If you look at a map of Rhode Island, you quickly understand how it earns its nickname as the Ocean State. Many Rhode Island cities are major summer tourist destinations and make a great getaway where beaches, world renown seafood and old fashioned charm can be enjoyed. There are many hotels available from major chains to small family owned and operated bed and breakfasts. If you enjoy seafood you'll be right at home in Rhode Island. Newport is one of the nation's oldest towns which features cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions. Rhode Island is a fantastic place to raise a family.
Rhode Island cities have a higher cost of living compared to the rest of the country but is relatively low compared to its New England neighbors. There is plenty of affordable housing in Rhode Island. The summers are warm with temperatures averaging around 80 degrees; the winters are mild but experience cold spells that drop the temperature into the teens. The public school system in most Rhode Island cities is excellent and many universities such as Brown make their home here. Rhode Island is also considered to be one of the safest states in the country.
A great restaurant to check out is Angelo's Civita Farnese. This Providence restaurant has been in business since before World War II and is a family business with incredible home style cooked food. Another great place to check out is Benjamin's in Newport. Order their fish and chips with a cup of "clam chowdah" for a true Rhode Island experience.