Visit Rhode Island for an oceanfront Valentine’s Day getaway, and look forward to tranquil strolls along the beach, exploring historic buildings, and indulging in fresh seafood and fine dining. This quaint New England state is aptly known as the Ocean State — nearly every town on the coastline offers gorgeous views of the ocean or bay. Consequently, you can easily enjoy fresh ocean air with the one you love. Book a stay at a Rhode Island vacation rental in one of these romantic cities.

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1. Providence

For a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway with history, culture, plus a vibrant nightlife, check out Providence. Spend a day wandering Providence’s iconic cobblestone streets hand in hand, stopping in at quaint shops and admiring the historic buildings lining the streets. For a dramatic setting after dark, check out the schedule for the WaterFire art installation, when periodically throughout the year bonfires light up the middle of the Providence River. For a friendly couple’s competition, check out Wrik Entertainment’s Valentine’s trivia events, If you’re wondering where to go in Providence for a romantic dinner of authentic South American cuisine, Las Andres is the place. If your taste runs more toward the Continental, check out Pot au Feu for classic French dishes in the historical Wilcox Building right in downtown.

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2. Narragansett

Narragansett puts you close to the water for a maritime Valentine’s retreat. A vacation rental near the beach makes it easy to rise early and take a stroll down to the Narragansett pier to watch the sunrise together. For a romantic dinner in a cozy setting, make reservations at Amalfi’s Bistro in the heart of Narrangansett. The small homey dining room provides a feeling of privacy, and the chef is happy to try to meet any special requests. Be sure to ask for recommended wine pairings, and finish your meal with one of the delicious homemade desserts.

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3. Charlestown

Spend your Charlestown days browsing eclectic shops, such as the Fantastic Umbrella Factory, Simple Pleasures, and the Salt Water Shed, and walking along Charlestown Beach on sunny afternoons enjoying the beauty of the surf in wintertime seclusion. For dinner, step into the historic dining room at the The Charlestown Rathskeller, with wall murals that have been preserved for over 80 years and fresh seafood dishes that are hard to beat.

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4. South Kingstown

A vacation rental in South Kingstown puts you close to nature, including a large seabird population and the wide starry sky every night. Experience Rhode Island’s oceanfront at its wintry finest with a winter beach walk led by a naturalist from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island at Moonstone Beach. The February walks take place at low tide for an opportunity for some romantic beach-combing and bird watching. Keep your eyes out for some special beach glass to gift your loved one. Matunuck Oyster Bar is where to go in South Kingstown as a prelude to a romantic night. This waterside eatery harvests its own fresh oysters for its raw bar and rounds out its menu with dishes featuring locally produced meats and produce. Reservations are recommended for Valentine’s Day.

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5. Westerly

This westernmost Rhode Island town offers Valentine’s Day visitors an up close view of the wild winter sea without the crowds of the summer season. Enjoy quick service at area restaurants and businesses as you explore Westerly’s historic sights, including Watch Hill Lighthouse and Granite Theatre. For a magical dinner, make reservations at The Bistro at Ocean House and ask for banquette seating near the fireplace. The ocean views are fantastic, and from beef tartare to chocolate mousse, the menu has plenty of options to make your Valentine’s Day meal special.

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6. Pawtucket

Head to Pawtucket for a Valentine’s Day getaway with just the right combination of playful adventure and romance. For daytime fun, head to the Dennis Lynch Arena for couples skate and reminisce about your childhoods. Then hit up Lock and Clue Escape Rooms to solve an intriguing mystery together. If you’re beer aficionados, be sure to attend the annual Shockolate Soiree at The Brewing Company for free samples, delicious food pairings, and live musical entertainment. For a quieter dinner, Garden Grille offers a selection of fresh, mostly organic dishes served up in a romantic atmosphere. Be sure to grab one of their desserts, made locally at the Wild Flour Vegan Bakery next door.

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7. Warwick

Step back in time for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway nestled into the rich history of Warwick. Start your tour at Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum for a look at the Victorian roots of this romantic holiday. While you’re there, be sure to take a peek into the Carriage House to see the Rhode Island Conestoga wagon. Stop in at The Bank Cafe for a lunch steeped in history in the 1815 building originally built as the first bank in the area. In the afternoon continue your historical tour with the Aspray Boat House, the Steamship Historical Society of America, and Warwick City Hall. If the weather is nice, take the short walk to the Drum Rock, a gathering place for Native Americans going back into prehistory. For a delicious Valentine’s dinner in a casual atmosphere, head to Elizabeth’s Portofino for one of the eatery’s dinner-for-two specials. These chef-created pairings include some of the house’s finest Italian specialties and a bottle of wine.

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