A short drive from Newport will land you in the quaint, patriotic town of Bristol where you'll find Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum tucked away on 33-acres of meticulously maintained land. The estate overlooking Narragansett Bay was established in 1895 and has since offered a unique fusion of landscape architecture, horticulture and decorative arts. Today, Blithewold remains among the few late 19th and early 20th century New England estates to retain its authenticity down to the interior furnishings, family archives and artifacts.


When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 


Each year, the historic estate transforms into a sparkling display of Christmas magic to celebrate the season. Volunteer decorators contrive a new theme each year that explores the interests of the Van Winkle family, the previous mansion owners, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Christmas at Blithewold




Wander lit paths and custom light displays throughout the grounds for Night Lights—An Illuminating Experience on November 26 - January 9, 2022. Keep an eye out for handmade bamboo ornaments placed throughout the grounds, and don't forget to stop by RI Cruisin’ Cocktails for non-alcoholic cider, hot chocolate, hot coffee and more.

Please note: The interior of the mansion will close during the Night Lights experience.

Blithewold Mansion Night Lights



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  • Member Adults: $7
  • Member Children: $3
  • Non-member Adults: $10
  • Non-member Children: $5



  • Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited
  • You'll be asked to select one of three time slots at check out


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