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Things to Do in Providence, RI

Providence, Rhode Island is home to scores of exciting attractions and things to do. Whether you’re on vacation with the family or visiting Providence on business, there are plenty of spots in and near the city to take in the sights and sounds of New England. Top attractions include the historic Newport Mansions, Roger Williams Park and Zoo, ice skating at Bank of America City Center, the RISD Museum and Providence Children’s Museum, and Twin River Casino. With so much to see and do, your visit to Providence, Rhode Island is sure to be action-packed!


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After a long drawn out winter, when spring finally shows its gentle smiling face, our minds tend to turn toward beach walks and BBQs. We long for the days of farmer’s markets filled with bright berries and summer vegetables. We don’t waste a minute lamenting the end of the dark and dreary winter. Instead, we revel in the fact that it’s time to roll up our selves and start thinking about what grew well in our Urban Chef’s Garden and events that allow us to showcase this successful bounty. Close your eyes and think about your favorite summer cocktail. How about a freshly made margherita pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden. Or maybe it’s homemade pickles you crave.  What comes to your mind? Earthy, crispy, spicy and fresh immediately come to ours. Here are some of our most successful bounties from the Providence Marriott Downtown’s Urban Chef’s Garden for food and cocktails that showcase the best of the summer season in our little plot of land in Providence, RI.

Tomatoes = Over 100 lbs used in our day to day activities and specials. In late September, we still had about another 40 or so lbs on the plants so our season lasts a long time.
Cucumbers = We harvested  60 lbs last summer using them on salads and pickling them for use with charcuterie boards in both banquets and the restaurants.
Acorn Squash = Not a big producer but the quality of the squash is phenomenal.  Give or take 40 lbs (which isn’t a lot when it comes to heavy acorn squash.
Kalette = This was a great producer for us.  We harvested the outer leaves and used them on chef tables, specials, and in the restaurants.  Kalette was still producing strong in late Septmeber.
Swiss chard = another one of those great producer’s.  It was continuously harvested and just kept growing.  We made everything from stuffed chard leaves to sautéing, to braising and pickling the stems. 
Sriracha peppers
= 60 lbs of these plants just kept producing a mildly hot (jalapeno like) pepper with great flavor.  We used them in our sweet pepper jam for our chicken sliders all throughout the summer.  They were still flowering and continuing to produce until first frost.
Leeks = Planted in 2017 to winter over. Plan to harvest soon.
Herb Garden = this was the real star of the garden with Basil, Thai Basil, Mint, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley.  We supplemented our herb purchasing tremendously throughout the summer utilizing all the herbs on the line, in banquets, for chef tables, and drinks at the bar.  We always had fresh mint for mojitos, thyme and rosemary simple syrups, and basil for other drinks.  We also
featured our garden basil on our margherita pizzas in the restaurants.  Fresh from the garden chives & sage were used at our Thanksgiving buffet.
2018 Garden Plans
We will looking at our top performers and see what we can do better along with trying some cherry tomatoes and early season pea/beans.  We would also like to look into producing our own microgreens and maybe even a vertical growing wall for lettuces and placing some edible flowers around the hotel or in pots under lights inside that we could use for garnish as well as make a beautiful setting for our guests.  Lastly, planting things like rhubarb or asparagus around the outside of the hotel for multiyear production. The Chef’s Table events, the Bluefin Grille menu and AQUA’s menu as well as banquet events will showcase seasonal items from our garden.


Bike Providence

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Providence, Rhode Island – June 6, 2017


Upgrade your next stay at the Providence Marriott Downtown and book the Bike Providence Package. Explore Providence on two wheels and enjoy all the creative capital has to offer. This resort-style Providence hotel has developed partnerships with the coolest attractions, shops and restaurants on both the historic East and West sides. We have also reached out to the best places to stop along the East Bay Bike Path. When Providence Marriott’s guests stop in at any participating establishment, they receive an exclusive perk – anything from a discount to a freebie or even preferential seating. Each guest that books this package will receive special customized maps that indicate how to get to our area partners. This package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Bicycle rental for up to 6 hours
  • Maps to cool places to go in Providence
  • East Bay Bike Path Map and Information

Hop on board this new exclusive package and pedal away to your your hearts content (especially on College Hill). Get ready to see some sparks fly! 

New Year’s Eve in Providence, RI

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Your New Year’s Eve plans just…got…real! Go out, stay home…what to do?? Do both! When you book the SPARKLE New Year’s Eve package at the Providence Marriott Downtown, you get to attend a one-of-a-kind event filled with amazing food and incredible entertainment. Then you get to stay in deluxe accommodations and sleep in…it’s almost like home but BETTER!
The SPARKLE package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Cocktail reception with signature cocktails and hors d’ouerves
  • Live music by Steven Palumbo
  • Three course dinner with menu by Chef Franco Paterno
  • DJ and dancing
  • Champagne toast
  • Sparkly attire recommended
  • Late check out

So go out for New Year’s Eve this year – live a little or a lot! It’s up to you how much you SPARKLE! Click HERE to watch a 30 second video.

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Fall’s almost here. Officially, September 22 marks the first day of autumn. New England has earned its awesome reputation for it’s incredible leaf-peeing opportunities. The Providence Marriott Downtown is nestled between the historic East Side (beautiful fall foliage) and downtown Providence. But it is still located near local farms and beautiful walking trails – oh the joys of being the smallest state in the US. Discover why fall is many Rhode Islanders’ favorite season. Online guide to trails in RI.
Autumn is also that time of year when we begin to crave foods that are a bit more decedent and nourishing. If you are going to visit Providence in the Fall, you are wise to take advantage of one of the amazing Food Lovers’ Getaways created by the Providence Marriott Downtown. Whether you want your own private bourbon tasting when you book the Bourbon & Bites or you are interested in Rhode Island’s array of craft beers with the more casual Beer & Blue Jeans Escape, or you want to see how the chefs at the Bluefin Grille can rock your taste buds with the Chefs’ Tasting Escape. Anyone who loves food will love these getaway packages.
Fall doesn’t last long in Rhode Island. It only takes one Nor’Easter to pull the colorful leaves down before their time. Visit the week of Columbus Day for the projected by fall foliage.

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Cheers to the Summer of ’16

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August 30, 2016


What a summer, right?! Providence, RI has had some spectacular weather. Hot days, cool nights and fun times. The Providence Marriott Downtown shimmies and shakes all summer long with outdoor live music, special events and poolside relaxation. With the only connect indoor and outdoor pools in the state, the Providence Marriott is a busy place in the summer. Now that school is back in session and summer is winding down, the is a new vibe about the place. It’s had to say goodbye to summer. September has so much to offer and the temps stay relatively warm – perfect for sunbathing one last time before you need to pick out your Halloween costume! This September there are several MUST-DO events in Providence:

Be sure to Like the Providence Marriott Downtown on Facebook and post your favorite September activity in Providence – take a pic and post it with the #pvdmarriott and the hotel will send you a promo code for a discount off your next stay through FB message.


PS: AQUA, Providence’s only poolside lounge is still open and they’re celebrating summer until Columbus Day Weekend. Be sure to stop by for an after-work cocktail or book the exclusive and wildly popular Tower for Two package! Use promo code Zj1


Hot Deals and Cool Hotel Packages in Providence

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August 1, 2016

In the early spring, the Providence Marriott Downtown sent a survey to a group of past guests with the goal of receiving some important information. The questions asked about what their guests would want in a perfect hotel stay. Guests were asked questions that would help the marketing team create getaway packages that guests wanted to buy! Novel idea, right? Well, here’s the cool part. The guests responded and responded, to the point where the survey had to have an expiration date as only so much data could be managed. The answers were sorted and here were the results.

Every single participant* wanted some sort of food and/or beverage element included in their dream getaway package – not spa services, not tickets to area attractions but food (& beverage). Having breakfast included was a must. Complimentary room upgrade and late check out (or early check in) were next in line.

calamariSo the team at the Providence Marriott Downtown developed three new F&B based experiences:

  • Chefs’ Tasting Escape – Includes: breakfast buffet for two and a complimentary sampling from the Chef of the Bluefin Grille







  • Bourbon & Bites – Includes: breakfast buffet for two, two complimnetary appetizers and a bourbon sampling at the Bluefin Lounge







The most recent addition to the Providence Marriott’s getaway package collection is the AQUA Tower for Two package. This package showcases AQUA’s 2016 signature cocktail – you guessed it! – the Tower for Two!


This amazingly delicious and refreshing cocktail is truly cocktails for two with enough for each to have one mighty poolside beverage and a little extra. You can find this all new and extremely popular package by clicking HERE.



If you are interested in reading some cool blog posts from F&B professionals who have a PASSION for all things F&B, please visit


*some participants did not answer every question


Wicked Winter Savings!

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Providence, RI – February 1, 2016

School Vacation is right around the corner! What are your plans? Don’t count on it being 60 degrees like today! No way! Have the kids started asking: “What can we do? Our friends are going to Florida!” Well, I’m not suggesting you head to Florida (although it does sound nice).

Well, how about taking a staycation? The Providence Marriott Downtown has the biggest indoor pool in the area. Kids love it, the hotel expects you to be here during winter break so they have fun stuff (like the VIP Kids’ Escape) and it’s a close and easy mini vacation that won’t break the bank!

For a limited time, the VIP Kids’ Escape and the Romance Package: Pride and Joy Couples Escape are 20% off (based upon availability). Here’s the super-cool part…everyone who books any of the Providence Marriott’s exclusive packages in February or March will automatically be entered to win TWO seats at the The Chef’s Table Wine Dinner Series of their choice AND an overnight stay.

You’ll be glad that you thought of a little getaway. It’s good to get out and have some fun!




Besides…do you really want to chance this happening to you?

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Holidays in Providence, RI

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December 2015 | Providence, RI

The holiday season is a time to celebrate family! We love it and look forward to it every year. The Providence Marriott Downtown has some helpful travel tips to help you and your family have more time to enjoy each other rather then spending your time searching for that old blow up mattress!

Our Holiday Gift for You is available during the month of December and until January 18th – based upon availability. This is an awesome value for your visiting family. It includes a $25 credit that can be used towards breakfast at the Bluefin Grille. One less meal for you to prepare and the Bluefin Grille’s breakfast is A-MAY-ZING!

Winter is an excellent time to visit Providence. The Alex & Ani City Center skating is open and Providence Marriott guests receive an exclusive discount on admission! Providence Performing Arts Center will have Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and the Nutcracker this month. The Marriott’s complimentary shuttle service make getting there a dream! Yes, we’ll even pick you up! See more exclusive packages by clicking HERE.

If you are still looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve that is cool, fun, delicious, keeps you out of trouble but still lets you let loose and promises a snuggly night’s sleep, consider the Diamonds & Ice package. Click on the Infographic below for more information.

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New Year’s Eve in Providence, RI

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New Year’s Eve is on a Thursday this year! That means one-big-long holiday weekend! OK, so now what? The Providence Marriott Downtown has been the place to be for New Year’s Eve for over 20 years. What’s so cool about this year? It’s an evening FULL of entertainment, celebration and FUN!

  • Hors d’oeurves and signature cocktails from 7-8 PM
  • Dinner (seated and served) with menu designed by Executive Chef Franco Paterno and his master culinary team.
  • Cash Bar
  • Christopher Grace is known at the Man Who Knows Too Much- Mentalist from Boston
  • Extravagant Dessert Display
  • Champagne Toast
  • Dancing with DJ Kenny (who is adorable by the way – see below)DJ_Kenny
  • Late check out the next day and early check in on New Year’s Eve

So as you begin your search for what’s happening in Providence, RI for New Year’s Eve, visit 

Summer Hotel Deals in Providence, Rhode Island

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September 2, 2015 | Providence, RI

Summer continues in Providence. Technically for only three more weeks but during that time there are awesome hotel deals to be found! The kids have gone back to school so it’s hassle for families to get away. This is when couples can go to a resort-style hotel like the Providence Marriott Downtown and the odds of the pool being packed with kids is pretty slim! Sip on a crisp, hand-crafted cocktail while sitting on your private patio when you book the AQUA Escape only available at the Providence Marriott Downtown. If thoughts of shoveling snow have got you secretly clutching your beach floaties and sniffing your sunscreen, you will want to take advantage of this awesome end-of-summer sale.

Additional hotel deals include: