Rhode Island: history and cutting edge


With airbnb, you never really know what you’re going to get until you get there. We were in for a few surprises in Pawtucket.

Our place was billed as an ultra-historic (circa 1820s) family friendly house run by the Preservation Society. Part of it was a museum and we lived in the other part.

It was historic and beautiful but it wasn’t family friendly. First of all, the above room was our living area. There was a single soft chair and the rest of the seating was the hard chairs you see here. A love seat would have been great. There was really no place to relax.

There were tons of breakable knick knacks everywhere that I had to move to keep away from my kids. The AC advertised was ancient wall units that had controls that could  only be adjusted with pliers. You had to go up very steep stairs to get to one of the bedrooms. I ended up sleeping there with Arthur because I was too afraid to leave him (and Theo) up there alone. One false move and they could tumble down and get really hurt.

Oh well-at least the kitchen and bathrooms were great.

We enjoyed spending a morning at Eason Beach in beautiful Newport. The kids loved the carousel and swings on the sand. The weather was gorgeous. Later Theo and I took a tour of The Breakers ($20 for me, free for him), the former summer mansion for the Vanderbilt Family.

 I felt a mix of awe and guilt as I wandered through the lavish rooms. It was a spectacle with every square inch decorated with Greek gods, plants, symbols, you name it. But I felt squeamish thinking about how many people lived in poverty when it was built at the turn of the 20th century. It is nice to see beautiful things but Lee wouldn’t go in, saying he wouldn’t pay 20 cents to see a rich person’s palace.

We wrapped up our stay at the amazing Providence Children’s a Museum. It was expensive -$9 a person including kids- but it was one of the best out of many we’ve seen across the country.

 There was a water play room, construction site, great climbing structure, old fashioned homes, boats and more. The boys would have lived there.

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