Bristol Travel Guide

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Bristol Things to Do

  • Join the Holiday Historic House Tour

    Any time you have an opportunity to go to an Historic House Tour...do it. I've never been to one yet that I didn't really enjoy. Everyone loves looking at other peoples' houses...and on the tour, there are always wonderful decorating ideas as well as interesting architectural details. I have always found the tour goers as well as the guides and...

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  • Visit Mount Hope Farm

    Mount Hope Farm is the quintesential saltwater farm with over 200 acres of open fields, meadows, pastures, woodlands, ponds, streams and a medley of historic buildings. The Farm, which dates to the 1680's offers the visitor an array of breathtaking scenes. Country walkways and trails wind around the property to Cove Cabin, an Adirondack style...

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  • Imported Home Goods

    There is a little shop that has marvelous linens, mirrors, soaps and pottery from Italy, France and England. Perhaps elsewhere too. Everything is beautifully displayed and it's very hard to leave the shop without bringing something with you, even if it is only a beautifully wrapped bar of lavender soap.Sorry I don't remember the name of the shop,...

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  • Mandolin World Summit

    Roger Williams University, located on the bay in Bristol, was planning a music festival at their Performing Arts Center. They would be in conflict with the Super Bowl Sunday when so many people attend parties to watch the game. Undaunted by that competition, Marilynn Mair, Music Professor at the University, decided to launch a major advertising...

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  • Herreshoff Marine Museum

    AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME ..... THE HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM is along the waterfront just at the outer limits of the business district. Housed in the building where so many wonderful craft were designed and built. There is a "Model Room", a "Hall of Boats", and the America's Cup Hall of Fame. The nation's finest collection of yachts, all...

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  • Czec talent comes to Rhode Island

    Radim Zenkl was born in Czechslovakia and discovered Blue Grass music in college. He defected to the United States in 1989. He joked that without knowing our geography and customs, he landed in San Francisco. (not exactly the lap or Blue Grass music). He said he found a lot of "grass", but it "ain't blue!!". The crowd loved his wit. Since his...

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  • Roger Williams Univ. Performance Center

    Roger Williams University is located on Narragansett Bay at the edge of Bristol, and just before going over the Mt. Hope Bridge into Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Our state is a series of peninsulas, islands, bridges and inlets. Our motto is "The Ocean State". The Performance Center has an interesting story of its own. It is a c.1890's barn moved...

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  • Along Main Street

    You will see wonderful tudor style business buildings...as well as grand Greek Revival mansions, old brick churches ( one with a carillon) and some terrific little shops and eateries. Spend time walking. You could drive through so fast that you miss it. Nothing could be better than a sunny day wandering up and down all the streets and absorbing...

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  • Side streets to the Bay

    When you walk down the cross streets from Main Street, you head right down toward the Bay. There is a public boat ramp at the bottom of the little hill...and all the quohaugers keep their boats there. This street happens to have the best little shop for pet accoutraments. Want a leapord collar for the dog? Following the pet shop is a terrific...

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Bristol Hotels

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  • Point Pleasant Inn

    333 Poppasquash Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • William's Grant Inn

    I have visited this B&B in the past, but never stayed over. I can only say that I found the owners...

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  • Bristol Harbor Inn

    259 Thames Street, Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Bristol Restaurants

  • Between the Hope St. and the Rail Trail

    The Topside is the only 'real restaurant' on the East Bay Rail Trail. I am not counting Ice cream stands and hot dog joints. We happened to go on a beautiful day and the patio area was filled with cyclists, the upper deck was filled with bikers and the inside was filled with families. Service was great and the food was good.

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  • Good for Cocktails and Watching Sail...

    I ate here only because it was right on the water and there was a wonderful breeze. I thought I couldn't go wrong if I ordered the lobster salad roll. I was wrong it was absolutely terrible. The french fries had been cooked and cooked and cooked. Absolutely terrible.Go here for a coffee or a beer and sit on the patio which overlooks the bay. It is...

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  • New restaurant in town

    Conveniently located on the Main Street in Bristol, this is a new restaurant which replaced the Cafe la France. Unfortunately I cannot give you a review as I haven't had the opportunity to test it out. I can only say that the location on Main Street is perfect for when you are visiting Bristol...staying in one of the B&B's or planning a special...

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Bristol Local Customs

  • Whirlygigs and chickens

    I love whirlygigs and have several around our back yard. Along our way at the recent house tour, I spotted this ingenius rendition of back yard whimsy. Whoever did it has inspired me once again. I NEED MORE WHIRLY-GIGS!!This creative gardener (pic 2) has figured out a way to get lots of them into one space...and it's pretty interesting looking!

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  • How bout a waterfront condo?

    I happened to visit a fellow agent marketing a waterfront condo and thought you might want to glimpse the interiors and the views from this very expensive nest.....

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  • The Rope Walk

    Past generations used to create their own ropes for the seagoing vessels of the town in a funny structure known as a "rope walk". It had to be long and narrow to accomodate the length of the rope they were twisting into a sturdy length to service the men of the sea. A friend pointed out Bristol's rope walk as we went along our walking tour...

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Bristol Off The Beaten Path

  • MORE of... House Tour 2009

    I can't resist giving you more of the House Tour with all its joys.The mansard roof home (pic 1) was designed by my friend Lombard Pozzi, preservation architect. It was built on the site of the Sevenoaks carriage house which burned in 1980. The ten room home respects its important historical neighborhood, and has water views from 7 or the 10...

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  • OLD SEAPORT HOUSE TOUR 2009

    Ten homes generously opened by Bristol home owners give a unique opportunity to glimpse Bristol's architectural heritage and spectacular waterfront location. Bristol was designated a 2009 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's a town rich in history and community volunteerism spreading over 329 years.The...

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  • Unusual kind of garden tour...

    Old World Garden TourBristol has become home to many Portuguese immigrants over the years. Some from the island of Madeira, Sao Miguel, or Bristol's sister city in the Azores, Lagoa on the island of Sao Miguel. The garden tour tells the story of their culture through their fruit and vegetable gardens.... their grape arbors, statuary, and their...

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Bristol Sports & Outdoors

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    by marca Written Sep 19, 2008

    The East Bay Rail Trail runs 14 miles (one way between Bristol and Providence. Most of the trail runs along the Narragansett Bay. There are places to get snacks and drinks scattered along the trail so you do not have to worry about going hungry.

    Equipment: The entire trail is paved so any type of cycle will do.

    Riding the East Bay

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Bristol Favorites

  • Portuguese homes of Bristol

    The housing stock is modest in this area of Bristol. These homes were built in order to house the many immigrants who came to work the mills and the waters of this waterfront town. Some of the homes are two family buildings...perhaps the parents on one floor and the offspring on the other, when they marry. Sometimes people are unrelated but living...

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  • Blithewold Mansion,Gardens & Arboretum

    One of New England's finest garden estates with views of Narragansett Bay. Visit the 45 room English style mance houe for a glimpse into the life of one family over the span of 100 years. See 14 rooms displaying the original family furnishings and a special archival exhibit.Truly gorgeous. Nice spot at the holidays or for Mother's Day. 101 Ferry...

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  • Rogers Free Library 1877

    This 1800's brownstone library has served Bristol well for many years. Great architecture...but unfortunately too small to contain the growing collections and activities. Thank goodness people are still using these old libraries. The library will be getting a new addition soon....attached with a glass walkway from the original building to the space...

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