In 2009, Bristol was ranked ninth on Newsmax magazine’s list of the Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns. Walking down Main Street, the experience is almost ageless as one passes by old-fashioned storefronts and stately homes dating from the 1700 and 1800s, some designed by noted architect Russell Warren.
Bristol is a historic port town with a staunch dedication to preservation and to its trademark patriotism. Nicknamed "America’s Most Patriotic Town," Bristol proudly embraces its three centuries of history, including its roles in the Revolutionary War, as a thriving colonial-era port, and as home of the longest continuous Fourth of July celebrations in America.
Bristol exudes an attractive combination of old-fashioned "Main Street America" charm and breathtaking seaside beauty. With museums, galleries and restaurants galore, this picture-perfect town is also the cultural center of the East Bay communities. Roger Williams University is located here and, with its celebrated campus and successful alumni, imbues the town with a sense of gravitas. Bristol is also notable for being home to The Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Bristol’s long tradition of shipbuilding and restoration is an important part of its identity to this day.
Overlooking Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay, Bristol is situated on the East Bay Peninsula. This deep-water port is ideal for yachters, with over 800 moorings in seven mooring fields. A quick ferry ride or sail away is spectacularly beautiful and sparsely developed Prudence Island. For landlubbers, there is the famous East Bay Bike Path, which provides access to some of Narragansett Bay’s finest water views, several state parks, coastal marshes and ponds as well as downtown shops and restaurants. Without a doubt, Bristol is one of coastal New England’s gems: a sparkling choice for your next home.