Providence has been recognized in national media once again. This time, the New York Times named Rhode Island's capital city among the top 52 places to visit in the world in 2016. Specifically, the PVD was tabbed at #33 on the list, citing it's exquisite dining, creative arts initiative, and its proximity to cherished vacation communities.
Among the destinations highlighted by the Times are Phnom Penh, Malta, Abu Dhabi, and Sydney, with Mexico City topping the list.
"This cobblestone-lined capital has the sort of bearded liberalness and ever-rising food scene — including the new restaurant Oberlin, from the duo behind the James Beard nominee Birch — that might feel familiar to residents of Portland, Ore. The sculpture-studded Creative Mile is part of a 40-acre redevelopment of the old I-195 that will also include an 8-acre riverfront park linking east and west by a footbridge. An hour away, well-heeled weekenders flock to Watch Hill on Little Narragansett Bay, where a new culinary center at the oceanside Ocean House offers “competitive-style” cooking classes." (excerpt, NY Times, Rachel Levin)
"Providence is home to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world and is being recognized as a destination for travelers worldwide," said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. "Arts, culture and cuisine are embedded in our DNA and are evident in every neighborhood throughout the city. I invite those who haven't visited to taste, explore and enjoy all that Providence has to offer."
Each January, the editors of the New York Times Travel Section work with contributing writers worldwide for ideas for this annual issue. Destinations are suggested based on their compelling attributes for the upcoming year, and then discussed at length before editors compile the exclusive annual list. Providence was one of only 10 cities chosen in the United States for this prestigious accolade.