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Shortly after being named by USA Today’s 10 Best as one of the top 10 places to visit for history buffs and luxury travelers, USA Today is now saying “forget Newport” and head to Little Compton for the perfect fall getaway.

A little understanding of where USA Today is coming from in their recent story Eight Secret New England Towns Perfect For A Fall Getaway; “If you love New England in the fall, but hate the crowds, then head to these hidden gems where you can actually enjoy the foliage and explore the outdoors unfettered by the tourist hordes.”

Those destinations joining Little Compton on the list were Jackson, NH; Rockport, MA; Castine, ME; Peterborough, NH; East Haddam, CT; Becket, MA and Grafton, VT.

What they had to say about Little Compton;

“Little Compton, R.I.

Forget Newport and its glitzy mansions. Little Compton is the better bet for a relaxed autumnal escape. A 17th-century town and rural farming community near the Massachusetts border situated to one side of the Sakonnet River, Little Compton is scattered with historical sites, a winery and pretty Goosewing Beach. It’s packed in summer but uncrowded and cool each fall, perfect for a brisk walk or two.

What to do: Other than relax and curl up with a good mystery? Sip at Sakonnet Vineyards, the oldest winery in New England, or visit the historical Wilbor House for a taste of life in 1690.”


Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.