Who says Valentine’s Day is just for sappy couples? It’s a day to share with anyone you love. In that spirit, we’ve found things to do solo, with a friend or with a companion. Whichever you decide to choose, you’re bound to have a delightful time.
Whether flying solo or with a co-pilot, head over to Spa Yadira in Bristol. If you’re with your honey, sign up for Cupid’s Package. It’s got a collagen facial (for her), and one-and-a-half hour massage (for him) and chocolate covered strawberries served in the relaxation room ($215). If you are treating yourself and celebrating how awesome you are, try the Love Of My Life Package. There’s a collagen facial, one-hour massage, body polish and lunch ($275). 182 High Street, Bristol. 401-396-9444.
It never hurts to have a little wine, and this Valentine’s Day weekend the local vineyards have you covered. Stop in to Greenvale Vineyards for one of their public tours every day at 2pm. Seven dollars gets you a tasting of seven different wines and a wine glass. 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. 401-847-3777.
Or head on over to Newport Vineyards for their daily tours at 1 and 3pm to get a behind the scenes tour. Their wine tastings are all day during business hours and includes a complimentary Newport Vineyards glass. 909 East Main Road, Middletown. 401-848-5161.
If you want some food to go with your wine check out Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard for their Valentine’s Day Wine Weekend. In addition to their daily tastings for $10 and vineyards tours from 12-3pm, there will be two special Valentine’s Day seatings on the 14th: the first from 5-7pm and the second from 7:30-9:30pm. It’s a three- course meal with a wine pairing and a keepsake glass. $49.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 162 W. Main Road, Little Compton. 401-635-8486.
Jazz enthusiasts will get their fill at Westport Rivers winery on February 13 when the ESP Vocal Trio performs at the Russell Gallery Wine Bar. It’s a Valentine’s themed evening filled with love songs, wine and all that mush. There are however only 20 seats, which are sure to fill quickly. However, there is always standing room. But don’t forget, they also have wine tastings Monday-Saturday from 11am-4:45pm. For $10 you get to try a minimum of six wines. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. 508- 636-3423.
For something more outdoorsy and exciting, head on over to Newport for the Newport Winter Festival. February 14 activities include and are not limited to an Ice Sculpting Demonstration from 11am-2:30pm, the 20th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off from 11am- 3:30pm and the Eagles Tribute band Tequila Sunrise playing at 8:30pm. Locations vary. 401-847-7666.
If you are in the throes of a romantic relationship, there is nothing more decadant than a weekend away at the Vanderbilt Grace hotel. Guests are invited to stay with the one they love and indulge in their Valentine's Day package, which includes: A two night stay in a State Room with a delicious continental champagne breakfast. Make your own box of chocolates in a 30 minute Chocolate Lovers class, then take them home or enjoy during dinner. A romantic four course dinner for two in Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. Reservations required. 41 Mary Street, Newport. 846-6200.
Do you have someone you want to impress with a home-cooked meal but need a little help with a recipe? Simone’s has you covered. Attend their “Make Your Valentine Dinner!” cooking class and Chef Joe will teach you how to make Burrata in Swiss Chard Bagna Cauda, Baked Oysters with Spinach and Pernod, Sautéed Duck Breast with Tamarind Leeks and Cham- pagne Risotto, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with our Jam. This meal is sure to im- press. Reservations required. $50 per person per class and includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. February 9, 6:30-9pm, Simone’s 275 Child Street, Warren. 401-247-1200.
If you just need that romantic dinner out for two, don’t fret. Persimmon is hosting a special four-course menu (with a few extra treats) with the option of a wine pairing. To top it off, they have created specialty cocktails to make the evening even more special. $85 per person. Persimmon, 31 State Street, Bristol. 401-254-7474.