Family tours focus on R.I. experiences

The hosts of “The Rhode Show” asked me on air about my favorite restaurants and my impression of Rhode Island in general. We were chatting about their annual search for a third co-host and what qualifications might be needed. According to the hosts a knowledge of the state, including its food scene, is a plus. They suggested to those who might be seeking the position to go out and “have a Rhode Island experience.” More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



FOOD INDUSTRY

Family tours focus on R.I. experiences

COURTESY EXPERIENCE RHODE ISLAND
SITE SEEING: Brothers, from left, Ted, Jonathan and Timothy Stricklin run Experience Rhode Island, which showcases locations that include Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence Performing Arts Center, Trinity Repertory Co., Federal Hill and Thayer Street.
Posted 9/23/13

The hosts of “The Rhode Show” asked me on air about my favorite restaurants and my impression of Rhode Island in general. We were chatting about their annual search for a third co-host and what qualifications might be needed. According to the hosts a knowledge of the state, including its food scene, is a plus. They suggested to those who might be seeking the position to go out and “have a Rhode Island experience.”

There are three Rhode Islanders who have created a virtual industry doing just that. Experience Rhode Island is ostensibly a transportation service to bring foodies as well as visitors in general to some of the key attractions around our state. But it is also a guided tour of some of the things that make Rhode Island the unique place we all love.

Ted, Jonathan and Timothy Stricklin are three brothers who grew up in Rhode Island. Their family often entertained out-of-town guests, who they treated to tours of their favorite attractions around the state. The Stricklins brought their visitors everywhere, from Federal Hill to the Newport mansions.

The guests looked forward to their Rhode Island excursions. Soon the brothers found themselves in demand to give their tours to other people’s guests, as well as some lifelong Rhode Islanders. All found their memorable day or evening an experience they long remembered and recommended to others.

Finally, the family decided to make Experience Rhode Island their full-time job. They created several unique itineraries and their gleaming, white tour bus is a familiar sight from the cities to the beaches.

The business seems to have overcome some of the pitfalls that hampered previous tour operators who have attempted to overlay a public or semi-public transportation system over the city’s already crowded streets and traffic patterns. Since downtown Providence has still not yet transformed into a vibrant residential community, the potential passenger base must come from the suburbs. This means locating shuttle pickup points out of town or near highway exits at the city limits. Either has the potential to make the service cost prohibitive when added into the evening’s tab for dinner, drinks, theater tickets and the like.

Next Page
No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News