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Good Fish Tacos on the East Coast? Providence, RI

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June 18, 2014 ~ Providence, RI
When I was in California, I had an amazing fish taco. We were visiting my sister and she took us to this little casual place. This was their specialty. Really? Fish in a taco? Who knew! Let me tell you, it was outrageously good! So this summer in my quest to find the perfect East Coast fish taco, I shopped around. Mind you, they are not easy to find. Not like a lobster roll or even a lobster BLT. I conquered my quest at the perfectly relaxing AQUA located in the Providence Marriott Downtown. AQUA’s Fish Tacos are new this season. It’s something they want to become famous for serving. I think they’re on the right track. Available Thursday – Sunday, AQUA’s grilling station cranks out tons of the best fish tacos around. Not just fish ones either. They offer beef and pulled pork too. $13 gets you three and you can watch the chef grill and then assemble your fish taco right before your eyes. AQUA”s fish tacos pair nicely with their signature Margaritas! California you’re getting a run for your money! Insider’s tip: Found out that AQUA will be offering Salsa Dance lessons every Thursday in July and August. $5.95 Margaritas and some fish tacos and you have a girls’ night out to remember! 

Providence, RI Travel – AQUA Season is Here!

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June 6, 2014 ~ The school year is coming to an end. The days are longer. The flowers are blooming – finally! This season has taken a long time to arrive in New England. Why not take a day away from home and get a chance to enjoy it. The Providence Marriott really knows how to celebrate the summer months. From the connecting indoor and outdoor pools, to the creative cocktail menu at AQUA (Providence’s only poolside lounge) to the live island music every Saturday afternoon – this place takes you away from it all in a South Beach atmosphere…but in Providence, RI. The AQUA Escape is one of their primo overnight packages offering a poolside room with a private patio, cocktails at AQUA and a special welcome amenity waiting in your room. Click HERE for more information or call 1-866-807-2171 and ask for the AQUA Escape. PS: Extend your stay to include or reserve a Sunday night and save!

Spring Travel in Rhode Island

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March 7, 2014

Spring is coming; it is. The birds have started chirping that familiar springtime call – Spring Is Coming! Spring Is Coming! In reality, we’re on the home stretch. Two more weeks of winter. Meanwhile, what to do for a great little getaway? Visit Providence! There’s so much to do with the family or a couples getaway – yes, Valentine’s Day was last month but shouldn’t we celebrate love all the time.
What to do in Providence in the month of March:

  1. Visit Twin River Casino –  NOW WITH LIVE TABLE GAMES! Twin River is a world-class gaming destination located just 9 miles from the Providence Marriott Downtown hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In addition to the largest variety of casino poker, keno, and video slots games in New England. Twin River also offers delicious restaurants and headline entertainment by nationally recognized performers. The Providence Marriott Downtown is proud to be an official hotel partner of Twin River. Hit the jackpot for vacation fun in Rhode Island with our exciting Providence Marriott Downtown Twin River Vacation Package.
  2. Visit the Providence Children’s Museum –
    • Museum visits usually last between two and four hours.
    • While most exhibits can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, Littlewoods is only for children age 4 and under and their caregivers.
    • The Museum offers daily programs. Check the calendar to determine which programs are of interest and age appropriate for your child(ren).
    • The Museum Admissions Desk offers a selection of imaginative toys, souvenirs and gifts.
    • All signage is in both English and Spanish.
    • The Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
    • Book one of the Providence Marriott’s family packages to round out the perfect Rhode Island vacation!
  3. Visit one of Providence’s amazing theaters –  Trinity Rep or Providence Performing Arts Center
    Pair this with one of the Providence Marriott’s romance packages and it’s a safe bet you will win hearts.

These are just a few suggestions from someone in the know. With so much to see and do in Providence, you are pretty much guaranteed a fun visit. See you in the spring!ECARD_PINK_FLOWER


School Vacation Rocks – February 17 – 23, 2014

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The Providence Marriott Downtown running a great promotion for the week  school vacation called “School Vacation Rocks“. Guests can book an awesome rate that includes breakfast for two adults or book a Family Fun Experience (use promo code FML) that includes breakfast for the whole family, a free movie and lots of fun memories made in their great big heated indoor pool. This winter has been hard on everyone. Too much snow and extremely cold temperatures. The kids are sick of it! This special school vacation promo is offering a special solution to the winter blues.

Valentine’s Day in Providence 2014

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January 29, 2014 ~ And so it begins…the quest for the perfect Valentine’s experience. Thank goodness the Super Bowl will distract everyone this weekend, but after that…no excuses! Well after a ton of research, it has become evident to me that every restaurant has a special menu, every hotel has a romance package…how do you choose where to make reservations? It all comes down to service and the experience.  At the Providence Marriott Downtown, when you book a romance package you aren’t simply put in a king room and sent a shabby bottle of champagne. You have choices; the romance packages at the Providence Marriott are customizable.

The Pride & Joy Couples Escape includes deluxe overnight accommodations and late 2 PM check out! OK, now you’re talkin’! It also includes your choice of  a bottle of champagne or a bottle of house wine – not everyone likes champagne, right? Then you decide, breakfast in the award-winning Bluefin Grille OR via room service. Let’s be honest here…who’s not going to pick room service!

The Romance Escape Package also includes deluxe accommodations and a late 2 PM check out. A bottle of champagne and a plate of hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries are delivered once you arrive. Again, you are faced with the decision…eat in the restaurant or via room service. Hmm, I know what I’d do! Don’t forget, you don’t have to check out until 2 PM!

Ready for a cool inside scoop (you would know if you were friends with the hotel on Facebook): The Providence Marriott is running a contest. During the month of February, every romance package is entered to win dinner for two at the Bluefin Grille! The winner will be announced via Facebook every Friday in February.

So that’s where you stay. Now where do you make reservations for dinner? Well, discuss that next week…stay tuned.


Winter Travel to Providence, RI

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January 14, 2014 ~ Well, it’ s official. Valentine’s Day is one month away. Are you ready? Even thinking about? I’m not either…except this is really cool and I wanted to share. The Providence Marriott Downtown celebrates the “Month of Love” for the entire month of February! The whole month! And whether you want to celebrate that you love your kids (pick the Family Movie Night package), that you love your significant other (pick one of their amazing romance packages) or you love to eat (the Ultimate Dining Escape cannot be beat), the Providence Marriott has a deal for you.

The Marriott is also running a contest. Book and stay on one of their romance packages between February 1 – 28, 2014 and be automatically entered to win dinner for two at the award-winning Bluefin Grille to use during their stay or during a future stay. There are four contest drawings – February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014. That’s pretty cool! You gotta celebrate the romance  somehow…why not book a romantic package and see if you get lucky…I mean for the contest.

Happy Month of Love!


Christmas in Providence

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December 13, 2013 ~ Baby it’s cold outside! So what’s to do in Providence? A lot this weekend! WaterFire Providence celebrates the holiday season along the riverwalk this Friday and Saturday. Santa’s village, arts and crafts, a special tree lighting and more. The Providence Marriott Downtown offers a wide selection of overnight packages to make the season bright. Whether you are interested in food and wine or a little romance, they’ve got you covered. In the spirit of Providence and much that makes it famous, visit this weekend and book once of the Providence Marriott’s amazing overnight packages – t his makes for a perfect last minute holiday getaway.

Image below provided by WaterFire Providence – It depicts several of Providence’s famous gondoliers (from La Gondola) caroling at the special Christmas WaterFire.


Holiday Celebrations in Providence

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December 6, 2013 ~ Last week  I cooked my first Thanksgiving Dinner at my home and my family came to me. It was a GREAT idea in theory. No traffic. I get to decide when we eat and WHAT we eat.  I don’t have to do the dishes…that’s a rule in my family. You host, no dishes.  For the most part, I was very grateful for such a splendid table in my tiny house surrounded by loving members of my family. The food was awesome! Thanks Mom for making the mashed potatoes. Meg, your Sweet Potato Pie was “totally cray”. And Dad, thanks for motivating me to continuously brew fresh coffee in the event that we might simply fall asleep at the table because we were so happy. It was a great day. The best part was not about being in control or not having to do dishes but the LAUGHTER. Thanksgiving Day is a long holiday. It’s an all day event. So between the discussions about what walls I can knock down in my house and how long should the turkey be in the oven? We laughed. We laughed and made memories that will be very precious to each of us.

That’s what holiday celebrations are about. Not shopping. Not who has the biggest tree ( I am pretty sure I have the smallest one and perhaps the tackiest – see pic below). It’s laughter that bonds people and makes everything seem OK.  Make sure you get a good dose of laughter this holiday season. It’s always a little sad after Santa leaves so be sure to book a special New Year’s Eve celebration this year at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Celebrate the joyous times and laugh about the silly ones. How will you laugh in New Year’s Eve in Providence this year? Did I mention my cornbread stuffing rocked?


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Celebrate the Holidays in Providence!

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November 25, 2013 ~ After Thursday, it’s official. The Holidays are Upon Us! Hanukkah has begun. There are only 26 shopping days until Christmas. Where does the time go! With all the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s really important to set aside some time to relax and enjoy family. The Providence Marriott Downtown has experiential overnight packages to fulfill that need. The Art, Food & Wine Experience is great for art-lovers and foodies! The package includes deluxe accommodations, admission to the infamous RISD Museum of Art, breakfast for two, an appetizer from the Greatroom 5|10|20 menu as well as a bottle of wine.  No need to make plans during your visit…it’s all planned out for you. With the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to take you to the museum, you literally can arrive, park your car and relax an enjoy your experience.

Now if you are looking for a relaxing trip with the kids, the Family Movie Night package is perfect for you! This package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast for two adults and up to three kids, a complimentary movie (good to encourage some down time) and a pizza you can order through room service – fun! Between all that and the awesome indoor pool, the kids will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. And you will have created a special holiday memory they will remember for a long time to come. Remember, we’re pet-friendly. So you four-legged best friend can come along too!


If you are simply way too busy to get away until after the holidays, you should make plans now for New Year’s Eve. The Providence Marriott Downtown has a solid reputation for throwing amazing parties. This year is no exception. The New Year’s Eve Party Package offers all the bells and whistles. Dinner, dancing, live music,  DJ, the hilarious comedian Ben Hague, luxurious accommodations and a festive atmosphere are all packaged together for you. Talk to some friend and see if everyone wants to go together. What a fabulous way to celebrate the New Year!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

Holiday Rush

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November 14, 2013 ~ The holiday season is upon us! Everything is on SALE – the biggest, best sale of the season! We have a lot of pressure to get the best deal! Whew! It’s exhausting. This store will outbid the next one! Nobody has better prices here. You can’t get this for that price there. OK, breathe….seriously, take a deep breath…hold it…now exhale. It’s going to be OK. You’ll get through it. Your kids will have the best holiday ever. Your neighbors will think your house is the most beautifully decorated in your whole town. Well, maybe not. But you WILL be OK. The trick is to make sure you stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s New Year’s Eve!  (Chorus breaks into auld lang syne here).  This is a holiday for adults to have a little fun and to RELAX! The Providence Marriott Downtown has created an evening so you can do just that. Who doesn’t need a fun night on the town – better yet? Mid week this year! So even if you do go back to work to finish off the week – it’s a two day work week! Lots of laughing, amazing cuisine and dancing the night away. All those hurried holiday memories will be just that. Let’s toast to a fabulous New Year’s celebration this year! While you are researching the best deals online for Black Friday sales, write yourself a reminder on a sticky note to call the Providence Marriott Downtown and have a relaxing end to the holiday rush.

  •  Deluxe overnight accommodations for two on 12.31.2013
  • Reception from 6-7 PM with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
  • Comedy Show with Ben Hague from 7:15 – 8:15 PM
  • Dinner appetizer served at 7 PM with main entree served at 8:15 PM
  • Dancing and live music with Cover To Cover from 8:15 – 1:15 AM
  • Dancing and DJ in Marquis Ballroom with DJ Kickin’ Al from 8 PM – 1:30 AM
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Coffee and breakfast bakeries served at 12:45 AM
  • New Year’s Eve Party Package: $359 

For more information, please call (401) 272-2400