The wonderful organization DoorsOpenRI, which celebrates Rhode Island locations with public tours, has created a community mapping project of our favorite Rhode Island places. It is called Rhody Love Notes.
People are encouraged to describe their favorite place in Rhode Island and submit a description and photo of the place, using the hashtag #rhodylovenotes. Notes will be continually added to a publicly accessible map of Rhody Love. See the map and add your piece.
Using the map at doorsopenri.org/lovenotes, the public can explore the growing collection of Love Notes submitted by our community. Community members can also use the hashtag #rhodylovenotes to explore Rhody Love Notes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
How To Submit:
- Pick a place or space in Rhode Island that you love. Write a Love Note to that place!
- Share your Love Note using the hashtag #rhodylovenoteson Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Use a location tag to mark the place’s address.
- Or, send your Love Note to email@example.com.
- When submitting, be sure to include (1) your name, (2) the name of the place, (3) its address, (4) one to three photographs, and, of course, (5) your Love Note.
- Please submit only photographs taken by you or otherwise available in the public domain. All images hosted by Rhode Love Notes live in the public domain.
Please be safe and follow social distancing guidelines in your travels. By submitting your Love Note, you consent to Rhody Love Notes and its partners sharing your name, note, and included photograph(s) through its website, newsletters, and social media activities.
Here are some Love Notes that people have submitted
Fantastic Umbrella Factory at 4820 Old Post Road, Charlestown — The Umbrella Factory is a really lovely break from reality. This is not your typical roadside stop. Go for lunch and sit outside within view of the goats and emus. Stumble into another world as you explore the bamboo forest. Stroll through the shops of unusual clothing, jewelry, trinkets, and gifts. Sit on a bench beside a fountain and giggle at the chickens. Enjoy some ice cream while you wander through the gardens and greenhouses. It’s a bit of a magical spot!
Stepstone Falls in West Greenwich — StepStone Falls is far enough away from the hustle of life that you lose the everyday routine sounds of daily life that give way to the whispering of wind rustling through the leaves on trees, water running over a picturesque cascade and solitude that you accustom to all so quickly. It is simply a stellar way to ground yourself in nature.
Calart Tower at 400 Reservoir Avenue, Providence — Calart Tower (1939) is an Art Deco marvel, with its sleek lines and spectacular lobby. I’ve always loved the open book on the front lawn. A monument to books! Please, don’t ever remove it!
Wanskuck Park at 229 Woodward Road, Providence — Hang a right off Branch Ave and drive down Woodward Road. Some of the houses are set way back off the street—it feels strangely like a rural road in this corner of the city. Park by the church and enter the park through the ornate iron gates of a former estate. Cross the long lawn to where the land rises. Here are old brick steps, a carriage path, stone foundations of long-gone barns. Turn and look south. If you squint you might think you are in the English countryside gazing at an ancient stone church. You are in Providence and somewhere else at the same time.
Path to Second Beach at Sachuest Beach, Middletown — Coming up over the gentle rise and seeing the ocean spread out before you is one of the great joys of arriving at Second Beach. I don’t even love the beach, but I adore this moment.