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Your Guide to College Hill

Feeling nostaglic about your golden years spent in college? Whether you went to PC, RISD, Brown, Johnson and Wales or URI’s Providence campus, an afternoon spent strolling through College Hill’s scenic streets is sure to bring back memories. Even if you didn’t attend one of these fine educational institutions, you still will enjoy a day of rubbing shoulders with Rhode Island’s youth. Whether it be dining or fun, College Hill has it all.

RISD Museum of Art

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College is all about learning, and what better place to discover more about the world than a museum? Head over to the RISD Museum of Art, which houses a long-term collection containing more than 86,000 works of art. It also has a number of special exhibitions that showcase an array of cultures and media from contemporary clothing to ancient objects.  224 Benefit St., Providence, 401-454-6500, risdmuseum.org.

2nd Time Around

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Thrifty college students are always looking for good deals, so why not join them in the hunt? Second Time Around offers top-name brands at affordable prices, and features frequent-buyer cards and online accounts so customers can track their sales in real time. With various locations throughout the Northeast, that frequent-buyer card might (read: definitely will) come in handy. 294 Thayer St., Providence, 401-455-2050, secondtimearound.net.

East Side Pockets

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East Side Pockets is the quintessential college eatery: cheap, delicious and packed with cozy charm. It’s a place where drowsy college students’ and polished businessmen’s worlds mesh over falafel. And boy is it good falafel. Load your pocket with hummus, tzatziki, turnip pickles and your source of protein, including beef, lamb, chicken or falafel.  278 Thayer St.,  Providence, 401-453-1100, eastsidepocket.com.

 

Avon Cinema

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The Avon Cinema showcases a weekly indie film, which is usually shown at night. Our suggestion? Make an evening of it with dinner and a movie. Before the show, bask in the theater’s classic Art Deco architecture, which dates from its construtciont in 1938. They don’t make movie theaters like this anymore, folks. 260 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-3315, avoncinema.com.

Kabob and Curry

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College is a chance to have some international experiences, and Kabob and Curry is a perfect opportunity. For dinner (or lunch for that matter), chow down on a lot more than just the title dishes: Try chicken korma, a lamb samosa or a variety of other dishes. Sip an Indian beer, enjoy some great quality food and admire the vibrant decor. 261 Thayer St, Providence, 401-273-8844, indianrestaurantsri.com.

Brown’s Grad Center Bar

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Finish off the night in classic college style: at a bar. The Grad Center Bar is open to all Brown students, present or past, but if you’re not lucky enough to call yourself an alum, you can pay a five dollar cover to get in. Enjoy affordable beers and play a game or two of pool. They also have a sizable collection of board games if that’s more your style. 90 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-0270  brown.edu.

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7 Activities to Spring into the Season

By Caitlyn Federico

Spring is finally here! We’ve set our clock forward, seen temperatures break fifty degrees and maybe even driven with the windows down. Not only have we entered the season, but Rhode Island has as well. All across the state, activities of every kind have begun to kick off the start of the season.

Gondola Trips

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La Gondola in Providence will open April 1 for its 2017 season. Without even leaving the state, you can experience a little bit of Venice. Whether you want a romantic evening, a night out with friends or just a unique view of the capital city, a ride in these authentic Venetian gondolas should do the trick. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, 421-8877, gondolari.com.

Ghost Tours of Newport

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For those who like the spooky, hair-raising, blood-pumping version of fun, the Ghost Tours of Newport are for you. The Olde Town Ghost Tour begins this Saturday, April 1st at 8pm. This lantern-led tour through historic Newport takes you down dimly lit lanes to discover the ghosts and the haunted legends of the city. 25 Americas Cup Avenue, Newport, ghostsofnewport.com.

Rail Explorers

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New to Rhode Island, Rail Explorers lets you experience the outdoors in a unusual way. Pedal specially designed ‘carts’, on the railroad tracks along Narragansett Bay. The ‘Northern Ramble’ track takes you by beautiful waterfront estates, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve. The ‘Southern Circuit,’ starting at Portsmouth Grove Station, is set to open in July. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net.

Federal Hill Culinary History Tour

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For the Italian in all of us, the Federal Hill Culinary History Tour has two tour options that any foodie would love. In the first tour option, Walter Potenza, master chef and historian, will give you a taste of Federal Hill’s history and food. You will learn culinary terminology, product information, how to shop and how to store food. During the tour, you will also be able to meet the people who make Federal Hill’s dining so special . The tour ends with a visit to the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit, which features images of the first Italian Immigration. The second tour option allows you to participate in a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch or dinner. The tour season will begin April 2. 286 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-2652, federalhilltours.com.

Rustic Tri View Drive-In

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Who wouldn’t love to open their trunk, snuggle into some blankets and watch a movie on a giant screen with a little fresh air? There’s no better place to kick back and watch a movie than at the Rustic Tri View Drive-In. This authentic 1950s facility has three screens with two consecutive feature films played on each. Gather a group of friends and, starting in April, watch all the newest films in the comfort of your own car. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield, 484-5452, yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.

C And L Stables in Goddard Park

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C and L Stables offers beachside horseback riding through eighteen miles of scenic trails in Goddard Park. Enjoy views of East Greenwich Bay while you ride. With docile horses and trails for many experience levels, it‘s a comfortable experience for everyone, even beginners. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 886-5246, candlstables.info.

Warzone Paintball and Airsoft

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Warzone is Rhode Island’s only outdoor paintball and airsoft field. It is home to more than thirty-five acres of land containing villages, forts, bunkers and trenches. Warzone takes parties, although you can come as an individual and join the fun. All equipment and ammo is provided for you, and there are referees to ensure you’re playing safely and by the rules. 320 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown, 228-6366, warzoneri.com.

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A Day in Olneyville

Olneyville: We all know it’s home to the culinary masterpiece known as the NY System Wiener, but what else? Let me fill you in; there’s a lot more going on in this Providence neighborhood than meets the eye. From exciting bars to relaxing yoga studios, this place has it all. Wanna spend the day Olneyville? Here’s your guide:

Boiler House Yoga

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What better way to start your day than with a relaxing yoga session. Boiler House Yoga offers just that. The studio specializes in hot yoga, which involves temperatures around 100 degrees and meditative yoga poses. The facility has all the amenities, including a spacious lounge, a friendly staff and, most importantly, showers. Rinse off after a sweaty session and head out for the rest of your day. bikramyogaprovidence.com

 

Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners

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Would any trip to Olneyville be complete without some wieners? After yoga, head over to Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners and chow down on a few for lunch. This local institution has been in Olneyville since the 1930s, serving wieners covered in mustard, onions, celery salt and meat sauce. After four generations of serving up these specialized hot dogs, it’s safe to say they know their stuff. olneyvillenewyorksystem.com

Grin Contemporary Gallery

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After satisfying your stomach, sate your mind with some high brow art. With an ever rotating collection, the Grin Contemporary Gallery will keep you coming back for more. The artist-run gallery has had some unusual exhibits. For example, “Fantasia Colorado,” one of their past exhibits, explored fact and fiction with the story of the government’s attempt to use camels in the US Army. You never know what to expect at Grin, but it will definitely pique your interest. grinprovidence.com

La Lupita

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Time for dinner! Unpretentious but delicious — La Lupita is the quintessential Mexican joint. Grab a burrito, huaraches and a couple of cervezas. If you like your food spicy, the restaurant has a range of salsa, from mild to mouth-numbingly hot. Your search for some authentic Mexican food is over. lalupitamex.com

The Shelter

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Pinball, Pac-Man and pilsners, what more could you want? After dinner, head over to the Shelter Arcade Bar, a fully functioning arcade equipped with a cozy bar. Play classics like Galaga and Frogger or try out one of their many pinball machines — they cover themes from Lord of the Rings to “South Park.” Try an arcade themed cocktail or one of the many craft beers. fetemusic.com

Justine’s

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The speakeasy is seeing a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of years, and Justine’s is Providence’s own take on the hidden bar. Round off the night with some laid-back (if hard to find) drinks. Walk past the mannequins clad in scanty underwear (the bar is disguised as a lingerie shop), and step beyond the black curtain into this classy joint. Exposed brick, tasteful decor and delicious cocktails make this watering hole worth the search. Sit back, relax and reflect on your fun-filled day in Olneyville. facebook.com

 

 

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