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“Elegance and grace in a different time” 5 of 5 stars
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Newport Mansions
Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.
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“Elegance and grace in a different time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

You can buy tickets to visit 1 mansion or 5. If you live nearby and plan on returning more than once, joining the society is only a few dollars more and will give you access to the homes and other activities all year round. We purchased the 5 mansion ticket and by the 4th home, we were pretty "mansioned out". I would start with the smaller of the homes and end with the Vanderbilt museum/home for the biggest "oohh".

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“Great art, architecture and innovation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

The Breakers is genius. It's layout is so simple and clean, the proportions are perfect, the design is magnificent and the innovation of what they built 100+ years ago is fascinating. There are few palaces and chateaus in the world that cannot look at the Breakers with just a little envy.

The self guided tour can be 30 minutes or 3 hours. I did the later. There are dozens of side stories that are optional but worth listening to. And the few docents or tour guides along the way are very helpful and, as I found, eager to help and share stories.

These were the smartest and richest people in the world, and it shows in their over-the-top "cottages" and lifestyles of pre WWI America. I wish the walls could talk- what they must have scene.

Just beautiful. Enviable. Awe-inspiring. Stunningly beautiful. Go slow- take your time. No one rushes you, so don't rush. The more you look, the more you see.

Visited May 2011
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“The Breakers is the best place to visit in RI”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

Its really amazing. The mansion is very good. I wish if they could allow photography then I could have shared some photos as well. I like the ocean front of mansion much. The dinner hall was too good.
The only problem I faced is that they don't allow baby strollers. It was really difficult to carry your baby without strollers.

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“If you have the time, do more than one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

We were in Newport right after Memorial day weekend and there were no crowds. Everyone wants to see the Breakers, but for only a little extra money you can do any five, which I would highly recommend. We did the Breakers,Marble House,Rosecliff,Elms,and Chateau Sur Mer.

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“A great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

I agree with several of the posters here that these homes are a great display of an excess of wealth. But one must remember that social equality was simply not in fashion at the time when these homes were built and used. That aside, I was impressed with the quality of the audio tour (where available) and even more impressed with the staff and the houses. The staff was entirely helpful - offering to take a picture of our group when they encountered us on the grounds at one house, answering questions about specific features of a room that were not covered on the audio tour. The audio tour was very good. The signage to help visitors navigate was also good. I would say that if you are in Newport, you must see The Breakers. The other mansions are nice to see if you have the time.

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