Hello Thursday and hello travel post! I love writing these so I’m so excited to be doing much more of this on this blog! Earlier this month, my family and I drove to Newport, Rhode Island to tour the mansions there. Usually historic locations aren’t my favorite but I LOVED hearing about how prominent 1900s families lived and seeing the beautiful homes. Plus Newport is a charming costal town which was super exciting to explore.
Newport has a row of mansions that served as summer homes to wealthy families of “The Gilded Age,” or the late 1800s and early 1900s. Only three homes remain open during the winter but during the summer there are loads to go and see. Even so, I loved touring The Elms and The Breakers.
The first home I visited was The Breakers, which was the Vanderbilt’s home. Yes, Vanderbilt as in the university. The home now belongs to the Historical Preservation Society in Newport but it has retained its original splendor. The Breakers is a massive stone construction full of ornate ceilings, tapestries, and decorations. Even though it is luxurious, The Breakers has a decided family feel. The audio tour even mentions the children sliding down the huge velvet lined stair case on serving trays. I wasn’t able to recreate this moment but I’m thinking that’d be a ball.
The Elms was a decidedly different mansion decorated to resemble French chateaus. Smaller and less ornate, The Elms felt more residential than The Breakers but was well set up for elaborate balls and parties. It was also saved by the Historical Preservation Society when it was destined to become a parking lot. That would have been such a same because the house and grounds were gorgeous.
If you chose to visit Newport, definitely take time to walk around the shops downtown and grab a bite to eat at one of the many seafood restaurants. The shops are located down small, cobblestone streets and many are local businesses. They definitely have a coastal feel. I highly recommend The Mooring for lunch or dinner if you’re looking for a bite to eat. Their seafood donuts and lobster rolls were a huge hit with my family. SO yummy and the staff was incredibly helpful and kind.
Note: Photos cannot be taken inside the houses because of fragile fabric and art. So if you want to see inside you’ll just need to visit. 🙂
I’m was home visiting with my family when I wrote this and I just couldn’t help but include my parents being goofy and sweet. Family time is da best time for sure. Challenge: comment below what you’re favorite travel destination is! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂