Rhode Island apple picking is a wonderful way to get you and your family out into the sunshine and fresh air for a little exercise and fun. The only draw back to apple picking always seems to be that you and your group have the time and the energy to pick for quite a while. In fact you find that you can pick many more apples then you really want or feel you would like to pay for. The apple picking that you have planned and looked forward to seems over so quickly. That’s why its wise to plan your apple picking as part of a full day’s adventure. Careful selection of picking sites will put you in an excellent location to extend you day and your fun. Then instead of simply going apple picking you can correctly say you are going on a Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure.
Rocky Brook Orchard, Middletown, RI. Aquidneck Island, home of Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport, is a great place for a Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure. Rocky Brook is a weekend establishment . You will only find this orchard open for picking on Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day from 10 a.m. -4:30 p.m. The wide open orchards give you a chance to spread out and find your own picking area. The Rocky Brook Orchard can provide you with apple picking or peaches and pears in season. One of the best things about going to Rocky Brook Orchard, especially for first time pickers is that it is easy to find. Off the Newport Bridge just take Rt. 1338 and watch for the signs.
Another nice thing about apple picking at Rocky Brook Orchard is that when you have picked your own personal limit, you find that you are in a wonderful spot to spend the rest of the day. Nearby Newport, RI has great beaches to walk in the off season, there are mansions to visit, and lots of shopping areas in the harbor area. Wonderful seafood restaurants might also tempt you to rest a bit and taste their Rhode Island seafood specialties.
Do you like to walk and enjoy an ocean view? Then you can spend the rest of your day enjoying Cliff Walk which winds its way behind some of Newport’s best known mansions and shows you the best of both worlds. From Cliff Walk you can see the beauty of the sea and looking inward you can see the magnificence created by the very rich in their 19th Century “cottages” by the sea. It’s a great walk and a wonderful way to extend your Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure.
Not ten miles from your apple picking spot you can also discover the Newport Grand Casino. It’s not the size of Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, but this little gaming gem will offer an interesting change of pace if your apple picking party is made up of all adults. Newly renovated this mini casino is “grand” in the way it is organized. Instead of many large and loud gaming rooms, the Newport Grand has its video slots spread out in many small, almost intimate and definitely relaxed small rooms. If the apple picking didn’t let you unwind, the Newport Grand might.
Jaswell’s Farm, Smithfield, RI . In a totally different environment you can enjoy “pick your own” apple picking at Jaswell’s Farm in Smithfield, RI. While Rocky Brook Orchard is located on an island and in sailing country, Jaswell’s Farm can be found on 50 Swan Rd. in Smithfield, RI in the midst of what some Rhode Islanders call appropriately “apple valley”.
When you visit Jaswell’s Farm you will be seeing first hand the work of 4 generations of the Jaswell family and probably meeting a family member or two along the way. The farm is open daily from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. with a variety of fruit and berries available for picking in season. You can pick your own apples throughout the autumn at this convenient location only about twenty minutes from Providence.
Jaswells farm has grown over the years and now includes a farmstand and a bakery to tempt you before or after you pick your apples. You can do some one stop shopping at Jaswell’s, especially if you have children with you. After you have picked your apples why not select and pick your own pumpkin too.
The fun doesn’t have to be over when you have hauled your apples back to the car. You can enjoy a great Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure by spending the rest of your day touring where you are in Smithfield, RI and the surrounding- Blackstone Valley. In the last 15 years the cooperative work of many has turned the Blackstone Valley into one of the main tourist areas in Rhode Island. You can fill your day with other recreational activities in nearby Lincoln Woods Park in Lincoln,RI. Bring your bikes along and take off along the scenic Blackstone Valley Bicycle Path or walk the same pathway and enjoy the river view.
If the weather is chilly and you welcome the idea of taking your Rhode Island Apple Picking adventure indoors, your are in the right spot. From Smithfield,RI it is a very short drive to nearby historic museums like the Old Slater Mill Historic Site and Museum and the Museum of Work and Culture. Jaswell’s farm will get you started on a great Rhode Island Apple picking adventure, but you have lots of choices for how to finish it.
Faye’s Trees, Tiverton, RI . Just across the border from Massachusetts and sitting on a sparkling bay is Tiverton, RI. No Tiverton is not in “apple valley” but it has apples to pick and lots to do when your picking time is over.
You can find some excellent apple picking at Faye’s Trees at 85 East King Rd. in Tiverton. Faye’s Trees welcomes you to pick your own apples from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. from August – November. Fruit of course is not subject to human schedules so Faye’s, in consideration for its patrons, suggests that it is wise to call in advance to make sure the picking is not slim at 401- 624-1413.
Again, when your picking is complete,your Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure doesn’t have to be. From Tiverton a very short ride will take you to Bristol, RI and the beautiful Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum located at 101 Ferry Rd. This is just a lovely spot to visit to extend your day. The Mansion is located on a piece of prime real estate looking out on Narragansett Bay. A tour of Blithewold will lead you through 45 mansion rooms beautifully furnished and appointed with historic pieces. The tour also will show you exterior grounds that are filled with more than a dozen gardens and majestic tree samples. There is plenty of history here and plenty of beauty. Visiting Blithewold provides a wonderful finish for your Rhode Island Apple Picking Adventure as you move from a family farm to a family mansion.