Most people think of Newport as a summer resort that charms visitors with its sailing regattas, buzzy waterfront restaurants, and outdoor concert series, but New Englanders know this Rhode Island city is particularly wonderful in shoulder season when the beaches are empty, The Cliff Walk doesn’t feel so crowded, and it’s possible to wander through the Gilded Age mansions without hordes of tourists. Of course, the changing leaves, pick-your-own apple orchards, and seasonal events such as the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Food Festival are even more autumnal drawcards.

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