5 Ways to Get Bollywood Ready For newportFILM’s Friend-Raiser

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Today’s post is brought to us by newportFILM marketing intern, Albert Vuoso. Albert, a former Discover Newport intern, is currently finishing his senior year at Salve Regina University, and also serves as a contributing writer for
Elite Daily. Today, he’s here to tell us about newportFILM’s upcoming Bollywood friend-raiser with a list of suggestions on how to prepare!

The groundhog may have sentenced Newport to another six weeks of winter, but that doesn’t mean the end of the off-season has to go out as a bore.

Saturday, March 7th, newportFILM will host their 4th Annual Friend-Raiser at Christie’s in Newport, and let’s just say there’s going to be a lot more culture and excitement hitting Thames Street than ever before.

Paying tribute to India’s booming Bollywood movie industry, the Friend-Raiser will encourage party-goers to channel their untapped love for the colorful dress and over-the-top glitz of which the industry is known.

Replete with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, DJ, dancing, the infamous flip-book photo booth, and “The Best (Bollywood) Raffle Ever” (with a 1/100 chance to win prizes like an “Instant Wine Cellar”, “Support Local Shopping Spree” and an “NYC Extravaganza”) the newportFILM Friend-Raiser sets out to highly entertain – and make a friend out of you.

All sounds fun, but how to prepare?

Follow these five tips before you leave your house and you’ll be ready to sparkle at Newport’s best party of the off-season.

1. Pin It!
Since most people’s closets aren’t teeming with traditional Bollywood attire, newportFILM has created this handy Pinterest board to give you a taste of the film industry’s signature style: http://bit.ly/bollywoodpinterest

2. Get Glam
Women delight, an excuse to go to the spa! RaNEW Salon & Spa (401-619-4848) and The Apothecary of Newport (401-324-6253) have teamed up with newportFILM to help you get the Bollywood look for less. By calling ahead, these local salons will offer an exclusive rate for hair, henna, makeup, lashes & flash tattoos. What better way to bring together your Bollywood inspired look?

3. Shop Locally
No need to go to Mumbai or New York, there are shops all around Newport with both traditional and modern takes on the theme, ready for you to purchase. Closet Revival, Chateau & Bungalow, Maison DNA and Wish Newport are among the boutiques featuring a wide selection of inspiration for the party, with discounts from 15%-20% off – even for the guys!

4. Practice your Posing!
Whether in the mirror or with selfies on your iPhone, be ready to strike a pose at the newportFILM Friend-Raiser. Featuring the beloved flip-book photo booth (sponsored by Seamist Medspa) and newportFILM’s own photogs, March 7th will be a night of pictures. Practice your smile and feel comfortable in your outfit – who knows, there might even be a “Best Dressed” contest.

5. Dance, Dance, Dance
Bollywood films are notorious for sudden breakouts of song and dance and the Friend-Raiser will be no different. Expect a live DJ and dance room dedicated to those who like to boogie down. Freshen up on your Bollywood dance knowledge by checking out films like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Disco Dancer.

All ticket and raffle proceeds from the event will contribute to newportFILM’s mission of bringing year-round world-class, documentary film to Aquidneck Island and contribute to the effervescent arts scene in Newport community.

Purchase your party tickets for $75 at newportFILM.com.

Inspiration for your Bollywood attire:

Newport Restaurant Week

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What is Newport Restaurant Week

Every Spring and Fall, Newport Restaurant Week returns with participating restaurants from Newport and Bristol County’s nine coastal towns. The event offers three-course dining deals for lunch ($16) and dinner ($35) that cater to the culinary desires of both frequent restaurant goers and first-time diners alike. Since its start in 2006, Newport Restaurant Week has grown tremendously, but its mission has always remained the same: provide visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the quality, diversity and hospitality that epitomize a Newport County dining experience.

When is Newport restaurant week

March 20-29, 2015

HIstory of newport Restaurant week

Newport Restaurant Week was established in 2006 as an annual event to encourage both residents and visitors of Newport and Bristol Counties to experience the vast culinary talent in our destination at an affordable price. The event’s mission is to stimulate local business not only at restaurants, but at retail and lodging partners as well. In 2008, Newport Restaurant Week expanded to a bi-annual event; one taking place in early spring and the other in late fall. Restaurateurs often create menus that celebrate seasonal ingredients and promote local food and wine purveyors. Many offer vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives to patrons with food allergies or special dietary requirements. Newport Restaurant Week is brought you by American Express, Brancott Estates Wines, OpenTable.com, Samuel Adams, Smith & Forge Hard Cider and Discover Newport.

where can i find more information?

Your best resource for discovering mouthwatering menus at a steal is DiscoverNewportRestaurantWeek.org where we’ll be adding more restaurants and menus over the next weeks. You can also visit DiscoverNewport.org for more information about lodging packages, as well as our social networks for up-to-the-minute conversation about the event. We encourage users to include #NPTRestaurantWeek for Newport Restaurant Week-related posts, images and Tweets to engage with other diners, restaurateurs and chefs.

Don’t Forget

We will be hosting an Instagram contest for the duration of Newport Restaurant Week with the chance to win a $100 gift card to a participating restaurant. Click here for more details.

A special thank you to our sponsors:

29 Photos that Prove Newport is a Year-Round Destination

As a coastal town known internationally for its sailing events, endless ocean views, expansive beaches and seaside dining, Newport is often regarded as a summer destination (the #1 destination on the rise, in fact). It’s a title that we’re proud of. However, as year-round dwellers, we know Newport shines during every season. Here are 29 reminders of why Newport is more than just a summer destination.

Christmas in Newport, a 44-year-old tradition where white lights illuminate the homes, small shop windows and busting wharves of our City by the Sea, is often referred to as an extraordinary holiday respite. Voted one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays by Travel and Leisure, Newport’s mansions bedecked in yuletide finery, and a robust lineup of holiday events make it the perfect getaway for couples and families of all ages.

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Dress yourself in blankets amid a blazing fire pit then head to your room where a butler-drawn bath awaits you at The Chanler. With sweeping ocean views from both their award-winning restaurant, The Spiced Pear, and their elegantly decorated rooms, it’s no wonder USA Today voted it one of the best summer beach resorts for a winter getaway.

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Every Spring and Fall, Newport Restaurant Week returns with three-course dining deals for lunch ($16) and dinner ($35) that cater to the culinary desires of both frequent restaurant goers and first-time diners alike. Since its start in 2006, Newport Restaurant Week has grown tremendously, but its mission has always remained the same: provide visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the quality, diversity and hospitality that epitomize a Newport County dining venture.

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For 14 years, Newport’s contemporary ballet company, Island Moving Co., has brought the classic story of The Nutcracker to life, weaving through the rooms of the iconic Rosecliff Mansion. Raved by The New York Times, The Newport Nutcracker allows its audience to become part of the story like never before.

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Love is in the air 24/7 in Newport, but with two restaurants voted the Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable, The Spiced Pear at The Chanler and Bouchard Restaurant and Inn, a Valentine’s Day spent in the City by the Sea is a must. Candlelit ambiance, sweet confections and an intimate evening to remember.

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Newport Winter Festival, complete with beach polo, annual nacho tasting, hot drink contests and a chili cook-off, is touted at “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza.” The annual festival offers more than 150 events over a 10 day period for those of all ages.

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More than 30 engaging museums such as the Audrain Auto Museum, The National Museum of American Illustration and The International Tennis Hall of Fame set the stage for an educational and entertaining experience throughout the year.

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And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we’ll let these photos speak for themselves:

Kids Corner: 7 Engaging February Vacation Camps

Next week begins February vacation throughout Newport County, meaning: school is out! The biggest question is what are you going to do with the kids? Luckily for you, week-long programs offered throughout Newport County are here to provide your kids the opportunity to pursue a range of interests, from athletics and academics to arts and crafts. Indulge in vacation exploration, without worrying what mischief they’re causing at home.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County

Camp Dates: February 16th-20th
Times: 8am – 4pm
Fee: $155 for ages 5 and 6 | $140 for ages 7 and older, plus $5 field trip fee
To Register: Visit 95 Church Street

Among interactive activities such as arts & crafts, swimming, basketball, Lego tournaments, board games, ping pong and pool tournaments, kids will have the opportunity to partake in two field trips:
Mystic Aquarium | Includes a 4D show | Tuesday, February 16:
Breakers Mansion Tour | Wednesday, February 17

For more information: Contact Meredith Benvenuto, Education Director mbenvenuto@bgcnewport.org

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Animal Games at Audubon Environmental Education Center

Camp Dates: February 16th-20th
Times: 9 am – 5 pm Nature crafts, 10 am – 2 pm; Nature Stories, 11 am – 1 pm; Animal Interview, 1:30 pm.     Fee: Adults, $6; Children age 4-12, $4; Children under age 4, free
To Register: Email programs@asri.org

The Audubon Environmental Education Center housed in Bristol, RI is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium that offers myriad natural wonders, from walking trails to a tide pool and interactive exhibits. Enroll your kids in the February school vacation week program, Animal Games at Audubon, where they will have the opportunity to learn about various animals, participate in hands-on science experiments, become a navigator and more.

February 16: Animal Games. Kids will learn about the food web, predators and animal adaptations.
February 17: Frozen Science. Campers will learn all about what makes freeze pond and do science experiments.
February 18: Owl Pellet Dissection. They will get to dissect owl pellet and identify the bones inside!
February 19: Letterboxing Adventure. Kids will learn how to use a compass by navigating throughout the center!

February 20: Wonderful Whales. Learn all about whales! Campers will get to know how whales stay warm by trying on a pair of “blubber gloves.”
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Winter Animal Extremes at Norman Bird Sanctuary
Camp Dates: February 16th-20th
Times: 8:45 a.m-3:00 p.m
Fee: $215 per child (only grades k-4th)
To Register: Visit here or call 401-846-2577 Ext. 32
Norman Bird Sanctuary’s vacation camp offers kids the opportunity to get in touch with nature, focusing on animals found in our own backyard. Traditional winter camp activities including fort building, hiking, nature exploration, crafts and games.
 
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Newport County YMCA School Vacation Camp

Ages 5 — 12
Date: February 16th-20th
Times: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm | PM Care: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
To Register: Registration for vacation camp begins the first week of the month in which the camp is held.
Tel: 401.841.5357 | shannond@newportymca.org

Camp activities include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games & swimming.

Camps Offered:
SPORTS — Josh Anderson – 401.847.9200, ext 113
GYMNASTICS – Maria Fombellida – 401.847.9200, ext 122
R.A.V.E – Sarah Hogan – 401.847.9200, ext. 130
CAMP I CAN – Megan Leonard – 401.847.9200, ext. 117

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February Vacation Camp at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Camp Dates: February 16th-20th
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $160 for Blithewold members; $180 for non-members
To Register: Visit here or call 401-253-2707

February 16th- Campers will have their hands full, completing a scavenger hunt, preparing for their own tea party by cooking in the kitchen, crafting their own art projects and enjoying home movie footage from summers and parties at Blithewold from more 100 years ago. The day will end with a field trip to the 3rd floor archives, where Campers will get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a museum curator.

February 17th- Kids will spend the day learning about local feathered owl friends, dissecting owl pellets and testing out a range of owl calls. The afternoon will provide the opportunity for an outdoor adventure, as camp leaders host a birding trek along Blithewold’s beautiful shoreline searching for waterfowl.

February 18th-  A little fresh air on a hike through the winter landscape and a visit to the bamboo forest will make this an adventurous day at the camp. The winter hike will be followed by a visit the greenhouse where campers can make their own miniature gardens, as well as create a customized packet of seeds.

February 19th- This day is packed with indoor and outdoor winter activities, including arts and crafts, outdoor games, music and theatrical skits.

February 20th- The last day of camp is pajama day. Cozy up inside Blithewold’s Living room and watch a movie in your warmest pj’s.
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Camp Happy Tails Vacation: Adoption Task Force
Grades 3, 4 and 5
Camp Dates: February 17th-19th
Times: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Fee: $20 per day (only grades 3, 4 and 5)
To Register: contact Anastacia Southland, AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org or 401-846-0592 Ext. 120.

Kids will have the opportunity to learn about and meet the animals at The Potter League located in Middletown, while also creating projects to keep them happy and healthy and brainstorming ideas to find them a perfect new home.

Tuesday, February 17: Kitty Social
Wednesday, February 18: Little Critters
Thursday, February 19: Dog Day

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Don’t Forget

In addition to vacation camps hosted throughout Newport County, February Vacation also brings Newport Winter Festival, New England’s largest winter extravaganza. Each year the arrival of frosty temperatures and snow-kissed treetops prepares us for an array of winter activities through our City by the Sea, including a variety of family-friendly events. From a Build-Your-Own-Marshmallow-Snowman stand to a snowball toss at the Visitor Center, Newport Winter Festival offers fun for everyone. February 13-22, 2015. For more information, and a schedule of daily events, visit newportwinterfestival.com

Aquidneck Growers’ Winter Market

Local grown food is about getting the freshest, highest quality products, and strengthening your community in the process.”

Aquidneck Growers’ Market | Every Saturday through May | 10am-2pm
Newport Vineyards and Winery 909 East Main Road, Middletown RI

Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience complete with myriad agricultural products and a charming view of endless grapevines from inside Newport Vineyard’s newly renovated, rustic space. Every Saturday, Newport County farmers and artisans gather to bring you the freshest of nature’s bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, an assortment of fresh seafood options, and fresh-cut flowers and plants.

Aquidneck Growers’ Market aims to provide yearlong access to seasonal, regionally grown produce from more than 25 vendors. With 20 years of experience and three markets held year round, hearty, organic products grown with local love are never far from reach. Stroll the market, and when you’re done, relax with a glass of wine and a warm sandwich or burger made on site at Pat’s Pastured Food Cart — a genuine farm to fork experience.

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Every Saturday Brings the Following Vendors:

Aquidneck Farm 100% grass fed, free range beef, cage free poultry and eggs
The Coffee Guy Freshly roasted coffee, tea and beans
Delicious! Traditional Middle Eastern prepared foods
June Loves English Cakes Traditional English baked goods
The Local Catch Fresh and smoked local seafood
Matunuck Oyster & Vegetable Farm Local-caught shellfish and farm grown vegetables
Moonlight Rose Alpacas Gloves, scarves, socks & more
Olga’s Cup and Saucer Breads, sweet & savory pastries and fruit pies
Pat’s Pastured Meats Pasture-raised meat & eggs
Provencal Bakery Hard-crusted breads and pastries
RI Mushroom Company Mushrooms and sauces
Simmons Farm Farm-raised meats, eggs, cheeses and vegetables

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Each week also brings a variety of new craft vendors specializing in delights from fresh cut flowers to hand-crafted aromatic soaps and candles.

  • Beach & Field Florals
    February 14, 28 | March 14, 28 | April 11, 25 | May 2, 9
  • Bessin Designs, jewelry
    February 14 | March 21
  • Brigadeiro Chocolate Shop: unique, hand-crafted Brazilian chocolates
    February 14
  • Humble Pie Company: Mouthwatering pies of all flavors and size
    February 14, 28 | March 14, 28 | April 11, 25 | May 9, 23
  • Lunar Lights Candles: Hand-poured, all natural candles
    February 28 | March 14 | April 11 | May 9
  • Narragansett Creamery: Assorted cheeses and yogurt
    February 7, 21 | March 7, 21 | April 4, 18 | May 2, 16
  • Salve Hydroponics: Campus-grown greens
    February 7, 21 | March 7, 21 | April 4, 18 | May 2, 16
  • Silk Tree Farm of Little Compton: Goat milk soaps and candles
    February 7, 21 | March 21 | April 18 | May 16, 30
  • Terry’s Tasty Treasures of Scituate: jams, jellies and salsa
    February 14, 28

4 Weekend Activities for your Adventurous Side

This weekend’s list of suggested activities in Newport County is full of adventure and creativity. Unwind and find inner peace with a traditional exercise experience, or create a work of art with a drink in hand and a little scenery for inspiration. The possibilities are endless, and so is the fun.

Mixology 101 at The Revolving Door
Saturday, January 24 | 12-2pm

Shake things up at The Revolving Door and learn how to create cocktails that will invigorate your senses with this hands-on training from Jason Kindness, the nation’s most inspired bartenders featured in GQ Magazine. The event includes spirit tastings, snacks and your own set of bar tools to take home.

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Yoga at Newport Power Yoga
Saturday, January 24 | 11:15am
Sunday, January 25 | 5pm

Restore balance and serenity in your life this weekend with yoga at Newport Power Yoga, a humble studio that offers a relaxing experience for all levels. Touting the notion “Just bring the body and the rest will follow,” NPT Power Yoga is the perfect avenue for any individual looking to find serenity through exercise. Plus, their New Student Special – $20 for three classes – helps keep your bank account in balance, too.

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Clean Ocean Access Annual Winter Party
Saturday, January 24th at Easton’s Point Pub | 6-11pm

Join Clean Ocean Access in their efforts to raise funds to support clean beaches, healthy oceans, safe swimming water and public access of the shoreline. In addition to live music, free food and more than $6,000 in prize giveaways, 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Get Busy Living Fun (GBLF), a community of COA volunteers suffering from life threatening illnesses. Ticket Required.

Paint Nite at Newport Vineyards

Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of art and wine in their Tank Room. All supplies are included in the price of your ticket. When you’re done creating your masterpiece like the Picasso of your generation, visit Brix Restaurant for a delicious dinner. Use the code “newportvine20″ for $20 off your ticket price when your purchase.

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Craft Beer Dinner at Blackstone Caterers
Friday, January 23

Join Newport Storm and Blackstone Caterers for a night of gourmet appetizers and craft beer. Blackstone’s own Executive Chef, Derek Jolie, preparing your dinner right before your eyes as Brent Ryan, one of the founders of Newport Storm, educates guests on the making of craft beer throughout the evening.

Valentine's Day

Whether it’s your first date or your 50th anniversary, these romantic activities in Newport County are your perfect Valentine’s Day Oasis.

The infamous day of chocolate-covered everything and red hearts strung from each possible surface is quickly approaching. And you’re most likely quietly (or maybe not-so-quietly) wondering to yourself How am I going to make this Valentine’s Day surpass all other Valentine’s Days that have come and gone in my ___ years of existence. Not to worry, we’ve gathered the most romantic activities and promotions from our finest hotels, restaurants and businesses, complete with all the bells and whistles you could imagine. And they’re probably covered in chocolate, too.

Cozy Cuisine

DIY Cooking
Spice up your Valentine’s day with cuisine from one of the most romantic locations in the world during a cooking class at Newport Cooks. In this hands-on experience, you’ll learn how to create homemade fettuccine the old-fashioned way – with semolina flour, eggs and olive oil, and you’ll leave with skills you can take home to keep the romance going past Valentine’s Day.

Friday, February 13 | 6-8pm | 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard
Valentine’s Day Wine Weekend
Canoodle with your lover amidst the charm of Little Compton’s family-run vineyard. Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner complete with a wine pairing and a keepsake glass.

$49.95 per person | 162 W Main Road, Little Compton

Newport Vineyards
Cozy up by the original stone fireplace and dine overlooking the Barrel Room and winery at Brix Restaurant. Enjoy a 3-course wine pairing  Valentine’s Day weekend menu specially crafted by Executive Chef Ron Aguiar and the Brix culinary team. Stop by between 11am and 5pm and have a “tasting thrill” at their WINE-ter-fest “Ice Wine” bar complete with wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and edibles from local gourmet purveyors.

$45 per person for dinner | $20 for Ice Wine Bar | 909 E Main Road

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille
Enjoy a touch of opulence in an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication at 22 Bowen’s. Savor an exclusive prix-fixe menu complete with everything from Prime Beef Tenderloin and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake to a Cold-water Lobster and Exotic Mushroom Risotto, and end with a festive red velvet cake topped with white chocolate mousse.

Call for Details | 22 Bowen’s Wharf

Romantic Retreats

The Attwater
Love the Presidents Treat Special – Valentine/President’s Day Weekend
The Attwater, a Lark Hotel (otherwise known for its modern luxury set in an iconic, desirable destination) has combined the culinary favorites of various US Presidents to create a unique treat basket offered during your romantic weekend stay. Stay three nights instead of two and receive a complimentary “gaggle of goodies fit for a Commander in Chief.” Your treat basket will include:

Mixed Nuts (in honor of Washington)
Homemade Gingerbread Cookies (in honor of Lincoln)
Jelly Beans (in honor of Reagan)
Salted Chocolate Caramels (in honor of Obama)
A Bottle of Red Wine (in honor of Jefferson) OR Hard Cider (in honor of John Adams)
Small flower bouquet (in honor of all the First Ladies)

And Nixon’s favorite treat, cottage cheese with ketchup

Just kidding about that last one. To receive the offer, you must mention the special when you book, or enter “PREZLOVE” in the “notes” section when you book online.

Bristol Harbor Inn
Valentine’s Special Overnight package
Enjoy an overnight stay in your choice of available rooms including suites, waterfront rooms and romantic fireplace rooms in this elegant, boutique-style 40-room hotel located on the water at Thames Street Landing in the heart of Historic Bristol. Savor a delicious with at Dewolf Tavern with a complimentary $100 dinner allowance, as well as a bottle of sparkling Crane Lake Brut and Lindor Chocolate Truffles delivered to your room upon check-in. The next morning, delight in breakfast for two delivered to your room.

Cost: rates starting at $235

Bristol House Bed and Breakfast
Chocolate, Oysters & Romance…Oh My!
Plan your romantic weekend getaway in picturesque Bristol where you’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a deluxe guest room, your choice of a 60-minute spa treatment, a bottle of homemade chocolate liqueur and Bristol House Bakery homemade chocolate truffles, gourmet chocolate-themed breakfast each morning, a special gift of chocolate body scrub (We told you there would be chocolate) and a platter of one dozen fresh, local oysters and two glasses of Prosecco at the Bristol House Oyster Bar. Late checkout at noon

Cost: $599/Weekend

The Chanler at Cliff Walk
What’s Your Love Story?
Fall in love all over again at The Chanler at Cliff Walk, with endless ocean views and cozy charm. Your two-night stay will include a welcome bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose, handwritten love note*, a Tasting Menu Dinner for two in The Spiced Pear, butler-drawn bath with a selection of aromatherapy oils, “First Date” movie night in your room with truffle popcorn and chauffeur service to Newport attractions

Cost: $489 per night

*Compose your own love note which the staff will then hand-write for you and place in your room upon arrival. Choose from a selection of famous love poems, or write your own on blank stationary provided in your guest room.

The Francis Malbone House
Romance and Relaxation
Escape to this romantic inn full of historic charm and elegance located in downtown Newport. Relax by the wood-burning fireplace with a cocktail and your loved one in one of many guest parlors. Your stay will include a gourmet fireside breakfast and housemade afternoon tea. Add an extra touch of romance with one dozen roses, one dozen chocolate covered strawberries and a chilled bottle of Moet for an additional fee of $195

Cost: rates starting at $175 per night

Hotel Viking
Romance Package
Relive the romance of the Great Gatsby era with Hotel Viking’s Suite Romance Package. Luxuriate in a specialty suite, patterned after the famous mansions of Newport while enjoying champagne, chocolate covered strawberries (there they are) and truffles, $300 credit to SpaTerre, $150 dinner credit in the hotel’s top notch restaurant, One Bellevue, $50 breakfast credit in One Bellevue plus valet parking daily and late checkout at 2pm.

Cost: $633 promotional value

Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa
A Special Valentine’s Day
Chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, ice cream in bed and even a bubble bath and massage oil will provide you with a sensuous experience while surrounded by an ocean view. And don’t forget breakfast for two.

Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
Romance by the Sea
Revel in a harbor view with champagne and chocolates delivered to your room upon arrival. You’ll love your indoor or outdoor waterfront dinner for two at Pier 49 Seafood and Spirits ($85 dinner voucher), and breakfast the next morning (food and beverage taxes & gratuity included). During the day, take advantage of the package’s two attraction vouchers – Newport is full of fun and romantic places to go!

Cost: rates starting at $304-$444

Vanderbilt Grace
Be with the one you love this February
Indulge in a one-night stay in a State Room with a delicious continental champagne breakfast.
Make your own box of chocolates with the guidance of Vanderbilt Grace’s exceptional chef in a 30-minute Chocolate Lovers class followed by a romantic four-course dinner for two in Muse by Jonathan Cartwright.

Cost: rates starting at $600.00

Amorous Activities

SpaVana
Escape to a world of relaxation and tranquility at SpaVana with a Moroccan Melody Couple experience: A mini facial with warmly scented steam towels, a custom masque & moisturizer followed by a hair nourishing scalp massage and a pore awakening gentle dry brush body exfoliation. The relaxing experience ends with a warm oil full body massage.

Cliff Walk
Couples can walk bundled-up, hand-in-hand along 3.5 miles of coastal beauty on the Cliff Walk. Stroll along the path, and perhaps wander off into one of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions for a little magic.

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport
Step back in time with a lantern-lit stroll through the streets of Colonial Newport for a quaint, engaging experience.

Newport Winter Festival
Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 13th-22th throughout Newport and Newport County. Warm up with cocktails at Polar Pineapples at Hyatt Regency Newport followed by music from Eagles Tribute Band: Tequila Sunrise, or visit Newport Storm Brewery for Rhody Beer and Cheese Pairing. Endless events for an engaging romantic experience.