A "must see" on any Newport Rhode Island Vacation are the elegant homes on Bellevue Avenue owned by the 19th century merchant traders.
The first time I visited Newport, I remember driving down the majestic Bellevue Avenue past the Newport Mansions and being awestruck. These beautiful Mansions are set on a lovely tree-lined street. Many of the homes overlook the ocean.
Here are the mansions and places open to the public and run by the "Preservation Society of Newport County":
- Breakers Mansion Newport
- The Elms
- The Marble House
- Isaac Bell House
- Hunter House
- Green Animals
Newport Mansions Tours
There are several Newport Mansions Tours available. They include:
- Newport Mansions Experience - you pick 5 homes to visit
- The Breakers Plus - The Breakers plus one other home
- The Breakers
- One Property
- Rooftop and Behind-the-scenes at the Elms Tour
- Several other special tours during the Holidays.
Newport Mansions Discounts
If you are looking for Newport Mansions Discounts, want to see all 11 properties, or will be traveling more than once to Newport, consider becoming a member of the
. This allows unlimited visits to all 11 properties for the year plus other benefits. The cost is just about $20 more than the 5 home tour, so it's quite a deal.
Astor's Beechwood Mansion
Newport was one of our "Girls Getaways" (below - 3 generations!) and we really enjoyed the tour of this mansion on our Newport Rhode Island Vacation.
There were actors portraying Mrs. Astor, her family and domestic staff interacting with visitors as we walked through Beechwood Mansion. After the tour, everyone gathered in the salon for some music and dancing.
Unfortunately Astor's Beechwood was sold to a private party in 2010 and the public tours are no longer available.
Even if you don't actually tour a Newport RI Mansion, strolling down Bellevue Avenue will make for a very memorable experience on your Newport Weekend Getaway.
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