1. The food.
We have everything from authentic Italian at Andino’s, French cuisine at Red Stripe, Indian Food at Kabob & Curry, Asian delicacy at Ken’s Ramen, the best Seafood at Hemenway’s, and even Peruvian Food at Los Andes Restaurant. Plus the many comfort foods our state is famous for like Iggy’s Clam Cakes, New York System Hot Weiners, Del’s Frozen Soft Lemonade, and our official state drink Autocrat Coffee Milk.
2. Everyone in Rhode Island is less than an hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Most of our coastline is free to the public and great for outdoor activities. Check out Narragansett, Newport, and Block Island for some of the best views on the East Coast.
3. We have four seasons.
Sometimes you might even experience 3 or 4 seasons in the same week! Our summers are gorgeous with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Spring is as pleasant as can be with warm days and cool nights. Winters are filled with drifts of snow, ice skating, and skiing. And Fall is gorgeous with nice breezes and trees bursting with colorful foliage.
4. We’re green.
Many homes and businesses across the state utilize green energy with the use of solar and wind technology. It’s not uncommon to see a lot full of solar panels or several wind turbines as you drive down our highways. Rhode Island is also home to the country’s first offshore wind farm, just off the coast of Block Island. Our state has gone green, taking advantage of the power of wind, creating energy and jobs.
In New England, especially Rhode Island, we take our sports very seriously. When the New England Patriots recently won their fifth Super Bowl Championship, they celebrated with a parade in Boston, but then headed south to Providence, home of their biggest fan base. Living in Rhode Island means you are less than an hour away from legendary sports teams from all four major sports, The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. And we have full TV and radio coverage on local channels for all four teams. And if that’s not enough, we are also home to two minor league affiliates, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Providence Bruins.
6. Great schools.
For a small state, we’re well known for our schools, especially colleges. Brown University, one of the original Ivy League schools is located in a large portion of Providence. Johnson & Wales is one of the world’s most respected culinary arts schools. Rhode Island School of Design is one the country’s top art schools. And of course, University of Rhode Island and Providence College are well known for their academics and NCAA sports programs.
7. Our history.
Being one of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island is packed with historic places. We have some of the oldest buildings and streets in the country. Newport is home to the country’s oldest synagogue. And Providence has the nation’s first Baptist Church. We have the oldest library, the first state-run airport, the first automated post office, and the oldest carousel.
8. Rhode Islanders.
You simply won’t find another state with such a close mix of people. Rhode Island is historically known for its acceptance of all religions, races, and orientations. We all live together in this small state, for the most part quite happily. We not only tolerate each other, but we learn from each other.
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