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5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
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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.
Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

The feeling I get when I tour this mansion is amazing! I can almost picture it as it must've been, with people dressed elegantly and music being played. I experienced two concerts there, which were really fabulous.

Visited July 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Recently just visited during the Christmas. Not that the Christmas decorations were bad, I was just expecting a wee bit more. However, here are my hints to the Breakers:

-if you want a less crowded time to visit definitely visit the mansions at Christmas. There are less mansions open but your ticket can be upgraded for one year, allowing time to visit again in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom.

-wheelchairs have no fear, the mansions are very accommodating to your ride

-your audio tour has extra tidbits to listen to along with the basic tour. Take advantage of those, they're really good and you'll be getting more out of our money.

-if you are under 18 your ticket is twenty bucks cheaper than an adult ticket, so make sure you bring your ID

-give tickets as Christmas presents, if you visit in the days in between Christmas and New Years, the mansions are still decorated and the gift shops have lots of items on sale.

-there are no coat rooms, so be prepared to carry your coat, mittens and other what-nots

Have fun! I promise you'll love it!

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“Newport Getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Beautifully decorated for the holidays! Informative self-guided taped tour. Wish they had sanitized the tour equipment after each use.

Visited December 2012
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Islip, New York
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“Unexpected Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

I did not expect to be impressed visiting Newport and The Breakers! I walked away wowed. This is a self guided tour with head phones as you walk through the "Summer Cottage" of America's rich and famous from the turn of the century (19th century that is) the guilded age the. This is the Vanderbilt's Place. There are dozens of others that have been or are being restored. These are real treasures and worth visiting.

Visited October 2012
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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“This is as close as you can get to a time machine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Walking through this grand mansion, you can, see, feel, smell and be transformed to the early 19th century life of American royalty. This is a must see for anyone who is interested in that glitzy era of history with al its wonder, grandeur, mischief and sadness.

An unforgettable experience

Visited September 2012
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