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If fall foliage, boat shows, and crisp coastal views are the types of New England festivities that get your motor running, Newport is a must-visit destination this season. Looking for the best things to do in town this fall? Here are our top picks.
LIVE MUSIC AND GOOD VIBES
Sure, Newport is well-known for its summertime Newport Jazz Festival and the accompanying Newport Folk Festival. But we like to think that summer is just the warm up— this fall, the classical Newport Music Festival returns with a new mission—the event will bring newly commissioned works from a collective of by Black, Indigenous, POC, and female composers as a commitment to a future, more inclusive world of classical music.
PEEP LEAVES LIKE A LOCAL
You don’t need to stray far from Goat Island to experience the wonders of the changing seasons. Grab your keys and take in the splendors of mother nature from the comfort of your car. On Ten Mile Drive (http://oceandrivenewport.com/), a 10-mile loop around Aquidneck Island, you’ll find dramatic views of Newport’s shoreline juxtaposed between Gilded Age mansions and bucolic farms. On Conanicut Island (sometimes called Jamestown Island) in Narragansett Bay, between Aquidneck Island and the mainland, you’ll find a narrow stretch of farms and marshland dotted with historic homes and plenty of fall foliage—it’s perhaps one of New England’s most spellbinding spots for leaf-peeping.
Fall brings back-to-back celebrations in Newport that include some of our favorite annual events like the Newport International Boat Show, Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week, Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, and Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. With so many unique events to choose from, you just might need to make more than one trip.
Surrounded by the sea, The Gurney’s Newport Seawater Spa offers a complete menu of unique therapeutic treatments as well as a private relaxation room, indoor heated pool, and salon. Indulge in unmatched wellness during your stay with our Sand & Sea Body Wrap body treatment, or our Seawater Signature Facial—soak in the setting and you’ll feel refreshed in no time.
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