Details: Where to go, what to do in Providence, R.I.

Sunday, January 31, 2010;

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Providence? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Feb. 5-7.

GETTING THERE

Nonstop flights from BWI to Providence on Southwest start at $167 round-trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Providence

139 Mathewson St., 800-861-8990

http://www.hotelprovidence.com

Boutique hotel in a restored 19th-century building. Rooms from $159.

Hampton Inn & Suites

58 Weybosset St., 401-608-3500

http://www.providencedowntownhotels.com

Located in a historic building that at one point served as a chapel. Rooms from $109.

WHERE TO EAT

Tazza Caffe

250 Westminster St., 401-421-3300

http://www.tazzacaffe.com

A sleek mix of bar, restaurant and coffee house. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads from $8.

Local 121

121 Washington St., 401-274-2121

http://www.local121.com

Menu focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. Dinner large plates from $16.

Julian's

318 Broadway, 401-861-1770

http://www.juliansprovidence.com

Where the locals might direct you for breakfast. Try the coconut-crusted French toast ($7).

WHAT TO DO

Providence Public Library

150 Empire St., 401-455-8000

http://www.provlib.org

Visit the third-floor exhibit area to learn about the history of the library and other city buildings.

Providence Preservation Society

21 Meeting St., 401-831-7440

http://www.ppsri.org

Feb. 6 is the group's annual winter bash, themed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Tickets $30.

Roger Williams National Memorial

282 N. Main St., 401-521-7266

http://www.nps.gov/rowi

Honors the founder of Providence and Rhode Island. Here you can buy the preservation society's downtown walking guide ($3.95).

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

1 Sabin St., 800-233-1636

http://www.goprovidence.com

-- B.K.

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