February 4th, 2015
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Love being in the air is great…but food in our stomachs is even better. We’ve compiled a list of food-related Valentine’s Day activities throughout the month of February. Whether you want to learn to cook or enjoy being cooked for there’s a variety of things to do around Lil Rhody for Valentine’s Day 2015.

Month of Love at the Providence Marriott Downtown

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The Providence Marriott Downtown is hosting a Month of Love event from February 1st-28th. The Marriott offers specials including romance packages, a special Bluefin Grille Valentine’s Day menu and special packages offered by G Salon & Spa.  For more information visit marriottprovidence.com or call 401-272-2400.

Easy Entertaining Valentine’s Cooking Class

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Easy Entertaining Inc. Facebook

The Cafe at Easy Entertaining Inc. is hosting a cooking class on February 9th from 6-7pm to teach participants a few tasty recipes to help make their Valentine’s Day dinner special. Reservations are required and there is a fee of $29.50 per guest. For reservations, email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Make Your Valentine Dinner!”

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Simone’s Facebook

Simone’s in Warren is offering a Valentine’s Day cooking class on February 9th from 6:30-9pm. Participants will learn to make a variety of dishes like Baked Oysters with Spinach and Pernod and Sauteed Duck Breast with Tamarind Leeks and Champagne Risotto. The fee is $50 per person and also includes recipes, wine and food tasting. There is limited enrollment, so call 401-247-1200 to reserve a spot.

Brix Restaurant Valentines Weekend

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newportvineyards.com

Brix Restaurant in Middletown is hosting a Valentines Weekend from February 13th-15th. Brix features a special 3-course wine pairing menu just for the weekend. The Valanetines Menu is $45 per person, and $5 off with a Newport Winterfest button. To make reservations, call 401-848-5161 Ext. 2.

Valentine’s Day Easy Entertaining Tasting Dinner

Easy Entertaining Inc. Facebook

Easy Entertaining Inc. Facebook

The Cafe at Easy Entertaining Inc. is hosting their third annual Valentine’s Day Tasting Dinner. The event runs from 6-9pm on Valentine’s Day and reservations are required. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com to make a reservation. View the flyer for the event on their Facebook page.

The Duck & Bunny’s Seven Course Valentine’s Day Dinner

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The Duck & Bunny Facebook

The Duck & Bunny is taking reservations for their seven-course Valentine’s Day Dinner. There are two seating times available–at 6/6:30 and 8/8:30. The restaurant is also open at 10pm for dessert with no reservation required. The dinner price is $100 per couple and reservations can be made by calling 401-270-3300. For more information, visit the Duck & Bunny website.

Comedy Factory’s Valentine’s Day at Chelo’s

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Chelo’s in Warwick is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner with entertainment from the Comedy Factory. Dinner starts at 7:30 and the show is at 8:30PM. For tickets, call 401-639-7726. Tickets are $40 per person.

Bonus Event:

If you need a break from food, you can dance it off for a good cause.

Go Dancing in Red

Common Fence Point Facebook Page

Common Fence Point Facebook Page

On February 6th, Common Fence Point Community Hall in Portsmouth is hosting a social ballroom dancing event benefitting the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women. The night will include a 2 step lesson, refreshments (it’s BYOB), raffles and prizes. The event is at 7pm with an admission fee of $15.  For more information, visit commonfencepoint.org.

December 29th, 2014
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New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and there are plenty of events being planned throughout the Ocean State. We’ve made a list of celebrations for different interests and age groups to help you narrow down your choices.

 

For Children

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Mikenan1/Flickr Creative Commons License

The Providence Children’s Museum is hosting a Happy New Year! event where families can create noisemakers and join a ball drop at noon and 2pm. For more information visit the event page on artsnowri.com.

 

For Families

Ruben W. Perez / Providence Journal Files

Ruben W. Perez / Providence Journal Files

The Providence Rink at the Alex and Ani City Center is hosting an Ice Skating NYE + NYD event offering special hours for the holiday. The rink is open New Year’s Eve from 10AM-1AM and New Year’s Day from 10AM-10PM. For more information, visit the event page on artsnowri.com.

 

For the Outdoorsy Type

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Each year there is a New Year’s Eve bonfire in Ninigret Park in Charlestown. This event is great for the whole family and runs from 4:30-7:30PM. For more information, visit the event website.

 

For Couples

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crownehotelwarwick.com

The Crowne Plaza in Warwick is hosting a Celebrate 2015 party on New Year’s Eve. The party features dinner and drink choices as well as live music from Steve Smith and the Nakeds—a Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues band. For more information, visit the event page on the hotel’s website.

 

For Foodies

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Brix Restaurant in Newport is throwing a New Year’s Eve Celebration with a 4-course menu that family and friends can enjoy. 9:00PM seating includes a champagne toast at midnight, live music from Chicago Robbery—acoustic pub rock cover band from Northern Rhode Island—and a ball drop. For more information visit the event website.

 

For Dancers

Event Center / Twin River

Event Center / Twin River

Twin River in Lincoln is hosting a NYE Dinner & Dance Party with World Premier at their Event Center. The event features dinner and dancing with music from the World Premier Band. For more information, visit the ticketmaster event website.

 

December 18th, 2014
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Rhode Island’s own City by the Sea was featured on the Today Show this week as part of a segment ranking the country’s top holiday getaway destinations.

Senior Editor at Travel + Leisure Magazine, Jackie Gifford, told the Today Show’s Willie Geist and Tamron Hall that the city was voted one of the best places to celebrate Christmas in America by Travel + Leisure readers.

The getaway deal Gifford highlights is the “nautical winter wonderland” at the Hyatt Regency Newport.

“They ask people to decorate their homes and restaurants with white christmas lights to conjure up that old-fashioned candlelit vibe,” says Gifford.

Today Show anchor Willie Geist remarks that “Newport is great year round.” 

To learn more about festive Newport, check out our article This Year’s Top Local Holiday Activities.