As the dog days comes to a close, it’s important to take advantage of the season’s charming splendor before it’s too late. Whether you’re craving a last dose of ocean breeze or itching to bite into a juicy lobster roll, Bostonians can knock off all of their must-do’s in the cozy seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island. Complete your summer experience by checking these happenings off your list.
Honor an outstanding summer with your appetite. Rhode Island Red Food Tours offers hungry tourists the chance to experience the best of Newport through their tastebuds. From a hot dog haven, to a waterfront cafe, to a hidden seafood shack, guests will have the chance to fill their bellies up with an array of summer staple foods. Tickets are $65 with no alcohol, $79 with alcohol, and are available online. 866-736-6343
If fall already has you feeling blue, take advantage of fleeting summer sunsets (and sneak in a killer workout) by way of stand-up paddleboard. Launching from Gurney’s Newport’s private marina, Rhody Surf will be offering sunset tours to locals and visitors who are craving intimate, on-the-water views of Newport’s famous shoreline and grand waterfront estates. 1 Goat Island, 401-849-2600
Toast to warm temps not simply with a cocktail, but with a luxe long-weekend retreat. At Gurney’s, guests can zen out in the spa, reminisce about recent travels over decadent Italian fare, or rent a private cabana by the pool. Pro tip: stay through Sunday night to fully experience all that The Pineapple Club has to offer, including live music and picturesque evening vistas. 1 Goat Island, 401-849-2600
Top your summer (and your glass) off at the 12th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, which will be held at the famous Marble House—a historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilts. The event will run from Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24 and is fitting for vino enthusiasts who want to sip their way around the world and honor the Gilded Age glamor of this cozy Rhode Island town. Tickets and information available online. 596 Bellevue Ave., 401-847-1000
Sunshine is best enjoyed on a picnic blanket. For over 20 years, the Aquidneck Growers Market has been bringing exceptional and local produce to ravenous Newport residents. Stock up on seasonal veggies or simply stop by for a shady walk on a toasty afternoon. 13 Memorial Blvd.
Whether you consider yourself a yacht connoisseur or simply appreciate the nautical lifestyle, The Newport International Boat Show is a can’t-miss this September. One of the largest and most prestigious shows of its kind in the country, sea-savvy spectators from across the coast (and across the world) will gather along Newport’s famed waterfront to ooh and aah at the stunning assemblage of powerboats and sailboats. The show runs Thursday, September 14 to Sunday, September 17. Tickets available online. 4 Commercial Wharf, 800-582-7846