Somewhere in Rhode Island, a lone lighthouse is shining its beam across a sandy beach. It seems to be just for you. Pint-sized Rhode Island has an intimate feel, lent by more than just its small size. Its cliffs and shores feel like they were made for walks on the beach, while its easily traversed cities brim with an energy and personal panache utterly disarming. Most come to Rhode Island for a summer getaway; the little state boasts 400 miles of coastline, and some of the Northwest’s best swimming. Stately Newport serves as the ultimate seaside resort town, with cobbled streets, colonial buildings and audacious mansions from the likes of the Vanderbilts. Come in the summer for a party atmosphere, or cozy up to the intimate side during the off-season. Capital and college-town Providence is home to a thriving music and art scene that in other places could be pretentious; but there just isn’t room for anything but knock-your-socks-off charm in tiny Rhode Island. Good thing there’s room enough for you.