Fact: Summer isn't the only time things heat up here on our Classic Coast. As temperatures begin to dip, our list of date ideas around town gets even more creative to keep the flame alive. Because what's more romantic than freshly fallen snow and the sound of winter waves meeting the shoreline? Correct answer: Not much. Commence mitten holding.
DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT
First Stop: Ice Skating on Goat Island
Second Stop: Fireside drinks at Forty 1 North
Final Stop: Dinner at TSK at Revolving Door
Photo credit: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
One might argue that no winter date list is complete without ice skating. Rich hot chocolate, mitten holding (we told you it would happen) and a spirited trip around the ice complete with unobstructed views of the Newport Bridge, Goat Island Lighthouse and Narragansett Bay set the stage for a charming evening for two. The rink, located at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, is open daily from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM through February.
Afterwards, head over to Forty 1 North on Lower Thames Street to warm up with a drink in hand next to the roaring fire. Ambiance lighting and soothing music next to the crackling fire make for the perfect place to cozy up. When you've built up an appetite, head a short ways down the street to TSK at The Revolving Door where you'll delight in the bustle of an open kitchen and the indulgent flavors of elevated comfort food.
HANDS-ON DINNER + DRINKS
First Stop: A cooking class at Newport Cooks
Second Stop: Drinks at Newport Craft Brewing + Distilling Co.
Whether you've been hoarding an impressive repertoire of culinary skills or struggle to make cereal in the morning, nothing is better than creating something together. Head over to Newport Cooks for a creative line up of cooking classes to hone your skills on everything from Greek tapas to homemade pasta and Vietnamese staples.
Next, make your way to Newport Craft Brewing + Distilling. Founded in 1999, this local brewery is the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island and has crafted more than 100 distinctive beers made with Rhode Island grown ingredients. The distillery, founded in 2006, offers gin, amaro, single barrel rum, moonshine and whiskey, all distilled, aged and bottled in the facility. You and your date can enjoy a self-guided tour through the facility followed by a tasting of both beer and spirits. Pro tip: Visit on Fridays and Sundays for live music.
Newport Cooks, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown
JOURNEY BACK IN TIME
First Stop: Dinner at America's Oldest Tavern
Second Stop: Improv Comedy at Firehouse Theater
Final Stop: Drinks at Salvation Cafe
Few things say romance quite like dinner in America's oldest tavern, trust us on this one. Opened in 1673, White Horse Tavern feels somewhat frozen in time; rooms are still lit with oil lamps, logs burn in the fireplaces and cozy candles still set the mood. Don't let this fool you, though. While the atmosphere is reminiscent of the Colonial Era, the food takes a modern approach. Indulge in New England fare like clam chowder and lobster bisque, plus a twist on classic favorites like duck scotch eggs, Foie Gras torchon and more.
Afterwards, start building a lifetime of laughter together (Is it too soon to discuss the future? You think we're rushing things?) at Firehouse Theater with The Bit Players, Rhode Island's award-winning improv comedy troupe. Shows are modeled after Whose Line Is It Anyway, are BYOB and typically last one hour and 45 minutes.
End the night with drinks around the corner at Salvation Cafe on Broadway, a vibrant eatery decorated with local thrift shop finds and boasting dishes ranging from Asian and Indian to Mexican and Spanish.
Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport
PLAYFUL NIGHT FOR TWO
First Stop: Dinner at Pasta Beach
Second Stop: Games at Ryan Family Amusements
Final Stop: Live music at Newport Blues Cafe
Set the tone for an evening of charm by beginning the night with dinner at Pasta Beach. Tucked away on historic Bellevue Avenue, this newly opened eatery offers pastas tossed with fresh veggies, cheese and herbs; pizzas topped with cheese and arugula; and Italian sandwiches crafted with fresh ingredients. Pro tip: The back bar is a cozy spot to share pizza and a bottle of wine.
Next, indulge in a little playful competition at Ryan Family Amusements on Thames Street where you'll find more than 35 video and arcade games to engage your kid-at-heart side.
End the night with live music across the street at Newport Blues Cafe, offering two floors of space to show off your dance moves (or lack thereof.)
A DAY-DATE ON THE HARBOR
First Stop: A seal tour on Narragansett Bay
Second Stop: Lunch at Stoneacre Brasserie
Final Stop: Glassblowing at Thames Glass
Hope aboard Save the Bay's education vessel for 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and the chance to catch harbor seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the NPT Bridge. Tours are one hour, or you can opt for a two-hour tour and hop off at Rose Island to tour the historic lighthouse and the grounds. Don't worry, you'll have your love to keep you warm (Still too soon?)
Afterwards, head over to Stoneacre Brasserie in Washington Square where a small, ever changing menu boasts intense flavor and centers around local farmers, butchers and fishermen.
End the day with a trip down Thames Street to Thames Glass where you and your date can create a hand-blown masterpiece together with the supervision of an experienced glassblower.
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