This wonderful old home is on the hill overlooking Thames Street and the Brick Marketplace...but you can find dozens of antique homes all over Newport. Visit The Point where a very early collection stands...beautifully restored. There are walking tours of plaque houses. You can get great ideas for fences and gardens....even paint colors! Plan to spend a lot of time if you are an antique home lover.
Christmas is my favorite holiday season as well as Thanksgiving and finding myself in Newport on one of those holidays is a very nice treat. The Mansions are decorated in all their holiday splendor and the crowds are few and far apart.
If you visit Newport during the holiday season hoping to get a glimpse of all the mansions you'll be in for a surprise. Only a select few mansions (The Breakers, Marble House and the Elms) are open during this time of year. Many shops restaurants are not open on Christmas day, so plan your trip according. Make sure to check the official website for more information on operating days and times.
Plan to spend most of your day wandering around the town, stopping in for some shopping at the many shops or enjoying a nice meal at the many restaurants.
It's Christmas, the happiest time of year!!
Newport is well known for its mansions. Mostly from rich people from New York, they were built in th 19th and early 20th century. There of various sizes and styles, being the biggest one, The Breakers, the most outstanding. This property belonged to the Vanderbilt family, and if I'm not wrong, it has 75 bedrooms. Quite a house!!!
So, if you want to see how rich people lived back in the early 1900's, come to Newport, and enjoy their houses. There are over 15 mansions that you can visit during the year.
This is one of my personal reasons for going to Newport. I missed them on my first trip here ages ago.
Nat and Tamir might not have known it but this is why we came to Newport.
I am now in my second year of being a member to the mansion (not consecutive) and always make it a point to see at least one and usually three when I come. And yes of course, Breakers is my favorite. Especially at Christmas time.
Are you in a mansion mood? Newport is world famous for the summer cottages of the rich and famous of yesteryear from New York and other places. There are about 15 mansions open to the public for a fee and the furnishings inside are all of museum quality. My favorite is the Marble House. Most of the mansions are located on Bellevue avenue and have their own parking.
The Newport Mansions were summer "cottages" built by the millionaires of the 19th century. We purchased the "Newport Mansions Experience" ticket, which gives access to any 5 properties (except Hunter House) for $31 per adult. This was $1 cheaper than getting a Breakers plus 2 other houses, which was our intention, and then I was able to sell the remaining 2 tickets on craigslist so it worked out well.
We went first to Marble House, which is a self-guided tour. You'll get headphones at the entrance and then go at your own pace around the property. Because of this, as well as because Marble House is one of the Vanderbilt family properties (only a few of the Newport Mansions are, including The Breakers), it turned out to be my favorite mansion. Very informative tour, and since we had our little one with us, when we had to stop for a minute, etc. it was easy.
Our next stop was Rosecliff. None of the properties allow strollers, but Rosecliff was very snooty about it - we stepped in to see where we could store our stroller and were immediately yelled at. Lovely. The tour guide seemed at times almost friendly toward our daughter but as this six-room tour dragged on and on and baby's patience began to wane, so did the feigned friendliness of the guide until Mommy and baby felt obliged to leave the tour group (and then were kicked off the stairs when Mommy, who had been slinging the whole time since no stroller, tried to rest for a minute). But even without these unpleasantries Rosecliff was historically and artifactually uninteresting.
Our last stop was The Breakers. This was also a guided tour but a nicer guide meant for a more well-behaved baby. Decidedly more interesting than Rosecliff, The Breakers is THE mansion to see for its historic and social significance.
*NEWPORT MANSIONS* as you may have noticed by looking at my other pages, I like to see nice buildings.
There is a street going through Neport wich is FILLED with beautiful mansions.
If you want to 'tour' these mansions you can buy a single pass or a combination for a few of these.
Tour the mansions along Bellevue Ave.
The turn-of-the-century, summer 'cottages' that were once the warm weather homes of the obscenely rich, are now owned and operated as museums by the Preservation Society of Newport County. The opulence of these homes, built during Newport's gilded age in the late 19th century, will blow you away! The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff (where the Robert Redford version of 'The Great Gatsby' was filmed) are my favorites.
Bought tickets at the visitors center. By the way tickets last forever if you do not see all mansions in one trip then you can see them on your next trip. Took trolley using the same 1 day pass I paid for in Providence.
Only saw Breakers and Rosecliff. Although the Breakers was more extravagant I preferred Rosecliff decor both inside and out. It was less gaudy and had more light.
Also took the tourist trolley and saw the outside of other mansions which was nice
Newport is where wealthy New Yorkers have their second homes. These mansions are in classical European style with landscaped gardens. Here you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes.
There are 11 historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks available for public viewing.
This will give you an idea of how the rich from New York summered in the past. Elegance beyond belief.