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North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol May 15th 2017

Geo: 41.675, -71.2711After two days of solid rain, temperatures in the upper 40s, and winds gusting to 35 knots, the skies started to clear. We left Bristol in early afternoon and headed towards Newport.... read more
Bristol Marine
J22 regatta in the harbour

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol February 15th 2017

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North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol September 12th 2013

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North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol August 31st 2013

A few days back, the forecasters were promising us a beautiful Labor Day Weekend. Now they are promising deteriorating weather with lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain. Ah well! The best laid plans ... :-) We have the choice of hanging out in Westport indefinitely or making a run for it. We choose to run. Once we are inside Narragansett Bay, we will be protected from all but the worst weather and will have a wide choice of harbors and marinas. It is ten miles from the mouth of the Westport River to the mouth of the Sakonnet River, which we plan to use as our entrance to Narragansett Bay. We know it is going to be ugly. There are just two bits of not-so-bad news. It is not actually raining. And the tide will ... read more
The Narrows as Seen from Our Anchorage

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol August 31st 2013

The Kickamuit River, shown by the anchor in this picture, is in fact just “behind” Bristol although you will travel five miles or more from one to the other. The approach through Bristol Narrows is well marked. There is a nature preserve on the East side of Bristol Narrows and we have watched people explore here in rowboats and kayaks. There is a beach and informal parking lot on the West side of Bristol Narrows. In the past, we have beached our dinghy there and walked into Bristol. But it is several miles walk, first through the waterside community on this side of Bristol peninsula and then through the northern part of Bristol town. We do not know if there is any other place to go ashore. Most of the pool is surrounded by private homes, ... read more

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol August 3rd 2013

We think that by far the best place to stay in Bristol is at a mooring from Bristol Marine. The Herreschoff Museum is in the South-end of Bristol. They too offer moorings, but their moorings are quite exposed to the South West. We stayed on a mooring there just once and had quite a hair-raising dinghy trip back to our boat. I think there is a “recommended anchorage” near Hog Island but this too looks very exposed and we have never used it. If you want to anchor, Potter Cove is less than two miles across the sound. The Herreschoff Museum is well worth visiting. The town center is quite small and is delightful. There is a good selection of restaurants and the town is so compact that you can walk round a dozen restaurants in ... read more

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol August 3rd 2013

We awake to light drizzle in the morning so we stay at anchor until noon when The Captain (that is, me) begins to get antsy. And the forecast is for afternoon sunshine, so we fire up the engine. The anchor is well dug-in, so we use the engine to break it out. A good sign for future visits. The anchor comes up clean. A sandy bottom with no weed. Nice. It takes us an hour to run across the sound to the Bristol harbor entrance. We are followed by a 150-foot ocean-going mega-mansion. Jana asks “Where is she going to anchor?” We guess that the answer is “Just about anywhere the captain wants.” There is plenty of water in Bristol’s outer habor and just a few well-marked obstructions. (But when we leave the next morning, we ... read more
Smallish Place on Popasquash Neck

On Friday April 26 we visited the Blithwold Mansion and gardens in Bristol Rhode Island. The 70 acre former seaside summerhouse of coal magnate, Augustus Van Wickle and his wife Bessie, the house is now open to the pubic was celebrating “Daffodil Days”. The grounds and gardens were in very good condition. The green house had a nice variety of plants. We were experiencing the first warm day we’d had this spring and the temperature was in the 70’s. What a great day to spend visiting such a great garden and finally spring is here in New England. The “self guided” tour of the house is helpful and lets you do your viewing at your own pace. They offer an afternoon tea at two sittings each afternoon for $10. This was a nice relaxing way to ... read more
Blithewold Entrance
Blithewold Gardens
Blithewold Gardens

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