THERE ARE FESTIVALS GALORE
Let’s start with PVDfest, the sole reason for my visit. This arts and culture festival is only in it’s second year, but it seems that every man and his dog in Rhode Island (and I’m not even joking about the dogs) came into town to get festive.
I didn’t expect to love PVDfest as much as I did. I mean, street festivals are always good, but this one was just so much fun. The parade was so energetic, and the streets were filled with smiles.
Another notable event is Waterfire, where rows of small bonfires are lit in the river to bring people into the downtown area. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it, but I’m planning a trip back to Providence just so that I can experience the festival. It’s honestly all anyone in Providence talks about.
THE FOOD + DRINK SCENE IS SURPRISINGLY AWESOME
If you’re into Al Fresco dining, boy, will you love Federal Hill. The large Italian community in Providence has ensured that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining outdoors. This is also a great spot to stop for coffee – Vanuatu Coffee Roasters was my fave.
IT’S SUPER INSTAGRAMMABLE
I can usually expect to get a fair few Instagram-worthy photos on my travels, but I had no idea that Providence would provide a ton of amazing spots to go photo crazy.
YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A CAR
As someone who has not owned a car in about 3 and a half years, I looove visiting destinations that don’t require me to have a vehicle.
YOU CAN SPEND YOUR DAYS RELAXING ON THE RIVER
The river that winds through the city center is the pride and joy of Providence (hence why they have an entire festival dedicated to it), and believe me when I tell you that spending an afternoon on the water will be the most relaxing way to see the city.