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What’s Happening: Winters in Rhode Island

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The Winter season is in full swing here in Rhode Island! Check out these fun activities you can experience with family or friends.

Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park

Address: 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd, Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: (401) 294-3802
Number of trails: 12

Spend your day at Rhode Island’s only skiing resort! Yawgoo provides adventurous winter sports and activities. Shred the hills of the ski and snowboard area, or slide down the slopes of the tubing park.

Festive Igloo Pop-Up

Address: 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840, Newport County
October 29, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Cozy up in the heated igloos of The Lounge & Firepit Deck at Gurney’s Newport Resort. Enjoy a delicate meal with up to four people per igloo. When you are done, mosey over to their rink for ice skating fun!

Book a reservation:

RISD Museum

Address: 20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 454-6500

Bring out your creativity at the RISD Museum! Explore the exquisite exhibitions and collections, or attend our events to show off your inner artists.

Purchase your tickets:

The Providence Rink

It’s ice skating season! Skate the day away with family and friends at The Providence Rink. Ice Bumper Cars are also available for some high-speed group fun!

Address: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 680-7390

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Rhode Island Family Events!

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Keep busy this winter season with events you and your family will not want to miss out on!

Providence Bruins

There’s nothing like the excitement of a Providence Bruin’s hockey game! The team is playing through the end of April with special fan event nights throughout.

Get your tickets quick!

Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join your family from February 18th through the 27th for the 13th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival. Whether the event will be in person is still being determined, but all programming will be fully available via their online portal.

For full information and updates, visit

S’more Than Just a Hayride!

Join the Simmons Farm family on Saturday afternoons for a winter wonderland hayride. Upon arrival, you will receive a rich cup of hot chocolate for a historic hayride through the farm. S’mores kits will also be provided to roast at our fire-pits.

Check it out:

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for the festive annual parades taking place in both Providence and Newport.

Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
Smith Street, Providence
12:00 pm start time

Newport’s 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Newport City Hall, Newport
11:00 am start time

Find your Irish Spirit in Rhody

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It is never too early to start planning your St. Patrick’s Day festivities! You don’t need the luck of the Irish to find some of the best spots in Rhode Island; we can do that for you! From Newport to Woonsocket, these pubs and taverns will exceed your St. Patrick’s Day expectations.

O’Brien’s Pub
501 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840

O’Brien’s A.K.A OB’s is a Newport Staple. OB’s has been voted Best of Rhode Island’s “Best Neighborhood Bar”. Celebrate Saint Paddy’s day with an Irish Coffee or a Guinness at OB’s!

Muldowney’s Pub
121 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Muldowney’s pub is one of downtown Providences’s best bars. Operating for over 30 years, they are proud to be the neighborhood’s dive bar. With over 35 beers and holiday jello shots to choose from this is one of the best places to celebrate Saint Paddy’s day.

Ciro’s Tavern
42 Cherry St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Ciro’s is known for its delicious food in a cozy setting. Their potato skins pair perfectly with a glass of Guinness. Plus, the ambiance is amazing with its rich history and architecture.

McBride’s Irish Pub, Providence, RI
161 Wayland Ave
Providence, RI 02906

Known for their, yearlong Irish spirit, McBride’s is a family-owned pub. What better way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit than immersing yourself in an Irish-inspired atmosphere.

Only in RI!

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Iggy’s Clam Shack

As Rhode Islanders, we all know what it’s like to take a trip to the beach and grab some delicious seafood from Iggy’s. A staple of Rhode Island’s many beach and roadside clam shacks, their clam cakes are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and stuffed with meaty Rhode Island quahogs. Best served hot, they come beside a bowl of Rhode Island clam chowder which is perfect for dunking!

Del’s Frozen Lemonade

When Del’s opens up every spring, you know that summer is just around the corner! Only in Rhode Island, Del’s Lemonade has become a staple for the summer season. Originally founded in Italy, the yummy treat was made with snow and lemons. This idea traveled to Rhode Island as descendants brought it here in 1948. The large amount of Del’s Lemonade stands throughout Rhode Island cover the map, making it easy to find refreshment when you need it.

The Breakers Mansion

The Newport Mansions are some of RI’s biggest tourist attractions, but the Breakers stands out from the rest. Originally built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1895, the mansion’s beautiful decor and fascinating history draw people from all over to take a tour. If you live in Rhode Island and haven’t visited this mansion, what are you waiting for? Start your tour now and see the marble columns, ceiling paintings, and beautiful mosaics for yourself!

Make this a memorable Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means reservations will be quickly filling up. Get ahead of the last-minute booking rush by planning out your special day in advance! Running low on ideas? You can never go wrong with these Rhode Island favorites!

Trattoria Romana

Nothing screams romance quite like an Italian meal. Sit down and take in the elegant ambiance that Trattoria has to offer, while eating the fine Italian cuisine that will make your mouth water! Book your reservation now by visiting their website or calling the number below:
3 Wake Robin Rd #3 | Lincoln, RI 02865 | (401) 333-5261


Rhode Island is full of many classy restaurants, and Spain is top tier! Dine in the ultimate romantic atmosphere this Valentine’s Day while enjoying delicious meals! Make your reservation quickly so you do not miss out on this experience!

2 Locations:
1144 Ocean Rd. | Narragansett, RI 02882 | (401) 783-9770
1073 Reservoir Ave. |Cranston, RI 02910 | (401) 946-8686

Spoil him/her with fine jewelry!

Ocean State Jewelers is conveniently located in Johnston and carries so many beautiful collections. Some top designer names that OSJ carries are Stuller, and Gold Charms! Planning on making this the most memorable Valentine’s Day yet? Customers may also be interested in the very popular Dora Rings, starting at $299, they are perfect for wedding/engagement bands! Veronica, Alicja and the Ocean State family highly recommend gold. You can never go wrong with a classic! Come visit them today and see their many cases of fine jewelry for yourself, and gift it to your special someone!
1395 Atwood Ave. | Johnston, RI 02919 | (401) 751-8105

Go Skating At The Providence Rink

Skate into a romantic evening by visiting The Providence Rink! Make fun memories with your loved one by having a memorable Valentine’s Day this year! Maybe even grab some hot chocolate after. For more information, visit their website.
2 Kennedy Plaza | Providence, RI 02903 |

Ring In The Holidays In Newport

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There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than spending a festive day in Newport Rhode Island. Whether you’re planning a day with a loved one, friends, or family, there is something for everyone to spread Christmas cheer in Newport!

Holidays at the Newport Mansions
November 22nd, 2021 – January 9th, 2022
Explore the extravagant Newport mansions decorated for the holidays. The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms are hosting their homes, beautifully ornated with Christmas trees, poinsettias, evergreens, and wreaths.

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland
November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Thursdays through Sundays
Walkthrough an outdoor magical wonderland at The Breakers mansion. Tens of thousands of lights will cover half of the 13-acre property, illuminating the grand mansion for the holiday season.

Holiday Brunch at The Chinese Tea House
Weekends November 27 – December 19, and Christmas week, December 27-31
Experience a delicious cuisine while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Chinese Tea House is providing a three-course holiday brunch to make your day and your appetite merry and bright!

Christmas in Newport
December 1 -31
Newport will be hosting a month-long holiday celebration filled with concerts, tree lightings, craft fairs, candlelight house tours, and so much more!

Find the Perfect Tree for Your Family

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s almost time to gather the family to make the trip to a nearby Christmas Tree Farm and pick the tree you will be decorating this Christmas!

Henry’s Christmas Tree Farms

A member of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association, take a trip to Hope, RI to browse from a selection of balsam and spruce trees of all shapes and sizes! Henry’s Christmas Trees is located at 352 Seven Mile Rd, Hope, RI. Stop by before business starts booming!

Lockwood Christmas Tree Farm

This tree farm is located in Greenville RI, and offers various types of hand-trimmed trees, as well as other items such as firewood, and tasty goodies. Browse their selection with your family, and even bring your dog! Stop by the farm, at 129 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI 02828

Nagetuck Farms

Located in Tiverton, RI, Nagetuck is a family-owned farm! What better place to purchase a Christmas tree than one centralized on family! After looking for that perfect tree, take a stroll to their gift shop and browse the various selections of wreaths and other goodies. Come by 97 South Lake Rd, Tiverton.

Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm in Lincoln is home to 50 Acres of Christmas Trees. With this large selection, you are bound to find the perfect tree for your family! Ranging from Douglas Fir to White Spruce, they have it all! Visit this farm located at 679 Great Rd, Lincoln.

3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

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The best part of the holiday season? Giving back, of course! Whether it’s a monetary donation, an act of service, or even just a nice gesture, giving back will make you feel warm inside, even with the dropping temperatures.

1) Monetary Donations
Do you have a particular organization that means a lot to you? Think about sending a monetary or gift donation to help them carry out their mission. No donation is too small – from $5 to $500, donations are treasured no matter what the amount. From helping out armed forces to putting together a gift box for less fortunate children, giving back is rewarding in more ways than one, consider doing your part and make a donation this holiday season.

2) Volunteer Your Time
Taking the time to volunteer at a local charity is a great way to spread positivity as the holidays approach. Volunteers are needed everywhere – especially during a time like this. We recommend picking a day or two out of your calendar to make a trip to your favorite charitable organization with your family to help out in any way you’re needed. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, an animal shelter, or even your public library, your assistance will definitely be appreciated – and you’ll feel pretty amazing afterward, too!

3) Simple Acts of Kindness
Giving back doesn’t have to be monetary or time-consuming. In fact, random acts of kindness are some of the most simple AND rewarding ways to spread the holiday cheer. Do you have a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while or is going through a particularly difficult time? Send them a quick text letting them know they’re in your thoughts. Hold a door open for the person behind you as you head into the office. Help a shopper with their hands full carry their bags to their car after your next trip to the grocery store. The possibilities are endless.

Interested in giving back? Check out these three local non-profit organizations that are well-loved and cherished by all of Little Rhody:

Amos House

  • Founded in 1976, Amos House has been a mainstay in Rhode Island for decades. Not only is Amos House RI’s largest soup kitchen, the organization also provides job training and various social service programs. To find out how you can help, visit

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

  • Did you know that 1 in 4 of RI households lack adequate foods? The Rhode Island Food Bank is on a mission to end hunger in Rhode Island by distributing food, funds, and food education to those who need it. To learn how you can participate in making sure every Rhode Islander has a full stomach, visit their website at .

Potter League for Animals

  • The Potter League for Animals has one mission: to enrich lives and promote the humane treatment of animals. With multiple locations in RI, the Potter League for Animals shelters and helps place unaccompanied animals to healthy homes, educates the community about the humane treatment of animals, provides community support programs for all pet owners in RI, and strives to expand access to veterinary care for companion animals. To see how you can help in this mission, visit

5 Spots To Get Outside & Get Moving In RI

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The beautiful fall weather has arrived! Get outside and get moving around the Ocean State.

  1. Stroll the Newport Cliff Walk

Enjoy the beautiful, scenic views of Newport along a 3.5-mile walkway. The cliff walk borders the Newport coast and displays the historic, grand mansions.

  1. Bike the Easy Bay Path

Stretching from Providence to Bristol, the East Bay Bike Path is a 14-mile route that is a great way to get in your exercise while taking in the striking views of RI.

  1. Explore the Trails of Lincoln Woods

Take in the breathtaking fall sights at Lincoln Woods! This park has several trails to choose from – whether you want to go for a hike, run, or bike ride.

  1. Feel the Burn at Beavertail

Whether you’re looking to walk around and sightsee the beautiful historic landscape or overlook the water while completing your own workout, Beavertail State Park is the place for you!

  1. Long Pond Woods Trail

If you’re looking for a challenging workout, Long Pond Woods is for you! This moderate-level trail provides naturistic views across a 2-mile rocky and steep terrain.

Create Your Fall Bucket List

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The weather is changing, which means it’s the season of corn mazes, football, and pumpkin-spiced everything! To make the most of the coming season, take a look at some of the ways that you can embrace this September!

Scary Acres:
It’s never too early to start getting into the Halloween spirit. Take a ride to Confreda Farms for a spooky experience as the haunted hayride and maze begin to open up. Tickets can be purchased on their website

Salisbury Farm (apple picking and corn maze):
Salisbury Farm in Johnston is in its prime apple picking season! Take a peaceful stroll and pick your very own tasty apples, then walk through the huge maze in their fields! How fast can you make it out?

Pumpkin Flavored Everything:
Whether it is going to Brewed Awakenings, Dunkin or your favorite local coffee shop, the pumpkin flavor has finally returned! Maybe add some pumpkin spice to your favorite coffee, or in the form of a muffin or donut to compliment your drink.

Football Season starting up:
Grab your lucky jersey, and support your local school teams as the season starts! Check out the RIIL website to stay up to date with game schedules. Aside from your local teams, be sure to watch your favorite football stars on the big screen, or maybe even watch them in person!

The Avery:
Take a ride down to Providence to The Avery for a taste of your favorite drink after a long day! This five-star bar opens at 4 pm

Scary Acres: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope, RI
Salisbury Farm: Entrance on Plainfield Pike across from Pippin Orchard Road, Johnston, RI
The Avery: 18 Luongo Memorial Sq. Providence, RI