A FALL RAMBLE THROUGH FARMCOAST NEW ENGLAND
New England is known for the most spectacular displays of foliage. Visit our homepage to see Yankee Magazine’s interactive foliage map and plan your trip around the colors of fall. Candy-apple reds, lush yellows and fiery orange leaves grace the trees for only a short time, but mixed with a crisp, cool breeze and warm smells of pumpkin and cinnamon, fall makes a lasting impression as the most sensual season. So if you’re looking for one last leisurely getaway before the cold weather sets in, read on, we’ve put together the perfect autumn day trip to please your senses and uplift your spirits.
Located within a one hour’s drive of Boston, Providence, Newport, and the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts, FarmCoast New England, is a picturesque rural area of villages and farms with views of stone walls, salt marshes, church steeples, harbors, and fields that reflect the rural quality of 19th century New England. And there’s no time more beautiful to visit these scenic coastal villages than the fall.With an abundance of farms and farm stands you will find apple picking, hayrides, fresh sweet cider, colorful squashes, honey, jams, and jellies, not to mention our famous Macomber turnip! So whether you’re driving through on a Sunday afternoon, shopping for mums and pumpkins in the early evening, or staying the weekend for a fall getaway, we invite you to enjoy the riches of FarmCoast’s most fruitful season.
Our fall “ramble” tours through four old-fashioned villages starting in Tiverton, Rhode Island, wandering through Little Compton, then Westport, and finally ending up harbor-side in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Along the way you will discover not onlyvibrant foliage, but also an active community of artists and artisans, contemporary boutiques, wineries, colorful garden centers, and a delicious selection local farm and seafood-based restaurants…and many more delightful surprises in between. Our foliage comes a bit later than most with our most vibrant season beginning in late September and peaking in late October. But we assure you, wandering past salt marsh grasses hugged by a glimmering shoreline while finding out-of-the-way shops and fresh produce along this coastal village route is as blissful as the changing leaves.
Must- Stop FALL Destinations ON THE FARMCOAST…
Sit and soak up water views at Coastal Roasters while enjoying your favorite seasonal beverage sprinkled with cinnamon and sustainably sourced.
Right next door find an eclectic assortment of local art and handmade crafts at Shop Isa.
Travel a little farther up Route 77 and discover the historic Tiverton Four Corners with over 20 unique boutiques and galleries stocking everything from warm home accents to gorgeous pieces for your fall wardrobe. Be sure to visit our new members, the Sakonnet Collective, Tess and Carlos, and Arch Contemporary Ceramics!
Next pick up some local honey and sample delicious cheeses at Milk and Honey Bazaar.
If you’re looking to stay a little longer, visit SchoolHouse #1, a historic school house turned modern vacation rental on Sakonnet Farm.
Don’t forget to take a hike through Weetamoo Woods and enjoy the foliage up close.
Ready to Eat? Provender Fine Foods has gourmet sandwiches and award winning baked goods while the Four Corners Grille cooks up delicious American fare.
In Little Compton
Once you’re here find bright mums and other autumnal plants at the colorful Peckham’s Greenhouse.
Stop for a wine tasting at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards.
Simmons Café and Market is a wireless café and one of our newest members stocking fresh organic produce and beautiful bouquets from The Local Bouquet.
Bringing the family? Pick apples and Pumpkins at Young’s Family Farm! Here you’ll also find Indian corn, pumpkins galore, decorative squash, and fall flowers.
Discover the oldest working mill in the country at Gray’s Grist Mill, grinding native Indian corn into a beloved Rhode Island staple: johnnycake mix! And try their adjacent cafe, The Daily Grind for a pick me up.
Warm up with a cup of hot cider and serving of local art at the Art Café.
Place an order for your local Thanksgiving turkey or pick up some fresh veggies at Orr’s Farmstand.
Jump in the water for a lesson or ride before the season’s over at Osprey Sea Kayak.
Browse the medley of gifts, toys, and books at Partners Village Store. Be sure to check out Partner’s event line up for author book signings and workshops throughout the season.
Enjoy sustainability, nature, and regionally acclaimed contemporary art all in one place at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. In addition to art openings, the gallery hosts a wide variety of community events throughout the season.
Bundle up with new fall ware in one of Westport Central Village’s three clothing stores: A.S.Deams, Deni’s Closet Boutique, and County Woolens, each with a different assortment and style of clothing.
Start planning your holiday menu at Lees Market, the area’s best specialty grocery store with an abundance of gourmet and exotic foods.
Take a hayride or sample the selection at Westport Rivers Vineyards and Winery.
Ready to Eat? Choose from the beachside Bayside Restaurant, the harbor front Back Eddy, or the rustic Bittersweet Tavern located in a beautiful New England barn.
Pet the animals and browse the farm stand at the century-old Alderbrook Farm.
Make a memory with wildflower imprinted dishware and baby hand and feet imprints at Salt Marsh Pottery.
Get inspired at Gustin’s Gallery an old chicken coop that now houses the ceramic works of Chris Gustin. If you’re lucky enough to catch an unloading of his Anagama Wood Kiln, it’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Shop around at Davolls General Store –home to collectibles, autographed children’s books and antique furniture—or the garden-inspired Dartmoor Gifts.
Visit the “harbor village with a beautiful view,”Padanaram Villagewhere you’ll find a mix of traditional New England and contemporary gift shops includingFlora, Folia, and The Packet.
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The best way to ramble through the FarmCoast any time of year is with our FarmCoast Map. Pick one up at any one of our member shops for a full directory and travel map of places to see, eat, and stay while your here. It’s possible, with the map and handy locator grid, to plan your own leisurely day trip or weekend getaway along this 30-mile country route. We hope you do!
Want some more ideas? Visit our “25 things to do on FarmCoast” for inspiration!