This charming small town is chockful of fun activities: For starters, pack a picnic at Colt State Park or visit the Blithewold Mansion, a historic estate and gardens. Don't leave without trying a hearty "beer dinner" at Aiden's Pub, an establishment beloved by locals.

Splurge: You'll feel like an old monied tycoon at Point Pleasant Inn, a 25-acre property converted from a historical 1938 mansion.

Save: Bristol Harbor Inn offers an authentic New England B&B experience starting at $129 a night.

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