It can make you feel like you've just stepped into the pages of The Secret Garden, yet it's only 30 minutes from New Bedford.


Blithewold Mansion in Bristol should totally be on your list of spring things to see.

This 33-acre summer estate offers gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay, 45 rooms of American history and garden after garden of some of the rarest plants around.

The mansion itself is amazing (and makes you wonder how this could just be someone's summer home!) plus it's a perfect spot for weddings.

But it's the gardens that you'll want to explore again and again.

Home owners, the Van Wickles loved landscapes and along with landscape architect John DeWolf made a masterpiece.

There's the Great Lawn, the Orchard, a vegetable garden, pathways, stone structures and greenhouses.

You can check out the Rock Garden, the Water Garden, the Idea Garden and more.

And practically every time you go, you'll see new plants in bloom.

So if you've never taken the short ride down 195 West to Ferry Road in Bristol, you are missing one of the most beautiful pieces of property in Rhode Island.

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