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Dale's Corner

This blog is written by Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). Its purpose is to engage RIHA members with current issues and trends.

When many of us think about summer vacations, we think about jumping on a plane and traveling to a far-off destination. However, for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in New England, there’s no need to venture too far to enjoy some of the best recreational, culinary and lodging experiences in the nation.

As New Englanders, we can easily enjoy so many wonderful adventures and all within a few hours’ drive. I’m going to share a few of my favorite local spots and encourage every reader to embark on their own summer journey and to become a tourist in New England!

Bar Harbor, Maine is one of my favorite spots for relaxing and activities alike! Known for its picturesque downtown, fantastic seafood and quaint lodging, this town is also the gateway to Acadia National Park which offers great hiking, nature trails and scenery. Further down the coast, Kennebunkport is known for lobsters, and former Presidents too! President George H.W. Bush and his late wife, Barbara, have called this coastal town home for more than three decades. While visiting be sure to make a stop at one of my favorite places, Goose Rocks Beach.

Vermont offers some of the best ski mountains in the region including Okemo, Stowe, Killington and Sugar Bush, however, in the summer months, many ski areas also provide a playground of hiking opportunities. Museums and cultural opportunities abound and for those of you love Presidential history as much as me, former President Calvin Coolidge’s home in Plymouth and former President Abraham Lincoln’s son’s home in Manchester offer a true slice of American history.

With an abundance of gorgeous lakes and hiking trails, New Hampshire is idyllic for nature lovers. Lake Winnipesauke is probably the most famous of the lakes and offers boating, fishing and water sports against a backdrop of mountains and small towns; I recommend a stop in Wolfeboro along the way. Flume Gorge offers amazing scenery including waterfalls, mountains and lush trails as well as the opportunity to get some outdoor exercise. And, of course, the Polar Caves provide a cool spot for families to explore in the heat of summer.

Massachusetts offers city amenities and the tranquility of the Berkshires. From the bustle of Boston with Faneuil Hall, the Seaport and the North End, there are tasting opportunities all over this great city; I love a trip to Giacomo’s followed by cannoli at Mike’s Pastry.  A short ferry trip will lead you to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard to find the quiet island life they write songs about. And, a concert at Tanglewood is not to be missed!

Connecticut really does have it all from big casinos to a bustling waterfront. Gamers can enjoy two of the biggest casinos in the world located just minutes from each other, and Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport offer a mixture of history, shopping and dining experiences. Lake Compounce is the perfect spot to take the family and the Connecticut Wine Trail is a great adventure for adults.

I’ve saved the best for last! Rhode Island is known for our vibrant culinary scene. From Federal Hill, to Newport’s waterfront and virtually every place in between, the Ocean State is full of incredible dining! We have a wealth of lodging options with Relais & Chateaux properties, quaint boutique hotels and all the national hotel brands. Our beaches are second-to-none, the Newport Mansions offer a look at our nation’s gilded history, our entertainment venues are top notch, and Block Island, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Arcadia Park and Slater Mill are all fantastic for families.

As the sun shines and the temperatures warm up, consider making New England your summer vacation spot. The bonus of car travel? Gasoline is affordable, you can snack along the way and venturing off the beaten path will almost always provide new adventures.





List of Articles
No. Subject Author Datesort
40 The Best and Brightest Shine Brightly at RIHA’s Stars of the Industry Event file Monika Jan 15, 2019
Well, we did it again…Rhode Island’s amazing hospitality industry converged on Twin River Casino Hotel to celebrate our best and brightest of 2018. This annual event is truly the highlight of my year, and even though it takes an enormous amo...  
39 ‘Tis the Season of Giving Monika Sep 20, 2018
Hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and rejuvenation and is now raring to go! We are fully in the season of giving – no, not the holidays – but, an even more stressful time of the year, the political season. Now...  
38 That’s a Legislative Wrap! file Monika Aug 16, 2018
After a marathon session of debates and a flurry of votes, Rhode Island’s General Assembly has adjourned for the summer. With hundreds of bills in the mix, the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) spent countless hours carefully monitoring each...  
» Summer in New England: Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard file Monika Jul 05, 2018
When many of us think about summer vacations, we think about jumping on a plane and traveling to a far-off destination. However, for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in New England, there’s no need to venture too far to enjoy som...  
36 Our Next Generation of Culinary Stars: Cooking and Planning Their Hearts Out file Monika Jun 11, 2018
Recently, Providence, RI hosted the National ProStart® Invitational (NPSI), the country’s premier secondary-school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. We had some wonderful judges visit from all over the nation as...  
35 Swimming Down “STREAM” Monika May 15, 2018
Education is truly the foundation of success no matter what career path you choose. Some learning is done in traditional classrooms, and more practical experience is gained in the thick of it in a restaurant or hotel kitchen, lodging establi...  
34 The #MeToo Movement is More than a Hashtag file Monika Mar 02, 2018
While the #MeToo movement has become synonymous with the entertainment industry, its reach is far deeper than the bright lights and golden statues of Hollywood. From politics, to business, to manufacturing, to hospitality, the potential for ...  
33 “We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.” file Monika Jan 02, 2018
“We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.” – Carl Sagan There is no greater honor for me each year then to be part of our industry’s largest celebration! Each November, I look forw...  
32 Paid Sick Leave Passes RI Legislature file Monika Oct 10, 2017
In September, both the Rhode Island House and Senate passed legislation that will require companies to give employees paid sick leave. Although the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is generally opposed to mandates that impact the employer-e...  
31 When did ‘Entry Level’ become Negative? file Monika Sep 19, 2017
If there is one theme that has dominated the political landscape in Rhode Island for the last decade, it is without a doubt jobs and the economy. Though we have seen a rise in the local economy since the recession, talk of job creation still...  
30 Taking the High Road – the Road Less Traveled file Monika Jul 24, 2017
Normal 0 false false false EN-US KO AR-SA Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association It is increasingly difficult to take the high road in today’s political climate. And, so few are doing it, but it is critically important....  
29 Paid Sick Leave – it’s Nothing to Sneeze at RIHA May 08, 2017
In Rhode Island and across the nation, we’ve seen a host of legislation introduced by out-of-state special interest groups that have squarely targeted the hospitality industry. From eliminating the federal tipped wage, to raising minimum wag...  
28 Buying Local for the Holidays Monika Nov 15, 2016
The holiday season is fast approaching…from a retail perspective, it seems to come earlier and earlier each year. While I was shopping for Halloween candy this year, I was sidestepping Christmas trees, holiday decorations and specialty choco...  
27 The Cost of ‘Chip’ Cards and Protecting Against Fraud Monika Oct 04, 2016
By Dale Venturini, President and CEO, R.I Hospitality Association  Many of us currently have an EMV credit or debit card – also known as a ‘chip’ card. These safer versions of the traditional magnetic-strip cards were designed to protect co...  
26 Gluten is Not Free in Restaurants file Monika Sep 01, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association We all know people who struggle with food allergies. From peanut butter, to shellfish, to strawberries, to dairy, the idea of dining out when one has a food allergy can be an alarmi...  
25 Managing a Better Future file Monika Jun 30, 2016
The hospitality industry is a continuously growing segment of the U.S. economic picture. This year alone, the restaurant industry is expected to realize $783 billion in sales and employ 14.4 million in good-paying jobs, according to the Nati...  
24 Partnerships – They’re Not Always the Obvious Choice file Monika Jun 06, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association I’ve written extensively about the need to collaborate with organizations that share the same business interests. Whether a business partner’s mission is within your organization’s ...  
23 How Important is a Proactive Crisis Plan? Your Business Could Depend on it. Monika May 05, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association   With the spate of negative media headlines surrounding restaurants that have experienced foodborne or human-contact illness, it is critically important that every eating establis...  
22 Where Have the Teens Gone? file Monika Apr 04, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association It used to be that almost every teenager had a job in the hospitality industry. With flexible hours and class-friendly scheduling, our industry was the perfect landing spot for high...  
21 The Real Cost of Foodborne Illness file Monika Feb 02, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association Our food supply system, while infinitely safer and better regulated than most other parts of the world, still has its challenges. We’ve all seen the headlines and recalls from E. co...