NEW: Providence Named Top Affordable Getaway by Travel + Leisure
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Providence snagged the #12 designation on this year's brand-new ranking, based on T+L's annual America's Favorite Cities survey. The ranking was topped by Kansas City, MO, followed by Salt Lake City, UT, and Nashville, TN, at #2 and #3, respectively. San Juan, Puerto Rico, and San Antonio, TX, rounded out the Top 5. New England neighbor Portland, ME, came in at #7.
Enough of the stay cation
According to T+L's Katrina Brown Hunt, finding great deals is a priority for "plenty of travelers who wish to trade in stay cations for real vacations." Tim Leffel, author of The World's Cheapest Destinations, tells T+L that he's seen a lot of pent-up demand from "people who have working more hours and taking less time off."
What makes a city a great value?
Travel + Leisure readers participating in the magazine's annual survey considered reasonably priced hotels and restaurants as well as budget-friendly theater tickets, free museums, or low gas prices. Being able to explore a city by foot also boosts affordability, according to T+L.
Compared to nearby Boston, which ranked #29 for affordability, Providence was pronounced a true bargain by T+L. "Its art scene and cool design shops ranked well, and you can wander the Rhode Island School of Design’s museum for free on Sunday mornings," according to the magazine. T+L's only misstep was to recommend a $1.99 burger at Stanley's, which has closed its Providence location. But any local can turn a traveler on to a cheap and delicious burger at Haven Brothers (after dark, at least).
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