If you live in Mystic CT or anywhere else in eastern CT as well as Boston, Providence is within your reach. Providence is one of the US’ oldest cities, founded in 1636 by Roger Williams. The city’s name refers to God’s Providence. Roger Williams was thankful to God for giving him a place to support his ideals of religious freedom for all. It is now a haven of great food, art, and historical buildings. The Providence River running through its center makes it feel a bit like a European city, and when it is lit up with the fires it is magical.