Visit to Newport, RI and Mansions
Aug 27, 2010
|August 27 – Visit to Newport, RI and the Mansions
This morning, we drove east over the bridge to Newport where the streets are very narrow and some are brick. The weather was perfect for mansion visiting.
We were the first to visit The Breakers, the Vanderbilt mansion, to the east of downtown Newport. The Breakers is one of 10 properties that can toured, 9 of which were the over-the-top, opulent mansions that the rich attempted to outdo each other in the 1800’s. We also toured another mansion owned by one of the Vanderbilt’s, Marble House.
Both mansions consisted of dozens of very dark rooms with gold leaf covering many surfaces and marble everywhere. We both thought how glad we live in a bright, sunny home in Florida.
The Breakers Info website
Marble House Info Website
After our tours, we drove to downtown Newport which is very quaint and designed for carriages and not pickup trucks. We chose to dine at the Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant on Main Street. The place was busy and the food was great. My clam chowder was as good as Cappy’s in Camden, Maine. Two of its ingredients were parsley and bacon. It was great. Great also was Kathleen’s lobster bisque.
We then walked down the street to the largest Life Is Good store in the US to purchase some choice items for our wardrobes.
After filling our diesel tank, we returned to our campsite to cut fabric and edit our Journal.
Tomorrow, we head west to Hyde Park, NY for a four-hour drive across Connecticut to the Hudson River Valley.
Have a great weekend.