Rhode Island is a state of many firsts. First to take action against British rule, first synogogue, first successful water-powered cotton mill, and now the Ocean State is the first U.S. state to receive the The American Academy of Hospitality Sciencesí prestigious "International Star Diamond Award." The AAHS certifies that Rhode Island is a world-class destination offering some of the best natural beauty, culinary offerings, history and cultural attractions. World class - thatís Rhode Island! But donít take our word for it, come see for yourself!