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Newport
Once the summer playground of America's wealthiest families, Newport remains a popular vacation destination at any time of year. The famous mansions, each more opulent than the last, offer detailed tours and give a fascinating glimpse into Gilded Age extravagance. While the town rightly emphasizes its history with a variety of museums and tours, Newport also has a vibrant, contemporary side, made manifest in quirky shops and great restaurants.

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The Breakers
The Breakers
Owner description: The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore... more Owner description: The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive
The marked scenic route along the dramatic Atlantic shoreline that circles Newport.
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Scenic Drives
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Cliff Walk
Cliff Walk
A scenic 3.5 mile walkway that borders the back lawn of The Breakers and many other Newport mansions.
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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The Elms
The Elms
Owner description: The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds... more Owner description: The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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Marble House
Marble House
Owner description: Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest... more Owner description: Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. Mr. Vanderbilt was the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. His older brother was Cornelius II, who built The Breakers. Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society, and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America. The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Rosemary and Thyme Cafe
Rosemary and Thyme Cafe
Ranked #1 of 227 Restaurants in Newport
Price: $3 - $8
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Corner Cafe
Corner Cafe
Ranked #2 of 227 Restaurants in Newport
Price: $8 - $18
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant Bouchard
Restaurant Bouchard
Ranked #3 of 227 Restaurants in Newport
Price: $20 - $40
Cuisines: French, International, European
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn
Ranked #4 of 227 Restaurants in Newport
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jo's American Bistro
Jo's American Bistro
Ranked #5 of 227 Restaurants in Newport
Price: $16 - $32
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
3.0 of 5
Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
$94 - $444
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Newport
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Inn on Bellevue
2.0 of 5
Inn on Bellevue
$109 - $203
Ranked #13 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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Harborside Inn
3.0 of 5
Harborside Inn
$110 - $224
Ranked #19 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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Cliffside Inn
Cliffside Inn
$212 - $499
Ranked #2 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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La Farge Perry House
3.5 of 5
La Farge Perry House
$144 - $242
Ranked #3 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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Sarah Kendall House
3.0 of 5
Sarah Kendall House
$140 - $169
Ranked #5 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hydrangea House Inn
4.0 of 5
Hydrangea House Inn
$223 - $348
Ranked #4 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns
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The Chanler at Cliff Walk
4.5 of 5
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
$333 - $919
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Newport
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Castle Hill Inn
4.0 of 5
Castle Hill Inn
$356 - $934
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Newport
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