Winter in New England usually makes people want to take a vacation, but unfortunately travel is still tough. From the rising COVID-19 numbers to the seemingly constant cancellation of flights, getting away isn't as easy as it used to be. Lucky for us on the SouthCoast, an escape to Europe doesn't have to include an airplane.

It may seem impossible to visit Italy, England, France or Berlin without boarding a plane, but nearby in Rhode Island you can feel as if you did just that. We've found restaurants, wineries and even boat rides that are in the Ocean State but feel an ocean away.

Float along the Providence River in an Italian gondola, sip wine by English gardens or eat diner inside a French ski lift. Just because your next vacation may become a staycation, it doesn't mean you can't still have amazing adventures.

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We've put together a list of five different dining experiences throughout Rhode Island that are sure to make you feel as if you really left the country – or, at the very least, allow you to enjoy this nearby state in perhaps a whole new way.

It's time to grab your camera and take a pretend European vacation through Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, South Kingstown and Westerly. The good news is you won't need your passport to go, but you just may need your vaccination card.

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