(Photo of and by Brix)
Valentine’s Day weekend is here, can you believe it? Seems like just yesterday we were telling you all that was fun to do on New Year’s Eve.
Editor’s Note – Wondering what’s happing for 2017 Valentine’s Day? Here are two helpful links, What’s Up For This Week: Feb. 13 – 17 and 14 Romantic Things to Do In Newport on Valentine’s Day
Yes, there’s plenty of great places to enjoy an amazing and romantic meal in Newport. Why not change it up a little bit and enjoy some beer and wine, seal watch cruise, lighthouse or helicopter tour or some live improv comedy? Here’s some ideas to make the weekend fun and different…
Check back out the Best Things To Do This Weekend In Newport, there we’ll have a lot more on what to do if you’re not in love or looking to be cute and romantic.
Editor’s Note – In the interest of full disclosure, we’d like you to know that the following businesses mentioned in this story are also current advertisers on our website; Hotel Viking, The Bit Players and Cru Cafe.
1 – Cru Cafe Valentine’s Weekend Wine Dinner
Saturday at 6pm
Cru Cafe has partnered with their neighbor, Vicker’s Liquors, to host a Valentine’s Weekend Wine Dinner on Saturday, February 13th.
The five course pre-fixe menu will be paired with wines from Vicker’s Liquors, Elizabeth Moniz will be on hand as a sommelier to explain the pairing of each course.
The night will kick off with a “Welcome House” beginning at 6pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $55 per person and reservations are now being accepted at 401-314-0500. More Info
2 – Love & Laughter
Sunday 8pm & 10pm
There is no better way to celebrate the day of LOVE than with LAUGHTER! Grab your sweetie and go see RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, on Valentine’s Day this year. Single? No problem! You can go too, maybe you’ll meet someone there!
Tickets are $20 each and available at BitPlayers.net. Shows will start at 8:00pm and 10:00pm, be one hour, and doors will open a half hour before show time.
3 – Sleepless In Seattle
Sunday at 7pm
Jane Pickens Theater and Events Center is planning a very special nostalgic and romantic evening with a screening of Sleepless In Seattle on Valentine’s Day. A screening of the 1993 romantic drama film will be shown at 7:00pm and tickets for this special Valentine’s Day screening are just $15. The $15 includes the “Sleepless Valentines Package”, this includes a ticket to the film, a small gourmet candy, a rose and an onscreen “Happy Valentine’s Day message” that will be shown on the screen at Jane Pickens Theater screen before the film.
Jane Pickens Theater does offer a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails for those 21+.
4 – 20th Annual WINEterfest
Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Celebrate the season at the all-new Newport Vineyards with their 20th Annual WINEterfest. Enjoy wine tastings, their infamous Ice Wine Bar overlooking the winter vineyard, live music, and food sampling from Brix Restaurant and a selection of local purveyors.
- Saturday, February 13 + Sunday, February 14 12pm – 5pm
- $22 per person in advance ($25 per person at the door)
- Admission includes wine tasting, select number of samples at Brix Restaurant and samples from additional local purveyors.
- Visit www.newportvineyards.com for additional detials.
5 – Wine Tasting & Pairing
Sunday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Grab your favorite sweetheart for a fun afternoon of wine tasting and painting at Greenvale Vineyards. Get your creative juices flowing by enjoying a sample of Greenvale Vineyards seven (7) estate wines! Mermaid Masterpieces will then take you step by step to create a work of art directly on to a wine bottle! Feel free to pack snacks, as wine will be available to purchase as you paint. $50 per person includes wine tasting and all art supplies and instruction! More Info
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6 – Valentine’s at Brix
Saturday and Sunday
The perfect backdrop to your Valentine’s Day weekend, enjoy Brix’s 3-course menu specially crafted by their culinary team overlooking Newport Vineyard or dine fireside by their original stone fireplace. Reservations are required. 3-Course Menu | $45 per person *Tax, beverages and gratuity additional. More Info
7 – Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $165 per couple. Upgrade to Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $235 per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $315 . Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/bracelet or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info
8 – Rhody Beer & Cheese Pairing
Sunday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Newport Storm Brewery and Narragansett Creamery are teaming up to bring you the best of local flavor. Experience a local beer and cheese pairing with five locally brewed beers and five locally made cheeses to show off the best Rhode Island artisan agriculture has to offer. These events start promptly at 5:30pm, plan to arrive 15 minutes before the event. Tickets are $15/$12 w/bracelet and are available in the Tickets/Seasonal section of www.NewportStorm.com.
9 – Seal Watch Cruise & Lighthouse Tour
Saturday and Sunday at 1pm & 2pm
The Save the Bay seal tours and nature cruises are proof that summer isn’t the only time to enjoy the Bay! Join their expert guides aboard one of their educational vessels for a one-hour cruise and educational view of our winter marine visitors and the habitat they love. You’ll motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360° views of harbor seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. They provide binoculars, and their boats are partially enclosed, but the Bay can be chilly so dress warmly. Special two-hour tours include a tour of historic Rose Island Lighthouse.
All programs are weather dependent. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information visit us online at www.savebay.org/seals, at Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House, or call Save The Bay at 401.203.SEAL.
10 – Valentine’s Day Fundraiser with The Booze Brothers
Sunday at 5pm
Booze Brothers will be providing entertainment for a fundraiser for Cathy Vaughan-Smith. They are having a $10 donation at the door, that includes a Team Cathy t-shirt. While supplies last. There will be a 50/50 raffle and some silent auction items. Bring your wallets and a great sense of humor! Facebook Event
BONUS – Romance and Love at Hotel Viking This Valentines Day
February 12th – 14th
This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Viking is offering two great packages for wow your Valentine. In addition to their room packages, Hotel Viking’s Food & Beverage team is offering a fantastic and romantic Price Fix dinner as well. Reservations recommended and more info is listed HERE.