Who needs Rome when you have Rhode Island? If you’re looking for a romantic destination to enjoy with a partner, friend, family, or yourself, you can’t do better than our sweet little state. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are six unique ideas for getting dreamy-eyed on the 14th and all winter long. While we can’t speak for your love life, we can guarantee that you are sure to fall in love with Little Rhody again and again.
Take your relationship to new heights with a helicopter tour. Located at the Westerly State Airport, HeliBlock offers exhilarating trips starting at around $54 per person. May we suggest the Romantic Lighthouse tour? Take in aerial views of historic lighthouses throughout CT, RI, and NY. Complimentary mid-flight bottle of champagne and chocolates included.
Maintain your bubble with a scenic dinner featuring a bird’s-eye-view at Mare Rooftop Bar on Providence’s East Side. Mare was among the first to offer igloo dining in RI way before the pandemic and they’ve got it down. Be sure to visit online for Igloo reservation options and special menu. If you can’t reserve an igloo for V-Day, no worries, Mare’s domes aren’t going anywhere.
What’s more romantic than skating in the city and warming up after inside a cozy bistro? The state is filled with both ice rinks and cafes, but Providence also has those adorbs bumper cars at BankNewport City Center. Make sure to wear gloves, a hat, and a scarf because it gets chilly out there. We recommend trekking over to Ellie’s (across from PPAC on Weybosset St.) after to warm up with a cup of rich hot cocoa made with 66 percent chocolate and house-infused vanilla. Pair with a box of macarons or chocolate croissants for the ultimate winter date!
Riddle us this? Do you like to play games? If so, check out The Riddle Room with locations in East Greenwich and Warwick. Collect clues all around the room and open secret passages to reach the end of the game before the clock runs out. Reward your efforts after with a chicken and waffle sandwich at The Patio on Main Street in East Greenwich.
Be kids again – or big kids, anyway – at R1 Indoor Karting in Lincoln. Get competitive driving go-karts at 45 mph. If you plan to dress up, you will be wearing a helmet, neck brace, gloves, and head sock; and ladies, no heels are allowed, so plan accordingly. There’s an axe-throwing bar on site, too, but reservations are two months in advance so plan ahead for the next holiday.
Make a memory while learning a new skill with a painting class at Muse Paintbar. Plan ahead and book a private session in the Providence studio where you can order beer, wine, sangria or soft drinks, and lite snacks – or even more romantic – order Muse To-Go where you pick the painting you want to make, and everything from supplies to instructions will be provided. Virtual options are available, too. Imagine a night at home of take-out and art making. Ooh la la!
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