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“Beautiful at Christmas”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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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.
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We went for the Christmas decorations and it did not disappoint. Excellent, would definitely try to get there during the Christmas season.

Thank ChrisFabrycki
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

This was a great way to start our tour of Newport. The mansion as beautiful and very helpful with the self-guided audio tour. We went during the holidays and it was decorated for Christmas but you are only allowed to take pictures at 3 points in the tour. I woudl like to go back in the Spring so I can enjoy the gardens and the view of the ocean better.

Thank lovestoparty
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Expertly decorated. Warm, inviting..a wonderful time. A bit of falling snow offered another dimension to round out the experience.

Thank Keywestfanyeahh
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is an amazing slice of cultural history. Even though it is "the thing to do in Newport" - go. If you can, get there near opening time ((AM?) - fewer people. The audio tour is really quite good.

Thank JimB1952
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

The Breakers is truly a marvel, trying to imagine living in it is almost impossible! It is lavish and guilded all on its own, but the added Christmas decorations in the great hall were really pretty. Personally, I enjoyed the audio tour. It allows everyone to go at their own pace and explore as much or as little as they wish. The guides are informative, interesting, and easy to use.

One thing that bothers me a bit is that it is a no photography zone. If I paid an entrance fee, I would like to make some memories for myself. Yes, the photobooks they sell in the giftshop are lovely (and probably the reason you can't take photos, they want you to purchase these instead) but it just isn't the same as snapping my own picture. Other than that, we had a great visit. And they did lift the photography ban for the special Christmas decor as well as the gingerbread mansion models in the kitchen. Impressive!

Thank EmelyeKay
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