Rhode Island Red Food Tours


Rhode Island Red Food Tours Spotlight-Vanderbilt Grace in Newport and Gracie’s in Providence

May 29, 2017

Part of our planning our food tours was making sure all of the food bases were covered. That means making sure there was a good balance of sweet and savory, creative and traditional as well as casual and fine dining. When it came time to choose our fine dining locations, the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport and Gracie’s in Providence were no-brainers.

When it comes to celebrating special occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or graduations, you want a restaurant that has great food and ambiance. The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport and Gracie’s in Providence are perfect hosts for your special occasion.

Planning a special occasion? Book a Rhode Island Red Food Tour! It’s not just a satisfying lunch, it’s history, architecture, and a whole lot of fun. We take you and your guests on guided tours of Newport and Providence. Whether you’re exploring the historic waterfront streets of Newport or the bustling sidewalks of Providence, it’ll be a day to remember. Book your tour here.

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The Vanderbilt Grace Newport Neighborhood Food Tour 

The Vanderbilt Grace is a gorgeous luxury boutique hotel in Newport. It’s a 1909 vintage mansion just minutes away from the Newport waterfront and tucked into a neighborhood rich in history and colonial architecture. Once a private home to the famous Vanderbilt family, it has been fully and elegantly renovated. Today, it has 33 rooms and luxury suites. It features many amenities, including a lavish spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and a signature restaurant – the Vanderbilt Grille.

Photo Credit: Grace Hotels.

The Vanderbilt Grille serves up beautifully-plated dishes. The revolving menu includes contemporary and classic dishes. All ingredients are seasonally and locally sourced to serve up the best New England-inspired dishes. The Vanderbilt Grille is open to guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, click here.

After you fill up at the Vanderbilt Grille, enjoy the stunning view from their Rooftop Deck or relax in their Garden Terrace. Both spots are perfect for after-dinner, celebratory drinks. Their drink menu includes classic cocktails and seasonal offerings.

Photo Credit: Grace Hotels.

The best part of celebrating your special occasion at the Vanderbilt Grace is that you can stay for as long as you’d like. After your celebration, book a stay in one of their gorgeous, luxury rooms (or suites!) The hotel offers several packages perfect for a romantic getaway, girls’ trip, mommy-to-be trip, family getaway, or just to treat yourself. During your stay, don’t forget to book a luxury spa treatment – you deserve it!

Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 the Vanderbilt Grace offers what is considered widely to be the best afternoon English Tea in Rhode Island.

Sit in the elegant Conservatory, where you will choose from a selection of the finest teas while enjoying delicate finger sandwiches, warm crumpets and scones topped with fresh double cream and zingy lemon curd. Their specialty is the Grace tea blend, a sophisticated fusion of green tea, pear and lemongrass, inspired by their popular Grace cocktail.

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The Vanderbilt Grace is a five year in a row AAA – Four Diamond Award Recipient.

The Vanderbilt Grace is located at 41 Mary Street in Newport, Rhode Island. Breakfast is served 7:30 am – 11 am, Monday through Friday. Lunch is served 12 pm – 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Dinner service ends at 6 pm, running later on the weekends. Dinner service is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays. There is Fireside Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm.

Breakfast is served 7:30 am – 11 am, Monday through Friday. Lunch is served 12 pm – 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Dinner service ends at 6 pm, running later on the weekends. Dinner service is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays. There is Fireside Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm.

Learn more about The Vanderbilt Grace here.

Make your next celebration truly special by taking your friends and family on a Rhode Island Red Food Tour. Private bookings are available in both Newport and Providence. A professional guide will lead you and your guests through two of Rhode Island’s most popular destinations. Enjoy tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants while taking in the sights and learning the local history. Book your RIRFT today!

Photo Credit: JWessel Photography.

Gracie’s Downcity Providence Food Tour

Gracie’s is quintessential fine dining in Providence. It is a hot spot for date nights, anniversaries, birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds. Their menu is meticulously picked and seasonally-inspired. They focus on sourcing each ingredient at its peak freshness. They even harvest some of their ingredients from their rooftop garden in downtown Providence!

Photo Credit: JWessel Photography.

Gracie’s offers an à la carte dinner menu, 3-course prix fixe, wine pairings, and Chef’s Tasting Menus. The Chef’s Tasting Menus are available in 5, 7, and 9-courses. They can be paired with wine. One of our favorites is the 3-course dessert tasting. Yum! For Gracie’s newest spring menu, click here.

Gracie’s has several sommeliers on staff and offers a wonderful selection of mixed drinks. Be sure to have a seat at their elegant bar and enjoy the conversation and intimate atmosphere. There is so much to enjoy!

Photo Credit: JWessel Photography, Flowers by Semia

If you’re looking to celebrate with a large party for a wedding, special dinner or holiday party, Gracie’s will work with you to make sure your special occasion is everything you’ve dreamt it to be. They are a full-service event venue and offer all services to make your special occasion perfect. They will also cater your special events! Award winning Chef Matt Vargas and Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark have it all covered – from the beautiful cakes and perfectly appointed dishes to the flowers, decor, lighting, and entertainers. Gracie’s is open 7 days a week for special events. For information about planning your intimate occasion at Gracie’s, click here.

Gracie’s is a six year in a row AAA – Four Diamond Award Recipient as well as Wedding Wire 5 Star Award Winner. Gracie’s was voted Most Romantic Restaurant on Open Table and TripExpert gave them the Best of RI Award.

Gracie’s is located at 194 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island. They are open Tuesday – Saturday, 5 pm – closing. They are open 7 days a week for special events.

Learn more about Gracie’s here.

Treat yourself and your family and friends to a Rhode Island Red Food Tour this summer. There are plenty of things to celebrate – the beautiful weather, Father’s Day, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. It’s not just food – it’s history, culture, and a whole lot fun. Join us for your next special occasion or better yet – just because! Book your tour here.



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