September 28, 2014

Rhode Island Blog by Rachel E. Moniz

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country but there is plenty of heart, soul…and writers! I’m proud to be numbered among them and to have gotten inspiration from this little state. There is so much to offer the visitor, whether they are staying for a long weekend or two weeks in the summer. Join me for a quick tour and see how I showcased Rhode Island in my stories.

Since we have miles and miles of coastline here, this is a perfect destination for the lighthouse enthusiast or boater. The beautiful, rural area of Little Compton has the Sakonnet Point Lighthouse (along with a super winery!)  In my story “Unfathomable” in the Rhode Island-author anthology DIVE A Quartet of Merfolk Tales, Jamestown, RI and its well-known Beavertail Lighthouse make a cameo appearance. The Beavertail area is a great spot to stop for a waterside picnic, or to watch the kites flying across the water in Newport.

And speaking of Newport, the famous mansions lining Bellevue Avenue are a beautiful and popular destination. These ‘summer cottages’ showcase the opulence of the Gilded Age. My story “A Newport Thanksgiving”, to be included in the upcoming DCL Publications Thanksgiving anthology, includes references to these homes and the families that built them. You can easily fill a long weekend touring these homes and recall the refinement of a bygone era.

Food is a vital (and tasty!) part of any visit to Rhode Island. We have a vast array of ethnic restaurants that are proud of their unique flavors. Stop by Federal Hill in Providence for Italian, hop over to East Providence for Portuguese fare, or visit an Indian restaurant on Providence’s East Side. Our state drink is coffee milk, our official state appetizer is calamari, and the best desserts to be had are available in the Rhode Island based Gregg’s Restaurant chain.  You will not leave Rhode Island hungry!

Our entertainment scene is alive and thriving, from the Newport Folk Festival for music lovers to Trinity Rep and the Providence Performing Arts Center for theater buffs. Like to try your hand at the casino? Twin River casino brings a little bit of Vegas to its corner of the state.

And then…we have our artists, especially our writers. So much to inspire us in a neat, tiny package.

I invite you to find out more about Rhode Island and its history and attractions. You can start by visiting my website or friend me on Facebook My Amazon author page is

I’m offering a PDF copy of one of my books to one lucky commenter as a thank you for getting to know me today. Please leave your comments and questions and THANK YOU for reading.

Rachel E. Moniz writes contemporary and historical romance with a dose of magic and fantasy. She is a DCL Publications best-selling author and her work is included in DCL's Anthologies 'A Little Bit of Love' and 'The Fourth of July'. Her release, 'The Beltaine Wager' is part three in her Mackenzie series, started by 'Litha Dreams' and 'Yuletide Destiny'.
Her collaboration 'DIVE: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales' was written with three other Rhode Island authors and reached #1 in Hot New Releases for the Sea Adventure category. Have you met the mermaids in DIVE yet?
Rachel enjoys traveling and splits her time between Rhode Island and Mississippi. She loves photography and Walt Disney World and welcomes any opportunity to photograph the Most Magical Place on Earth.


  1. Rhode Island sounds like a lovely state and I look forward to visiting. Thank you for showcasing it. I also look forward to reading your books.

  2. I forgot to leave my email address for the contest. It is chinara @ aol (dot) com

  3. This land locked 'Arkie'loves oceans and lighthouses. Thanks for sharing.
    Radine from Arkansas

  4. Elaine and Radine, thank you for reading and commenting. I will be contacting both of you by the weekend :-)

  5. Ah, but are there any places to do some camping? I do like beaches, and your ethnic cuisine choices have piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing your insights into a state I've not heard much about before.


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