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“Our first Opera”

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Blithewold has many things to do all year round but this was our first Opera and it was very very nice. We first had refreshments of soft drinks or wine and many yummy deserts to choose from before the concert which felt like a private show because there were approximately 60 people or so. I think everyone should see what it's like.

1  Thank Pamela-Pepper
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"bamboo grove"
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"specimen trees"
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"afternoon tea"
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"grounds are beautiful"
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"own pace"
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"rhode island"
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"aaa card"
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"great lawn"
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"christmas tree"
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"beautiful place"
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We visited Blithewold Mansion. The mansion was decorated in a most outstanding manner. The cost is reasonable. we had a picnic on the grounds. The people are interesting and know a lot about the history of the mansion. A great place to visit.

Thank Colby R
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Being from Pennsylvania, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this beautiful estate was built and owned by a PA coal mining family. This is a beautiful waterfront estate which contains a very interesting and varied arboretum and gardens. As you stroll across the grounds, one can't help but envision how a party or wedding would unfold at the estate. If you are fortunate enough to hit daffodil season or the peak of fall foliage so much the better. But summer provides roses and I am sure in the bareness of winter there is beauty and interest too. My only disappointment was that the mansion was not open to the public for viewing. This is not an estate that compares itself to the Newport Mansions. It is an arboretum, thoughtfully created by a woman and her daughter, and a respite to enjoy and savor. Check out the magnificent Beech Tree in the front.

2  Thank kp1612
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

This Mansion has a very interesting history. It was built by a family while their boat was being built in nearby Herreshoff boatyard. The gardens and lawns are fabulous with outstanding views of Bristol Harbor. Talk about location!

1  Thank Leslie B
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

If you like mansions, then this mansion is nothing compared to the ones in Newport. The grounds are well maintained. The flowers gardens are just average, nothing particular. The harbor is nothing compared to the Cliff Walk at Newport.

Thank T D
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