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Newport Restaurant Week and Other Autumn Activities

Experience Fall Foliage in Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island becomes an inviting destination during the autumn season with upcoming festivals and events nearby. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend getaway, a wedding or for leisure, experience Newport's true charm and beauty, from taking on Newport Restaurant Week and apple picking to going on scenic drives that showcase the town’s dreamy fall foliage. Check out our recommendations below for our favorite things to do in Newport in the fall when you stay at The Chanler!

Newport Restaurant Week

A trip to Rhode Island in the fall means savoring at least one meal (or two or three) during Newport Restaurant Week. This yearly tradition gives locals and visitors the opportunity to experience our destination's unique cuisine and our chefs’ unparalleled culinary abilities at a reasonable price. This year takes places from November 4th to the 13th where prix-fixe three-course lunches and dinners are offered. Our selection from last year is only going to get better. Keep checking here to see what the Spiced Pear Restaurant has in store and make your reservations!

November 4 – November 13

Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival

Get a taste of everything Newport has to offer by attending the Bowen Wharf Seafood Festival. This two-day festival, named by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast” celebrates fantastic Newport restaurants, fishermen, and local musicians, all while benefiting sailing education. All proceeds from the festival will go to Rhode Island’s Official Sailing School Vessel, owned by the Rhode Island’s Oliver Hazard Perry, a non-profit organization that provides a sailing school and ship visits.

Your trip to Newport is incomplete without an excursion to the Marina. Indulge in the festival’s food selections, a delicious and fresh seafood medley, from stuffed clams and lobster rolls to fish tacos and shucked-to-order oysters. While gazing into the Marina’s paradisiacal Rhode Island scenery, enjoy live folk, Celtic, Caribbean and blues music from area bands. Your entry into the Newport lifestyle begins here.

Bowen's Wharf Marina, October 15th, October 16th, Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM

Newport Fall Foliage

One of the many benefits for visiting The Chanler in the fall is being able to witness the season’s foliage bloom. Rhode Island’s unrivaled beauty is reflected in our awe-inspiring autumn scenery, as leaves begin to transform into various shades of red, yellow, orange, and magenta. There are many ways to take advantage of the area’s annual metamorphosis: Take a scenic drive through Newport and stop by these four must-see spots, including Colt State Park and Roger Williams Park Zoo. Guests of The Chanler at Cliff Walk have front row seats to these vibrant colors and our waterfront luxury destination; Cliff Walk is positioned in a unique Newport, RI setting, showing off the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline.

Feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff about the many ways to explore Newport, RI in the fall.

The Harvest Festival at Newport Vineyards

Wine tasting enters a new level of excitement for wine connoisseurs at the First Annual Harvest Festival. Located at The Newport Vineyards, easily accessible to The Chanler in Cliff Walk, guests are treated to a day of grape stomping, pie eating, tastings, and live local music. Explore the 60 vineyard acres situated on Narragansett Bay with enjoy special local vendors, including Willa from Little Bitte, who will be providing cocktails while the Newport Vineyards culinary team offers delectable snacks. Sign up for pie eating and grape stomping contests today as there are only limited spots available left!

Saturday, October 29, 12 PM – 5 PM, $30

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

It’s finally apple and pumpkin picking season at Sweet Berry Farm! Fall is the perfect time for families and friends to visit this post-and-beam farm market and café located in Middletown. Situated near our hotel in downtown Newport, RI, Sweet Berry farm welcomes guests visiting during September and October to explore their 100 acres of conserved farmland where they can find the farm’s specially-grown pumpkins and apples, including Gingergold, Gala, Macintosh, and more. In November, Sweet Berry Farm begins tagging Christmas Trees.

Make a day out of this fan-favorite fall activity by stopping by the Farm Café for lunch or dinner made with the freshest ingredients as the farm only uses sustainable growing practices. The Farm Market is another must-see at Sweet Berry Farm with a variety of pre-picked farm grown produce, gourmet items, and premium ice cream for sale.

Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell’s Lane Middletown, RI 02842, (401) 847-3912, Open Every Day, 8 AM – 7 PM