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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Take the Family to Providence

Even shopping is fun for everyone in this small, accessible city.


1. Where to Stay

Most convenient, though expensive, is the Westin Providence (from $304) in the heart of the new downtown, with a walkway to the convention center and the glimmering Providence Place mall.

The Providence Biltmore (from $189) was the jewel of pre-reform Providence and now stays up to date with amenities like the just-opened Red Door Spa.

The Providence Marriott Downtown (from $189) opened on the Providence River in October and is the most appropriate for undiscerning children. They'll be impressed by the indoor pool and agog at the chocolate fountains that appear in the lobby on Friday nights.

Published on Oct 11, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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