The Breakers#3 in Best Things To Do in Newport, RI
Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers mansion is the cream of the summer cottage crop. Commissioned in 1893 by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt II, The Breakers is a Renaissance-style "summer cottage" inspired by the palaces in northern Italy. Its opulence knows no bounds: Italian marble, ornate gold ceilings, French antique furnishings and fixtures, diamonds, rubies and other precious gems encrusted in the walls … the list of absurdly expensive details goes on and on.
Today's visitors are understandably gobsmacked by the intense display of wealth throughout the mansion's 70 rooms. You can't tour every corner of the house, but you do have access to the kitchen and other behind-the-scenes rooms. And the outdoor grounds are a treat, too. According to recent travelers, the ocean views offered from the property are breathtaking.
You'll find The Breakers on Ochre Point Avenue within two blocks of Salve Regina University and a few blocks northeast of the Marble House. Complimentary parking is provided on-site; you can also take Newport's No. 67 trolley to the Salve Regina University stop. You can also access the mansion from the seaside Cliff Walk.
The mansion is open every day with tours starting at 9 a.m. and ending between 3 and 6 p.m., depending on the season. Tours cost $20.99 for adults and $6.99 for children ages 6 to 17 years. (Children 5 and younger can visit for free.) Two- and five-house tickets, which include a visit to The Breakers, are also available for $25.99 or $32.99. All tickets include self-guided audio tours designed for individuals or families, as well as access to the property's grounds, restrooms and a gift shop. Check out The Preservation Society of Newport County's website for more information on tours and operating hours.
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#1 Cliff Walk
This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at Easton's Beach or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like the Marble House and Rough Point.
Though the views are gorgeous, the terrain can get treacherous on the trail's southern end. However, past visitors noted that if you can finish the trail, you'll be rewarded with some of the Newport's best views.
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