As we inch toward spring and away from what seems an interminable winter, it’s never too early to be optimistic and think warmer thoughts. Bristol, R.I., is gearing up for better weather with a series of spring programs and events.
They include the inaugural “Frost Biter’s Bash,” scheduled for March 9 at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, where attendees can check out the history of the boat-making family and the America’s Cup competition. For information, visit www.frostbitersbash.com Linden Place Museum is hosting “Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour” on April 6, which offers a tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, spotlighting the DeWolf family and its involvement in the slave trade.For details, check out www.lindenplace.org
The popular Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum holds the brightly colored “Daffodil Days” April 6-28, highlighting thousands of brilliant yellow flowers that mark spring’s arrival. On April 28 is Blithewold’s "Fairy Festival,” activities of which include building fairy houses, story time, dancing and picnics. Visit www.blithewold.org for information. Coggeshall Farm Museum holds its sheep and fiber festival May 18, on a 48-acre, living-history farm where craftsman demonstrate traditional and contemporary fiber arts, and visitors can watch hand shearing of sheep and help with 18th-century textile and farm work. Check it out at www.coggeshallfarm.org
Lodging packages can be had as well, such as at Bristol Harbor Inn, valid through March 31, with a “TLC for Two” package, starting at $227 a night, using promotional code TLC2, and gets you an overnight, gourmet breakfast, Lindor chocolate truffles and Crane Lake Brut in room upon arrival and spa discounts, as well as $100 gift card to DeWolf Tavern in town. Check it out at www.bristolharborinn.com The inn also offers a “Gourmet Getaway” through March 31, starting at $207 a night that includes a weeknight stay, gourmet breakfast and $100 gift card to DeWolf. A “Seaside Girlfriends’ Getaway” runs May 1-Oct. 31 at Bristol House Bed and Breakfast,” offering pairs of girlfriends two nights at the inn, starting at $753 for weekends, $673 for weekdays, getting them a room, private Pilates class at the inn, gourmet breakfast and choice of a spa massage or facial. They also get a private class in making bath salts and scrubs to take home, and a $25 dining certificate to a local restaurant and shopping discount booklet for local boutiques. Details can be found at www.bristolhousebnb.com
For information on all-things Bristol, a town with the country’s oldest Fourth of July parade, the tradition starting in 1785 and where the main street has permanent red, white and blue stripes down the middle, visit www.explorebristolri.com.