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.


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.


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.


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. Just one month to be exact. And you’re 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 special 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 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

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.

7 Weekend Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss

Winter weekends are full of myriad opportunities — cozy up indoors with a cup of tea and a sweet treat, or bundle up and embrace your inner explorer. Whichever you decide, this weekend’s list of activities in Newport County is sure to please your eclectic interests.

For the Exercise Enthusiast
Zumba For a Cause
Friday, January 16 | 6-9pm at Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
Join local Zumba instructor Zaida Humphrey’s for an interactive, engaging exercise experience at Hyatt Regency Newport on Goat Island. All benefits go to Give Kids The World, a non-profit “storybook” resort dedicated to providing children suffering from life threatening illnesses and their families with fantasy vacations at zero cost. Do good. Look good. Feel good. More Information.

For the British Aspirant
Gilded Age Tea Time
Saturday and Sunday | 2-4pm at Hotel Viking

Research shows that the desire to become of British decent actually increases with each episode of Downton Abbey (we made that up – but from experience we wholeheartedly believe it to be true). Regardless of the statistics, your chance to participate in a regal day of tea and proper etiquette awaits you at the Hotel Viking. Welcome the fifth season of your favorite Golden Globe award-winning series with Gilded Age Tea Time. The event, hosted every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm through February 22, offers tea sandwiches, sweet treats and the opportunity to win the first four seasons of your favorite PBS series on DVD. Reserve your spot now. More Information.

For the Animal Aficionado
January Owl Prowl
Friday, January 16 | 6-7:30pm at Norman Bird Sanctuary
Learn how to ID own species by sight and call on the second of three annual owl prowl programs hosted by Norman Bird Sanctuary. Then, head out on the trails and listen for wild owls setting up their nesting territories. When it’s over, warm up inside with some hot chocolate and an up-close meet and greet with the sanctuary’s captive Barred Owl. More Information.

For the Local Lover
Aquidneck Growers Farmers Market
Saturday, January 17 | 10am-2pm at Newport Vineyards

Your desire for fresh, local fruits and veggies doesn’t disappear just because the temperature drops and there’s a dusting of snow on the ground. Luckily, Aquidneck Growers Market still sets up shop during the winter to quench all your healthy cravings. Stop in and gather the freshest local greenery and fruits, and add a little color to your winter.

For the Kids
Exploration Center & Aquarium
Friday – Sunday | 10am-4pm at Easton’s Beach
Save Bay‘s marine science center located at Easton’s Beach is home to more than 140 species from Narragansett Bay. Bring the kids (or don’t, we don’t judge) and get up-close with lobsters, crabs, and fish from our local waters. It’s a weekend aquatic experience like no other. More Information.

For the Film Buff
The Imitation Game
Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 2pm, 4:30 pm and 7pm at Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center
Enjoy this historical fiction thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode in Newport’s world-class art house cinema. More Information.

For the Art/History Admirer
The National Museum of American Illustration
Friday-Sunday | Call for Hours

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The National Museum of American Illustration is one of Newport’s historical gems, offering original paintings and drawings from 145 renowned American Illustrators. Enjoy the current exhibition – Norman Rockwell and His Contemporaries –  for a whimsical yet informative experience inside Vernon Court.

A Volvo Ocean Race Update


As you are most likely aware, in just a few short months the world’s most grueling and exciting ocean race is making its way to the only North American stopover throughout its nine-month excursion — our City by the Sea. Volvo Ocean Race, renowned as the world’s premier offshore race and an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavor, will arrive at Fort Adams on May 5-17, and with it will come a host of exciting events and activities. As part of the stopover, a dynamic “Race Village” will be open to the public where visitors will be able to stroll the docks to see the sailboats up-close, watch high performance racing within yards of the shore, bring the entire family for shore side entertainment, watch the workings of the team compounds, entertainment pavilions, boatyard and sail loft, visit the kids zone, enjoy marine education and sustainability exhibits an international food festival, dramatic theater presentations and crawl through a gigantic boat cross section at race headquarters. Yes, yes it is a lot. It’s no wonder planning for the event began almost two years ago!

As you may not be aware, however, on Tuesday, January 13, Sail Newport announced that SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company and the sponsor of Team SCA, the first all-female team to sail the race in over a decade, will be the Official Sustainability and Sustainability Education Sponsor of the Newport, RI stopover.

As the Official Sustainability and Sustainability Education Sponsor and Silver-level Corporate Partner, SCA will provide its expertise to support zero-waste and recycling efforts and will act as the exclusive tissue and hygiene products provider of the twelve-day public event. SCA’s Tork® brand of Away-from-Home professional hygiene products, including napkins, hand towels, bath tissue, soap, hand sanitizer and dispensers, will be present throughout public facilities in the Newport Race Village.

The sponsorship also extends to educational programs, as SCA will host a sustainable forest exhibit held at The Exploration Zone of the race village to teach young children about the lifecycle of forest environments.

scaLastly, in honor of Team SCA’s magenta boat, SCA will host a Magenta Music Night, which will include an evening of live music and activities for Newport Race Village visitors. Additional details about the concert series will be announced closer to the event.

With all that being said, only four more months until this renowned race makes its way to our sailing capital! Get ready, Newport.

9 Outdoor Activities to Embrace This Month

While frigid January days are often complementary to cozying up indoors with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and perhaps a good book, Newport County is still embracing the great outdoors like it’s sunny and 75 outside. If you’re looking for some fresh air with a little adventure, here are your January go-to locales.


Fort Adams

Tour the Fort
Daily | 12pm and 2pm
Fort Adam’s hour long tour takes you from the top of the Fort walls to the depths of the underground listening tunnels. You’ll be able to view the quarters where officers and their families lived, ascend to the scenic overlook or a view of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, and even learn about past and future restoration plans.fort adams aerial_credit Fort Adams Trust

Newport Historical Society

Walking Tours:

Rogues and Scoundrels
Saturday, January 17 | 11am-12pm
See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished.

Discover Colonial Newport
Sunday, January 18 | 11am-12pm
Hear stories or remarkable entrepreneurship and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.

Road to Independence
Monday, January 19 | 11am-12pm
Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution

Norman Bird Sanctuary

Winter Rarities EcoTour
Saturday, January 10 | 6:30am-4:30pm
Coinciding with current bird sighting reports, this popular annual trip takes you on a tour of birding hot spots throughout the region with the objective of spotting rare winter migrants. Dress in your warmest gear, and don’t forget to pack a lunch and a pair of binoculars so you don’t miss a thing!

January Owl Prowl
Friday, January 16 | 6-7:30pm
Learn how to ID own species by sight and call on the second of three annual owl prowl programs. Then, head out on the trails and listen for wild owls setting up their nesting territories. When it’s over, warm up inside with some hot chocolate and an up close meet and greet with the sanctuary’s captive Barred Owl.


Guided Bird Walk
Sunday, January 18 | 8am
Pack your binoculars and your winter gear for a guided bird walk with expert birder Jay Manning.

Winter Tracks and Signs
Saturday, January 31 | 10:30-11:30am
Learn the basics of identifying tracks and signs of local animals on this interactive walk, but don’t forget to dress in your Winter’s warmest.

Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Harbor Tours
Daily | 11am and 1pm
Enjoy a 1.5 hour private harbor tour aboard Starfish, the 32 foot lobster boat. Tour the harbor and visit the lighthouse.rose island lighthouse_credit Discover Newport

Sakonnet Greenway Trail

Located in Portsmouth and open year-round, take advantage of this hidden gem on Aquidneck Island throughout the winter months by cross-country skiing, or even hiking to capture a breathtaking winter sunset.

Save Bay

Seal Watch Cruises
January 10 | 3pm
January 17-19 | 11am
January 24 | 2pm
January 25 | 3pm

A Newport tradition for the past 12 years, hop aboard the Alletta Morris education vessel as it travels through historic Newport Harbor and view seals on the rocks off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Binoculars provided!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A Newport County New Year’s


From the celebration of our 375th anniversary to the sell out of traditional events such as Newport Jazz Festival or Newport Folk Festival that attract throngs of visitors without fail, 2014 brought abundance and happiness to Newport County. However, the year is not over yet, and there is indeed one last celebration to be had. We’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Eve festivities throughout town to help you celebrate the end of a memorable year, and the beginning of another happy, healthy, abundant year in our City by the Sea.


Castle Hill inn | 590 ocean drive

new-years-eveCelebrate the second year of Agent 007 and embrace an evening of dinner and dancing at Castle Hill Inn, all while looking your most dapper. This two-night stay features champagne upon arrival, movie screening of Goldfinger including snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s Day Brunch, as well as daily gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. 888.466.1355 for reservations.


CALEB & BROAD | 162 Broadway10308383_366132850233203_6673442352562641157_n

Enjoy a three-course dinner including a glass of Martini and Rossi Prosecco for $35 per person. Dinner: 5pm-11pm and drinks until 1am. 401-619-5955 for reservations.


 CANFIELD HOUSE | 5 Memorial Blvd

Live music, delicious food and drinks. 6pm-1am. 401.847.0416 for dinner reservations.



The CLARKE COOKE HOUSE | 26 Bannister’s Wharf

Make it a classic Newport New Year’s with dinner at Clarke Cooke House and live music from The Honky Tonk Knights. 10pm-1am. No cover cost. 401.849.2900 for dinner reservations.


 FASTNET PUB | 1 Broadway

For a casual yet fun night of dancing and celebrating, visit Fastnet Pub for their New Year’s dance party, featuring music from the 60’s all the way through the 90’s. 9pm-1am. No cover cost.


10873528_984640001563595_3079236731148655907_o FIFTH ELEMENT | 111 Broadway 

Food, drinks, party favors and a dance party with Jackie Henderson. Food from 7-10pm. Drinks from 7pm-1am. $110 per person. Stop in at The Fifth Element to book reservations.


BP-NYE-2014sm FIREHOUSE THEATER | 4 Equality park place

Ring in the new year with laughter and cheer as The Bit Players present their annual New Year’s Eve Night of Comedy. Shows at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm. Party favors, refreshments and prizes. $20 per person, all ages. Don’t forget to BYOB. 401.849.3473 to reserve your seats.


  FORTY 1 NORTH | 351 Thames Street 

Casual glamour accompanied by butlered hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, post-midnight dessert table and coffee bar, DJ and dancing, and a live-viewing of Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. Premium Bar and Champagne Bar available for purchase. 9pm-1am. $50 per person. Purchase Tickets.


Gas Lamp Grille | 206 Thames street

Three-course dinner starting at 6pm followed by two floors of entertainment starting at 10pm. Enjoy Rugburn on the first floor, or travel upstairs for music provided by DJ Mike. Dinner cost: $30-$40. Celebrations end at 1am. Email info@gaslampgrille.necoxmail.com for reservations.



An elegant New Year’s Eve dinner, cocktails and dancing in the beautifully decorated grand ballroom live music by Atlantic Ave. At midnight, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and a balloon drop. 9pm-1am. $99 per person or $198 per couple. 401.851.3301 for reservations.


 JO’S AMERICAN BISTRO | 24 memorial Blvd

Enjoy delicious appetizers and entree’s from Jo’s traditional menu or embrace their three-course Prix Fixe New Year’s Eve Dinner for $45. 5-9pm. Feast your eyes here. 


MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR | 345 Thames Street

Midtown Oyster Bar’s New Year’s Shuckin’ Eve is back for a second year with live music and Newport’s only midnight balloon drop. 10pm-1am. No cover cost. 401.619.4100 for reservations.



Ring in the new year among the grandeur at Rosecliff Mansion. Cocktails, dinner, music and a champagne toast. 8pm-1am. $225 per person. 401.847.1000. More Information Here.



Throughout 2014, the City of Newport celebrated its 375th Anniversary with a yearlong series of celebrations, family-friendly activities and educational programs. But it’s not over yet. To honor our historic City by the Sea one last time this year, the city is hosting a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration and Fireworks Display at Easton’s Beach Rotunda from 6:30-9pm. Enjoy hot cocoa, snacks, a balloon artist and free rides on the carousel. Fireworks begin at 9pm!


New Years Eve NBCNEWPORT BLUES CAFE | 286 Thames Street

Enjoy a dinner package including a four-course dinner with fresh baked rolls, soup or salad, assorted appetizers and your choise of four dessets, plus live music by 7 Day Weekend, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 6pm-1am. Dinner package: $58.95 per person. Entertainment package: $20 per person. Purchase tickets here or call 401.841.5510.


BrixRestaurant_NewportVineyards1-smallBrix at NEWPORT VINEYARDS | 909 East main road, middletown

Three-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Ron Aguiar and his leading culinary team. Seatings at 5pm and 9pm to 1am. Second seating  at 9 pm includes a champagne toast at midnight, live music from Chicago Robbery and ball drop. 5pm — $65 per person. 9pm — $85 per person. Reservations required — call 401.848.5161


 PARLOR BAR & KITCHEN | 200 Broadway

Parlor Bar & Kitchen is taking New Year’s Eve festivities to the next level with their Masquerade Party complete with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary mask and music by DJ Spindler. 9pm-1am. $100 per person. 401.848.9081 for reservations.



Enjoy a three-course dinner, live entertainment provided by The Merge, and a free champagne toast at minight all with a waterfront view. 5pm-1am. $45 per person. thepiernewportri@gmail.com for more information.


Persimmon |  31 State Street, Bristol

A four-course fixed-price menu with numerous choices with an optional wine pairing. 5-10pm. $85. 401.254.7474 for reservations.


POUR JUDGEMENT | 32 Broadway

Live music by The Kohang Allstars and Blueroots, and a champagne toast at midnight. 10pm-1am. No cover cost.


10858415_754990107919843_2632352929277949720_nThe Revolving Door | 509 Thames Street

Tiki cocktails, Polynesian food, roasted pig, and tropical music — it’s a tropical winter getaway like no other. Make sure to boast your flip flops, board shorts, and beach gear. $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door, includes two Tiki drinks and a late night buffet. 10pm-1am. 401.846.0400 for reservations.


The Safari Room at OceanCliff Hotel | 65 Ridge Road

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Ring in the New Year at OceanCliff Hotel and the Safari Room Restaurant. Enjoy a four-course dinner, with wine pairings and a champagne toast.
$75 per person. Excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.


Salvation Cafe | 140 Broadway


New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe menu including specialty cocktails, appetizers, entree and dessert. Seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30pm. $50 per person. 401.847.2620 for reservations,


10873616_887783904587532_2675055209263412203_oSPEAKEASY BAR & GRILL | 250 thames Street

From seared rare sesame tuna to 8 oz. grilled filet mignon, Speakeasy is offering a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner to fuel your festivities. 5-9pm. 401.847.3650 for reservations.


TALLULAH ON THAMES | 464 Thames Street

Enjoy a Prix Fixe six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu including a glass of sparkling wine. $100 per person. 401.849.2433 for reservations.



Passed hors d’ouevres of assorted sushi, chicken satay, pesto crostini and more, plus a cheese and fruit display, shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell and garden salad, accompanied by party favors and music by Queensboro Husters. Cash bar available. 8pm-1am. $45 per person. 401.619.5675 for reservations.



Toast to the New Year with a delicious five-course dinner by Jonathan Cartwright in The Muse with music provided by local resident pianist Kristine at 6pm, followed by champagne, oysters and a delicious a-la-carte raw bar menu in The Conservatory. Finally, enjoy dancing and celebrations in The Champagne Room with music provided by The Dick Lupino Band. 6pm-1am. $175 per person.  including admission to our Jazz Party festivities and piano tunes by Kristine. From 6pm. res.vanderbilt@gracehotels.com to RSVP.

How Greenvale Vineyards Warms Up for the Holidays

Our annual “Warm Up for the Holidays” gathering here at Greenvale Vineyards is one that we all look forward to every year. For 15 years we have loved hosting old friends and look forward to making new ones in our cozy, beautifully restored tasting room. This opportunity is perfect for all types of company, whether you are looking for a romantic winter date, a joyful night out with friends or even a yuletide event with your family.

The Greenvale tasting room decorated for the holidays.

In addition to wine tastings of our estate grown wines, we’ll be serving warm-mulled wine and food samples from local vendors. Kenyon’s Grist Mill will be serving hot Johnny Cakes and Wellfleet Shellfish Co. will offer smoked fish and oysters! Dick Lupino and friends will be performing holiday favorites for your musical enjoyment and there will also be holiday gifts for sale, walking tours of the vineyard and we will be offering children-based activities as well. Join us for our most soul-warming gathering of the year!

The event will take place on December 13 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Wine tasting connoisseurs will be charged $15 per person and children entrance is free. Don’t miss out on a great holiday experience and for any questions or more information please contact Greenvale Vineyards at 401-847-3777, or visit the website: http://www.greenvale.com/event/warm-holidays/



This post was written by guest blogger Maggie Hartnett of the Greenvale Vineyards.