After an outdoor excursion in Newport or Providence, groups can unwind and network over a local glass of wine, pint of beer, cuppa joe or shot of booze.
There are several area vintners, including the popular Middletown-based Newport Vineyards, which is situated on 75 acres and offers tours, tastings, a restaurant and special event spaces.
Among the handsome options here is the rustic tasting room that accommodates groups of up to 200 people, and the 40-person vineyard porch, available seasonally.
Situated aside the Sakonnet River is Portsmouth-based Greenvale Vineyards, which also offers tours, tastings and event space, all in a pastoral setting. The restored stable, now the tasting room, accommodates up to 49 people and may be used in conjunction with an outdoor terrace for larger gatherings.
Newport Storm Brewery, purveyor of craft beers and hand-crafted Thomas Tew Rums, also accommodates group tours, tastings and private events. As does Pawtucket-based Isle Brewers Guild, which is located about 10 minutes from Providence. This craft beer cooperative brews for several different labels, including Rhode Island’s famed Narragansett Beer.
The latest entrant on Providence’s craft cocktail scene is World’s Fair Gallery, an art gallery/event space where carefully curated cocktails are concocted to reflect the theme of the art.
And depending on the time of day or preference of attendees, coffee and whiskey are on the menu at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits.
Located in the Arcade Providence, the oldest indoor shopping mall in North America, New Harvest accommodates group events and features a fun speakeasy side entrance.