As summer came to a close this year, we said goodbye to busy streets, warm nights on the porch, and long days at the beach to make room for Autumn. It’s a bittersweet change of scenery but we’re sure glad to see pumpkins, red wine, warm scarves, and rustling leaves in and around the streets of Newport. Fall is, quite possibly, our favorite time of year– the streets are quieter, the weather is gorgeous, and there is always plenty of fun to be had in and around our lovely city. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, read on to see what Autumn in Newport has to offer…
The 23rd Annual Seafood Festival takes place on Bowen’s Wharf Saturday and Sunday October 19th and 20th and is the perfect chance to taste the best seafood in town. Colorful tents, live music, kids events, and bustling vendors bring this busy festival to the top of our list for fall fun.
But that’s not all for food this fall. Save big on five star dishes during Newport’s bi-annual Restaurant Week celebration, where restaurants across town prepare 3-course prix fixe meals showcasing their kitchen’s seasonal offerings. Don’t miss this chance to taste your way through Newport at just $16 per person for lunch and $30 per person for dinner!
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair is a local favorite for all ages. Located amidst 300 acres of preserved walking trails, the festival brings hay rides, music, candy apples, contests, and crafts together for a weekend of nature-inspired family fun. This year the fair is October 5th and 6th.
To really get a taste for fall, try apple picking, a true New England tradition. Sweet Berry Farm invites visitors into their picturesque orchard to pick their own bushel or peck. With plenty of colorful varieties, you’ll be sure to make happy memories (and maybe a pie when you get home)! Don’t forget your camera, this “farm” is a beautiful change of pace from the streets of Newport.
Escobar’s Corn Maze brings fall harvest to a whole new level. Just a short drive from the inn you’ll find Escobar’s Farm, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find your way out of a human corn maze!
If you like to be spooked this time of year, Newport has some of that too. Guided Ghost Tours, offered Thursdays through Mondays, take you through streets and alleys guided by lantern and some spooky stories of what’s lurking around our seaside town. Even scarier is Fort Adams’ Fortress of Nightmares where visitors 12 and up are welcomed to roam “tunnels of terror” in the historic Newport landmark. Ghost hunts are offered after 10pm.
Last but not least, the International Oktoberfest is one of the most popular autumn events on the Newport scene. Seasonal brews, German cuisine, and “spirited” music from the Biergartens happen October 12th and 13th this year.
We have special mid-week rates throughout the month of October, just ask! You can visit us online at www.admiralfitzroy.com or call toll-free at 1-866-848-8780. Happy Fall!