If you're looking for that proverbial "All American town,"
then Bristol, R.I., is the place to go.
Bristol, Rhode Island Will Make You
Wonder Why More People Don't Know About This Coastal Gem
by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 19, 2017.
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Known as the "most patriotic town in America," Bristol abounds with
American community spirit with American flags displayed throughout town
and a red, white and blue median strip in its downtown. The oldest
Fourth of July celebration in America, beautiful historic and
incredibly well-maintained Colonial homes (one after the other on Hope
Street), town buildings, bed and breakfasts (like the historic William's Grant Inn), and museums only augment the All-American" town look
perhaps more than any other town we've visited in New England.
Williams's Grant Inn.
Bristol -- located on the east side of Rhode Island, 20 minutes from
Providence -- has a distinct advantage of being located on scenic
Narragansett and Mt. Hope Bays. You can get pleasing glimpses of the
water from the downtown, even better views from waterfront restaurants
like the Lobster Pot (we love their seafood selections) at 119 Hope
St., and Quito's Seafood Restaurant at 411 Thames St., and incredible
panoramic views going over the majestic Mt. Hope Bridge.
Downtown, you'll find the local coffee, book, toy, photo and other
specialty shops that, unlike other towns, aren't in business to show
off and rip you off. Rather, the shops, in all their festive storefront
colors, faithfully serve the community and also happen to catch the
interest of visitors. There's a peaceful aura downtown, almost like the
way life was before mega development in the suburbs (Rhode Island is so
small that every town in this state seems like a suburb of Providence).
On the outskirts, you'll find golfing and boating opportunities, but
perhaps the best drawing card attractions are Colt
State Park and the East Bay
Bike Path. Colt State Park offers 464 pristine acres of a true
nature's paradise with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, open lands,
picnic areas, and places to walk. The East Bay Bike Path -- a 14-plus
mile bike path with many water views running from Providence to Bristol
-- is accessible through Colt State Park. Next to Colt State Park is a
town beach with nearby playing fields, a snack bar, and a playground
complex for the kids.
Colt State Park.
East Bay Bike Trail.
It's hard to imagine a more pleasing town than Bristol, as its American
spirit, community pride, historical preservation, peacefulness and
things to do make it a top choice as a small-town to visit when
visiting New England.
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