa Marina

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#65

Admiral Sims' House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#66

The Clarkeston

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#67

Cleveland House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#68

Admiral Farragut

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#69

Grandview Bed and Breakfast

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#70

Woonsocket Motor Inn

Woonsocket, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#71

Silver Lake Cottage

Wakefield, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#72

Shelter Harbor Inn

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#73

Weekapaug Inn

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#74

Sandcastle Inn

Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#75

Sand Dollar Inn Westerly

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#76

Sugar Loaf Hill Bed and Breakfast

Wakefield, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#77

Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast

North Kingstown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#78

Shamrock Farm Inn

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#79

Josie's Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#80

Bellevue House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#81

Captain Simeon Potter House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#82

Brinley Victorian Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#83

Blue Jewel Guest House

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#84

Stones Throw Inn

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#85

Tower House B & B

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#86

Lighthouse Inn Galilee

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#87

The Edith Pearl Bed and Breakfast

Little Compton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#88

Stone House

Little Compton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#89

Lionel Champlin Guest House

Jamestown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#90

Victorian Inns By The Sea

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#91

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#92

Block Island Inns

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#93

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#97

Lark Hotels - The Break

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#98

The Henry Collins Inn

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#99

Crosby Hill Bed and Breakfast

Little Compton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#100

William's Grant Inn B & B

Bristol, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#101

Lionel Champlin Guest House

Jamestown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#102

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#103

Burbank Rose Bed & Breakfast - B & B Guest House Guest Housing Family Guest House in Newport RI

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#104

Country Goose B&B

Middletown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#105

Doggie Bed & Breakfast

Tiverton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#106

Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast

New Shoreham, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#107

Harmony Home Bed & Breakfast

Little Compton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#108

La Cappella Bed & Breakfast

Narragansett, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#109

Ocean Romance Bed and Breakfast Yacht Hotel

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#110

Sheffield House B & B

New Shoreham, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#111

Sheppard's Campus Ave B & B

Charlestown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#112

Forty 1° North

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#113

Seaside B&B

Hopkinton, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#114

424 Thames Street Guest House

Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#115

Dodge Cottage

New Shoreham, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#116

Anchor House Inn

New Shoreham, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#117

Henlyshyn Bed & Breakfast

Middletown, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#118

Sakonnet River Inn

Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#119

Walkers Landing

Bristol, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#120

Grace Note Farm

Burrillville, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#121

Watch Hill Court

Westerly, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#122

Hotel Maniesses

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

Top 10 Bed and Breakfasts in Rhode Island, United States
#1

The Villa

Westerly, Rhode Island
4.9 (110 Reviews)

The Villa has eight rooms with unique names and is a Mediterranean-styled bed and breakfast. The property is located in Rhode Island near the city of Westerly. Six of the rooms reside in the main house, while two are in the carriage home in the back. A pool and jacuzzi connect the carriage house and home. Breakfast is served at the establishment and has a menu with options changing every day. Michael and Betsy are the owners of the Villa and enjoy getting to know guests and helping make a romantic, relaxing, or comfortable stay for patrons. The home originally built in the 1850s has gone under major renovations and has been brought to modern standards around 2003 when Michael first purchased the property.

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#2

The 1661 Inn Properties

Block Island, Rhode Island
4.5 (837 Reviews)

#3

Darius Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island
5 (1 Reviews)

#4

Sarah Kendall House Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
4.9 (1 Reviews)

#5

Escobar's Farmhouse Inn

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
4.6 (1 Reviews)

#6

Artful Lodger

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#7

The Inn At Old Harbour

Block Island, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#8

Aurelea Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#9

Lark Hotels - The Attwater

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)

#10

1 Murray House Bed and Breakfast

Newport, Rhode Island
0 (0 Reviews)