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A Very Rhode Island Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2017

Valentine’s Day is meant to be shared with loved ones. February 14th is a day for celebrating love, whether it’s romantic, familial or friendship. Remember, there’s always Galentine’s Day on February 13th for celebrating lady power and female friendship!

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This year, there are some great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Providence and Newport. Two of Rhode Island’s best restaurants, Gracie’s in Providence and The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, are making Valentine’s Day celebrations easier than ever.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Gracie’s was named one of Open Table’s Most Romantic Restaurants! Gracie’s offers the best of fine dining in Providence. The atmosphere is romantic and upscale. They offer a seasonal menu, inspired by the best and freshest ingredients. They harvest some of those fresh ingredients from their own rooftop garden – talk about local food! Gracie’s dessert menu is to-die-for and their cocktail list has something for everyone. You will literally be “graced” with the added touch of a sommelier to recommend just the right wine pairing with your tasting menu where Chef Varga will surprise and delight you with attention to detail and service. Valentine’s Day reservations are sure to fill up, so make your reservations at Gracie’s today. To reserve your table at Gracie’s today, click here.

Ellie’s Bakery & Cafe

Gracie’s has a bakery counterpart – Ellie’s Bakery in Providence. Ellie’s is perfect for Valentine’s baked goods. Ellie’s is French-inspired and absolutely delicious! If your vibe is more relaxed, Ellie’s is the perfect spot for celebrating Valentine’s Day in a relaxed, yet romantic fashion. You can even surprise your Valentine with some of their beautifully boxed macarons or of their Signature 4″ Pistachio Lemon Cakes for 2. Cake trumps flowers every day, even on Valentine’s Day, but believe it or not you can pick up a gorgeous bouquet of flowers at Ellie’s Bakery too, from Flower’s by Semia!!  Ellie’s is open Monday-Saturday 7am to 5pm, so stop in for a Valentine’s Day lunch or a treat and ask them how they are celebrating “local love“!

The Vanderbilt Grace is a historic boutique hotel in Newport and the top luxury hotel in Rhode Island. The hotel is home to two restaurants, which serve up locally sourced cuisine. The Vanderbilt Grace experience is both cozy and decadent. They pride themselves on making every guest feel like they are right at home. Whether you are dining in one of the restaurants, staying in one of the luxurious rooms or both, the Vanderbilt Grace is the perfect destination for a Valentine’s Day in Newport. What better day to treat yourself than Valentine’s Day? Self-love is important too!

Inside the Vanderbilt Grille in Newport.

The Vanderbilt Grace has several events for Valentine’s Day. They are offering a Vanderbilt Valentine promotion including a two-night stay at the hotel with romance inspired cocktails, chocolates, breakfast in bed, a 30-minute Chocolate Lovers class, and more. Their Don’t Share Your Heart Box of Chocolates package is for treating yourself and celebrating just how awesome you are. This package runs through all of February and includes a welcome cocktail kit, champagne gummy bears, a massage and a self-care package. Whether you’re celebrating alone, with friends or with a significant other, the Vanderbilt Grace has it all!

If you’re not up for a stay at The Vanderbilt Grace, the Vanderbilt Grill is serving up a very special Valentine’s Day event for what they are calling “A Weekend of Love”. Delight in their festive menu including Chocolate Mint and Dijon Crusted Lamb Chop Lollipops and Homemade Black Pepper Linguine. Throughout February, the restaurant is serving up romance inspired cocktails – the Casablanca, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo & Juliet and more. For reservations, call 401.846.6200.

Mom’s Meatloaf Night at The Wharf Pub in Newport.

February being the “month of love” is all about the warm and cozy, especially the warm and fuzzy feelings our loved ones give us! Know what else gives us the warm and fuzzies? The comfort food being served up at The Wharf Pub in Newport. The Wharf Pub serves up huge servings of the yummiest comfort foods including their famous Sunday night Mom’s Meatloaf Special from New England Farmed beef and Pork wrapped in bacon served with a smokey BBQ maple glaze, truffle parmesan mashed potatoes and caramelized Brussel Sprouts for only $10! The Wharf Pub has an Open Mic Night every Monday, showcasing local talent too so you can check out their other local’s favorites like Fried Chicken and Waffles, yep, you heard that right! Not for the faint of heart but will surely please the inner lumber jack in your guy! It’s the perfect location for shaking off the winter blues and having a great time. You’ll definitely leave with a full and happy belly!

No matter where you end up celebrating Valentine’s Day, make sure you’re celebrating with someone who gives you the warm and fuzzies!

Happy Valentine’s Day!



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