Where did the summer go? Ours was filled with happy travelers enjoying the best summer weather Newport has seen in a long time. Now that fall has arrived, the nights have turned cooler but there is still plenty of sunshine and plenty to do in Newport. We’re already getting in the spirit by decorating the inn. Have you seen the witch collection? Here’s more things we’re looking forward to this fall…
40th Annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary!
Here’s one of our favorite Island spots, known for its hiking trails and educational programs, and most of all this wonderful fall outdoor event bringing together games, music, food, crafts, competitions, prizes and a big ol’ mud pit! Don’t miss this if you’re in town the 4th and 5th of October.
Apple picking at Sweet Berry Farm is one of our favorite fall pastimes. The gorgeous grounds of the farm are a relaxing change of pace from the streets of Newport and the farm shop offers a colorful potpourri of seasonal produce, handmade pies and desserts, art and an unbeatable view of a Newport sunset. The farm offers pumpkin picking too!
Another fun outdoor excursion can be found at Escobar’s Farm where an 8 acre Corn Maze awaits. Don’t be fooled by the family-friendly appearance. While kids will enjoy the fun of trekking through the corn trails, even the most directionally savvy travelers will be challenged by this maze!
It’s not all apples and pumpkins, Restaurant Week is in season too. This November 7-16th try your favorite restaurant or something new for three-course prix-fixe menus, just $16 per plate for lunch and $35 for dinner! Stop by their website for a full list of participating restaurants. Most places book up fast, so we recommend making a reservation.
If you can’t make it for restaurant week, not too worry, more food awaits. Newport’s Food Truck Festival will happen October 25th, and the 24th Annual Seafood Festival will take place on Bowen’s Wharf October 18th and 19th. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” this event invites you to enjoy fall on the waterfront. Admission is free and food and drink are available for purchase.
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. Check out our ghost tour package here! 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.
Guests have raved about the Newport Art Museum’s “Murder at the Museum” performances, that’s why we’re excited about this month’s theme: “Historic Hauntings.” A theater troupe playing a film crew will enlist your help to solve the mystery of who done it.” The 90 minute show takes place Saturday Nights at the Newport Art Museum and will certainly keep you on your toes! We like it so much, we designed a package for guests to enjoy, see details here.
Last but not least, the well-loved Oktoberfest is set to take place Columbus Day Weekend October 11th and 12th at the Newport Yachting Center. Saturday is the busiest day, so families hoping to attend are encouraged to go on Sunday. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website here.
We’re excited to announce we have scheduled some renovations to the roof detailing at the inn. In the spirit of restoration, we are offering a few special deals throughout the month along with other fun fall packages. Check them out here!