Many of us have family and friends coming into our homes over the next month or so. We all love making an impression and want to make sure our homes are lovely and comfortable for all of our guests. Here is a helpful list of tips for preparing your home for the holidays.
Be Prepared for the Snow First and Foremost
Hopefully, you are going to do this anyways, but just make sure you have everything shoveled for your guests. Include current walkways and create new walkways to where additional cars may park. Keep a snow shovel and a bag of rock salt by the door just in case you have to shovel yourself out.
Make Room for Incoming Items
Take out all the things you no longer need or have not used in a while. You are most likely about to receive gifts, so now is a good time to make room. Rent out a dumpster, donate to shelters and others in need, whatever you have to do in order to make the necessary space. After you have cleaned out all these things, your rooms should be able to hold more presents, guests’ luggage, and should also be easier to clean.
De-Clutter to Create Useful Space
More people means more food, bags, and storage space needed. So clear off countertops and make extra room. You can even use this additional space to create a special coffee serving area for breakfast and after meals, complete with cups and fixings. You may also want to add extra seating around tables and kitchen islands. If you have overnight guests coming, make sure to clean out some drawers and closet space for them to put their things, instead of making them live out of their luggage. You can also clear a space or hang up more hooks to account for all the additional coats and jackets.
Prepare your car
For your cars, you want to make sure they all have scrapers in them. You also want to have a pair of jumper cables and a roadside kit just in case. If you have a lighter car, it is also handy to put a bag of rock salt or cat litter in the back to give it some weight and help provide better traction for your tires if you get stuck.
Prepare the Bathroom
Check the toilet and make sure it’s in working order because it is about to get a little workout. If you want to spruce up the bathroom, cleaning between the tiles can give a nice boost. Usually we like to hide all of the bathroom supplies, but our guests may not know where everything is. You can either leave them out in an organized fashion or place them in festive baskets so no one has to rummage through the cabinets. You can even provide some extra toothbrushes in case someone forgot theirs or unexpectedly ends up spending the night because of winter weather. You will also want to have extra hand and bath towels on hand.
You may have people who are older and/or younger than are usually in your house, so now is a good time to childproof the house and watch for hazards like loose floorboards and anything that juts out. Some quick safety tips are to remove things from precarious positions, cover outlets, check handrails, and watch for rugs that slip. Nightlights are also useful. You may be able sprint through your house blindfolded balancing an egg, but for people unfamiliar with your home’s layout, it can be much more difficult.
Please let us know if any of these tips helped you or your guests. If so, please like this post and share it with your friends and family for this or the next holiday. If you have any tips of your own please comment below and help make this list even better.
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Rhode Island is the perfect destination for Halloween. The local history and weather create the ideal conditions to enjoy a true Halloween. The question is how best to get the full experience of the holiday. Here are five things you can do to make the most of your Halloween in Rhode Island, creating a perfect mix of horror, history, and pageantry for all ages.
1. Roger William’s Jack O Lantern Spectacular
The Jack O Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is a great experience for people of all ages. The atmosphere is perfect for fall with the lights of the pumpkins just about the only thing illuminating the path. Every year new themes are presented giving you a range of new artwork. It’s perfect for a date night or hanging with friends and family. Relax and take a stroll like it’s an outdoor museum. Don’t rush and take in all the amazing work that people have done. The attraction is open from October 5th until November 5th.
For tickets and scheduling please visit the website at RWPZoo.org.
2. Escobar’s Farm
Escobar’s Farm in Portsmouth, RI has everything you need for a complete Halloween. A large highlight is the themed corn maze that has a different shape every year. Past years have included Rhode Island Comic Con, the P-Bruins, and local landmarks. The farm also features hayrides, and a concession stand along with other themed activities. It is a great day outside for adults and kids while they attempt to solve the corn maze.
For schedules and special events please visit their website at EscobarFarm.com.
3. The Haunted Labyrinth
The Haunted Labyrinth is a haunted attraction that has been running for over 30 years in Cranston. They change the theme every year keeping it fresh. The lines generally move quickly. If things get too scary while inside, every room has a curtain where volunteers can lead you back out of the maze while the rest of the party continues on. If your child is the one that leaves a special pass is given to parents, so rest at ease while your heart rate spikes.
For a full schedule and pricing please visit their website at HauntedLabyrinth.com.
4. Field of Screams
Field of Screams is a fun outdoor haunted attraction in West Greenwich. Offering a fright in the fresh air, Field of Screams’ attractions include a fun and scary trip through a haunted house, a haunted hayride, and a haunted maze. Their newest attraction is zombie paintball where you can test out how ready you are for the zombie invasion as you blast the undead with a paintball gun. This is a fun way to breathe in some fresh air while screaming all of it back out.
For their full schedule and a peek at their attractions please check out their website at HauntedHayride.net.
5. Ghost Tour in Providence or Newport
There are ghost tours in both Providence and Newport where workers lead you around the historical districts showing off some of the oldest and most haunted places in Rhode Island and America. You will hear ghost stories and even if you don’t get a scare you get a tour of some beautiful historic neighborhoods in both cities.
What do you think of the list? Did we complete your Halloween or leave it in shambles? Comment below with some of your local favorites that you feel every one in Rhode Island must do.
Many of us love to fill our Sundays with football, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house or you are tired of your usual spot and are looking to venture out. Maybe you don’t even watch the game, but want a nice bar or pub to grab a good bite any day of the week. We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive lists of spots all across Rhode Island and even one in Massachusetts. The amount of TVs, quality of food, and local scenery were considered to make this list. Each county was given two spots in order to make sure no matter where you are there is a spot for you. The city of Providence has so many places to explore it got two of its own and an honorable mention. That is where we will start:
CITY OF PROVIDENCE
Located at 133 Douglas Ave on Smith Hill, down the street from the State House, this sports bar features multiple televisions, and plenty of space. You can barely tell this great establishment was a former firehouse built in 1902. There is an outdoor eating area and plenty of off street parking. Ladder 133 offers boxing and MMA viewing, and you can book it for your fantasy football drafts.
Visit their website at Ladder133.com to check out the menu or book your next draft
Nestled at 686 Admiral Street in the Northern section of Providence, The Abbey is bigger than it appears on the outside with its spacious interior and even bigger menu. The menu and food are large, delicious, and creative. A clear and concise burger menu shows you the burger and the ingredients along with which of their over 92 beers is the best pairing with it.
Visit their website at 92Beers.com to begin salivating.
Honorable mention: The Whiskey Republic
Many people know Whiskey Republic as the club that the guy from the Dropkick Murphys owns. While they do have club and DJ events, this bar, located near Wickenden Street at 15 Bridge Street, transforms on Sunday into a great place to watch the game. While most of the football season is in colder weather, in Rhode Island we love a good patio and waterview, even if we have to throw on a hoodie.
Visit their website and check out the view at TheWhiskeyRepublic.com
Brutopia is a craft beer lovers sanctuary located in Cranston at 505 Atwood Avenue. Brutopia was opened in 2014 and has its own brewing department headed up by Sean Larkin of the Revival Brewing Company. If you’re in it more for the food, Brutopia also features a colossal smoker to make delicious BBQ right on site. Either way, you can enjoy the cuisine inside in front of one of the HD TVs, or outside on the lovely patio.
To check out their brews and smoker, head to their website at BrutopiaBrewery.com.
Up in Northern Rhode Island there’s a spot to catch the game and work off the burger during halftime like they would in Miami or California. Gator’s Pub in North Smithfield offers a beach in the back where you can play volleyball casually or join their beer league. Along with the volleyball area Gator’s Pub offers casual dining and plenty of food while you watch the game.
Gillary’s Taphouse situated right on beautiful Thames Street in Bristol, RI features a bevy of events during the week, including trivia and live music, but on Sundays it’s all about football. Enjoy their 17 HD TVs as well as a buffet to get you through a Sunday whether your team wins or loses.
Check out their entertainment schedule on their facebook page.
Gridiron Sports Bar and Grille
This other Bristol County spot is in the Massachusetts Bristol County just over the border at 2416 Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea. This is a classic sports bar with televisions behind the bar and on the wall, with classic pub eats and plenty of beer. The Route 6 location, along with the large parking lot, makes Gridiron a breeze to get to and stay at through the afternoon games all the way into Sunday night.
To get more information and check out their deals and specials visit their facebook page at Facebook.com/Gridiron.Bar.
The Woods Tavern
The Woods Tavern located in West Greenwich at 45 Nooseneck Hill Road #1. While the name says Woods, it is actually located on a main road allowing for an easy commute and plenty of parking for large parties. The interior has a great rustic theme while still having all the technology you need to watch the game. The Woods Tavern offers traditional pub food, and live entertainment, including bands and trivia.
For a list of events and a menu visit their website at TheWoodsTavern.com.
If you love wings and are bored of just choosing between Buffalo and BBQ, then Boneheads, located at 131 Washington Street, is the place for you. With tons of award winning sauces and rubs in different combinations ranging from sweet to spicy and everything in between, Boneheads will satisfy your wing craving no matter what your tastes are. Boneheads has plenty of craft beer options to wash all of it down. Boneheads features a music theme which extends to the wing menu that is reminiscent of a Billboard chart.
Check out the website and start thinking about which sauce you want now at BoneheadWings.com.
Mews Tavern in quaint Wakefield, RI is a beautiful place to watch the game with it’s wood interior that boasts 3 unique bars serving 69 beers on tap. The centerpiece to the establishment is the “Tree Room” (with an actual tree in the center of the room), along with the award winning food that occupies the menu will have you talking and raving while you discuss the game.
To see the tree for yourself and find out more info on The Mews Tavern check out their website at MewsTavern.com.
The Cornerstone Pub in Exeter is a beautiful casual dining experience on Nooseneck Hill Road that runs right alongside 95 making the commute here easy and comfortable. Cornerstone Pub boasts a 40 seat bar and large television screens making sure you can see the action no matter where you sit. Cornerstone Pub features well-made pub standards along with some creative dishes like the Mango Habanero Pizza.
To check it out for yourself please visit their website at CornerstonePubRI.com.
Tickets Bar and Grille
Tickets Bar and Grille is a local favorite having won a Newport’s Best Award for 7 consecutive years from 2008-2014 as a favorite sports bar. It’s no surprise that they won so many awards with their 17 flat screen TVs and fantastic menu. The main restaurant is on the first floor and includes a patio open from April to September while the second floor is the main sports bar. The restaurant includes pool tables, arcade cabinets, and a fantastic view of Easton Bay.
To find out more information and catch a glimpse of this great setting visit their website at TicketsBarandGrille.com.
Gas Lamp Grille
Located on historic Thames Street the Gas Lamp Grille opens right up to the street, allowing fans to drift into the eatery and watch the game or stare off to the Newport Harbor. Featuring fine foods and exotic drinks and large plasma televisions, the Gas Lamp Grille offers a high-end sports experience.
To check out their freshly prepared menu and find out more information visit their website at GasLampGrille.com.
Because commutes on Block Island aren’t exactly easy, we wanted to give New Shoreham a special selection for those visiting the Island as well as mainstays.
Poor People’s Pub
The Poor People’s Pub is a spacious place right on the main road as you come off the Island Ferry and offers a creatively delicious experience for tourists and mainstays alike. While here, check out their Mac and Cheese which is a menu favorite. You can get it in plain, with a few flavorful additions, or on one of their delicious burgers. Poor People’s Pub will give you a unique island experience on Sunday.
For more information and to check out the Mac and Cheese flavors and more visit their website at PPPBI.com.
STADIUMS AND MORE
Of course one of the greatest sports viewing experiences is at the game itself. The largest stadium in Rhode Island is Brown Stadium at Brown University, which has a seating capacity of 20,000. There are also teams and stadiums at URI, Bryant, and Salve Regina, but don’t forget your local high school team as well.
And of course the greatest and most comfortable place to watch the game is…..
Where you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. If you are looking to get out and try some new food check out the places listed above.
Disagree with the list? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below.