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Blithewold Mansion
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, Rhode Island

Sweeping views of Narragansett Bay and Bristol Harbor set off the 33 acres of lawn, garden, and mansion. The original owners loved the water (all the house's main rooms have bay views) and plants―such as an 85-foot giant sequoia known as the "Big Tree"; 401/253-2707 or

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