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Chef Champe Speidel at Persimmon

Providence, Rhode Island is one of our favorite American cities. As the grit leftover from the ’70s and ’80s continues to give way to trendy shops and restaurants, Providence has evolved into an East Coast gem. Plus, it’s an easy getaway — or even a day trip — from Boston or... Read More

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Part I of our Providence weekend guide covers what to do and where to eat. Here’s the scoop on the shopping scene — and our favorite hotel in town. ... Read More

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If you’re looking for the kind of sweet New England charm that goes on postcards, Providence is not the place to visit. That’s not to say that the city doesn’t have beautiful college campuses and historic architecture. It’s just that Rhode Island’s capital is more of a place where artsy young... Read More


Summer travel season is upon us … and so are all the airport delays and traffic jams that go along with it. Bypass the pain of summer travel by hopping on a train to your next destination. On Amtrak’s busy Northeast Regional service between Boston and Virginia Beach,  you... Read More

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more in 2014, this offer from Amtrak may be the perfect fit: You’ll save 25 percent or more on travel from and to major Northeast destinations when booking at least 14 days in advance. Plus, with the unpredictable winter... Read More


Avoid crowded roads and airports this season and hop on a train to exciting destinations in the Northeast. And the best part? You’ll save 25 percent when booking at least 14 days in advance. Sample routes for this Amtrak sale include: Boston to Providence: $11 Washington, D.C. to Baltimore: $12 Philadelphia to... Read More

Photos.comStanford University ranks among our top 10 college campuses to visit

It’s back-to-books time at college campuses across the country, but you don’t have to pass the entrance exams to enjoy an enriching visit to these brainy-but-beautiful institutions. The campuses at the head of the class combine factors like sublime natural settings, historic architecture, world-class cultural centers, and spirited sporting... Read More

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Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is one of the best ways to dine in style, noshing at incredible, well-known restaurants that are otherwise out of the normal price range. Not only does it provide a great excuse for a date night, Restaurant Week is an exhibition of local culture and cuisine. Check... Read More


Those in need of a quick, romantic getaway can head to picturesque Providence, Rhode Island for a night to relax in quiet comfort. The 4-star Renaissance Downtown Hotel’s romance package starts at just $159 per night and includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the... Read More

iStock InternationalTake a break from the usual tourist circuits and check out these underrated U.S. cities instead

Everyone knows cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are among the best in the U.S., but there are many other fabulous – albeit smaller – American cities that just don’t get their fair share of the spotlight. Whether their proximity to a larger metropolis steals their thunder... Read More