How to get there
Bristol is about 42 miles, or an hour's drive, south of Boston. Take Interstate 93 south to I-95 south, then to I-195 east, then to Route 114 south to Bristol.
To continue to Little Compton, continue south on 114 from Bristol, cross the Mount Hope Bridge, and pick up Route 24 north, then Route 77 south into Little Compton.From there to Westport Point, wend your way east on Peckham, Colebrook, and Adamsville roads as you cross into Massachusetts, and then make a right on Main Road. It dead-ends in Westport Point.On the way back to Boston from Westport Point, take Route 88 north until it intersects with Interstate 195, and take that west until you get to I-95 north.
Where to stay
2056 Main Road, Westport
A former chandlery and customs house, the inn is now an antiques-filled, post-and-beam bed-and-breakfast presided over by friendly and somewhat furry Bob the cat. This plus some shared bathrooms give it a somewhat European feel. Double rooms $110-$150.
Where to eat
Basically British Store and Tea Room
18 State St., Bristol
Gourmet tea, sandwiches, and antiques
Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sandwiches $9-$10.
411 Thames St., Bristol
A little dockside place featuring light, lemony lobster salad, and a fish specialty made with Ritz crackers, white wine, garlic, and parsley. On your way to the restroom, you'll pass tanks of fresh shellfish. Entrees start at $6.25.
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11:30-8.
778 Main Road, Westport
Though stuck in a shopping plaza, this is a charming small restaurant with a vaguely French country feel and crowds of local customers. Dishes like the chicken marsala are simple, inexpensive, and good. Entrees start at $6.95.
Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 8:30. Closed on Sunday.