Off-Season Pleasures

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

cliff walk

View from the Cliff Walk in Newport at Forty Steps.

My husband and I feel incredibly grateful to live in beautiful Newport, RI which also happens to be a top tourist destination. But, I will admit, the summer crowds can start to get old come September.  Thankfully, the spring and fall provide beautiful weather without the crowds. I also find the quite winter months to be especially nice.

Here are some of our favorite, close to home trip ideas for off-season travel, including Newport.


  • Enjoy the solitude of a stroll down Thames in the winter
  • Walk the Cliff Walk
  • Check out the Tennis Hall of Fame which is open year round
  • Take a leisurely drive down Ocean Drive
  • Savor an amazing crepe with salad greens for lunch at le maison di coco
  • Visit the Mansions and get to see more, without the crowds.
  • Stop in for dinner at our favorite restaurant in RI, Tallulah on Thames


  • Plan for April or May when most B&Bs/restaurants are open.
  • Stay for one or two nights.  We love the Union Street Inn B&B
  • Stroll the very cool cobblestone streets and do a little shopping
  • Stop in for lunch at the Wauwinet
  • Rent a jeep and drive and on the beach down to the lighthouse


  • Visit the recently renovated Whaling Museum
  • Enjoy dinner at Black-Eyed Susan’s


East Hampton

Mystic Seaport

  • Perfect day trip for taking a tour of the Seaport and checking out artwork at their gallery
  • Drive over to Watch Hill, walk the beach, and have lunch at the Ocean House.  Personally, I think this is the best view in the state!

February through May can be the best time of year to enjoy New England.  The best part is that you can plan an inexpensive and casual day trip or splurge for a long weekend away.




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