Author: Daniel

Spring Retreats at Stone House Inn

 

We invite you to host your next business meeting or corporate retreat at the Stone House Inn and allow your attendees to be immersed in the experience of a historic, country estate, and focus their attention on your agenda.

 

 

The coastal community of Little Compton is a quick detour south from the interstate and feels like a world away from deadlines and distractions.

 

 

It is the perfect venue for smaller meetings or events up to 40 guests.

Amenities include:

  • 14 spacious and luxuriously appointed guestrooms with modern amenities

  • Meeting space with an outdoor terrace and gorgeous water views

  • On-site coordinator to assist with customized details

  • Concierge service to arrange golf, yoga, sailing, wine tasting, etc.

  • Team building activities

  • Relaxing Adirondack chairs and lawn games

  • S’mores by the fire pit

  • Complimentary continental breakfast

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, onsite parking and beach access

  • Shuttle service

What to do: Golfing, sailing, wine tasting and biking are all available right in Little Compton.

 

 

 

 

Let us host you at the Stone House Inn and make your next meeting unique at a historic destination!

 

**Book a meeting or retreat now through May 26th and receive complimentary meeting space and a welcome reception!**

Call 401.619.7924 for more information or submit an inquiry here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Featured Vendor: Polished Event Design

Featured Vendor: Polished Event Design

Updated: Mar 17


Desirae Tavares of Polished Event Design


Are you planning a wedding or special occasion party and looking for an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop for your guests?


Put a creative twist on the classic photo booth with a customized backdrop and props that match the theme of your wedding or event. Balloon decor and backdrops can transform any event or atmosphere, offering a modern display of art and beauty.




Our friends at Polished Event Design provided the decor for our booth at the Newport Wedding Show and it was the star of the show! Models, guests and engaged couples posed for photos in front of the dreamy balloon backdrop throughout the day.


Desirae Tavares with Newport Wedding Show Models

Newport Experience Event Planners: OceanCliff & Regatta Place


Polished Event Design specializes in:

  • Lux organic balloon décor

  • Customized backdrop designs and personalized setups based on your theme and color palette

  • Modern backdrops & select décor rentals

Desirae Tavares, owner of Polished Event Design, says “Every event should have a focal point. Perhaps that may be a lavish balloon garland welcoming guests for a dinner party or a customized backdrop that embraces your theme. I work with clients to transform ideas into reality based on your color palette and theme.”


If you are looking to host a special event, allow
Polished Event Design to help you create a custom photo experience!


**Mention this post and receive 15% off, including a complimentary half hour consultation!** (new clients only)

CONTACT:

Polished Event Design

info@polishedeventsri.com

(508) 542-9199




Full Estate Rentals at Stone House Inn

Full Estate Rentals at Stone House Inn

Updated: 4 days ago



It’s time to gather again… escape to the quaint, seaside community of Little Compton with an exclusive, full estate rental at Stone House Inn!


The Stone House Inn sits on 2.7 waterfront acres near the tip of Sakonnet Point. The original four-story building was constructed in 1854 as a private residence and was once home to David Sisson and his son, Henry Sisson, a civil war hero.


It was converted to an inn during the 1920s and an old tap room remains in the basement that was once a speakeasy during Prohibition. The property features spacious and well-appointed guest rooms and suites and beach access.


We are now offering the entire inn for exclusive use, including complimentary breakfast in the morning and wine and lite bites on the porch in the evening.



Enjoy the Main House overlooking Round Pond, the Wood Barn with outdoor terrace and gorgeous water views, and a cozy dinner in the Tap Room. A private chef can be arranged for a nightly fee or bring in your own catering.



After dinner, gather around the outdoor fire pit and roast s’mores under a sky full of stars.



The Main House boasts nine guest suites, each named after original family members, and a cupola with 360-degree water views overlooking Round Pond and the Atlantic Ocean.




The renovated Wood Barn features five guest suites, each with gas fireplaces and Japanese soaking tubs.




While you’re here, experience all that our coastal community has to offer. Stroll to the beach with picnic basket in hand or visit nearby Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard for a fun day of wine tasting.




Bicycle rentals are also available in Little Compton and a sunset bike ride along Sakonnet Point is the perfect end to a relaxing day.



Perfect for a family reunion, girls weekend, or friends getaway! This secluded, seaside inn is the ideal location for destination gatherings and can accommodate groups up to 40 guests.



If you’re interested in hosting a gathering here, shoot us an email at stonehouse@newportexperience.com or give us a call at 401-619-7924.


“My friends and I decided to escape to Stone House Inn for my birthday in February. Because it was off season and quiet in the village of Little Compton we decided to hire a chef and have a birthday dinner on site in the Tap Room, which is an onsite pub that during Prohibition was used as a speakeasy. It has an amazing fireplace and served our party of 20 comfortably. The Chef was recommended by the people at The Newport Experience, the property owners of the Stone House Inn, and served an amazing three course meal. The rooms are beautiful, the views of the ocean are incredible. While it was quite cold on the day of our visit, some members of our party walked to the beach while others stayed warm by the fire pit on property. We had an amazing time. I would highly recommend Stone House Inn for any gathering formal or informal.” — Marlene Johnson
















Newport Burger Bender returns February 18-27

Newport Burger Bender returns February 18-27

Newport Burger Bender is BACK! The Safari Room at OceanCliff has entered their signature sirloin burger into the competition.


SAFARI SIRLOIN BURGER
Topped with salt and pepper onion strings, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, house-made safari sauce, and served on a brioche bun.


Vote it the BEST by visiting Discover Newport’s website: https://www.discovernewport.org/burger-bender/.


Safari Room’s Hours:
Thursday & Friday 4-8pm
Saturday & Sunday 1-8pm


OceanCliff Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

OceanCliff Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards




OceanCliff Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®


14th Annual Couples’ Choice Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Nationwide and Abroad


Newport, January 25, 2022OceanCliff was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.


To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.


Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. A marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry.


Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.


OceanCliff is honored to be one of the top vendors in Venue in Newport on WeddingWire.


For more information about OceanCliff, please visit us on WeddingWire. To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.


About OceanCliff

OceanCliff is a beautiful waterfront wedding venue located in Newport, Rhode Island. It occupies the site of the former Bronson Villa that was built in 1864 and has been converted to an oceanfront retreat that can hosts lavish parties and events.


Located on ten acres of rolling lawns with spectacular views, this venue is perfect for a classic wedding. OceanCliff has many event spaces that are the ideal backdrop for various wedding celebrations. The Grand Ballroom accommodates anywhere from 70-225 guests, while The Upper Deck seats up to 150 guests and has sweeping views of the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay. The Safari Room is a restaurant and bar that couples can use for a cocktail hour or rehearsal dinner, as it accommodates 70 guests outside and 50 guests inside.


Services Offered

OceanCliff has many upscale amenities that will make the couple’s wedding day fun and stress-free.


The venue offers the following services:

Distinctive selection of wedding menus

Suggested vendors

Newport attractions

Elite wedding coordinators

Romantic wedding packages

Stylish guest rooms


About WeddingWire

WeddingWire is a trusted online marketplace, connecting couples with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion global industry, WeddingWire helps millions of couples every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Couples around the world can read millions of vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of hundreds of thousands of vendors local to them. Visit WeddingWire online at WeddingWire.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/WeddingWire and @WeddingWire on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Regatta Place Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2022 and Best of Weddings Hall of Fame 2022

Regatta Place Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2022 and Best of Weddings Hall of Fame 2022




REGATTA PLACE NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2022 AND TO

THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS HALL OF FAME 2022


16th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Newport, RI/January 25, 2022Regatta Place is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, and has been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame from The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination. This is the 4th year Regatta Place has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.

In its sixteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2022, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This year, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.


To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs – from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country, and The Knot Best of Weddings award gives couples the confidence to book the best vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology helps all couples seamlessly plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs.


Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.


For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.


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About Regatta Place

Located on historic Goat Island and situated in the heart of Goat Island Marina, Regatta Place offers the ideal setting for your next waterfront event or wedding reception. Steeped in Newport’s rich sailing tradition and surrounded by state-of-the-art and classic luxury yachts, this exclusive property accommodates up to 180 guests with the most breathtaking and unsurpassed views of Newport Harbor.


About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading digital wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national wedding magazine, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.



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Join us at the 19th annual Newport Wedding Show

Join us at the 19th annual Newport Wedding Show


Join us at the 19th annual Newport Wedding Show

Sunday, February 27, 2022


Presented by:

Newport Wedding Magazine


The Newport Wedding Show is Newport’s biggest wedding event of the year! Hosted at two of the most elegant Newport wedding venues, OceanCliff and Rosecliff, you will find everything you need to plan your dream wedding in one day!


· Two locations, twice as exciting!

· 80+ wedding professionals

· Fashion shows, tasty samples, creative cocktails & inspiration

· Thousands of dollars in drawing and door prizes!


Save time and money by purchasing your wedding show tickets in advance!


OceanCliff was voted

“Best Reception Venue”, “Best Ceremony Venue”, &
“Best Rehearsal Dinner Venue” 2022

by Newport Wedding Magazine readers.






Best of Newport Wedding Winners

Best of Newport Wedding Winners


We are thrilled to announce OceanCliff won “Best Reception Venue” and tied for 1st place for “Best Ceremony Venue” and “Best Rehearsal Dinner Venue” in Newport Wedding Magazine’s Best of Newport Wedding awards!






We are also excited to announce Schooner Aurora won “Best Weekend Wedding Activity” for the 4th year in a row! Lots of couples love to include a sunset sail on our tall ship during their wedding weekend. Ask us about our rehearsal dinner or pre or post wedding sail packages!



We would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us and Newport Wedding Magazine for these amazing awards! We are so grateful for all of the amazing couples & vendors we have worked with this year!

Dine & Stay at Stone House Inn

Dine & Stay at Stone House Inn

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

We are ready to host your relaxing weekend getaway at the Stone House Inn with an incredible Dine & Stay Package, available for a limited time.


The Tap Room Restaurant will reopen select weekends this fall to serve up three-course dinners for in-house guests.



Reserve an overnight stay in one of our luxurious guest suites and enjoy a three-course dinner for two in the cozy Tap Room Restaurant, a former speakeasy during Prohibition.




Package includes:

  • Overnight stay in one of our spacious guest suites

  • Three-course dinner for two in the cozy Tap Room Restaurant

  • Evening lite bites with a complimentary glass of wine

  • Continental Breakfast

  • Onsite parking and beach access

Available dates:

  • 11/20

  • 12/4

  • 12/11

  • 12/18

View Dine & Stay menu here.


Packages start at $449 plus tax for a one bedroom suite. Studio and two bedrooms suites are also available.


Call 401-635-2222 to book your weekend getaway today!

Stone House Inn Featured in Boston Globe Magazine

Stone House Inn Featured in Boston Globe Magazine

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

Stone House Inn was recently featured in Boston Globe Magazine’s “Farm Coast Road Trip”. Read full article here.




Misty green fields framed by ancient stone walls spill down to the water’s edge in a state of tousled, natural beauty. A salty sea breeze mingles with the scent of fresh-cut hay. And ours is the only car visible in any direction. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear we had somehow driven to the west coast of Ireland (in just over an hour, at that). But the 18th-century cottages clad in weathered gray shingles are a dead giveaway that we’re far closer to home.

We’re on the “Farm Coast,” a rural stretch of New England’s southeastern shores where Massachusetts meets Rhode Island and farmland meets the sea.


And much to my wife’s annoyance, I can’t stop exclaiming, loudly, how stinking pretty it is here. It’s like we’re seated near a celebrity, and I’m the guy who just cannot keep his chill. But the scenery comes to my defense: As we take a left onto Main Road in Little Compton, Rhode Island, we catch a glimpse of majestic horses peacefully grazing in a meadow, their manes literally luminous, backlit by the golden afternoon sun as it melts into the sparkling Sakonnet River beyond. It’s pinch-yourself beautiful.


But this area is so much more than just a pretty place. For one thing, the centrality of agriculture in these South Coast communities — Westport and Dartmouth in Massachusetts, Little Compton and Tiverton in Rhode Island — equates to inspired menus full of farm-fresh, locally grown foods. Especially around harvest time in late summer and fall.


We first discovered the Farm Coast a few autumns ago. We were searching for a lower-key, older-school apple picking experience than the overcrowded apple fests on offer at so many Boston-area orchards. We found exactly what we hoped for at Old Stone Orchard (401-635-2663) in Little Compton.


There were no bounce houses or oil-belching tractor hayrides, but our then-5-year-old daughter still had a blast. Borrowing a red wagon from the farm stand, we gave her a personal hayride into the tree rows (where, even on an October Saturday, we saw maybe a dozen other people). Later, she proudly helped pull our half-bushel of Empires and Galas back down to be weighed, playing the rugged farmhand. Then we meandered down the dirt road to visit the farm’s pigs, goats, and chickens, before loading up the car with our fall bounty of apples, squash, and pumpkins. Before heading back to Boston, we stopped for dinner at The Red Dory (reddoryrestaurant.com, 401-816-5001) in Tiverton, where a casual, beachy vibe belies a sophisticated menu full of locally sourced food and wines. (Don’t miss the fried oysters.)


Later that fall, we returned to the Farm Coast for the November open house held at Westport Rivers Winery (westportrivers.com, 508-636-3423). We sipped wine and hot cider around fire pits, snacked on kettle corn and cheese from Massachusetts and Rhode Island farms, and stocked up on wine baskets and handmade alpaca-wool mittens for holiday gifts. Our daughter and several other kids were engrossed for hours playing in a huge maze of hay bales — first leaping from one to another, then building forts with them, and finally, as the sun descended, toppling their structures; it was like witnessing the rise and fall of a micro-civilization.


We’re kidless this time around, on our first grown-up getaway since the Before Times, and we kick it off with a stop at Running Brook Vineyards (runningbrookwine.com, 508-985-1998) in Dartmouth to sample a flight of five wines ($10). The tasting room is 100 percent frills-free, but some of the wines — all produced on site from home-grown grapes — are remarkably good. We leave with a bottle each of the clean, refreshing Running Brook White and the mellow, peachy Vidal Blanc.


Our next stop is the riverfront patio of Westport Sea Farms (westportseafarms.com, 774-309-3056), where we settle into a pair of Adirondack chairs and order cups of clam chowder to ward against the sea breeze, plus a dozen locally raised “sea-to-table” oysters. Of the four varieties, we pronounce the delicate Spindrifts, farmed in the West Branch of the Westport River, our favorites. But when you’re sitting by the water, slurping down oysters a few hundred yards from where they were hauled out, there really are no losers.


As evening starts to settle in, we head over to The Westporter (westportercatering.com, 508-636-9000), a homey bistro in the center of town where the menu rotates with the local harvest. That includes the drink list: Many of the cocktails are crafted around seasonal fruit, while the beers from Buzzards Bay Brewing are made with Massachusetts-grown hops, grains, and malts. (After a 16-ounce can of Butler Flats Black — a roasty dark lager perfect for an autumn evening — I pledge to visit the nearby brewery on a return visit.)


There’s plenty of seating in the whimsical, converted barn, but we’re sticking to outdoor dining; we don’t have to wait long before a picnic table opens up on the grass. Beneath a canopy of ash trees and twinkling string lights, we devour our divinely delicious, deceptively simple dishes: chicken and rice smothered in the house Mozambique sauce (a Portuguese sauce with a feisty kick), a pair of barbecued black bean and sweet potato sliders, and spicy seasoned fries. Entrees cost about $10 to $20.


We’re staying at The Stone House (newportexperience.com/stonehouse, 401-635-2222), a converted 19th-century mansion near the tip of Sakonnet Point in Little Compton. With just over a dozen rooms and suites, this is an exquisite boutique hotel — a splurge for us, but there aren’t many mid-range options beyond the highway chain hotels. Thankfully, rates drop like leaves in the fall, from $400-plus in summertime to the $300s in September. Despite the historic nature of the property, the guest rooms are spacious and quite modern; ours, in the converted barn, has a luxurious steam shower and gas fireplace, plus tons of windows that open out to let in views of a pond and the Atlantic beyond.

The morning breakfast spread includes an assortment of freshly baked pastries, but we’ve got brunch plans later, so we take only our coffees to the wraparound porch. Some 2 acres of lawn, punctuated with a stone fire pit and pairs of Adirondack chairs, cascade down toward the water. The hotel has a fleet of cruiser bikes for guests to borrow, but instead we walk down the sprawling lawn to Round Pond Road — the kind of narrow country lane most of us only stroll in daydreams or fuzzy childhood memories — and five minutes farther on, reach a small, windswept beach. Minutes later, we come across the sandy, semiprivate Tappens Beach, where on this day rock formations outnumber beachgoers.


The salt air awakens our appetites, so it’s off to The Barn (401-635-2985), a breakfast and brunch spot in Adamsville, a historic part of Little Compton. The inside is rustic, cozy, and charming, with an airy second-story balcony, but we’re able to get a table on the patio, where we tuck into omelets and pancakes ($7.50-$12) beneath the trees and awnings.


In a converted Victorian nearby, Partners Village Store & Kitchen (partnersvillagestore.com, 508-636-2572) in Westport is just a delight, pure and simple. It’s one part cafe, with covered dining available on the wraparound porch; one part gift shop, with regionally-made crafts, cards, and other goodies; and one part indie bookstore, with a small but well curated selection. After picking up a thank-you gift for my sister-in-law for watching our daughter, we amble down a hill to the Dedee Shattuck Gallery (dedeeshattuckgallery.com, 508-636-4177), a striking gallery for contemporary art and fine crafts. The dramatic landscape photography of Barbara Gilson — based in Portland, Oregon, but born in Boston and raised in Brockton — is on exhibit through October 10.


We cross back into Little Compton and stop near the town common for a caffeine boost at the Art Cafe (508-558-5497), a little fairy tale of a coffee shop and gallery. There’s something magical about this beautifully battered bohemian cottage, where the antique glass doors are thrown open to the world with all the hopeful vulnerability of a paintbrush set to canvas. Owners Judith Worthen and Josie Arkins serve up organic coffee, pastries, and art workshops, while patrons lounge and chat in a garden of fruit trees.

Blink and you’ll miss the Art Cafe, but there’s no bypassing Groundswell Cafe + Bakery (groundswellcafegarden.com, 401-816-4256). This upscale, from-scratch bakery serves all-day breakfast sandwiches and quiches ($8.50-$11.50) — plus hearty soups, salads, and sandwiches made with baguettes — and brings a touch of Paris to Tiverton’s historic Four Corners.

Groundswell opened last fall in the gorgeous circa-1876 general store building that had housed the beloved Provender Cafe for 37 years. In addition to a new outdoor dining garden, the bistro tables that line the wraparound porch broadcast a kind of small-town chic, like a movie star on vacation. Somehow, the interior is even more stunning, like stepping inside a design magazine — one that smells of oven-fresh croissants and locally roasted coffee.


Across the street is the Four Corners Arts Center (fourcornersarts.org, 401-624-2600), which maintains a free, serene sculpture park nearby. On exhibit through October are 25 works by Timothy Michael Hetland. Damselfly, a larger-than-life steel sculpture of a dragonfly perched in the pond, is my favorite — along with Calling Elk, a permanent steel and epoxy installation by artist Wendy Klemperer.


The Four Corners area stretches along Main Road with antiques shops, a cheese market, and galleries galore. But right now we’ve got ice cream on the brain, and anchoring a third corner is the famous, nearly century-old Gray’s Ice Cream (graysicecream.com, 401-624-4500). Our oversized, made-on-site scoops are decadently rich and creamy, but if we return with our daughter, we’ll probably end up at Wood’s Ice Cream (508-264-1037) in Westport, where the presence of goats and cows makes up for the ice cream “imported” from Gifford’s of Maine.

Driving back up Main Road, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard (sakonnetwine.com, 401-635-8486) beckons us with its bucolic beauty, but it’s closed midweek. So we cross into Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to meet up with friends at Greenvale Vineyards (greenvale.com, 401-847-3777). This isn’t technically the Farm Coast — and in fact, after a couple of days across the river, it feels positively bustling by comparison — but there’s still plenty of scenic farmland about.


Greenvale often hosts live music and food trucks on Saturdays into October and November (depending on weather), and opens daily through December. Today, it’s just a few groups of visitors sprawled across the scenic grounds, including a handful of kids and dogs, enveloped by a vintage of plump grapes awaiting harvest. We nab a picnic table overlooking the Sakonnet River and leisurely share a tasting flight of estate-grown wines ($25) served on a reclaimed barrel stave.


As the mellow warmth of a Greenvale chardonnay aged in oak gives way to the bright crispness of the Skipping Stone White, followed by the smoky, moody Meritage blend of merlot, malbec, and cabernet franc, I can just about taste late summer fading into fall — hints of turning leaves, the coming chill in the air.


If only time and place were so easily bottled. But autumn lingers on the Farm Coast, thanks to the moderating influence of the surrounding waters. And local conservation groups are working hard to purchase and protect this area’s historic, breathtaking, nourishing farmland. So for now, we toast the coming change in seasons, and give thanks for all the beauty and bounty around us, here in the heart of the harvest.