Who Knew Rhode Island Was So Fancy?
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
We were very excited to make a stop in the teeniest state and were really unsure what to expect. Who knew Rhode Island was so fancy or so beautiful? We had a lovely weekend in Newport and really enjoyed touring some of the famed mansions from the Gilded Age, exploring the cliff walk, and chasing waves on the beach.
See our video from Newport HERE.
The Cliff Walk
This 3.5 mile public trail is one of the top attractions in Newport. It follows the stunning shoreline and also borders the extravagant and massive estates overlooking the sea. Some parts of the trail are a paved walkway and some are rocky cliff faces. It was a lot of fun!
The Breakers is most certainly the grandest of Newport's famed summer "cottages." It was built between 1883-1895 as a summer residence for Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, who modeled it after 16th-century Italian Renaissance palaces.
This gilded mansion was built for Nevada silver heiress Theresa "Tessie" Fair Oelrichs in 1899. The architect modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. It was known to host some amazing parties, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.