If you’ve visited Newport, RI before, you’re probably already familiar with the major sites but you may not have had the chance to explore the upper end of Aquidneck Island. Our vineyard lies at the center of the east coast of the island. In addition to restaurants, beaches, and cafes there are nature trails, farm stands, wildlife refuges, and a seemingly endless supply of picture-perfect picnic spots. Even though you can fill much more than a day roaming around this island, we’ve compiled our favorite one-day itinerary.
9:00 am – Coffee and Pastries at Sweet Berry Farm (Middletown)
Start your day at Sweet Berry Farm. You can help yourself to some coffee, pastries (baked right on the premises), and even pick your own fruit right off the farm if the mood strikes you. Put together a packed lunch while you’re there for a picnic later in the day.
10:00 am – Hike on the Sakonnet Greenway Trail (Portsmouth and Middletown)
Totaling ten miles, this is the island’s longest nature trail. You don’t have to do all ten miles though; there are various parking spots and loops you can choose from. The trail winds around grazing fields, snakes through the woods, and passes along a golf course. Leashed dogs are welcome. View the trail map and parking options before heading out.
12:00 – Lunch at Third Beach (Middletown)
Hop in your car and head over to one of the island’s most serene beaches. Enjoy your lunch al fresco overlooking the calm water and moored sailboats. (There is a parking fee from Memorial Day through Labor Day.)
1:30 pm – Live Jazz and Wine Tasting at Greenvale Vineyards
Spend an elegant afternoon sipping wine among the vines to the backdrop of live jazz performed on the terrace. Explore our traditional Victorian New England style stable built in 1863 that now serves as our tasting room. (Read about the restoration here.) Try the Albariño, our newest white wine available for the first time in August 2015.
4:00 pm – Drive on Ocean Drive with a stop at Gooseneck Cove (Newport)
Cruise along the southern coast of the island of a spectacular view of the open ocean. You can park at Brenton Point State Park to take in the view and even fly a kite, it’s one of the windiest spots on the island (and home to the annual Kite Festival). As you make your way back to Newport, stop and watch the sunset from King Park.
6:00 pm – Dinner in Newport
As local wine producers, we favor restaurants that serve locally grown food. These places support our local farmers and will end your day trip on one heck of a high note.
Thames Street Kitchen
Brick Alley Pub
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille
The Mooring Seafood and Kitchen Bar
Tallulah on Thames
Castle Hill Inn
Tell us, what are your favorite spots on Aquidneck Island?