Bristol Travel Guide

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Bristol Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 14, 2007

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    Bristol shares its zipcodes with several communities for which it is the governing agency.
    Hamlets and villages in Bristol township are:
    Bristol Center... east of Bristol on route 64 at route 32
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    Bristol Village (Baptist Hill)... at the north of the town of Bristol on route 2
    Egypt... centered at the intersection of route 33 and Egypt Road
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    Fletcher Corners... between Gladding Corner and Bristol Center on route 32
    Gladding Corner... south of Bristol on route 32
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    Mayweed Corner... south of Bristol on route 20A
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    Vincent(Muttonville)... hamlet southeast of Bristol on route 20A
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Bristol Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    Bristol is safe.
    there are no registered sex offenders in the area.
    Bristol scores a low 3 out of 10 on the crime scale (0 is no crime, 10 is dangerous).
    The only crime issues that the town has are petty thefts and minor burglaries (summer cottages usually that are left unattended in winter).

    You can feel safe in most areas of Bristol at almost any time of night or day.
    But remember that Bristol is a fairly unpopulated area with few street lights at night, so just use common sense and you will be safe.

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Bristol Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    If you want a nice daytrip from Rochester, you might consider this.
    In the Bristol hills, on route 20A, you will suddenly drive over a rise and see little geodesic domes. These are the store and workshops of the Wizard of Clay. If you can make it from kilned clay, then you will find it here. They have the normal mugs and ashtrays and candy dishes but they are not decorated normally but with a wildlife theme. You will find lamps and coasters and tea sets but you can also find mustache cups and uniquely shaped vases and monogrammed dog dishes.
    In the back of the store is the hallway to the specialty items and beyond that the dome where the potters work. If you are quiet and don't ask questions (at least that is what the sign says) then you can watch them progress from a lump of brown to a finished product.
    The results are a bit expensive.... at least for someone on a fixed income but they do have a room of "rejects" where the finished cup or plate doesn't meet the artists high standards. In that room we found a great leaf-motif candy dish for under $20.
    Be prepared to spend an hour or so (maybe a little longer if you are an avid shopper like my wife).

    wizard of clay the store and work domes the workshop the chief worker the finished products
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Bristol Favorites

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    by davecallahan Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The hills of Bristol are always a little cooler than the larger cities in the area (Rochester or Canandaigua). It may be the slight increase in altitude over those other areas or the prevailing winds blowing off the lake.

    Winter here is a bear. Lots of snow, drifts on the highways, white-outs where you cannot see 20 feet ahead, icy-rain-sleet that freezes on the windshields. The winter temperatures are often in the teens but with the wind it feels more like below zero.
    (High-Low-Average for Dec 39°F 23°F 30°F , Jan 33°F 17°F 25°F, Feb 36°F 18°F 27°F, Mar 45°F 26°F 35°F)

    Spring time comes a little later up on the hillsides (especially on the eastern slopes) and you don't get comfortable conditions until mid-May. Spring rains run off into culverts that often overflow causing localized flooding and slippery road conditions.
    (High-Low-Average for Mar 45°F 26°F 35°F, Apr 59°F 37°F 46°F, May 70°F 47°F 57°F)

    Summer is pleasant in Bristol because there always seems to be a cool breeze blowing even when the temperature is pushing 90F.
    (High-Low-Average for Jun 79°F 56°F 67°F, Jul 83°F 60°F 71°F, Aug 81°F 59°F 69°F)

    But most people prefer the fall time to visit Bristol. The air seems so fresh and clean, the temperature is generally warm enough to be comfortable yet cool at night for sleeping. The fall colors are spectacular and worth a roll of film. First frost may occur by Halloween but the lake is still warm enough to generally keep the snow away until after Thanksgiving.
    (High-Low-Average for Sep 73°F 52°F 61°F, Oct 62°F 41°F 50°F, Nov 50°F 33°F 40°F)

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