With water on both sides of the peninsula, a trip to the region isn't complete without experiencing some of Bristol’s waterfront pleasures. Begin your day with one of the town’s best views at Sip 'n Dip (775 Hope Street; 401-253-7970), a drive-through breakfast spot with benches overlooking Bristol Harbor. Call ahead to Benny’s, a local store that sells clamming permits ($11), where the staff can advise you on when and where to find quahogs (larger hard-shelled clams) or smaller, more tender cherrystone clams. If your lodging comes with a kitchen, you’re free to take what you find for an evening clam feast. After working up an appetite, head to the old Portuguese neighborhood and stop at the no-frills Azorean Butcher Shop (529 Wood Street; 401-253-7724) for affordable meats and cheeses for a waterfront picnic. If you need some caffeine, head to Angelina’s, which features a rotating collection of single-origin beans and is the only place in town to get pour-over coffee. Rent a bike from local outdoor adventure company Boating in Boston ($25/half-day) to explore the coastline on two wheels along the fifteen-mile East Bay Bike Path, a trail originally carved by a freight train line that stretches to Providence. Detour off the track into Colt State Park, a 464-acre expanse of shoreline, hiking trails, and manicured lawns where you can swim in Narragansett Bay. After getting cleaned up, grab a table on the upstairs balcony overlooking Independence Park at the Beehive Café (dinner served Thursday through Saturday only), which creates simple, hearty dishes such as house-smoked fish cakes with pickled vegetables (market price) and Narragansett Creamery ricotta gnocchi ($14). Linger over the day’s fresh-baked pie or cake to watch the sunset. Finish the day with a grapefruit martini ($10) on the outdoor terrace at the Lobster Pot, an unfussy neighborhood favorite with plenty of chairs and tables facing the bay.
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