Thinking about your post-work home? You'll get huge bang for your buck -- plus lots of other perks -- in these towns.
Famed culinary college Johnson & Wales University calls Providence home, and so do many of its alumni, making for a thriving restaurant scene in this New England city. Dozens of restaurants line the city's narrow streets, serving up fresh local seafood as well as modern and internationally influenced fare. Johnson & Wales offers noncredit classes to residents interested in honing their cooking skills.
It's easy to work up an appetite enjoying the historic sites or taking in the arts at a variety of venues throughout the city. Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art has a collection of more than 80,000 pieces.
Providence also offers a variety of outdoor activities on the water or in Roger Williams Park, a 430-acre facility that includes a botanical center and a zoo as well as walks and waterways. --B.B.