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slides: 12 Offbeat RI Valentine’s Day Dates

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Not feeling the traditional candlelight meal and romcom yet again this Valentine’s Day? If you’re looking to do something outside the box this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a dozen... no, not roses, but great, off-the-beaten-track dates to spark a little something unexpected in your love life. (With research by Sabrina Abballe)


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Lord of the Dance

Take a pass on the cinema this year for live entertainment Valentine’s Day weekend with world-famous Lord of the Dance. Sit back and relax together while watching the mesmerizing display of agility and skill this act is renowned for. The colourful costumes, fancy footwork, and blended Celtic music will take you both across the sea to another land of mystical love, passion, and fiery dance. Saturday, Feb. 16th. 220 Weybosset St., Providence. Tickets $31-$58. Click here for more information.

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Swing dancing

Go get swinging in love with dance lessons! Bring your  girl or beau to Providence Swings for a drop by lesson on honing your swing dancing skills, or to learn the basics this Valentine’s Day at Providence Swings. On February 14th, there's Swing Thing, a total beginner lesson at 7:30. The cost is $10 and that includes the dance that follows at 8:15. It is intended for people who have no experience dancing - perfect for a last-minute date idea! Studio One, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. Feb 14th. 8:15pm–11pm. Admission is only $5, students $2 . Click here for more information.

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Capture the romance

Capture the romance and the moment with a professional photo shoot, keeping the essence of this Valentine’s Day alive forever. Get all dressed up, have fun trying new poses, and get the essence of your love framed forever. Allan Millora Photography is offering a special Valentine’s Day package for engagement and family portraits for $199 if you book a spot by the end of the month. Visit the website for more information. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, spice things up with an at-home shoot home with your own camera for some goofy or sexy do-it-yourself fun.

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Ice skating

Whether you’re the one to impress your partner with your skill, or cling to them for safety, ice skating is a classic favorite for winter-time lovin’ and perfect for this Valentine’s Day. Take him or her out onto the ice at Kennedy Plaza for their special Valentine’s Day Event featuring City Girl Cupcakes, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters, and Missy of Missy M Photography all on a beautifully decorated rink. Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-10 pm. For more information click here.

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Spa date

Don’t stress about this Valentine’s Day; do the opposite. Take the time to relax on a spa date with the lucky man or woman in your life. Shimmer Salon and Day Spa is offering several Valentine’s Day specials including an indulgent couple’s massage accompanied by chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne. Shimmer Salon and Day Spa, 500 Main St., East Greenwich. Click here for more specials and information.

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Wine tasting

Snuggle up for a drink--get out and go wine tasting Valentine's Day weekend. Don’t miss sipping luxurious wines with your sweetheart at Newport Vineyards Wine-ter-Fest 2013, featuring an outside “ice Wine” bar, wine tasting, chocolate, cheese, and other gourmet treats. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 16th-17th. 12pm-4:30pm. $20/person. R.S.V.P. suggested to [email protected] or 401-848-5161. For more information click here.

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Looking for something adventurous to do? Skydive! It’s an experience you both will never forget as you freefall over beautiful RI and collapsing into each other’s arms at the end of an exhilarating flight. Sky Diving Rhode Island is offering great packages to make sure your Valentine’s Day is something out of the ordinary.

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Hot air ballooning

Love got you floating sky high? Go there together literally with a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Ocean State with Rhode Island Balloon Rides. Add a glass of champagne to the magical ride floating above the trees and rivers together as part of their Romantic Flight options. Click here for more offers and information.

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Cooking classes

Treat your special someone to some fun and get some sizzling chemistry going in the kitchen with cooking classes together. Schedule a private cooking class at Chez Nicole or grab a lesson with Chef Walter’s The Joys of Cooking Gluten Free, Tuesday, Feb.19th. Chez Nicole, 1674 B Ministerial Rd., Wakefield. Chef Walter Cooking School,162 Mayfield Avenue Cranston.

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Hookah lovin'

Cuddle up together and escape the cold at a hookah bar this Valentine’s Day. Mix things up a little by heading up to College Hill and cozying up on comfy pillows and sharing exotic flavored hookah under mood lighting. Providence Byblos offers over two dozen flavors of hookah as well as food, and drinks to accompany the experience. And bonus--Thursday nights are ladies nights featuring special martini drinks. Providence Byblos, 235 Meeting St., Providence.

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Dinner cruise

Put a spin on the dinner date by taking her on a dinner cruise Valentine’s Day evening. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and time alone on the sea for a perfect romantic evening they’ll never forget. The Newport Majestic is offering 3 special packages for you and your sweetie including truffles, flowers, a champagne toast, and a 5 course meal. Don’t miss the DJ, dancing, and cash bar on your 3 hour elegant evening on the Narragansett Bay. Click here for more information. Thursday, Feb. 14th. 6:15pm-9:30pm. Newport Majestic Cruise departs from: 2 Bowen's Ferry Landing, Newport.

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Cupid's arrow (kind of)

Have some fun and surprise him/her with a game of laser tag! Or, step it up a notch with a paintball session. Chase each other around the course, hide, aim, and shoot--winner gets their choice of dinner! United Skates of America offers RI laser tag and Providence Paintball has great indoor paintball deals in Providence. Providence Indoor Paintball, LLC, 199 Thurston Street, Providence. Click here for more information. United Skates of America, 75 New Rd, Rumford. Click here for more information.


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