One of the biggest attractions in Newport is getting a look at the mansions built there by the wealthy families throughout the late 1800's and early 1900's. These families, with names like Vanderbilt, Astor, Wetmore and Belmont among others, built these "summer cottages" to party with their society friends.
Each one is unique, yet all are examples of over indulgence by the elite. Gold gilding, imported marble, one of a kind craftsmanship and items that most people could only dream of - that's why we go to see them now. It was an age that won't likely be repeated.
Our favorites were The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff, Marble House and the Beechwood. But they are all interesting and worth a look.
Guided tours or self-guided audio tours are available at all the mansions. Photos are not permitted inside but are permitted outside and around the properties.