June 30th, 2016
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Bristol is known for being “America’s most patriotic town,” but did you know there is plenty to do throughout the state (even in your area) to celebrate the fourth? Here are some patriotic – and free! – events to celebrate our country’s independence.

July 1

Warwick’s annual firework display is held at Oakland Beach Seawall at 9pm. Fireworks can be seen from the Warwick City Park.

July 2

The Town of Smithfield and Bryant University present a patriotic concert by the US Navy Show Band from the Newport Naval Station. The campus opens to the public at 6pm with the concert at 8pm, followed by a fireworks display around 9pm.

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July 3

Head down to Pierce Memorial Stadium in East Providence at 6pm for a music and fireworks show! Catch the concert featuring Gina Wesley & Dream Catcher, Kicking Hole, and Crushed Velvet. Fireworks will begin at 9pm.

North Providence’s Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park hosts a food court and live entertainment from 6-9pm, followed by a fireworks display.

Fireworks on Block Island off the Town Beach Pavilion can be seen from most areas around the island and begin at 9pm.
It’s always a party in Bristol around the Fourth of July! Head down to Independence Park for the Concert Series and watch the fireworks down by the water around 9:30pm.

July 4

At the intersection of Chestnut and Hope Street begins the annual Bristol Fourth of July Parade! Head over for the famous, day-long celebration starting at 10:30am.

Cumberland kicks off their July Fourth festivities with a road race beginning at Arnold Mills. Afterwards, attend a parade and a patriotic concert. This event begins at 11am.

The annual Block Island July 4th Parade and Steak Fry starts at the Legion Hall at 11am with a Sports and Games Parade featuring floats, music, and marching. After the parade, the Fire Barn hosts its annual Steak Fry benefiting the Block Island Fire Department from 12:30-2pm.

The 90th Annual Ancient and Horribles Parade in Glocester is sure to bring laughter to the whole family! The parade is held at Chepachet Village and begins at 4pm.

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The City of Providence has a huge Independence Day Celebration beginning at 4:30pm at India Point Park with food, entertainment, and fun! For a full list of events, including details on the Bike Parade, Latin Rockers Santa Mamba, and firework display visit the event website. 

The Narragansett Town Beach party goes all day, beginning in the afternoon with Santasia, followed by a performance by Brass Force from 5-7pm on the North Beach Clubhouse deck. Fireworks will display at dusk.

Enjoy live music at South Kingstown’s Old Mountain Field by Waits Corner and the Westmoreland Street Jammers as well as food, games, and concessions. The event begins at 5:30pm with fireworks at 9pm.

Westerly’s Misquamicut Beach (Wuskenau Beach Pond Side) will have their firework display at dusk.

All the way down the southernmost end of East Greenwich Cove at Scallop Town Park will be fireworks displays at 9pm.

Newport’s fireworks display over Newport Harbor begins after dark, around 9:15pm, and can be seen from Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, Kings Park, and all along the waterfront. Parking is available at Fort Adams and the Visitor’s Center.

Escobar’s Highland Farm in Portsmouth will have their traditional fireworks display over the cow pastures beginning at 9:30pm.

June 14th, 2016
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Springtime in Rhode Island can mean many different things to many different people. For some it signals a return to gardening and planting, to others it means the start of a new baseball season and trips to McCoy Stadium, while to many more it marks the time for picnics in the park or bike rides along the state’s sandy shores.

The RPL Spring Photo Contest has always been a wonderful vehicle for showcasing the many sides of springtime in the Ocean State. We would like to thank all of you who participated this year, including anyone who entered a photo, submitted a vote, or shared the contest with their friends and family on social media.

This year’s contest was a huge success, reaching an audience of over 5,500 people on Facebook while resulting in nearly 250 votes. Each of our finalists received double-digit votes, but in the end, one photo stood out as the clear winner.

I’m proud to announce that the winning photo for the 2016 RPL Spring Photo Contest is Beavertail Lighthouse by Narragansett Sales Associate, Mary Ann Lisi. This is Mary Ann’s second straight Spring Photo Contest victory, capturing last year’s contest with her shot of the Jamestown Windmill. This year, her unique angle of the Beavertail Lighthouse earned 76 votes, over 43% more than the next closest competitor. As a result, Mary Ann will receive a free property website and video, while also having her photo displayed on the ResidentialProperties.com home page slideshow. Congratulations Mary Ann!

Scroll below to view the full contest results.

 

Beavertail Lighthouse – Jamestown, RI (Mary Ann Lisi, 76 Votes)

Mary Ann Lisi - Beavertail Light New

 

 

Barrington Harbor – Barrington, RI (Nancy Weaver – 53 Votes)

Nancy Weaver - Barrington Harbor- - Barrington

 

 

Prospect Terrace Park – East Side of Providence, RI (Ashley Baccari – 41 Votes)

Ashley Baccari - Prospect Terrace Park - East Side of Providence

 

 

Warwick Country Club – Warwick Neck, RI (Pamela Burdon – 33 Votes)

Pamela Burdon - Warwick Neck - Warwick Country Club (1)

 

 

Jamestown Marsh – Jamestown, RI (Michelle Snoeren – 25 Votes)

Michelle Snoeren - Jamestown Marsh

 

 

PVD Riverwalk – Providence, RI (Rebecca Mayer – 14 Votes)

Rebecca Mayer - PVDRiverwalk

 

April 28th, 2016
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The spring season seems to be taking a little longer to arrive with each passing year, but now that it’s here, let’s make the most of it. Our little state is full of wonderful spring destinations that we should all be enjoying. But where to start? To help you out, here’s our list of favorite things to do during springtime in Rhode Island.

 

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

For many, spring marks the return of baseball, and as Rhode Islanders, we’re fortunate enough to have a professional team right in our own backyard. Home to the minor league triple-a affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, McCoy Stadium provides the opportunity to witness the stars of the future playing in a family friendly environment at an affordable cost. Tickets start as low as $9.00 for adults, and $6.00 for children and seniors, while there are also a variety of multi-game ticket packages available. The ballpark has numerous game day promotions throughout the spring, and also offers opportunities for birthday parties, pre-game parties, and group events in their barbecue tent area. Visit the PawSox website for more information.

 

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Photo Courtesy of destinationnewport.com

A Taste of Spring

While it might not ever be mistaken for Napa Valley, Rhode Island has several beautiful vineyards where you can enjoy sunny afternoons sipping an assortment of locally crafted wines. Newport Vineyards offers daily tours and tastings, while also hosting wine pairing classes and live music events throughout the spring and summer months. Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard is the official wine of the Boston Celtics, and while they offer daily tours and tastings, they also have an on-site cafe with sandwiches and grilled flatbread pizzas. Greenville Farm, which has been owned by the same family since 1863, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has live jazz every Saturday from May to November. Leyden Farms in South County has 50% off Groupons for wine tastings, while Diamond Hill Vineyards in Cumberland hosts garden parties on the grounds of their 200 year old vineyard house.

 

North South Trail

North South Trail

Take a Walk In the Wild Side

Rhode Island has a wonderful collection of walking trails winding their way throughout the state. With its mild temperatures, cool breezes, and returning wildlife, spring is the perfect season to enjoy a nature hike through Rhode Island’s variety of scenic landscapes – from its ocean coasts to its rich and tranquil woodlands. For more information on this topic, RI’s Best Walking Trails

 

 

 

 

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

A Day At The Zoo

Opened in 1872, Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the nation’s oldest zoos and an important part of our state’s history. With over 650,000 visitors each year, the Zoo is among Rhode Island’s top tourist attractions and was recently called “one of the best zoos in the country for its conservation efforts” by the New York Times. Throughout the spring and summer months, Roger Williams Zoo is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. In addition to its unique exhibits of over 100 different animal species from around the globe, the Zoo also has a Carousel Village where you can book events such as birthday parties, group outings, photo sessions, and after-hour parties. The Village also hosts a variety of free events, including its Sprout Blowout (May 7 from 11am-2pm).

 

Valley Country Club

Valley Country Club

Getting Into the Swing of Things

If there is one thing our state has no shortage of, it’s golf courses. With over 60 private and public courses to choose from, Rhode Island offers something for all price ranges and skill levels. For those interested in private courses, there are a wealth of opportunities throughout the state, including Kirkbrae Country Club to the north, the centrally located Warwick Country Club, and Shelter Harbor Golf Club to the south. Private golfers will also enjoy the beautiful 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross at Rhode Island Country Club – home to the CVS Charity Classic since 1999. There are also a wonderful selection of public courses, highlighted by Newport National Golf Club in Middletown, Triggs Memorial Golf Course in Providence, and Richmond Country Club in Richmond. For those just starting out or looking for a quick round, check out some of the nine-hole, par-3 courses such as Bristol Golf Course and Button Hole Golf Course.

 

East Bay Bike Path

East Bay Bike Path

Easy Rider

Rhode Island has a 100-mile network of bike paths for you to enjoy throughout the spring. The East Bay Bike Path is a 14.5 mile paved trail beginning at India Point Park in Providence and continues through East Providence, Barrington, Bristol, and Warren. Those living in South County can visit the William C. O’Neill Bike Path, which travels 9 miles, starting from the Kingston train station and following the old Narragansett Pier Railroad through the villages of Peace Dale, Wakefield, and Narragansett before ending near the Narragansett Town Beach. As of now, the Blackstone River Bikeway is an 11 mile paved path traveling through Woonsocket, Lincoln, Cumberland, and Manville. However, once completed, the Bikeway will stretch a total of 48 miles connecting Worcester and Providence.

 

Prospect Terrace Park

Prospect Terrace Park

Saturday in the Park

With the green grass and bright flowers returning, spring season is a great time to take advantage of sunny afternoons at the park. Luckily for us, our little state is filled with scenic recreation areas. Goddard Memorial State Park is a popular destination, offering 490 acres of bridle trails, picnic areas, athletic fields, and even a saltwater beach. Sometimes referred to as the “gem” of the RI State Parks System, Colt State Park in Bristol spans 464 acres, providing 10 large athletic fields, as well as six picnic groves with over 400 tables. Those with an interest in history may want to visit Fort Adams State Park in Newport or Fort Weatherill State Park in Jamestown, while nature lovers will appreciate the serene settings of both Lincoln Woods State Park and Burlingame State Park. For more information on state parks near you, please visit RIParks.com.

 

Did we leave anything out? Let us know. Post your favorite spring destinations in the comments section below.