The day after Labor Day a funny and wonderful thing happens on Aquidneck Island. The pace slows as if someone hit a switch and changed the entire rhythm of the Island. The traffic dies down; the crowds thin, leaving the island and those who live and work here in an easier-going frame of mind. If you ask most of Newport residence what is their favorite time of the year, many will tell you September and October. The ocean has warmed from the summer sun were you can swim and continue to enjoy the beautiful beaches.
This is a good time of the year to shop in Newport. Every where you look, the stores have "SALE" signs and with no taxes on clothing, you can really find great bargains in our boutiques. The Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is no exception; we offer discounted rates with the same great concierge service and full gourmet breakfast each morning.
Don't get me wrong, there is no place I'd rather be than Newport, RI for the summer, but truth be known, September and October will give a different perspective of the island. The harbor front is easier to access and the restaurants are, well, quieter and in my opinion more pleasant.
Just because the season is winding down, doesn't mean that there is nothing to do. All the attractions continue to operate and the events calendar is very busy with things to do.
If you love boating, The Newport Boat show is not to be missed. This exciting event highlights the rich yachting history that Newport bears. It's been around for over 35 years and is wildly popular, showcasing a wide array of boats, from motor craft to sail boats. Vendors line the shore along Newport's America's Cup Avenue and Thames Street, offering an array of boating goods.
If you love gardening do not miss this treasured bi-annual event. The Secret Garden Tour gives guests an inside look at some of the city's most beautiful gardens in the Historic Point area of town. Enjoy the shrubs, trees, plants, flowers and trellises of an outstanding collection of gardens at historic homes, many dating to the 1800s.