We live about 2 hours away, and come to Bristol almost every weekend. We were looking for over 2 years for a charming New England waterfront town, and finally found Bristol.
We wanted a smaller property that is right in-town so we can walk to restaurants, boutiques, bars, cafes. Basically, we wanted our weekend to be located be 'in civilization'. AND, we wanted off-street parking and a nice small yard for family BBQs/outdoor socializing.
AND, Our house is close enough to in-town entertainment, yet being a few blocks from the center of town, the noise from nightlife does not disturb us. The best part is the front porch...it's the perfect place to relax.