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How to be an Innkeeper- Classes in Providence Rhode Island

Historic_Jacob_Hill_InnEver wonder what it would be like to be an Innkeeper? Wake up each morning in an environment that others just come to visit. Meet interesting people from all walks of life each has an interesting story. Even a few celebrities that you would never get this close too, in another life.

So many of our guests are interested in “how we got into the Innkeeping business”. My husband and I had owned our Historic Jacob Hill Inn property since April 26, 1991.

This year we celebrate our 26th anniversary of purchasing our Inn. A few years ago we decided we should share our knowledge with those that want to ” live the dream”. We came up with three options:

The First one is a Group Workshop: the last two years we worked with different consultants in the industry and held a one day seminar at the Historic Jacob Hill Inn. Another perk for those attending the seminar is to stay at our award winning inn as part of the package. Both years they were a complete sell out so we are currently working on this years workshop please contact us if you are interested in this option.

The second option is more of a hands on approach “one on one” with the owner Innkeepers my husband Bill and myself.

Lastly our recommendation for a current guide book on Innkeeping. “Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies” written by Mary White founder of BnBfinder.com will give you all the basic information to start you thinking. It’s not for everyone but it has been good for us as we celebrated out first 23 years as Innkeepers.

More details can be found on our sister property Blog at Historic Jacob Hill Inn.

Paint Nights near Providence

fa60e74a-1c7e-40c9-8342-b2e0ebc205a2[1]We are all about the new and fun events in the Providence area.  The new trend in the event industry is the paint and wine nights hosted by local artists at studios, restaurants, and other locations.  Here in the Providence area we are surrounded by many places that offer these painting and wine sessions.  If you are coming to stay at the Providence Luxury Hotel and want a taste of Providence cuisine and drinks, but also want something fun to do well these paint and wine nights are a perfect way to get both!

Muse Paint Bar which is only ten minutes away from the Providence Luxury Hotel or Historic Jacob Hill Inn is one of six Muse Studios in New England.  This paint studio and bar offers a small food menu with dishes perfect for a light meal!  Muse also offers a selection of wine and beer to drink while you paint!  There is a wide selection of paintings on different nights of the week, all you have to do is go to their website at Muse Paint Bar look at the calendar and see what painting will be available on the night of your choice.  Muse Paint Bar Providence is a perfect way to spend a night out while staying with us.

Only fifteen minutes away from the doors of the Providence Luxury Hotel and Historic Jacob Hill Inn is Paint and Vino.  Paint and Vino is another studio that does wine night and painting.  This studio is located in Pawtucket, RI and is highly rated by the Providence Journal and Providence Monthly Magazine for paint and wine nights.  At Paint and Vino if you are over the age of 21 you will receive two complimentary beverages which includes wine, beer, water, and soda.  This paint studio also offers a calendar filled with different paintings.  Each night is a different painting, the only thing you have to do is visit their site and sign up at Paint and Vino  If you enjoy being artsy and having a great time then Paint and Vino is a great way to let loose!

If wine is not your thing then you may want to try “Beers and Brushes” at Paint Drops also in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. “Beers and Brushes” is one of the many fun nights offered by the studio!  This art studio is a BYOB venue, they provide everything you need to paint all you need to bring is your beverage of choice!  Paint Drops pairs with local Crooked Current Brewery to offer a Brewery Tour, Tasting, and Paint Night.  The “Beer and Brushes” night is offered once a month and is a huge hit!  Paint Drops offers a new take on the traditional paint subjects…the paintings offered at the studio range from Dali to paintings of Biggie Smalls and everything in between.  More information at Paint Drops  and book your visit!  It is only 15 minutes away from the Providence Luxury Hotel or our sister property at Historic Jacob Hill Inn. Relax by day and paint by night.

Instead of heading to an art studio you could always head to one of the restaurants in the Providence area that offer paint nights.  “Drink and Dabble” Rhode Islands Charlie Hall’s Traveling Paint Party hosts paint and comedy night at many restaurants near the Providence Luxury Hotel and Historic Jacob Hill Inn.  If you like to laugh,  paint, and enjoy quality food and drinks then “Drink and Dabble” is for you!  This paint party travels to restaurants such as the Dublin Rose, Kartabar, Mile and a Quarter, and Bravo Brasserie which are all within ten minutes of your room at the Providence Luxury Hotel or Historic Jacob Hill Inn.  Check out the calendar of events at “Drink and Dabble” to book your comedy paint night!

There is always something to do when you stay at the Providence Luxury Hotel and the Historic Jacob Hill Inn. These paint nights are a great way for your significant other, friend, loved one, or business partner to bond over a glass of beer or wine and some paint.

Winery’s near Providence

We covered the local bewery’s near Providence in our last Blog. Some folks prefer nectar from grapes we have those too.

For more information on the winery’s located near the Providence Luxury Hotel please visit our sister propertie’s The Jacob Hill Inn Blog

Finding a good Beer in Providence

mugsLagers, Ales, Stouts, and more. A beer is one of American’s favorite drinks. There is imported or domestic and bottled or draft. Always so many choices to a classic beverage. The question is how do we choose? And where do we get one?

Here in Rhode Island there are a little under a dozen breweries to choose from. The Fool Proof Brewing Company located in Pawtucket, RI is a unique brewery. They choose to package their beers in cans, being that they think it captures more of the flavor than a glass bottle. They offer tours and tastings for visitors which can be conveniently booked on their website at http://www.foolproofbrewing.com. The Fool Proof Brewery has five men and a dog running it, yes a dog. Their mascot is Lucy an adorable bulldog who provides inspiration to their beers. The Fool Proof Brewery is a local brewery who provides a unique view on their beers, go and check them out!

About a half hour outside of Providence located in Westport, MA is Buzzards Bay Brewing. This company is known for their ingredients in their beer and the purity their beer has. They focus on what goes into the beers like their natural spring water and the malts grown in America. BBB encourages guests to come visit their farm and try some of their beers. You can sip on your beer and sit in the sunlight on their farm. For more information go to http://buzzardsbrew.com/ Check out their site for the latest fun thing they have going on at the farm.

An all American name, a beer in which everyone knowns, Sam Adams. Located in Boston, MA the Sam Adams Company is as American as you get. This beer was not served in bars and restaurants until 1985, although the recipe for the beers was created in the 1870’s by the founder’s great great grandfather. Sam Adams offers tour to visitors, but they have to be 21 or older with valid identification. Check out Sam Adams at their website to book a tour! samueladams.com

For those that want to try a few brewery’s and not have to worry about driving,  you can just sit back and enjoy on Rhode Islands Beer Bus. A big favorite on Mancations more info on the Brew Bus .Remember we have a nice man cave at the Providence Luxury Hotel with a billiard table perfect for group getaways.

There are so many breweries we could write about, but here are a list of a few more of our favorite breweries relatively close to us at to the Providence Luxury Hotel and our sister property the Historic Jacob Hill Inn

• Newport Storm Brewery in Newport, RI newportstorm.com
• Coddington Brewing Company in Middletown, RI coddbrew.com
• Mohegan Café & Brewery in Block Island, RI moheganbi.com
• Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI trinitybrewhouse.com

• Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, RI bucketbrewery.com

• Brutopia Brewery & Kitchen in Cranston, RI brutopiabrewery.com
There are so many wonderful tours offered by these brewing companies and you can find them by either visiting the brewery’s website or by looking online at Brew Trail (http://www.brewtrail.com/rhode-island-breweries/).

Fifty Shades of Green

Lucky cloverWe put together Fifty reasons to stay at the Providence Luxury Hotel in March.


See the full list on our Sister Property web site Historic Jacob Hill Inn Blog


Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and think Green!!!

Super Bowl XLIX in Providence, Lets go Patriots!!!

Today its all about Super Bowl XLIX!

All of us at the Providence Luxury Hotel and our sister property Historic Jacob Hill Inn will be cheering for our boys on the New England Patriots team as they “Finish the Job!”

We  love to see Bill Belichick smile, we know that takes a team effort.

GO PATS!!! Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski,  Julian Edelman, Malcolm Butler, Darrelle Revis, Shane Vereen, Brandon Browner, Le Garrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Vince Wilfork, Danny Amendola, Stephen Gostkowski, Brian Tyms, Brandon La Fell, Tim Wright, Patrick Chung, Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, Bryan Stork, James Develin, Cameron Fleming, Brandon Bolden, Jamie Collins, Chris Jones, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich, Dan Connolly, Michael Hoomanawanui, Nate Solder, Logan Ryan, Zach Moore, Sealver Siliga, Matthew Slater, Kyle Arrington, Joe Vellano, Akeem Ayers, Jimmy Garoppolo,

Nate Ebner, Josh Kline, Ryan Wendell, Ryan Allen, Devin McCourty, Danny Aiken, Jonathan Casillas, Chris White, Josh Boyce, Darius Fleming, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Alan Branch, Marcus Cannon, Jordan Devey, Stevan Ridley, Jerod Mayo, Aaron Dobson, Dominique Easley, Alfonzo Dennard (hope we didn’t forget anyone)…Finish the Job and bring that trophy home!

On behalf of The Providence Luxury Hotel and the Historic Jacob Hill Inn, we would like to thank Robert Kraft and the Kraft Family for the last 20 years. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary, something we have in common in October 1994 The Historic Jacob Hill Inn  opened our doors to our first guests.  Thank you for the wonderful attraction you have created for our guests. We wish you much continued success.

You finished the Job Congratulations our Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots  2/1/15

Country Living in Providence, Rhode Island

Country Living JPGOur sister property Historic Jacob Hill Inn – Seekonk, was recently featured by Country Living Magazine.

The Jacob Hill Inn was chosen by Country Living  as one of the “Best Hotels and Inns” in the Country.

See the Country Living article on line.

Earlier this summer the Historic Jacob Hill Inn was given the editors choice Award by Yankee Magazine as “The Best Rural Retreat” and featured in the Special Travel Guide “Best of New England”

We are very proud to be recognized by both classic magazines.

Beaches near Providence, Rhode Island

Beach (2304 x 1728)Rhode Island nick named the Ocean State has 400 miles of coastline featuring over 100 public & private beaches. We have narrowed it down to a few of our favorites close to Providence.

Heading south 35 miles away from Providence is Scarborough Beach located in Narragansett, RI a 60 acre facility with nearly one mile of coastline it is Rhode Islands principal destination for “A day at the beach” They have an observation tower and a nice area for people who want to picnic, the parking fee is $20.

Just up the road is the State Pier and Narragansett Beach 19 beautiful acres and a favorite for surfers and those that like to watch surfing. The parking fee for the day is $10 and $8 admission per person.

An easy 45 minute drive east of Providence is the Third ranked beach in all of New England Horseneck Beach located in Westport,  Massachusetts which is just over the Rhode Island boarder.

Horseneck is spread across 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh.It has about 2 miles of sandy beach and because it faces south west the ocean waters are a bit warmer than most New England Beaches. The parking fee is $14. It is also a Mecca for bird watching especially in Gooseberry Island and Allen’s Pond.

The Bristol Town Beach connected to Colt State Park, is small pebble beach but only a 20 minute drive East of Providence. The Colt State Park has 460 acres for picnics and bike or walking trails.

Another option 20 minutes north of Providence is Lincoln Woods State Park which has two freshwater beaches that people can swim in. They offer kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals or lessons. People can also hike, fish, play baseball or go on a horseback ride. parking is $10

If you just want to swim or have your privacy with out a lot of screaming kids there is the pool at the Providence Luxury Hotel or at our sister property The Jacob Hill Inn but hurry it is seasonal and is only open till early September.

The Providence Luxury Hotel Recommends Restaurant Weeks

CookIf you missed the first one this year you have a second chance. Providence Restaurant weeks have started again today! Your chance to try one of the many excellent restaurants in the Providence, Rhode Island Area.

During the next two weeks, July 6 to July 19, enjoy a Three course Prix Fixe Lunch at only 14.99 or two Dinner options for $29.95 and $34.95.

Providence has been voted as one of the Top 10 Food City’s so there are many good choices. A few of our favorites are : for Italian Camilles on Federal Hill, Gracie’s Down City, Hemenway’s for seafood, The Waterman Grille on the Seekonk River and Chardonnay’s in Seekonk.  Visit the Restaurant Weeks website for more information and remember to make your reservations early or let us know and we will be happy to do that for you.

To check our availability or our sister property Historic Jacob Hill Inn click here.

Today is Providence “Do Over Day”

April 12, 2014 has been designated as “Do Over Day” by the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. Both The Providence Luxury Hotel and our sister property the Historic Jacob Hill Inn are participating with a special offer.

We feel it is such a great idea that we are extending our offer through the first week of May to allow everyone that had plans for a “Romantic Getaway”, “Girlfriends Getaway” or even a “Man cation” and had those plans cancelled due to weather to be able to have a “Do Over Getaway”.

Our offer applies to our Diamond and Platinum room categories Only. We will provided you with a complimentary bottle of bubbly or a six pack of beer on a one night stay, plus a 20% discount on a two night stay. As always you must be 21 or older and book direct with the Inn, No other discounts apply, based on availability offer ends May 7, 2014.

We look forward to help you have Fun Again.