Travel to Rhode Island
The closest airport to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick is T.F. Green Airport (PVD), located two miles from the Crowne Plaza. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, and cab service is also available.
Boston’s Logan Airport is 60 miles from Providence’s T.F. Green Airport and you can book round trip transportation via the Peter Pan bus line. Prices vary depending on your arrival date and time. The bus will drop you off in front of the airport. For more information and to book, click here. Once you get to the Providence airport, you can take the free hotel shuttle to the Crowne Plaza.
Weather and Attire for the Weekend
Rhode Island in mid-June can be delightful and also humid with temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Block Island is on the water and winds can pick up unexpectedly so be prepared with a sweater or jacket. Vermont could be a few degrees cooler than RI, or a few degrees warmer. You’ll want to bring shorts and long pants as one thing about the New England weather you can count on is that it will change at a moment’s notice. Attire for the weekend is casual and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged for exploring Block Island or the Vermont Country Store on Saturday.
About Block Island
Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic Ocean 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, offers the vacationer what does not seem possible anymore—simple relaxation in a startlingly beautiful place. The Island is famous for its miles of free public beaches, sparkling clear waters, dramatic bluffs, preserved open spaces and fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages. Block Island has long been a haven for residents and visitors who have found here a quality of life that recalls the pleasures of a life that is simpler, slower, and somehow, more carefree. It’s no wonder that the Nature Conservancy has designated Block Island “One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.” Read more about the Island.
If we are unable to go to Block Island because of rough seas, we will take you to Marie’s hometown of Newport. With spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture and a thriving waterfront downtown, Newport is one of the top resort destinations on the east coast. Situated on Narragansett Bay, Newport is considered the sailing capital of the world and is host to the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt. You can also visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, local wineries and beaches. Read more about Newport.
If you want to explore Newport on Sunday after Reader Weekend events have concluded, take the hotel shuttle to the airport and then book the airport shuttle to Newport for $30 each way. The shuttle will drop you off at the Visitor’s Center and is a short walk to the wharf area, shopping and dining. You can book shuttle service for $30 each way from the airport to the Newport via Orange Cab/Newport Shuttle. They can be reached at 401-841-0020.
About the Vermont Country Store
You’ll find the Rockingham store is stocked to the rafters with kitchen gadgets, tried-and-true personal care items and remedies, household problem solvers, plus a wide variety of locally-made award-winning Vermont cheeses, penny candy favorites, Vermont maple syrup products and hundreds more items that will remind you of the Abbott family and Marie’s Green Mountain Series. Sample all you want inside the store and if you’re still hungry, check out Mildred’s Market, located inside the store.
On the grounds, take a stroll to the Kissing Bridge or visit the Grist Mill Museum and see the hand-made equipment once used to harness the power of water. There’s something fun, interesting and memorable for everyone.
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