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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Artisanal in Bristol, Rhode Island

Half an hour from Providence, this historic peninsula town pays tribute to its agrarian past with farm activities, butchering classes, and a sophisticated restaurant scene.


1. Where to Stay

A room inside one of three inns at Mount Hope Farm.  

Explore the historic district from one of Bristol Guest Suites’ lofts (from $175), which include fully stocked kitchens and ample living space. All three apartments are located in well-maintained historic homes—the Sailor’s Loft, for example, is housed in the restored carriage house of a Federal home from 1824.

Nap on the hammock in the spacious, blooming backyard at Bristol House Bed & Breakfast (from $189), a three-bedroom inn that opened in May 2011 in a residential neighborhood outside of downtown Bristol. After having breakfast made by the CIA-trained innkeeper, you can walk less than a half-mile to Narragansett Bay and the gorgeous East Bay Bike Path.

Wander through more than 200 acres of protected farmland and hiking trails at Mount Hope Farm (from $200), a bayfront property that dates back to 1745. Guests stay in eleven rooms spread out between three historic buildings, the grandest of which can be found in the Governor Bradford Inn, though some may prefer the secluded North Pasture House surrounded by meadows full of peacocks and wild turkeys.

Published on Jun 6, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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