Article by Daily Candy.
Not all summertime escapes need be ruined by ferry hassles and moneyed masses. Rediscover your weekending mojo in Bristol, an attitude-free waterside locale less than 90 minutes from Boston.
Live like a swell at Point Pleasant Inn,
a summer home-turned-B&B with plushly appointed suites, an open
bar, and a 25-acre waterfront lawn dotted with Adirondacks — the better
to watch the season’s myriad sailing races.
Work Up an Appetite
The meandering boardwalk outside the Audubon Environmental Education Center takes you through lush wetlands to the picturesque Narragansett Bay shore. Rent wheels and roll along the East Bay Bike Path, which stretches almost fifteen miles into Providence (breathe easy: It’s largely flat).
Refuel with waterside clams and lobster rolls (mayo or warm butter) at institution Quito’s, then stroll along the water to former distillery DeWolf Tavern for back-patio rum sipping.
Stuffed to the Gills
You’ll be perusing local real estate after an epic repast of tempura
soft-shell crab, slow-roasted tautog, and crispy-skin duck breast at
four-star-worthy Persimmon. The Lobster Pot provides potent martinis; a baked, stuffed two-pounder; and an unparalleled view of the bay sunset. Once a month, 195 Franklin’s C. Lynne Turnbull hosts a private supper club highlighting her mastery of seasonal produce.
Break Open the Wallet
Begin the downtown shopping spree at Harbor Bath & Body (251 Thames
Street; 401-396-9170) for owner Lynn Shaw’s organic body scrubs.
Decorate your imaginary summer retreat with the gyotaku fish prints at
Sue Casa (39 State Street, 401-396-9904). Weary feet get rewarded with Alayne White Spa’s Beyond Belief Pedicure, which includes a scalp and shoulder massage.
Time to Regroup
Wake up to yoga or boot camp class on the grounds of Blithewold Mansion before negating the effort with Beehive Cafe’s maple bacon pancakes. A provisions stop at Mount Hope Farmers Market lets you stock the fridge with edible memories.
The town’s epic Fourth of July celebration is the oldest in the country — and so revered that street dividing lines are painted red, white, and blue year-round.
We’ll be seeing you.
Photos: Courtesy of Point Pleasant Inn; Courtesy of Persimmon; Ed King