rhode island in the fall

Rhode Island is a quirky little state, full of history and great places to go, and gluten-friendly places to eat. I spent the month of October in Rhode Island and had wonderful weather. The leaves were changing color as the month progressed so I was able to experience incredible fall weather.

Places to Visit in Rhode Island

The Inn at Castle Hill – The drive alone to this place is just special then we arrived at The Inn, which was built in 1874 and the valet took our car, we walked over the hill and immediately fell in love with the lawn. The view of the harbor is picturesque. We had a yummy cocktail on the lawn and then headed inside (because it was chilly for us Florida girls)

Newport Mansions – At first I wasn’t thrilled about going into the mansions but my friend came into town and it was a nasty, rainy, windy day and the mansions were inside so off to the mansions we went. We had such a fun day exploring “the gilded age”. They have an app that allows you to tour the mansions on your own while they tell you about the families who built them and lived there in the gilded age. There were 3 mansions open and we explored them all. It was a great experience that I would definitely recommend if you are in Rhode Island. 

Bristol, RI. This quaint town on the harbor offers neat shops of all varies from antiques to clothes and everything in between. It also has several restaurants with seafood fare. Just driving through Bristol is a treat as it has the longest-running July 4th parade in the country and the historic homes are fun to “peep”

Brown University founded in 1764 is a neat campus. My daughter and I walked around for about an hour and enjoyed the historic buildings and all that brainpower! 

Waterfire in downtown Providence. Oh my goodness, check the website for the schedule and if you are near Providence, do not miss out. ‘WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.” Waterfire is truly a unique experience!

Downtown Providence is not a big downtown but it is neat. We strolled along the river and enjoyed the views and history of the old city before stopping for dinner and Waterfire. 

Provincetown (known by locals as “PTown”) and located in Mass, but very close to Rhode Island. This neat little city on the water is like Key West’s older brother and fun fact, it was the first place the pilgrims landed before they settled in Plymouth. There is so much unique art and little shops to pop in and out of. It is a very dog friendly place so we were able to take Tink to dinner at The Lobster Pot and we didn’t have to sit outside! 

Gluten-Friendly Places to Eat in Rhode Island

Revival in Warren is divine. It is my favorite place to eat here in RI. Great gluten-free options and the food is, well, divine. I had the Statler Chicken one night and another time we went I got the risotto. The portions are huge so we had leftovers for a couple of nights. Check this place out for terrific food. The staff is also great (especially Mike).

Rhody Roots in Warren has a completely flour-free kitchen. I had the crab cakes and rice pudding balls. Both of which were something to write home about. They have outside and inside seating so they are dog friendly.

The Wharf Tavern is very popular. The views of the harbor are sweet and the drinks are creative and delish. Not many gluten-free options so dining there wasn’t as special for me, but the locals love this place and the view is spectacular. 

Plant City is a completely vegan restaurant (or 3). There are 3 separate restaurants in 1 location. You can choose American, Mexican or Italian. The food is really good, and fresh and the location is perfect. The first time I went I just had dessert, gluten-free apple cobbler. It was quite delish! The second time I went I had the gluten free “fried chicken sandwich” which was really quite good.

I just love this quirky little state. It’s small but mighty, brimming with history and unique traits you don’t find anywhere else in the country.