Travel guide: A weekend in Newport, RI

Newport is the one of the prettiest towns on the New England coastline.  It’s famous for its million dollar mansions built for warm weather retreats. 

We took the weekend trip to Newport on a whiff and booked Airbnb last minute. We planned to see at least two of the mansions and relax for the remaining hours.  We left on Saturday morning and went directly to the 1st Mansion – ‘The Breakers’  which is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in the turn of the century. We were mesmerized by the beauty of it. The audio tour was very informative; we spent about 2 hours listening to it, taking pictures and relaxing at the Lawn facing the sea. To know more, check out their website

Afterwards, we went to Thames Street for dinner. We ate at Gas Lamp Grill and the food was delish. We strolled around the street exploring the lively town.

Next day, we went to the 2nd Mansion– ‘Rosecliff’. I loved everything about it, especially as there was so much information about fashion in the 60’s. The history of Rosecliff was all about ball gowns, parties and dressing up. There was a beautiful exhibition of 60’s fashion at the Rosecliff. Fun fact – Rosecliff has been featured in many Hollywood movies – The Great Gatsby, 27 Dresses and True Lies etc. The audio tour is approx. 30-40 mins and we spent time at the backyard with spectacular sea views.

This is the famous ballroom where many movies have been shot.

Later, we went back to the waterfront and had lunch at Black Pearl. Pepper Chicken and BBQ Shrimp – Yum!! After Lunch, we went for cliff walk – its spectacular views include oceanic views on the left and overlooking lawns and mansions on the right. It’s a 3.5 mile walk with various entry and exit points. Finally, we chilled at Easton’s beach for a while before heading home.

There is so much more to do in Newport. We will definitely go back to explore the rest.

Thanks for stopping by!

Richa

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