If rural living is more your speed but you still like the conveniences of a suburban lifestyle with some historical sites and structures mixed in, Cumberland is worth checking out. There’s a good mix of all of the above, and with its close proximity to Providence, it’s a great little community.
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Parks and Recreation
There are about 675 acres of park in Cumberland, with everything from picnic areas, ski lodges, ballfields, trails, outdoor stages, playgrounds, bikeways, and wilderness. The biggest park is known as the Monastery, and it's an old Trappist Monk monastery that's now home to the Cumberland Public Library and a ghost story or two.
Fun Stuff to Do
From artsy to outdoorsy, Cumberland has a fairly wide range of stuff to see and do. There's paint-your-own pottery or glassware at the Pea Poddery, wine tastings and events at the Diamond Hill Vineyards, and what kind of New Englander can pass up a nice apple orchard and stand? Phantom Farms has pick-your-own, chili cookoffs, jack-o-lantern lit events in the fall, and lots of fresh produce and plants throughout the year.
And if you’re looking for community events, there’s the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade (which has been held yearly since 1927), Cumberlandfest (which is a carnival with rides and fireworks), an Annual Summer Solstice Festival, and lots of concerts.
Cumberland is only about 20 minutes outside of Providence, and with I-295 passing through the middle of town, there are lots of commuting choices.