Fall on the Classic Coast is hard to beat.
Picture this: fall adorned storefronts, a crisp autumn breeze filling your lungs, and crunchy-leaves rustling beneath your feet as you walk through cobblestone streets. Classic.
If you’re looking for some aesthetic fall spots to explore for your next stop-and-take-a-picture moment, we’ve got you covered below.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind and adhere to local guidelines.
Bowen’s WharfBack to Top of List
Known for their iconic dockside seafood festivals, sidewalk sales and autumn harbor cruises, enjoy the crisp autumn air and get lost in the cobblestone streets of Bowen’s Wharf this fall. Explore the various restaurants, boutiques, galleries and more that this anchor to Newport has to offer.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE:
Want to bring your Instagram feed to the next level? Check out the Kiel James Patrick (aka KJP on the 'gram) storefront, where you will find an exquisite display of mums, corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds nestled around a rustic bench—arranged picture-perfect for your photo op.
Location: 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island
Queen Anne SquareBack to Top of List
Head to Queen Anne Square located in the center of downtown Newport to admire Trinity Church and the charming adjacent park. Come autumn, the square is filled with falling leaves, lamppost lined paths, architectural heritage (hint hint: stop by The Hearth—an accurate replica of a period fireplace and chimney—for a quick history lesson), local buskers and a pop-up seasonal pumpkin patch.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE:
Enjoy the annual Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch, open daily through Halloween. Whether you're in the mood for pumpkin picking and themed photo-ops (yes, the golden coach is scheduled to make an appearance again this year) or want to indulge in some warm cider and decadent homemade treats, this pop-up pumpkin patch will have all of your fall cravings satisfied.
Plus, all proceeds from the patch support Trinity Church and their outreach programs, a win-win fall activity.
Location: Queen Anne Square, Newport
Bellevue AvenueBack to Top of List
If you’re looking for a picture-perfect-view of fall foliage filled with classic New England charm, take a stroll (or a drive) down Bellevue Avenue. This historic street, sheathed by trees and mansions from the Gilded Age, is the ideal backdrop for your next fall photoshoot.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE:
Make a pit-stop at one of the many Newport Mansions located on or just off Bellevue Avenue for a tour of the iconic summer cottages and their grounds dressed in autumnal hues.
Location: Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Newport MansionsBack to Top of List
Despite being built as summer cottages, the Newport Mansions are a jaw-dropping spectacle during every season. In the Fall, the multicolored autumn aura and the beauty of these enchanting Gilded Age mansions is truly unmatched.
So good, you will just have to see for yourself.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
The Newport Mansions are getting ready for their close up! Over the next few months many Newport Mansions are closed for the filming of HBO's The Gilded Age, find the current operating schedule below:
- The Breakers: Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Rosecliff: Open daily 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Kingscote: Open daily (through October 28) 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Marble House: Closed for filming, reopens October 29 - November 7
- The Elms: Closed for filming, reopens October 29
- Green Animals Topiary Garden: Closed
- Chateau-Sur-Mer: Closed
- Isaac Bell House: Closed
Location: Across Newport
Sweet Berry FarmBack to Top of List
Take a trip to Sweet Berry Farm for a classic fall pick-your-own experience loaded with photo-worthy scenes. Be sure to check out (and snap a photo of) the market and café located on the property where you will be welcomed by the presence of hundreds of pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal vegetables upon your arrival.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE:
Browse the adorable, and aesthetically pleasing, pop-up Farmaesthetics shed (located next to the farm store) for an array of fine herbal skincare, specialty goods and products made by local artisans, and another great photo backdrop for the 'gram.
Location: 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown
Cliff WalkBack to Top of List
Saunter down Newport’s famous 3.5 mile Cliff Walk for panoramic-360-coastline-views infused with sightings of surfers and crashing waves, private homes and preserved architecture from the Gilded Age. Combine these views with the brisk fall air, rocky terrain, and changing leaves, and you have the recipe for a quintessential fall photo.
Location: Various trail openings, for more info click here.
Castle Hill LighthouseBack to Top of List
Situated at the end of a trail in the parking lot at Castle Hill awaits the charming Castle Hill Lighthouse. Wander down this trail leading to the lighthouse standing 34-feet tall tucked into the rocky coastline to find stellar views of Narragansett Bay with the Newport Bridge as your backdrop.
Location: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport
Newport VineyardsBack to Top of List
Head to Newport Vineyards in Middletown to taste estate-grown wine, craft beer, and delicious farm fresh bites, all within a cozy venue that is sure to get you in the autumn spirit. Step outside the tasting room to a sea of grape vines for a breathtaking view and make your way into the vines for the ultimate Instagrammable moment.
Location: 909 East Main Road, Middletown
Brenton Point State ParkBack to Top of List
For some of the most outstanding views you will encounter, venture to Brenton Point State Park in Newport located at the very tip of Aquidneck Island. Have a picnic, go for a hike or simply enjoy the fresh autumn sea breeze and exquisite scenes of the Atlantic Ocean. The photo-worthy spots here are endless.
Location: Ocean Drive, Newport
Beavertail LighthouseBack to Top of List
Come autumn, Jamestown is a dreamy little island filled with bright orange foliage, coastal parks and a calm soothing energy that is simply—Classic.
Head to Beavertail State Park and find four overlooks, a rocky coastline and the iconic Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum. Soak up the stunning views of Narragansett Bay from the comfort of your car, or bundle up in your favorite fall sweater and explore the area on foot. Either way, you’re sure to have a picture-perfect moment to capture.
Location: Beavertail Road, Jamestown
Now that we mention it—any street, wharf, and park in and around Newport is picture-perfect during the fall.
Come and see for yourself, and make sure you pack your camera.
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