Pessimists call this weekend the “unofficial end of summer.”

I call it the beginning of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Autumn boating!

The marinas are suddenly less crowded, rates go down, and you can finally get a table in a nice restaurant without having to make a reservation a month in advance.

To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ll be taking our #1 Crew (Gail and Rudy) to Newport for 4 days…

…by the way the slips on Labor Day weekend aren’t discounted and I made our dinner reservations in early July.

We’ll be staying at our favorite marina – Bowens Wharf and we’re looking forward to some great live music at The Landing and The Deck.

If you’re off in your boat this weekend, give me an update in the comments below!

Here’s a few clips of some fond moments in Newport…