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“Nice Afternoon”
Review of Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions
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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.
Webster, NY
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“Nice Afternoon”
Reviewed November 30, 2008

Our extended family including seniors and young children toured three of the Newport Mansions. Our primary objective was to see them decorated for Christmas.

The Breakers, Marble House, and Elm House were all open for touring. Breakers included a one hour guided tour; the others were audio. Tours were well done and engaged all ages of our family members.

I had hoped to see more elaborate decorations. The central halls were well done but the remaining rooms weren't decorated much at all.

If you've already seen the houses it's not worth a second visit. If you've never been, it would be fun.

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“An Amazing Bargain”
Reviewed October 15, 2008

The Newport Preservation Society sells a ticket for $31 to view any 5 mansions at any time. Tickets can be purchased at the Newport Visitors’ Center or at any of the mansions. It is an amazing bargain.

We visited Newport during the first weekend of October and it was the perfect time to be there. No waiting and lovely weather. We chose to visit the mansions roughly in the order they were built for a more historic view:

Kingscote
Chateau-sur-Mer
Marble House
The Elms
The Breakers

We “skipped” Rosecliff because we had read that often some of the rooms are often closed for private functions. After all, you can’t see everything in two days.

Marble House and The Elms have delightful audio tours which you can begin at any time. The other properties have guided tours beginning every half-hour, so time your arrival accordingly. Also, plan to drive between the mansions as there is ample free parking at each property and this will save you more time for your tours.

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Federal Way, WA
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“You need a full day to see all the mansions!”
Reviewed September 19, 2008

If you can, visit the Newport Mansions on a weekday. Five of us arrived in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. The town was full of tourists so traffic was slow and the lines in the visitors' center were long. We were told to drive to the mansions and to park our car and walk to the other mansions. Do not do this. You will run out of time like we did. Drive to each mansion. There is a parking lot for each of them. We only saw two of the mansions on Sunday (The Breakers and the Elms). Three people from our group had to return home on Monday, so the remaining two of us used their remaining tour tickets and the rest of our tickets on Monday. Traffic was light and most of the tourists were gone. We saw The Marble House, Rosecliff, the Isaac Bell House, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and Chepstow. We didn't see Kingscote because it was closed for lunch for two hours, we didn't attempt to visit the Green Animal Topiary, and the Hunter mansion isn't included in the ticket booklet. You can buy tickets at the vistors' center when you enter Newport. Some of the mansions have tour guides and some are self-guided with audiotapes and headsets. The tickets cost about $31.00 each. Each ticket entitles you to tour any 5 mansions listed on the tickets. There are more than 5 mansions to see. I would suggest seeing The Breakers, The Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms and Chateau Sur-Mer. The Isacc Bell House really isn't a mansion and it is unfurnished. Make sure you eat breakfast before attempting to tour the mansions and bring snacks. There are cookies and snacks sold outside the Breakers, and already prepared sandwiches and snacks at the Elms (but they close at 4:00 p.m.) but otherwise you might not be able to find food to purchase or it may not be easy to find when you are hungry. The views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular from The Breakers and The Marble House (both built and owned by the Vanderbilt brothers). The Rosecliff is rented out for weddings and has been used in many movies including for one of the wedding scenes in the movie "27 Dresses." If you have time, park at Memorial Boulevard and walk the Cliff Walk or park your car at Narragansett Ave. for a shorter walk. The paved trail is about 3.5 miles. I recommend visiting these two websites regarding the mansions and the Cliff Walk: www.newportmansions.org and www.cliffwalk.com.

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“Cliff Walk”
Reviewed August 17, 2008

If your time in Newport is short and you can't tour the mansions, take the Cliff Walk. It's a beautiful walk behind the mansions.

Be sure to see St. Mary's Church where JFK & Jackie were married.

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“Just Amazing”
Reviewed July 15, 2008

Of course everyone knows this is a must do thing and why you should even visit Newport, RI. The mansions are truly amazing! My personal favorites fall in the following order:

1. The Breakers (of course)
2. The Elms
3. Marble House
4. Rosecliff
5. Chauteau Sur Mer

I have my own personal reasons for ranking them in that order, but they are definitely all worth seeing and all so very different.

After you are done visiting these 5 mansions, go and drive on Ocean and see the private mega mansions and the coast on your way out! Absolutely amazing!

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