Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mansions | Newport, RI

I believe that Newport, RI is a place every girly-girl should visit. Besides how charming the town is, there are mansions.  Many, many mansions.  Mansions that you can walk through and see all of the period chandeliers, furniture, and art that your eyes can handle. And don't forget the intricate statues on the sprawling mansion grounds.  Don't mind if I do sit in the grass and dream about mansion life... the parties... the clothes...

Newport, RI was the social capital of the nation during the Gilded Age (1865-1914) and the wealthiest Americans summered there. The Vanderbilts, Astors, and Wideners are the families known for the largest summer houses (known back then as cottages). The Breakers is the most famous mansion of them all. It was the Vanderbilt summer home and is believed to be one of the nation's greatest Gilded Age landmarks. More mansion facts and pictures here. It's worth a peek to see some interior shots; cameras were not allowed inside the mansions we visited.


The cherry on top? Newport's Cliff Walk is a public access walkway that allows you to take in the beauty of the shoreline and the Gilded Age mansions.  A perfect sunset stroll, yes?

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