Are you planning a trip to Newport to visit the Newport mansions this summer? Here are four tips for touring the mansions that will help you appreciate them most. And, if you’re still looking for a place to stay during your visit, check out the #1 rated bed and breakfast in Newport on TripAdvisor, Cliffside Inn.
Tip #1 – Give yourself time to explore the Cottages.
If you’re planning on visiting several of the “cottages” while visiting Newport, spread the tours out over a couple of days. We recommend that you allow yourself about one to one-and-a-half hours to tour each property and that you don’t tour more than three of the mansions in one day (you will overdose on opulence!).
Tip #2 – Purchase a multi-mansion ticket to save money.
If you plan to visit more than two mansions, we would recommend buying the “Newport Mansions Experience” ticket. This multi-mansion ticket (available for purchase at any of the mansions) will give you access to any five of the properties, including the Servant’s Life tour at the Elms, for a little over $30; a huge savings over purchasing individual tickets! The tickets are undated, so you can spread your tours over several days.
They’re called the Newport Mansions for a good reason. Many of these properties are BIG, and include more than 80 acres of gardens and grounds which you can explore. Lace up your sturdy walking shoes/sneakers and leave your high heels or flip-flops in your room; you’ll be glad you did.
Tip #4 – Don’t forget to visit Rough Point – the Newport home of Doris Duke
One of our favorite mansions to visit, owned by the Newport Restoration Foundation, is Rough Point, the former home of tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke. The home is exquisite in its architectural detail and is filled with priceless art, artifacts and furniture collected by Doris during her lifetime of world-travel. Miss Duke is a Newport legend and she lived at Rough Point until her death in 1993. Rough Point remains today, just as it was in 1993. The tours are guided by a group of very knowledgeable docents who will inform you about the home, the collections, and the life of Doris Duke. Don’t miss this one!
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Newport Mansions this summer, and don’t forget to book your stay at Cliffside Inn soon! Our B&B is located steps away from the historic Cliff Walk, which includes four of the mansions along its route.