We have lived in Providence for a little over 4 years and I never thought I would like it as much as I do. It is a great walking city, but you can borrow one of our bikes if you'd rather ride. There is lots of good outdoor space. Our neighborhood is very green and full of flowers. I can see the ocean (well the Narragansett Bay) every day, a short walk or drive away. The food scene here is varied, plentiful and affordable. I can offer suggestions. It is very easy to be a vegetarian. We belong to a CSA so we get fresh fruit and vegetables every week to add to what we grow in pots on our terrace. I love living walking distance to Brown University. During the school year there are always fun things going on. On the weekends there are often street festivals or markets or celebrations downtown. I can point you in the right direction. If it is a rainy day, the RISD museum is a favorite.