The historic nature of Newport is one of its most defining characteristics, and something that draws visitors each year from around the world. Newport was once a thriving port city, later becoming the summer playground for America’s wealthiest and most prominent families during the Gilded Age. Step back in time in Newport, and get a first-hand glimpse at how these families once lived by touring Newport’s famed mansions. The mansions are one of the top attractions in the area, and for good reason. They are simply incredible. Book your room at our #1 rated Bed and Breakfast today, and step back in time to one of America’s most opulent periods at the Newport Mansions.
Spring at Newport Mansions
During the 19th Century, Newport, Rhode Island was the summer playground of America’s wealthiest families. Families like the Vanderbilts, the Astors and the Morgans flocked to Newport’s coastline for around six weeks each summer, to what they often called their “summer cottages,” known to us today as the incredible collection of Newport Mansions. To the average person today, these summer homes are simply breathtaking.
The Preservation Society of Newport County has done a remarkable job preserving Newport’s history. Tours through the mansions offer a unique glimpse into servant life, fashion, decorative arts, technology, architecture, landscapes, and/or family histories. Starting March 24, and running through May 18, 2018, The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, and Rosecliff are open daily for tours. Most feature self-guided audio tours, but you can enjoy a guided tour at Chateau-sur-Mer, as well as a special Beneath The Breakers Tour and Servant Life Tour at The Elms. The Green Animals Topiary Garden also opens for the season on April 14, 2018.
On May 19, 2018, many of the remaining Newport Mansions open for the summer season. Open daily from May – October will be The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Green Animals, Kingscote, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House and Chepstow, as well as The Breakers Stable & Carriage House (June 30 – September 3).
As you are planning your visit to Newport’s famous mansions, make sure to book your accommodations at our historic Inn, currently rated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in Newport on TripAdvisor. Here, you’ll enjoy gracious hospitality, attentive service, decadent epicurean delights, and so much more. We look forward to helping you navigate Newport’s incredible history this spring and summer.