There’s no place like home. But where is home?
I always have difficulty when I’m asked that question. Do they want to know where I currently live? Where I grew up? Where I spent most of my life? I usually start going into a long answer describing all the places I’ve lived – 20 yrs Ohio, 20 yrs Michigan, 2 yrs. England, 15 yrs New Jersey/New York, and now Rhode Island. For me, “home” takes on a different meaning as I’m sure it does for many people!
Then I’m usually asked “where did you like living the most?” I always answer that I’ve liked every place I’ve lived at the time I was living there. I guess it’s because I always think your home is where your heart is and my heart has always been where my husband and I have lived. Currently, my heart is in Rhode Island.
When we picked Rhode Island as our place to retire most people asked “why Rhode Island?” I guess it isn’t the typical place you think of when you think of retirement. Even though Rhode Island is the smallest state, it is the 2nd most densely populated – only behind New Jersey. It also has the longest name – State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Now you’re still wondering – why did you pick Rhode Island?? Well, there is much to love about Little Rhody and here are my top 5 reasons.
1. The East Bay – I live on the East Bay – east side of the Narraganset Bay. It’s only 5 min. to the bike path and less than 15 min to beautiful Colt State Park. I know spring has come when I hear the “peepers” chirping outside. I’ll never forget when we moved here and I was still commuting every week to NY, I would come home on the weekends and think I had arrived in Paradise!
2. Water and beautiful views everywhere – First of all, Rhode Island’s nickname is the “Ocean State”. aptly named as 14% of the state’s area is water. My town, Barrington, is on the Narraganset Bay (nice town beach) and our typical walk is right along the Barrington River. We’re close to Newport and all it has to offer and only an hour from Cape Cod. People pay a lot of money to vacation where I live!
3. Providence – this small city has so much to offer. First of all, have you heard of Waterfire? It’s a special event you can’t miss when you visit RI! There are tons of great restaurants, many featuring local seafood! Providence is the home of one of the best design schools (RISD), an Ivy League school (Brown), a culinary school (Johnson & Wales), and Providence College (go Friars!). NCAA March Madness Rounds 1&2 were held in Providence this year. So much fun!
4. Small town feel yet close to NYC and Boston – we’re only an hour from Boston and 3 hours from NYC. When we get an itch for NYC, it is so easy to go – whether by car, train, or bus.
5. The people – we were attracted to Rhode Island, first and foremost, because of the friendly and welcoming nature of its people. People are considerate of each other – we feel as if we are back in the midwest where we grew up and lived for so long!
Here you can see that I am wearing my Rhody home tshirt – showing my pride in Rhode Island.
In fact, everything I am wearing (even the jewelry) I bought at a local boutique in my home town. (Check out daisy dig’ins Facebook page here.) Another good reason to love Rhode Island!
If any of you are considering a visit to Rhode Island, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any information.