My wife and I recently visited Newport RI. In the past we have been to several of the mansions in town. This year we chose this mini-mansion in Bristol RI. I enjoyed it more than any of the mansions we have seen in Newport. It is much smaller than most Newport mansions, but the ability to tour on your own and wander the gardens (which are great) is fantastic. The best part is they open up the mansion patios for picnics. These two patios have great views, protected from the elements and have comfortable tables and chairs for you to relax and enjoy your meal.
The feel is very casual and relaxed, even the gardeners were interesting to talk with and we learned a few things about the plantings too. It didn't hurt that the entrance fee was half what a Newport mansion would cost.
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