The Ideal New England Getaway
Aside from pure relaxation, you can easily fill your days with a myriad of activities through-out the year. From pristine ocean shores to glorious mountains, bed and breakfast inns truly offer activities to suit everyone. Whether you are after the brilliant fall foliage color, a quiet hike through the woods and mountains of northern New England or the solitude of walking the shores of southern New England's beaches, an adventure vacation of downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, or snowmobiling, you will find the answer at one or more of these New England Bed and Breakfast Country Inns with Innkeepers ready and willing to conceirge you in the right direction. Each individually owned Distinctive Inn is a destination in itself offering unique personality, charm, and a sincere dedication to your needs and desires. Or you may choose to plan a "Grand Tour" of New England by visiting www.destinationnewengland.comFor New Englander's the states that make up New England, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine is a days drive.
Within New England, the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island , is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. By land Rhode Island borders Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east. Rhode Island also shares a water border with New York to the southwest.
Despite being called Rhode Island in common usage most of the state is on the continental mainland. The name Rhode Island derives from the colonial-era name for what is now known as Aquidneck Island, which now comprises the city of Newport and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay. On the island of Aquidneck, the Ivy Lodge is located one block from the ciffwalk and borders the famed Newport mansions.
Although a New Englander can make the Aquidneck island a day trip, if you so choose to lodge with us, you'll find great conversation at the breakfast table with many New Englander's -- or in one case -- when ask by a table full of New Englanders, "where are you from?" A very friendly smile came upon one guest's face who proudly proclaimed, " I'm from old England! Newport draws a very diverse and international crowd, making this close to home vacation feel far away . . . in a days drive.
Some facts about Rhode island . . .
Rhode Island was the second of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from British rule (after New Hampshire) and the last to ratify the United States Constitution.
Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to state's geography, as nearly one tenth of Rhode Island's inland area is covered by salt water. In addition, no resident of the state is more than a thirty-minute drive from the water's edge. Unofficially, and in other parts of the country, Rhode Island is referred to as Little Rhody.