Hilton Providence – Rhode Island

Hilton Providence | 21 Atwells Ave | Providence, RI 02903 | 401-831-3900 Convenience in downtown Providence Located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, this stylish hotel is within walking distance of Historic Federal Hill, Providence Place Mall and Rhode Island Convention Center. Discover attractions with ease from this comfortable and sophisticated Rhode Island … Continue reading

Providence Marriott Downtown – Rhode Island

Providence Marriott Downtown / 1 Orms Street / Providence, RI 02904 / 1-866-807-2171 ¬† ¬† ¬† My first impression as I walked into the Providence Marriott Downtown hotel was how golden and sunny their lobby felt. I loved it’s¬†tangerine, mustard¬†& brown earth tones, soft lighting and¬†roominess. ¬† There were several¬†people working on laptops, enjoying the … Continue reading

Julian’s – Providence, RI | Gay Travel Information

JULIAN‚ÄôS¬†/ 318 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Do you remember¬†that person¬†in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were¬†‚Äústrange‚ÄĚ,¬†but not you.¬†Oh no.¬†You¬†anticipated passing them each day in the school hall hoping maybe, just maybe you would get a nod or half smile.¬†You‚Äôd make it … Continue reading

Rick’s Roadhouse – Providence, RI

Rick’s Roadhouse / 370 Richmond Street / Providence, RI / 401-272-PORK I was in love with Rick’s Roadhouse before it even opened. I remember reading an article about this new BBQ restaurant opening in downtown Providence that would reflect the type BBQ shacks one would find on on a road trip, such as on historic … Continue reading

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails – East Greenwich, RI

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails / 378 Main Street / East Greenwich, RI / 1-401-398-8855 I love, love, love, LOVE¬†Besos¬†Kitchen & Cocktails. There is no other way to start this review than to state that fact.¬† I developed a crush and swooned from afar after seeing photos and reading¬†Besos’ (which means “kisses” in Spanish) menu online, … Continue reading

LJ’s BBQ – Pawtucket, Rhode Island

LJ’s BBQ / 727 East Avenue / Pawtucket, RI 02860 / 401-305-5255 Sometimes a place is just TOO GOOD to spotlight only once as is the case with LJ’s BBQ in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Gay Travel Information originally reviewed LJ’s back in April 2011. You can read that review HERE. Since then, LJ’s has been … Continue reading

Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern – Smithfield, Rhode Island

Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern / 181 George Washington Hwy – Route 116 – Smithfield, RI 02917 / 401-231-4777 ¬† I have never been more excited about a restaurant review than I was about Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern.¬† ¬† Why? Chef Angie Armenise, of course!¬† Angie, a recipient of the 2010 Rhode Island Hospitality Chef of the … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Jacky’s Waterplace & Sushi Bar

Jacky’s Waterplace & Sushi Bar / 200 Exchange Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-383-5000 I have been a fan of Jacky¬†Ko¬†for years. I am lucky enough to live in the east bay area of Rhode Island, very close to Jacky’s¬†Galaxie¬†& Sushi Bar in Bristol.¬† Having frequented Jacky’s Bristol, North Providence and Cumberland locations, I … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Rue de L’Espoir – Providence, RI

Rue De L’ Espoir / 99 Hope Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-751-8890 Rue De¬†L’Espoir¬†is a Rhode Island institution. The Rue, as it is affectionately¬†referred to, opened in ¬†May 1976. Over the past 36 years, The Rue has experienced continued success and has been featured in travel books and magazines, including Esquire, Bon¬†Appetit, Food … Continue reading

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails – East Greenwich, RI

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails / 378 Main Street / East Greenwich, RI / 1-401-398-8855 I love, love, love, LOVE¬†Besos¬†Kitchen & Cocktails. There is no other way to start this review than to state that fact.¬† I developed a crush and swooned from afar after seeing photos and reading¬†Besos’ (which means “kisses” in Spanish) menu online, … Continue reading

Coco Pazzo / English Cellar Alehouse – Providence, RI

Coco Pazzo¬†/ English Cellar Alehouse / 165 Angell Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-454-3434 Coco Pazzo is slang for¬†“crazy crazy”¬†(Crazy in Italian and Crazy in French) but I think it should be slang for¬†“brilliant brilliant”¬†or, better yet,¬†“Oh my God, this brilliant restaurant has some of the best food I have ever eaten!”¬†Yeah, that’s it.¬†THAT¬†is … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Salvation Cafe – Newport, RI

Salvation Cafe / 140 Broadway / Newport, RI 02840 / 401-847-2620 A visit to Salvation Cafe in Newport, RI is like visiting a local celebrity.¬†It is a locals favorite (also popular with tourists) and as “cool as can be”, hip, eclectic and fun. It’s not a follower, it is a leader and stands out with … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Gavin’s Pub & Restaurant – Providence, RI

Gavin’s Pub & Restaurant / 520 South Water Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-383-3833 Gavin’s Pub & Restaurant, located on Providence’s Waterfront, will truly transport you to a different era. The second you step inside this new hot spot, you will feel as if you are back in the 1940’s-1950’s. Think WWII aviation and … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Tipsy Toboggan Fireside Pub – Fall River, MA

Tipsy Toboggan Fireside Pub¬†/ 75 Ferry Street / Fall River, MA 02721 / 508-567-0550 The Tipsy Toboggan Fireside Pub, located in Fall River, MA (well known for Lizzie Borden, Portuguese Culture, and Battleship Cove),¬†will make you feel as if you have been transported to a rustic Apr√®s-ski¬†hangout in some hip ski town. I felt my … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Trattoria Roma – Providence, RI

Trattoria Roma / 310 Atwells Ave / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-331-5000 Stepping into Trattoria Roma is truly like stepping into Italy. The smells, the ambiance, the friendliness of the staff are all so authentic you will forget you are in Rhode Island!¬† However, Rhode Island you are and Roma Providence, an icon in my … Continue reading

Gay Travel – XO Cafe – Providence, RI

XO Cafe / 125 North Main Street / Providence, RI / 401-273-9090 ¬† ¬† XO Cafe is one sexy place. I have been writing reviews for over a year now and I am truly at a lost for words on how to describe this amazing restaurant. ¬† Here goes… ¬† The first thing that struck … Continue reading

Gay Travel – Tazza – Providence, RI

Tazza / 250 Westminster Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-421-0031 I call them as I see them and Providence’s Tazza is HOT!¬†I’m talking European chic, hot. Think high ceilings with ¬†organically inspired chandeliers, the soft glow of candlelight, the pulsating beat of New Age pop, an extremely attractive (and friendly) staff, community tables made … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Caffe Dolce Vita, Hotel Dolce Villa & Smoke Lounge – Providence, RI

Caffe Dolce Vita / 59 DePasquale Avenue / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-331-8240 I grew up on Federal Hill, Providence’s eclectic Little Italy neighborhood, continuously voted one of the top Little Italy’s in North America.¬† One of the reason’s Federal Hill is so popular is because of its Italian eateries including Caffe Dolce Vita. Caffe … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – 10 Prime Steak & Sushi – Providence, RI

10 Prime Steak & Sushi / 55 Pine Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-453-2333 Stepping into 10 Prime Steak & Sushi is like stepping into a trendy, sexy, Miami bistro. Everything about the decor and ambiance is funky, chic and downright beautiful. From the zebra striped door to the cobalt blue backdrop and naked … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI

Trinity Brewhouse / 186 Fountain Street / Providence, RI 02905 / 401-453-BEER (2337) Trinity Brewhouse is a Gothic funhouse of award winning beers, delicious pub food, rock music, friendly service, and a trendy, youthful, local clientele. It’s eye catching carnival styled signs beckon you to step right up and try “the best beer in Rhode … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Providence Coal Fired Pizza – Providence, RI

Providence Coal Fired Pizza / 385 Westminster Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-454-7499¬† I had never heard about coal fired pizza before learning about Providence Coal Fired Pizza here in Rhode Island, but I knew it was something I had to try out! A friend of mine stumbled across this amazing restaurant on a … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Paragon & Viva – Providence, RI

Paragon & Viva / 234 Thayer Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-331-6200 There are many aspects that make Paragon / Viva great, one being it’s central location on thriving Thayer Street near Brown University. Then there is the alfresco dining. The beautiful interior. Their huge Sunday Brunch and incredibly delicious food.¬† Caf√© Paragon opened … Continue reading

27th Annual Aids Walk For Life Rhode Island

27TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK FOR LIFE RHODE ISLAND 2012 Walkers are needed for the 27th annualAIDS Walk For Life Rhode Island, on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The 2.5 mile walk begins and ends on the Rhode Island State House lawn.¬† Registration is 9:00am and the walk begins at 10:00am. Fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/aidswalkri I asked AIDS … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Julian’s – Providence, RI

JULIAN‚ÄôS¬†/ 318 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Do you remember¬†that person¬†in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were¬†‚Äústrange‚ÄĚ,¬†but not you.¬†Oh no.¬†You¬†anticipated passing them each day in the school hall hoping maybe, just maybe you would get a nod or half smile.¬†You‚Äôd make it … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Mister Sister Erotica – Providence, RI

Quality Erotica without the attitude. Mister Sister Erotica / 268 Wickendon Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-421-6969 Nestled in the heart of Fox Point in Providence, Rhode Island, Mister Sister adds a tasteful and diverse selection of erotica catering to the eclectic neighborhood in which she stands. Mister Sister is an Erotic Boutique that … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Besos Kitchen & Cocktails – East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Besos Kitchen & Cocktails / 378 Main Street / East Greenwich, RI / 1-401-398-8855 I love, love, love, LOVE¬†Besos¬†Kitchen & Cocktails. There is no other way to start this review than to state that fact.¬† I developed a crush and swooned from afar after seeing photos and reading¬†Besos’ (which means “kisses” in Spanish) menu online, … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Trattoria Zooma – Providence, Rhode Island

Trattoria Zooma / 245 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903 / 401-383-2002 Trattoria Zooma located right in the heart of Providence, RI’s “Little Italy”, Federal Hill (one of the top “Little Italy’s” in the country may I add) is a feast for the senses.¬† This traditional southern Italian (Neapolitan) restaurant is stunningly beautiful. The dance of¬†fuchsia, … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Cuban Revolution – Providence, Rhode Island

Cuban Revolution / 50 Aborn Street / Providence, RI / 401-331-8829 **Note Aborn Street Location is closed! Please visit their Valley Street location Providence. Visit web site for more info. Cuban Revolution is one of the most unique, satisfying, genuinely hip restaurants I have had the pleasure of reviewing. They describe themselves as¬†“A spirited swanky … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information – Leo’s Ristorante – Bristol, Rhode Island

Leo’s Ristorante / 365 Hope Street / Bristol, RI 02809 / 401-253-9300 Leo’s Ristorante located on Hope Street in beautiful Bristol, Rhode Island means business, but not that starchy “tuck your shirt in or your fired” type business, but more the “I am here to make you happy and will do anything in my power … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Providence Marriott Downtown – Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Marriott Downtown / 1 Orms Street / Providence, RI 02904 / 1-866-807-2171 My first impression as I walked into the Providence Marriott Downtown hotel was how beautiful their lobby was. I loved the orange & brown earth tones, swanky lighting and openness. I noticed several people working on laptops, enjoying the hotel’s complimentary wireless … Continue reading

Coco Pazzo / English Cellar Alehouse – Providence, RI

Coco Pazzo¬†/ English Cellar Alehouse / 165 Angell Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-454-3434 Coco Pazzo is slang for¬†“crazy crazy”¬†(Crazy in Italian and Crazy in French) but I think it should be slang for¬†“brilliant brilliant”¬†or, better yet,¬†“Oh my God, this brilliant restaurant has some of the best food I have ever eaten!”¬†Yeah, that’s it.¬†THAT¬†is … Continue reading

Rick’s Roadhouse – Providence, RI

Rick’s Roadhouse / 370 Richmond Street / Providence, RI / 401-272-PORK I was in love with Rick’s Roadhouse before it even opened. I remember reading an article about this new BBQ restaurant opening in downtown Providence that would reflect the type BBQ shacks one would find on on a road trip, such as on historic … Continue reading

Joe’s American Bar & Grill – Providence Place Mall – Providence, RI

Joe’s American Bar & Grill / 148 Providence Place (Providence Place Mall) / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-270-4737 Dining at Joe’s American Bar & Grill is all about traditional American cuisine. The elegant dining room with hard wood oak floors and brass accents gives the restaurant more of an upscale vibe but the atmosphere is … Continue reading

XO Cafe – Providence, RI

XO Cafe / 125 North Main Street / Providence, RI / 401-273-9090 ¬† ¬† XO Cafe is one sexy place. I have been writing reviews for over a year now and I am truly at a lost for words on how to describe this amazing restaurant. ¬† Here goes… ¬† The first thing that struck … Continue reading

Provindence Biltmore – Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Biltmore / 11 Dorrance Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 1-800-294-7709 This past Sunday morning I woke up with “butterfly’s in my stomach”, anticipating¬†my upcoming review of the Providence Biltmore! I had been so excited to finally experience such a beautiful, historic hotel. ¬† Walking into Providence Biltmore’s¬†lobby you are instantly struck by the … Continue reading

Mill’s Tavern – Providence, RI

Mill‚Äôs Tavern / 101 North Main Street / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-272-3331 Mill‚Äôs Tavern, located in Providence, Rhode Island in the historic Pilgrim Mill’s Building, is Rhode Island’s only restaurant to receive a four star rating from Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide for a very impressive seven years in a row. Casual elegance with … Continue reading

The Francis Malbone House – Newport, RI

The Francis Malbone House / 392 Thames Street / Newport, RI 02840 / 1-800-846-0392 ¬† My partner¬†& I recently had the distinct pleasure of staying at Newport, Rhode Island’s most luxurious B&B, The Francis Malbone House. The Francis Malbone House is a colonial mansion built circa 1760. Located on Newport’s harborfront, the inn is reminiscent … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Lola’s Tequila Bar & Cantina – Providence, RI

Lola’s Tequila Bar & Cantina / 525 Water Street / Providence, RI / 401-383-0220¬† ¬† Out & About Travel LOVE’S Lola’s! How much so? Well, if Lola was an actual person, who happened to be a lesbian, and either I, or my partner Jen were single, we would try to “woo” her. THAT is how … Continue reading

Gay Travel Information: Mediterraneo Caffe – Providence, RI – Gay & Lesbian Hot Spot!

Mediterraneo Caffe / 134 Atwells Ave / Providence, RI 02903 / (401)-331-7760 A Must Visit When¬†in Providence, Rhode Island! When I think of Federal Hill, Providence, RI’s¬†“Little Italy”¬†neighborhood and¬†the place where I was born, raised & lived for over 30 years, I can’t help but think of Mediterraneo Caffe. ¬† Mediterraneo Caffe dominates the beginning … Continue reading

Amici Bar & Grille – Federal Hill – Providence, RI – Gay & Lesbian Friendly Hot Spot!

Amici Bar & Grill / 242 Atwells Ave / Providence, RI, 02903 / (401)-490-0409. Sushi – Wood Fired Brick Oven – & More! ¬† Amici Bar & Grille was on my radar before it even opened (the official grand opening was January 24, 2011). I was drawn to exterior’s bright yellow & red colors and … Continue reading

Julian’s – Providence, RI – Gay & Lesbian Friendly Hotspot!

Julian’s / 318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Good Looking on the Inside AND Outside! Do you remember that person in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were “strange”, but not you. Oh no. You anticipated passing them each day in the school … Continue reading

Meeting Street Cafe – Providence, RI – Located Up Gay & Lesbian Friendly College Hill.

Meeting Street Cafe / 220 Meeting Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-273-1066 ¬† THE PERFECT PLACE TO MEET – MORNING, NOON or NIGHT! I remember the first time I¬†dined¬†at Meeting Street Cafe. I was 10 years old, the year was 1986, and I thought I had the¬†best parents ever for taking me there. I … Continue reading

DownCity ‚Äď Providence, Rhode Island‚Äôs Ultimate Gay & Lesbian Friendly Restaurant & Lounge!

DownCity / 50 Weybosset Street / Providence, RI 02903 / (401)-331-9217 ¬† The Ultimate Gay & Lesbian Stop When in Providence, Rhode Island! ¬† ¬† ¬† Abby Cabral, general manager and co-owner of DownCity in Providence, is extremely cute, feisty, stylish, friendly, approachable, sassy, instantly likeable and just down right ‚ÄĒ cool. Much like DownCity … Continue reading

GIT YOUR BIPPY TO LJ’S FOR RHODE ISLAND’S BEST BBQ!

LJ’s BBQ¬†/ 727 East Avenue / Pawtucket, RI / (401)-305-5255 ¬† SO GOOD, IT’LL MAKE YOU CURSE! ¬† LJ’s BBQ¬†is so much more than just delicious, award winning BBQ. It is about the LOVE that goes¬†into the preparation of¬†food. It’s the passion. The pride. The enthusiasm. The authenticity. The confidence in knowing that you make … Continue reading

DownCity – Providence, Rhode Island’s Ultimate Gay & Lesbian Friendly Restaurant & Lounge!

DownCity / 50 Weybosset Street / Providence, RI 02903 / (401)-331-9217 ¬† The Ultimate Gay & Lesbian Stop When in Providence, Rhode Island! ¬† ¬† ¬† Abby Cabral, general manager and co-owner of DownCity in Providence, is extremely cute, feisty, stylish, friendly, approachable, sassy, instantly likeable and just down right — cool. Much like DownCity … Continue reading

Liberty Elm Diner – Providence, RI – As Gay and Lesbian Friendly as it Gets!

Liberty Elm Diner * 777 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI * (401) 467-0777 ¬† ¬† LIVE MUSIC! ART! DELICIOUS FOOD! PINK FLAMINGO!? ¬† It’s amazing how far one can travel in such a short distance. This weekend I felt like I dined at the coolest of retro-Americana diners in Austin, TX, yet, I traveled a mere¬†13 … Continue reading

10 Gay & Lesbian Friendly Getaways from Boston

GAY & LESBIAN FRIENDLY NEW ENGLAND Auther, Andrew Collins, share’s his pick on 10 Gay & Lesbian Friendly getaways from Boston. Being from Providence, RI, I couldn’t agree¬†more with his picks! CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE Follow Andrew’s Gay & Lesbian Travel page for About.com HERE.