Destination: Providence, RI

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CONSTRUCT 2017 will be held September 13-15.  Come in early and/or stay late so you can really take in all the the city has to offer!

Providence, RI, aptly nicknamed the Creative Capital, has been celebrated as a top dining destination and an arts mecca. Its compact, walkable downtown features a dining scene that has been named among the best in the country by the readers of Travel + Leisure in their “America’s Favorite Cities” poll and among the best small dining cities in the world by Saveur in their "Culinary Travel Awards.” The renowned Rhode Island School of Design has had a tremendous influence on the city’s arts community, with plenty of galleries, theaters, art installations and other cultural attractions within walking distance of area hotels. 

Accessibility: Located at the intersection of I-95 and I-195, Providence is 40 miles from Boston (about a one-hour car ride) and 185 miles from New York City (about three hours by car).  Providence is also located along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor route, with the high speed Acela Express train service transporting passengers to and from New York City in about two and a half hours.  Just ten minutes from downtown Providence, T.F. Green Airport offers non-stop service to more than 27 different markets across the country.  

Attractions: With a thriving arts district, a commitment to historical preservation, and a sophisticated nightlife, Providence offers a variety of entertainment options.  The Bank of America Skating Center, located in the heart of the city, offers winter fun for the whole family.  Tony award-winning Trinity Repertory Company draws throngs of theatergoers into the city.  Children will delight in the sights and spectacles at the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence Children's Museum. 

Dining: Providence is one of the hottest culinary spots in the country.  Home to the world's largest culinary educator, Johnson & Wales University, many students stay in the city after graduation.  Providence has more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the US.  From authentic ethnic foods to seafood fresh from Narragansett Bay, the city offers a dazzling array of restaurants that will delight even the most discerning palate.  

Shopping: Connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center and The Omni Providence, Providence Place offers visitors a mall with more than 170 shopping, dining and entertainment options.  Funky urban chic can be found at one of the many boutiques on Thayer and Wickenden streets, both on the city's tony East Side.  For those seeking one-of-a-kind items, risd/works is an innovative hybrid of retail store, gallery and design showroom featuring works from Rhode Island School of Design alumni and faculty. 

What They're Saying:   

  • Voted #3 in the US for food and #2 for theater – Travel + Leisure's 2010 "America's Favorite Cities" poll   
  • "Top Ten Up and Coming Travel Destinations in the World" – Wall Street Journal   
  • "One of the Top Ten Little Italys in America." – Mario Batali in USA Today about Providence's Federal Hill 
  • "Mecca for Tourism and the Arts" – New York Times   
  • "Divine . . . hosts an abundance of terrific places to eat." – Bon Appetit   
  • "The eclectic mix of old and new architecture had made Providence an ideal location to shoot television shows and movies." – OK Magazine   
  • "Providence has definitely gotten better with age." – Travel + Leisure   
  • "Major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco no longer have a monopoly on innovative chefs, food artisans, mixologists and other talents. Now these men and women are as likely to turn up in smaller cities like Providence." – Food and Wine