Bristol, RI, USA

Bristol, RI, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 862 vacation rentals near Bristol. From 499 houses to 97 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bristol for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

A charming New England waterfront town

This charming New England waterfront town lies on a peninsula flanked by the Mount Hope and Narragansett Bays just a few miles south of Providence, the Rhode Island capital. It's got a long history that dates back over 3 centuries and is famous for hosting the oldest 4th of July celebration in the entire country. If you want to experience the festivities, be sure to book up your Bristol vacation rental early. Wander along the historic tree-lined Main Street to admire the old town stores and centuries-old properties, or sail out from the harbor to explore the bays.

A busy harbor to sail from

Boating is big in Bristol and the harbor squeezes in hundreds of yachts on its moorings. Perfectly situated on the East Bay Peninsula, the calm bays and continual year-round winds make for ideal sailing conditions. Back on land, you can easily reach Colt State Park and its miles of coastal scenery, marshes and ponds. It's particularly popular with bikers and skaters, though walking is just as fun. To experience the town at its best, be sure to visit for the colorful July 4th parades which have been annually held into the town since the late 18th century.

Packed with historical attractions

For such a small place, Bristol is packed with cultural and historical attractions to keep you busy. From Bristol vacation rentals, visitors can easily reach the BAM art museum which houses a variety of works in a mid-19th century carriage house. Perhaps the finest piece of architecture in town is the Linden Place in the waterfront district. Many a president has walked through the doors of this historic home. At the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society you can take a glimpse back in time to Bristol's history through artifacts and memorabilia inside a former county jail.

A maritime climate

The town has a maritime climate which is notoriously fickle, but has distinct seasons to enjoy. During the summer, the days are typically hot, but cooled by the breeze from the sea and best spent on the ocean, whether by boat, kayak or paddleboard. Though the number of visitors drops during the fall and winter, it can be a wonderfully peaceful time, with a plethora of cozy eateries and bars to huddle in. Bracing walks along the waterfront are lovely at this time of the year. As spring approaches again, the temperature begins to warm, and the days are bright and sunny.

Sea hawks circle on the morning thermals

Your Bristol vacation rental will be just minutes away from the glorious Colt State Park, a sweeping strip of land overlooking the waterfront and characterized by manicured lawns, large fruit trees and flowers. If you decide to walk, the pathway goes from beautiful waterfront town houses to a protected marshland inhabited by many coastal bird species. Under the stone bridge at high tide, you'll be able to spot wading herons searching for fish in the estuary or large sea hawks which circle on the early morning thermals overhead, keeping their beady eyes peeled for prey.