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Going Beyond Beer

Last night, Rhode Island Monthly hosted it’s first 401 Insider’s Club event. The staffs of RI Monthly and Bucket Brewery, along with lucky guests, had a fun-filled evening sipping  fine beers and enjoying Citizen Wing’s spicy-but-oh-so-good food. If you missed out on last night’s festivities, worry not! There are plenty of other recreational activities to be had at breweries across the state. From yoga to trivia, many breweries offer a whole lot more than beer.

Stretch it Out

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You might not think that yoga and beer go together, but it’s actually a spectacular combination. Loosen up with some yoga and then loosen up even more with a delicious pint of craft beer. A number of breweries offer yoga, including Whalers and Bucket.  whalersbrewing.com, bucketbrewery.com

Movie Night

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What goes better with a movie than a pint of beer? Bucket Brewery hosts movie screenings every Thursday night, with films like The Big LebowskiGremlins and The Empire Strikes Back. Watching a creepy horror movie? Try Bucket’s “Black Goat of the Woods,” a dark milk stout with an ominous name. Is a classic baseball movie on the screen? Try their “33rd Inning Red Rye Lager,” a light and flavorful libation.  bucketbrewery.com

Bach and Beer

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Who says beer isn’t sophisticated? At Foolproof, they’re combining one of classical music’s greatest composers with their tasty refreshements. Cellist Steuart Pincombe will play some of Bach’s cello suites while guests can enjoy three different brews, each paired with a particular suite. Both Pincombe and the brewers will explain their craft and its impact. foolproofbrewing.com

On the Run

Courtesy of Bucket’s Facebook

Beer has a whole lotta calories.  Depressing, I know, but that’s why it tastes so good. If you’re developing a bit of a dad bod (beer gut and all), and you’d like to do something about it, go for a run! Several breweries offer a chance to burn off those brews. Bucket has a group run every Saturday where participants go for a morning jog followed by an hour of socializing (and drinking) at the brewery. Foolproof is hosting a “Fool’s Mile” race for competitive beer fans.  foolproofbrewing.combucketbrewery.com

Get Your Facts Straight

Courtesy of Geeks Who Drink’s Facebook

If you’re studying encyclopedias when not guzzling beer, considering heading to Brutopia for their Tuesday night trivia. The event, hosted by Geeks who Drink, starts at 7:00 pm and is open to all. Who knew you could drink  beer and get smarter at the same time? facebook.com/brutopiabrewery

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Where to Celebrate National Pizza Day

by Chelsea Carney

Pizza is probably one of the greatest things to ever come out of human history. Well, maybe automatic car starters beat it, but pizza comes in a very close second. There are so many different varieties, you’ll get a different experience no matter where you order in from! Pizza makes for a great meal anytime, whether it’s just for lunch or for a holiday. And speaking of holidays…yesterday was National Pizza Day! It’s basically the best day of the year. If you were snowed in yesterday, you can finally head out and find a slice of cheesy goodness.

So in honor of this wonderful day, here are five pizzerias that serve five different kinds of pies; no matter what your favorite style is, you’ll be able to go chow down on a slice today.

Neapolitan – Providence Coal Fired Pizza

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Neapolitan is a classic, and boy, is this place good. Providence Coal Fired Pizza has a ton of specials that make you want to come back every day, like their Margherita Mondays, where you get a Margherita pizza for half price and a $3 margarita cocktail. How can you beat that? 385 Westminster St., Providence, 401-454-7499; 6105 Post Rd., North Kingstown, 401-885-7499, providencecoalfiredpizza.com

Chicago Deep Dish – Sicilia’s

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One word: HUGE. Their Meat Lover’s is stuffed with sausage, pepperoni, beef and bacon: this place does it right. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating this dish. Even though the large is only eight slices, it can serve up to five people because it’s so overloaded with toppings. 181 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-273-9222, siciliasonline.com

Thin Crust – The Pizza Gourmet

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Thin crust pizzas are perfect if you want a crunch with every single bite. Pizza Gourmet, like a handful of other restaurants in Providence, grills its pizzas in a wood-fired oven. But what makes it unique is that you can customize your pizza anyway you like. Or if you’re feeling like spending a lazy night in, you can order a “take and bake,”pizza that their chefs prepare and you cook at home. 357 Hope St., Providence, 401-751-0355, thepizzagourmetri.com

 Bakery – DePetrillo’s Pizza and Bakery

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If you’re a local, you’ll know exactly what this is. Bakery pizza was probably at every birthday party you’ve ever gone to; we all remember fighting over the corner pieces. Well, the good news is that DePetrillo’s always has personal strips of party pizza available, so if you run out, you can go to one of their five locations for more! 1727 Warwick Ave., Warwick, 401-732-3331, visit depetrillospizza.com for other locations.

New York Style – Nice Slice

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For those who like to fold their slices in half, this is the place for you. Nice Slice offers a variety of pizza choices. You can get a large pizza, or you can just stop in for a slice. From a slice of regular cheese to one of their specialty slices, like the Earth Crisis (spinach, tomatoes, and artichoke heart tomato sauce), the possibilities are endless. 267 Thayer St., Providence, 401- 453-6423, niceslice.cloudaccess.host

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5 Weird Groundhog Facts

The Rhode Island DEM has a number of info packs on various local wildlife including…. the Groundhog! That’s right, today is Groundhog Day, and many of you local gardeners and farmers know this critter well. Agricultural destruction aside, we might be feeling some animosity towards this rodent for predicting six more weeks of winter. But it’s hard to stay mad in the face of these quirky, endearing facts.

A groundhog by any other name…

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Although we might call them a groundhog, they’ve got a bunch of other names, including marmot, woodchuck or, my favorite, whistlepig.

They hate flowers

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Okay, maybe not all flowers, but apparently groundhogs hate marigolds. If you’re trying to discourage them from rummaging through your garden, a few flowerbeds might do the trick.

They don’t stay in the ground

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Apparently groundhogs don’t entirely live up to their names. They are great diggers, but they’re also good at swimming and climbing. As of yet, there’s no evidence that they can operate bicycles, so they still won’t beat you in your next triathlon.

Groundhogs have roommates

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Although usually solitary creatures, groundhogs have been known to share burrows with other animals, such as raccoons. Even the sloppiest human roommate would probably be preferable to one of the groundhog’s confirmed cohabitants–the skunk.

They are only distantly related to pigs

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Unsurprising to most of you (hopefully), groundhogs are not really a subspecies of pigs. They are actually the largest creature in the squirrel family despite lacking the bushy tail. We’ll continue to scratch our heads over why people name rodents after porkers (I’m looking at you Guinea pig and hamster).

 

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7 Things to Do When the World Ends

Yesterday, scientists set the Doomsday Clock to two-and-a-half minutes from midnight. The clock, which symbolically indicates how close humankind is to global disaster, crept half a minute closer to universal destruction because of rising nationalism around the world, comments by President Trump about the use of nuclear arms and his administration’s denial of climate change. Whether you believe we’re on the cusp of the apocalypse or you just like to live extravagantly, check out these fun activities.

 

Enjoy the view

Courtesy of Providence G Rooftop’s Facebook

From the Providence G Rooftop‘s elevated perch, sip a specialty cocktail or craft beer as you watch nuclear Armageddon rain down on the Creative Capital. With its great location in the middle of downtown, you’ll be able to see some of the city’s finest edifices, like the Biltmore and Superman building, obliterated in the blink of an eye. If mankind’s senseless destruction whets your appetite, try one of the specialty pizzas!

Go for a climb

Courtesy of Hannah Robinson Tower’s Facebook

At a whooping 812 feet, Jerimoth Hill in Foster is the state’s highest point. Drive or walk up this lofty mount as sea levels violently rise. Don’t exert yourself too much though! The air is thinner up there, after all. If you’d prefer a man-made escape, try the Hannah Robinson Tower in Narragansett. At forty feet tall, it should hold of rising sea levels for a while at least.

Watch the sunrise

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Head on over to Sachuest Point to enjoy the miracle of nature’s beauty. As the first rays of a new dawn pierce through the mushroom clouds, ponder humankind’s dubious fate. See if you can spot some of the park’s rare critters, like the saltmarsh sparrow and New England cottontail. With the threat of human encroachment obliterated, these species just might see a comeback.

Eat a really good meal

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When you’re fighting a bunch of mutants for a can of Spaghetti-O’s, you’re going to regret not eating well while you could. Indulge while you can! If you’d like some upscale seafood, try the scallops at Hemenway’s. For those hankering for comfort food (we don’t blame you), try Bucktown. Try one of the po’boys with a side of waffle fries or mac’ and cheese. It might be high in calories, but you’ll need them if you’re planning to outrun the mutant hordes.

Get your dose of culture

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When civilization collapses, there’s not much room for arts and culture. For the next two weeks, 2nd Story Theatre is putting on the play Seascape, which tells the story of two humanoid sea creatures that are deciding whether or not to live on land. Perhaps the play will provide some philosophical guidance as you transition to life post apocalypse.  At the very least it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

Buy a boat

Courtesy of Providence Boat Show’s Facebook

It might sound like something you’d do in a mid-life crisis rather than an international crises, but but hear me out. If our planet’s fate is remotely similar to the plot of  Waterworld, a boat  will be vital to survival. Even if the continent isn’t subermerged beneath the sea, a boat is the perfect way to flee any nuclear wasteland. Fortunately, the Providence Boat Show is coming to town this February! Pick through countless motorboats, yachts and sailboats to find the vessel that will power you through the end of the world.

Drink up

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There’s no better time to hit the booze than the end of the world. Fortunately for us, Rhode Island has its fair share of breweries. Check out RI Monthly’s February issue for a comprehensive guide to local brews. A couple of the big names in our state’s craft beer scene include Foolproof, Revival and Bucket, although there are plenty more to check out. Make sure you call ahead; hours tend to change when it’s the end of times.

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6 Weird Political Facts from RI History

Today is inauguration day for President-elect Trump, shown by polls to be one of the most unpopular presidents in decades. Some say the country is entering a new period with untold potential; others feel that America has taken a sharp right turn onto Crazy Street. Differing opinions aside, everyone can agree that politics probably won’t be the same. But, the political game has always been a bit chaotic, and Little Rhody’s history is ripe with examples. Here are six facts that prove politics (in RI at least) have always been a little nuts:

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We once had five state capitals simultaneously, one for each county.

Before 1854, our little state had a whopping five state capitals. The acting government rotated between each county (it had to be fair after all). The number of capitals slowly dwindled down to two in 1854, but it wasn’t until 1901 that Providence was elected the one and only seat of government.

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Roger Williams was the ultimate political rebel (and a huge inspiration to our founding fathers).

The rights and liberties we now take for granted, like freedom of religion and separation of church and state, were popularized and put into action by none other than Roger Williams. Rhode Island became a “lively experiment” for unorthodox systems of government that would later be adopted into the mainstream. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who famously penned the Constitution and Bill of Rights, drew inspiration from his work.

Declaration signer Stephen Hopkins. Courtesy of the RI Historical Society

We were the first state to declare independence from Britain and the last to sign the Constitution.

Apparently Rhode Island has a stubborn streak. A bit miffed at the British ships prowling our waters and searching our boats, we declared independence on May 4th, 1776, two months before the rest of the colonies. Then, when the rest of the freed colonies drafted up a new Constitution for the country, we refused to send a representative. It took two years and  the threat of exorbitant export taxes from neighboring states to make RI agree to the document.

Thomas Dorr: Courtesy of RI Historical Society’s Facebook

The state once had two constitutions, two elections, and two governors at the same time — and a mini civil war to boot.

RI hasn’t always been the democratic utopia it is today. Back in 1841, the only people allowed to vote were the Mr. Monopolys, and they had a stranglehold on the state government. A lot of the non-Mr. Monopolys didn’t like that very much. They wrote up a new constitution that opened up the vote to a larger chunk of the population, and they unofficially elected a new state government with Thomas Dorr as governor. In response, the wealthy elite wrote their own constitution and declared martial law in an effort to crack down on the political dissidents. So began the Dorr Rebellion. Shots were fired, rebel and government troops assembled, and Governor Dorr was arrested, but major violence was avoided. In the end, the impromptu government and constitution were dissolved. Unnerved by the whole ordeal, the rich politicians granted the vote to American-born men of all races–ladies and Native Americans would have to wait.

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We were the only state to skip Prohibition.

While the rest of the country decided it was best to put the booze away, RI refused to sign the 18th Amendment. Rumrunners and distillers rejoiced at the state’s decision, and Rhode Island became a hotbed of alcohol production, distribution and exportation.

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Although more akin to legal history than political, we had the first automobile speeding violation.

In 1904, Judge Darius Baker arrested a Newport resident for going a whopping fifteen miles an hour, earning the miscreant a five day sentence. Proud of our heritage, we Rhode Islanders maintain the long tradition of speeding to this day.

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Rhody Horror Movies for Friday the 13th

Even the least superstitious may feel a bit nervous on the unluckiest day of the year. With Friday the 13th almost upon us, why not tap into that fear and make some scary movies just a tad more frightening. An added bonus? It’s hard to be at the at the mercy of bad luck when you’re curled up in  the safety of your home watching some horror flicks. Check out some Rhode Island films that were either set or filmed in our little state.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Courtesy of Lippitt House Museum Facebook

Rhode Island is rife with historic homes, from the Newport Mansions and Clouds Hill in Warwick to the Governor Lippitt House in Providence. Perhaps this is why famous writer/director Guillermo del Torro chose to set his film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in a Victorian mansion in Providence county. The movie tells the story of a family that is forced to deal with the malevolent creatures living beneath their newly acquired home. Although it was actually filmed at Drusilla Mansion in Australia, anyone who has wandered some of Rhode Island’s historic homes should quickly recognize the house’s distinctly New England vibe.

Call of Cthulhu

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It’s hard to talk about horror in Rhode Island without mentioning Lovecraft; his gravestone in Swan Point Cemetery even bears the line “I am Providence.” Based on one of his most famous stories, the Call of Cthulhu is appropriately set in Providence, RI. Although made in 2005, the adaptation is a silent film paired with a vintage soundtrack. Follow the protagonist as he investigates a mysterious cult and mind-boggling horrors.

Exeter

Courtesy of Ladd School Historical Society Facebook

Anyone who has ever visited the Joseph P. Ladd school in Exeter is intimately familiar with how creepy the location is. Once a functioning school for those with developmental and mental disabilities, the facility was abandoned and eventually fell into disrepair. Exeter, which is filmed on location, tells the story of a group of teens exploring the dilapidated structure and dealing with the supernatural forces within.

The Conjuring

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Probably one of the most famous horror movies set in Rhode Island, The Conjuring explores the supposedly true story of a a family living in Burrillville who dealt with paranormal happenings in their home. Although the movie was actually filmed in North Carolina, the current owner of the house has had to handle a slew of movie fans trespassing on the property, calling incessantly and even threatening to destroy the home (it’s full of evil spirits after all). Please leave the investigations to the certified ghost/demon hunters.

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7 Resolutions for Rhode Island Foodies

Alright, so we all think of New Year’s Resolutions as steps towards being a better you, but how much better can you really be if you’re miserable? Skipping out on the tasty treats, cutting back on drinks and saving all your money away will make you sad. Why not indulge and be happy? Summer is far away; you can get that beach bod later. Plucked from RI Monthly‘s own Best of Rhode Island winners, here are seven places you need to visit to experience the state’s best food.

Oysters

Courtesy of Bristol Oyster Bar’s Facebook

Who doesn’t love scarfing down shellfish? The Bristol Oyster Bar is just the place to get your oyster fix. Their locally sourced shuckers are paired with a variety of dunking sauces. Although oysters may be their main pull, they have some great food and cocktails to match. 448 Hope St., Bristol, 396-5820, bristoloysterbar.com

Italian Food

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In a state full of delicious authentic Italian food, Enoteca Umberto is the meatball on top of the spaghetti. With a constantly changing menu and rave reviews, who wouldn’t want to eat here again and again? The restaurant is on the smaller side and is extremely popular, so make your reservations well ahead of time. 256 Atwells Ave., 272-8466, facebook.com

Coffee

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For those looking for their morning fix, Vanuatu Coffee Rosters has some incredible creations. They won our award for best iced coffee beverage, but they certainly do a whole lot more. All their beans are single-sourced from the archipelago of Vanuatu before being processed into a steaming hot (or ice cold) cup of deliciousness. 294 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-1586, facebook.com

Pizza

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Everybody loves pizza, and in Rhode Island, we’re fortunate enough to have more than our fair share of high quality pizza joints. If you’re a fan of the Neapolitan style (think crisp thin crust and minimal toppings), Figidini Wood Fire Eatery is definitely worth a try. They serve everything from the classic Margherita pizza to a pie with sweet potato and goat cheese. Enjoy! 67 Washington St., Providence, 808-6886, figidini.com

Donuts

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It seems that doughnuts are all the rage nowadays, and our state is certainly keeping up the pace. First there was Allie’s Donuts serving up the best breakfast treats in  town. And then, more recently, KNEAD Doughnuts opened up, but it was PVDonuts that ignited the gourmet trend. These breakfast goodies are handmade from local ingredients every day. Definitely a delicious way to start your morning! 79 Ives St., Providence, pvdonuts.com

Lobster

Courtesy of Newport Lobster Shack’s Facebook

Fresh from the waters of Narragansett Bay, the lobsters of the Newport Lobster Shack come right off the boat. You can opt to cook your own lobster at home or have it cooked and served for you in every style imaginable, whether it be in a salad, dinner, bisque or roll. This food is about as local as you can get; they only sell what they catch. 150 Long Wharf, Newport, 847-1700, newportlobstershack.com

Beer

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Crooked Current, the winner of our Beer Brawl, beat a number of larger breweries to achieve everlasting Rhody fame. They have a range of beers from unusual varieties like Chocolate Habanero Stout and Plunderdome Pumpkin Maple Ale to mundane-but-delicious beers like Hefeweizen and Imperial Stout. Visit their cozy brewery for tastings and tours. 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 473-8312, crookedcurrentbrewery.com

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6 Places to Take the Plunge New Year’s Day

As far as strange holiday traditions go, the polar bear plunge is one of the oddest. Every New Year’s Day, thousands of people across the frozen wastelands of the Northern Hemisphere take a dip in icy waters. Whether they’re motivated by a winter-induced mania or a casual indifference to bodily harm, the results are the same: a spectacular display of human silliness. The practice isn’t just a chance to show off how macho you are; most plunges encourage participants to raise and pledge money to local charities. So, if you’d like to witness this event for yourself (or if you’re crazy enough to participate), here are six locations across the state (and nearby Massachusetts) where people are taking the plunge.

Penguin Plunge

Courtesy of Penguin Plunge Facebook

Every year hundreds head to Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett to take the plunge in support of Rhode Island’s Special Olympics. Participants are encouraged to raise 50$ for the more than 3,200 disabled folks who participate in the Special Olympics every year. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the plunge takes place at noon. specialolympicsri.org

Newport’s Polar Bear Plunge

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You may imagine colonial history and fine eating when you think of Newport, but it also has one of the state’s most popular polar plunges. At Easton Beach, participants gather to raise money for A Wish Come True which helps make sick children’s dreams a reality. Participants will be in the water at noon. www.facebook.com

 Plunging for Paws

Courtesy of Forever Paws Facebook

If you’re looking for an event that benefits your favorite furry four-footed friend, head to Sandy Beach in Fall River. All money raised goes  to the Forever Paws Animal Shelter, which cares for strays, abused animals and abandoned pets. Dive in for Fido at noon on January 1st.  facebook.com

Frozen Clam Obstaplunge

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Is the normal polar plunge not hardcore enough for you? Try the Obstaplunge, an event that challenges you to do a half-mile obstacle course on Goddard Park Beach before reaching the finish line in the icy ocean. Hosted by Laid-Back Fitness, proceeds go to the RI Mentoring Partnership, a program dedicated to providing the state’s youth with quality guidance. laidbackfitness.com

Block Island

Courtesy of Block Island Tourism Council

Looking for an excuse to be back on island time? Every year, Block Island’s Lions Club hosts a polar plunge at Fred Benson Town Beach. Despite its balmy weather in summer, the island is no tropical paradise, so don’t expect its waters to be warm. As with most plunges, it takes place at New Year’s Day at noon. blockislandinfo.com

Jamestown 1st Day

Courtesy of Jamestown 1st Day Plunge Facebook

For water sports enthusiasts, Jamestown has a paddle board race before their polar plunge. Pre-registration begins at 10:30 at the Jamestown Recreation Center and the event continues from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at East Ferry Beach. It’s family-friendly, so feel free to bring the kids along! facebook.com

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5 Cozy Taverns for Cold Winter Nights

Baby it’s cold outside and I need… some steaming hot wings and a pint of beer. With the winter upon us, bask in the snug warmth of your nearest tavern.

Tree House Tavern

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Alright, so it’s not actually in a tree house (although there is a picturesque one on the premises) but the Tree House Tavern still has a lot going for it, including a menu that is a step above normal pub fare. Sit in front of a crackling wood stove while enjoying a piping hot Rustic French Meat Pie or a Venison Chop drizzled in a cranberry mustard demi-glace. Sip a local microbrew and enjoy the rustic interior, rough wood beams and all. 1094 Centerville Rd., Warwick, 821-1105, thetreehousetavern.com

Tavern on Main

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant with as rich a history as the Tavern on Main. First built as a colonial home in the 1700s, it later became the center of violent political upheaval in the 1840s. Rebels trying to overthrow RI’s political elite used the establishment as their headquarters until the state militia fired through the tavern door and took it for themselves. Today, you probably won’t have to deal with musket-bearing militiamen but you will get a chance to sample delicious dishes like their Lazy Man’s Lobster Saute or their Old Fashioned Yankee Pot-roast. 1157 Putnam Pk., Chepachet, 710-9788, tavernonmainri.com

Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern

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If you’re looking for a gourmet spin on classic bar grub, head over to Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern. The Junkyard Nachos are made from freshly fried tortilla chips topped with homemade salsa, guac, and pulled pork. They have a smoker out back that is loaded up with meaty goodness almost every day. For the booze hound (pun very much intended), they carry a slew of New England brews on draft and a bunch of creative cocktails –their Winter Bonfire is guaranteed to warm you up in this chilly season. 181 George Washington Hwy, Smithfield, 231-4777, blackiesbulldogtavern.com

DeWolf Tavern

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Rustic decor meets top-notch food at the DeWolf Tavern. Once a stone warehouse, it was converted into a tavern with a coziness that will make you want to stay for hours. Tree trunk pillars, rough stone walls and wooden beams give it a primitive-but-pleasant vibe. Their head chef Sai Viswanath has traveled the world perfecting his craft, and he serves up meals that are cooked with meticulous attention  to detail. Try one of their seasonal cocktails: Jack Frost, Cranberry Bog, and Spiced Rumkin to name a few. 259 Thames St., Bristol, 254-2005, dewolftavern.com

Mews Tavern

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Courtesy of Mews Tavern’s Facebook

End your quest for a unique bar space here. Mews Tavern has three quirky bars: one is in a room plastered with money, another has a graffiti-covered tree plopped in the middle, and of course there is a rustic Irish pub. For the beer lovers out there, they have a whopping sixty-nine beers on tap; enjoy favorites like a reliable ‘Gansett or experiment with something different with a glass of ominous (but delicious) Monk’s Blood. With their enormous beer list, you could easily forget about food — but you’d be missing out. Feel like trying something different? Slathered in peanut butter, and topped with bacon, cheese and an egg, the Goober burger is just the thing. 456 Main St., Wakefield, 783-9370, mewstavern.com

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6 Places to Skate This Winter

Winter–for some it’s a dismal season with little to do but stare out the window forlornly; for others, it’s a dismal season with the occasional chance to skitter around on solidified water. Whether you’re whizzing around the ice like a pro or holding onto a traffic cone for stability, skating can be one of the few ways to make the most out of winter. If you’re looking to get a bit of a workout or battle that pesky case of seasonal affective disorder, check out one of the following prime skating locations.

Outdoors

Prepare for snow, cold, and lots of fun

 

The Alex and Ani Center

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Courtesy of Alex and Ani Center’s Facebook page

The Rhode Island equivalent of Rockefeller Center, the Alex and Ani Center is located in the heart of downtown and is usually decked out in holiday cheer. Admire the enormous Christmas tree (or holiday tree as some would call it). Go for a skate with that special someone and grab a bite at one of the city’s great restaurants. 2 Kennedy Plz., Providence, 401-337-5544, alexandanicitycenter.com

Lincoln Woods

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Courtesy of Lincoln Wood’s Facebook

If you’d like to skate and admire winter wildlife at the same time, Lincoln Woods has several ponds that will give you just that. Make sure the ice is safe! Call the Ice Safety hotline at 401-667-6222 before heading out. Enjoy the snow covered pines, chirping winter birds and cool, fresh air. 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln, 401-723-7892, riparks.com

Newport Skating Center

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Courtesy of Newport Skating Center’s Facebook page

With the surrounding city’s old-time feel, you’ll think you’ve been transported to A Christmas Carol when skating at the Newport Skating Center. Only a snowball’s throw from the ocean, you can enjoy the salty air and the sights of snowy Newport. With free and discounted skate nights during the week, you can afford to spend a little extra at one of city’s many fine eateries. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 401-846-3018, newportskatingcenter.com

 

Indoors

Frigid temperatures, rain, scorching heat–the weather doesn’t matter in these sheltered rinks

 

Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink

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Courtesy of Cranston Veterans’ Rink’s Facebook

With two NHL sized rinks, there should be plenty of room at the Veterans Memorial Ice Rink. Looking for something to do on Friday night? The Rock n’ Skate offers live DJs and two hours of skate time from 8:00 to 10:00 PM for only five dollars. Grab a drink and snack from their concession stand or take a break from the ice and play one of the classic games in their arcade. 900 Phenix Ave., Cranston, 401-944-8690, cvmrink.com

Boss Arena

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Whether you’re a student, alum, or just a looking for a place to skate, URI’s Boss Arena is a well-equipped indoor rink great for every skill level. From open figure skating to the family-oriented Rock n’ Skate night, they’re open to the public for at least a couple of hours every day Monday through Saturday. Looking to hone your skating skills? They offer lessons all year round. 1 Keaney Rd., South Kingstown, 401-874-9260, bossicearena.com

Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink

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Courtesy of Smithfield Ice Rink’s Facebook

Home to Bryant University’s Bulldogs and the high school hockey teams of multiple northern Rhode Island towns, the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink has public hockey and skating all year. If you’d like to have a birthday party or other arctic extravaganza, you can rent the rink and their conference room. 109 Pleasant View Ave., Smithfield, 401-233-105, smithfieldri.com

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