Valentine's Day in Rhode Island
Love is in the air in the Ocean State. Are you looking to wow or woo that special someone this Valentine's Day? Here are some tried-and-true, inventive, and inspired ways to romance your love this February 14th (or any other day, for that matter!). We've also got events, special offers, and ideas for the days before and after VDay! (Call to reserve or book online ahead of time for all of these suggestions)
ROMANCE IN PROVIDENCE & BLACKSTONE VALLEY
Spend a romantic evening together this Valentine’s Day enjoying delicious food in elegant surroundings, activities for two, and a night away in accommodations that are private and cozy. Here are some great spots to find romance in Providence and northern Rhode Island.
First, book a horse-drawn carriage ride at Liberty Farm. Can’t you just picture you and your person snuggled up under a warm blanket, sipping hot cocoa as majestic draft horses transport you through the winter landscape of Burrillville (imagine the photos!). They also offer luxury picnic packages of treats, cookies, and charcuterie, for an additional fee.
Once in Providence, you could go for old-world elegance and classic Italian cuisine at Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen on Federal Hill – the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in Rhode Island. For a romantic ambiance, fine wines, and scratch French cooking, book a table at Pot au Feu. Or, enjoy drinks at the 19th-century bar (salvaged from New York's oldest tavern) at CAV while you wait to be seated and treated to upscale, globally-influenced food in a romantic and eclectic atmosphere.
If you’re celebrating the weekend before the 14th, you could pair your delicious meal with an evening of music. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is performing Scheherazade! on Saturday the 12th and four-time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo is performing fan favorites and new music from her album “Mother Nature.” – both at The Vets.
Make reservations to stay at Christopher Dodge House (check out their romantic getaway package), a short walk from downtown Providence and on the National Register of Historic Places for an evening in a cozy, fireplaced room, or stay at the Graduate Providence's luxuriously landmark hotel (the former Biltmore) in the center of everything (look into their Suite Romance package). Either way, your perfect Valentine’s Day is complete!
ROMANCE IN NEWPORT
Start your day of romance with a drive along Ocean Drive and a visit to the crown jewel of Newport’s Mansions: The Breakers. Explore the opulence, design, and craftsmanship of America’s Gilded Age. Then, sufficiently inspired, take a leisurely stroll along the shops and galleries of Thames Street and Bowen’s Wharf.
After some Valentine’s Day shopping, head to The Mooring on Sayers Wharf to enjoy a delicious, light seafood lunch on the waterfront. Next, prepare yourself for pure relaxation as you enter Bodhi Spa for a Bliss Couples Massage or Water Journey experience.
Once thoroughly relaxed, consider walking a bit of Cliff Walk for a sunset selfie featuring the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline as your backdrop (it’s the setting of countless proposals), and then toast your love with drinks in the dark wood bar at The Chanler at Cliff Walk while you watch the sun finish setting over the ocean.
For romantic dining in Newport, you simply cannot beat White Horse Tavern. Top-notch, sophisticated cuisine with extensive wine pairings, historic setting (as in oldest restaurant in the USA), an oversized fireplace, white linen, and gracious, professional service.
To cap off your evening, you could head to Top of Pelham for a fun dueling piano show – or if you’re looking for something less lively, you could take a turn around the ice at Gurney’s Newport Skating Rink. Finish your evening at one of Newport’s wonderful hotels, inns, or B&Bs. Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina has a Spa Package and a Stay and Skate Package available. The Brenton Hotel is running a Brenton to Bellevue special that includes complimentary tickets to area attractions. The Wayfinder Hotel has a Sip & Save promotion that includes 15% off your stay, two drinks, late check-out, and more.
OUTDOORSY VALENTINE IDEAS
If you and your valentine love the outdoors, there are plenty of options for crafting a special day for the two of you that includes plenty of fresh air, natural beauty, and fun activities. Here are some suggestions for the nature-lover in your life.
SOUTH COUNTY: The Preserve is hosting Valentine’s Day community carriage rides that include two glasses of champagne and a rose. Private rides can also be booked for an additional fee. If you’re looking to surprise your partner with something fun and unexpected during the day, how about tubing hand-in-hand down the slopes of Yawgoo Valley and then head down the road to Celestial Cafe for a hot chocolate to warm up and a bite to eat. At night, take your sweetie stargazing at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown on February 11th or 18th and experience the vastness of the cosmos together under the darkest sky in Rhode Island. Or go snowshoeing by the full moon on February 16th at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter.
For special dining experiences, check out the Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn. The cozy setting and four-course tasting menu are sure to please and you can add wine pairings for an additional fee. Another romantic dinner idea is an igloo by the sea at Coast Guard House. Dine-in a warm, designer-decorated snow globe, steps away from the ocean for an unforgettable experience. If you’re looking to stay the night in South County, check out Weekapaug Inn, where luxury and nature beautifully coexist.
NEWPORT: Enjoy ice skating at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, goat hikes at Simmons Farm (2/12 & 2/13), and a free guided bird walk at Norman Bird Sanctuary (2/13), both in Middletown. While you’re in Middletown, you could stop by Newport Vineyards for lunch or dinner (or wine and beer flights) overlooking the vineyard.
WARWICK & BLACKSTONE VALLEY: If your Valentine is an equestrian, there are two opportunities for horseback riding as a couple – one along the trails of Goddard Memorial State Park and the other through Lincoln Woods State Park, and both spots are excellent places for leisurely walks as well. Grace Note Farm provides a cozy and rustic farm stay experience on the edge of the George Washington Management Area and offers activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, and more. There is also a Valentine’s Day classical music concert on February 13. For dining, try River Falls in Woonsocket or Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille in Lincoln.
PROVIDENCE: You can do ice skating and bumper cars at the Providence Rink, or spend the day exploring Roger Williams Park Zoo together. While you’re visiting the zoo, you can also take in the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, which is New England’s largest glasshouse display garden. Providence has too many amazing restaurants to mention, but in keeping with the outdoorsy theme, consider Mare Rooftop, where you can dine inside with views of the city or outside in cozy igloos. You can also enjoy dinner and drinks at the Rooftop at the Providence G for more Providence skyline views.
ARTSY VALENTINE'S IDEAS
PROVIDENCE & BLACKSTONE VALLEY: If you and your plus one bond over your love of art, why not roam the always inspiring RISD Museum and then make each other hand-blown glass gifts at Gather Glass Studio? There are multiple art exhibits going on during February, so you have plenty to choose from. Check out CAV or Troop in Providence for dining with an eclectic and funky ambiance, respectively.
In Blackstone Valley, you could check out the Cupid Sip & Shop at the Hope Artiste Village on February 12 and peruse art, jewelry, lotions candles, and more – all while enjoying $3 mimosas. You can also bring your dog with you for a free Valentine’s Day photo with your furry loved one. How about the art of mixology? Rhode Island Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room is hosting Gin School on February 13, which includes snacks, gin history, samples, and taste profiles, creating your own gin drink – and you’ll get to take home a bottle of your choice of Rhodium Gin. Further north in Blackstone Valley on February 12, you and your partner can take in some live jazz with Ms. Donna Byrne and The Marshall Wood All-Stars Quartet at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining.
SOUTH COUNTY: You can shop the Field of Artisans Valentine’s Edition at Whaler’s Brewing Company for special gifts for your special someone. While you’re in the southern part of the state, consider making reservations for a delicious and upscale Valentine’s Dinner at COAST at Ocean House where you can enjoy the musical stylings of harpist Faith Letner as you enjoy seasonally inspired dishes. Or you can take advantage of the Valentine’s Day Getaway special offer at the surfer-chic Break Hotel, which includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a discount on dinner at Chair 5 Restaurant, and more.
Aside from considering Ocean House and The Break if you’re looking for a place to stay in South County, you could also stay at Shelter Harbor Inn, a former colony for New York City singers and artists. There’s music-themed décor throughout as well as an onsite restaurant and spa.
NEWPORT: Pay a visit to The Breakers or The Elms to marvel at their amazing collections, and then head to the Newport Art Museum. Or for a different kind of art appreciation, visit the Audrain or Newport Car Museum. Some great drink and dining options in Newport, include Fifth Element, Diego’s, and Caleb & Broad. Then, for accommodations with a fun design aesthetic, check out Gilded, Attwater, or the Wayfinder.