Every year my sisters and I pick a beautiful location for our girls getaway and this year our destination was Newport, Rhode Island.¬†We stayed at a quaint B&B called the Spring Street Inn (ranked #1 on TripAdvisor) which was ideally located in the heart of Newportís walk-able downtown.¬† Pat, the B&Bís innkeeper, gave us a great overview of Newport, including cultural highlights, some historical side notes and great places for cocktails and dinner.¬† We didn’t have to worry about breakfast –¬†every morning¬†Pat served us a wonderful gourmet breakfast. ¬†
Newport is where the ultra rich spent their summers at the turn of the 19th century.¬† Home of the Americaís Cup yacht race for many decades, Newport is probably best known for its ďsummer cottagesĒ.¬† These Gilded Age mansions were built for the Vanderbilts and Astors during an age when wealth was flaunted with lavish parties and hundreds of guests on sprawling lawns that stretched to the coastline.
The Newport Preservation Society now owns several of the largest mansions and allows the public to tour these summer cottages where the ultra rich once lived.¬†¬† During our stay¬†we¬†saw¬†the Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff, Marble House, Kingscote, Isaac Bell and the Topiary garden.¬†¬†The interiors¬†of the mansions were amazing.¬†¬†
Tip: we all bought a Preservation membership which included entrance to any property and allowed us to go to the front of the line at any mansion.¬† It also includes a free Behind the Scenes Elms tour which describes how the servants lived (recommended).
We timed our trip for the end of June to coincide with Newportís annual Flower Show.¬† The judged floral arrangements¬†were on display on the first floor of Rosecliff and¬†we could hear¬†seminars on topics like rose selection, orchids, and floral arrangements for lavish parties.¬† Here are¬†a few of the¬†arrangements from the show.