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Newport Restaurant Week and Other Autumn Activities

Experience Fall in Rhode Island

Rhode Island becomes an inviting destination during the autumn season with upcoming festivals and events near The Chanler. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend getaway, a wedding, or for an extended stay, experience Newport's true charm and beauty, from taking on Newport Restaurant Week 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.

Newport Fall Foliage

One of the many benefits of 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, and orange all over our state. There are many ways to take advantage of the area’s annual metamorphosis. Take a scenic drive or bike ride through Newport and stop by these six must-see spots, including Colt State Park, Roger Williams Park Zoo and Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Aroboretum. Guests of The Chanler at Cliff Walk have front row seats to these vibrant colors on our very own grounds. Make sure to plan a trip this year to marvel at New England's iconic fall foliage. 

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Fall is the perfect time for families and friends to plan apple and pumpkin picking trips. Situated near our hotel, 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.

Rocky Brook Orchard is also located within a short drive from The Chanler. Enjoy apple-picking at Aquidneck Island's original pick-your-own apple orchard. Some of the best apples in the state are found here with over 80 varieties including many rare kinds. The orchard is open only on weekends so plan accordingly. 

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

Rocky Brook Orchard, 997 Wapping Rd, Middletown, RI 02842, (401) 851-7989, Call for Weekend Hours 

Christmas at the Newport Mansions 

Is it ever too early to think about Christmas? The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House open their doors to offer the public an especially glittering glimpse of the luxurious life for which they’re known. From thousands of poinsettias and 28 themed Christmas trees to candlelight windows and period-set holiday tables, Christmastime at the Newport Mansions is the season personified. Highlights include a 15-foot tall poinsettia tree and impressive model train set at The Breakers; a ballroom-turned-Gilded Age streetscape at The Elms; and a mantelpiece-decorating competition at Marble House. 

Various Newport Mansions, November 18, 2018 –  January 1, 2019 

Feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff about the many ways to explore Newport, RI in the fall or visit The Chanler Blog, Cliff Notes for more information on any of the events above.