Four hours from the city lies Bristol, with bragging rights to the oldest Fourth of July parade in the country, inaugurated in 1785. Though considering the town was settled in 1680, that’s practically the modern era. Channel the days of yore at Mount Hope Farm B&B (from $190), perched on 127-soul-restorative acres.

Come for the property’s history (George Washington was a guest!) — stay for the area’s stellar seafood (the newly reopened Bristol Oyster Bar and a dockside meal at Quito’s are musts). By day, camp out at Walley Beach or visit Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. We daresay the latter, a 45-room, English-style manor home brimming with antiques and art, is Little Rhody’s best-kept secret.

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