We’re packing up our Osgoode Marley bags and hitting the road for a New England day trip filled with fall foliage and seaside sunsets. Beginning in Mystic, Connecticut we’ll be taking you through our daytime journey to Newport, Rhode Island complete with a stop for cider, colonial village shopping, a lighthouse photo-op, and finish with a sunset dinner along the docks. Conveniently located only an hour apart, this autumnal adventure is perfect for those wishing to take in a taste of the northeast at their own pace and spend a Saturday being dazzled by the panoramic display of changing leaves along the open road.
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First up is the seaport village of Mystic, Connecticut. Known for its maritime history and as the backdrop of a beloved 1980s rom-com, Mystic offers visitors the ideal place for pre-holiday shopping and snacking. Start your day with a warm cup of apple cider and a sugar-coated donut from B. F. Clyde’s Cider Mill, which is the oldest steam-powered cider mill in the United States. This place offers visitors a variety of apple-flavored treats and an old-fashioned atmosphere, to boot. After you’ve had a sugar fix, stroll your way through colonial-style Olde Mistick Village. With a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, and artisans in walking distance of each other, you’re sure to get a head start on your holiday shopping list and leave with a full belly.
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
On your way to Newport, pull over and make a pit stop in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Home to Point Judith Lighthouse, a historic Coast Guard tower, and the sandy shores of Scarborough Beach, Narragansett is the picture-perfect spot to explore the rocky coast or take a leisurely stroll down the beach. Feeling peckish? Drive up Ocean Road and pull into Monahan's Clam Shack By the Sea for a lunch approved by the locals. Fuel up on lobster rolls and clam strips before hitting the road to continue your journey south.
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Newport, Rhode Island
End your day trip with dinner and drinks in the heart of downtown Newport. Have a little time before your dinner reservations? Take the scenic way into Newport, Rhode Island with a 10-mile shoreline drive down Ocean Drive to soak up the seaside views and foliage lining the coast. Boat House, voted “One of the Top Scenic Views in the United States” four years in a row, offers freshly caught seafood and local produce, while The Lawn at Castle Hill serves dinner al fresco on the terrace bar through Columbus Day. Catch the sunset at The Pavilion at Forty 1 North for a selfie-worthy cocktail in the sofa lounge alongside the yacht docks.
Before you know it, the snow will start falling! Make the most of New England’s most idyllic time of the year with your Osgoode Marley bag in tow. Already planning your weekend adventure? Take us along for the ride and tag #osgoodemarley on Instagram and show off your style for a chance to be featured!