Skating and Staying in Downtown Providence
If the idea of taking a spin on the ice just feels like the holidays to you, The Alex and Ani City Center is one of the nation’s prettier locations to head.
Built in 1998 (when the ponds at Roger Williams Park were not freezing sufficiently), the rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Center in New York City, but no less charming, surrounded as it is by landmark buildings. It’s also (by and large) less crowded. Prices are just $7 for adults ($4 for seniors, kids under 12 and military) and admission tickets are valid for up to 4 continuous hours – no exit and re-entry. Skate rental is $6 for men’s hockey skates (toddler 8’s to size 14) and women’s figure skates (to size 11).
If skating leaves you tired enough so you want to keep walking to a minimum, we suggest retiring to the charming and classic Biltmore Hotel, which is right next door. Designed by the celebrated architecture firm best known for New York’s Grand Central Station, the Biltmore has been the center of Providence tradition since 1922. They offer plenty of deals to stay overnight. Dinner isn’t included (of course), but wood-paneled McCormick and Shmick’s is in the building, and features seafood and steaks. (401-241-4500) There’s also a spa that may make you want to forget skating entirely. (401-455-3100)