(Contributed Photo - Grace Vanderbilt)

The garden terrace at Newport’s Grace Vanderbilt hotel has received a makeover just in time for winter, emerging as the new Cozy Cocktail Den.

Guests to the all-new Cozy Cocktail Den can experience a warm haven offering delicious, hand-crafted cocktails and over-the-top s’mores setup to enjoy beneath the warmth of overhead heaters, Grace- branded wool blankets, while kicking up their feet in front of the courtyard’s mesmerizing focal point: the communal fire pit.

(Contributed Photo – Grace Vanderbilt)
(Contributed Photo – Grace Vanderbilt)

Every evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, guests will imbibe in a robust cocktail experience from Grace Vanderbilt’s innovative mixologist, Christina Mercado, whose expertise and talent in revamping classic cocktails is nationally-recognized.

Guests can expect Instagram worthy creations such as Spiced Egg Nog that pairs perfectly with a classic, slow-roasted s’more sandwich.

Originally built for the Vanderbilt family in 1909, Grace Vanderbilt offers an idyllic retreat in the middle of town, with luxury rooms and suites, a lavish spa, signature restaurants, and a five-star coastline cocktail menu with a splash of vintage glamour. For more information on Grace Vanderbilt, visit Grace Vanderbilt.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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