Last week we were fortunate to experience palatial living at the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island. If you can’t get out of the country due to the virus, Newport is a great place to visit… and the mansions feel like you are in Europe.
According to the Newport Preservation Society: Built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, The Breakers (1893-1895), is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America.
You can buy tickets online and there is a great audio tour that you can download to listen to on your phone. This is just a sampling of what you will see so I encourage you to see it for yourself (or go again if you have already been)!
The Breakers Exterior
This is the driveway up to the “cottage.”
The Grand Hall
Look at the detail. In spite of the grandeur, it’s said that the children in the family rode their tricycles through here and slid on trays down the staircase.
The Music Room
Many of the Vanderbilt family played instruments and they held music nights.
Girls Bedrooms Upstairs
There are, of course, lots more bedrooms.
Second Story Loggia
Here you can see the ocean and where the waves break on the rocks….hence the name “The Breakers.”
They must be using a lot of Bar Keepers Friend here!
Notice the tiled wall…
I took the shot below on the ocean side. You can take the Cliff Walk during the day to see lots of the Newport Mansions.
How is that for Palatial Living At The Breakers?!
We also visited Marble House and here are a few shots…
Marble House Exterior
This is taken from the ocean side.
The Gothic Room
Alva Vanderbilt’s Bedroom
A friend on Instagram recommended reading “A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler“. It’s a fictional story based on the life of Alva Vanderbilt, who built the Marble House. It gives you a peek into the Gilded Age. I loved it especially after see these homes.
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