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Christmas at Newport Mansions

December 25, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

New England has no shortage of beautiful places, full of history and character. One of such beautiful places is the town of Newport in Rhode Island. For as long as I live in Connecticut, Newport is always a “goto” place to visit, at least once a year. While Newport’s history generally aligned with the one of New England, with first inhabitants appearing there in early 1600, it shot up to prominence in the late 1800s, when the town became The Destination for the summer residences for all of the wealthiest families in the USA (you can read about history of Newport here).

While those summer residences were called “cottages”, they are typically known today as Newport Mansions. Just to give you a frame of reference – the biggest “cottage” in Newport, The Breakers, has 125K sq. ft. of total space, out of which about 62.5K sq. ft. are livable – yep, that’s one summer cottage. Each mansion is built in its own, unique style – the architecture, the features, everything was done in the unique fashion with lots of attention to the details.

We always visited Newport during spring, summer or early fall, exploring mansions, walking along the coastline and enjoying delicious fresh seafood. All along those many visits, I always saw the ads for Christmas at Newport Mansions, but somehow, the plans never worked out to go and see it – until this year.

We were planning to visit our friend in California, leaving before Chrismas and coming back shortly before the New Year. But my wife couldn’t take the time off, so we decided to split the vacation into two parts, and first spend a few days in Newport, to finally see the Christmas decorations.

Similar to the visit to Copenhagen earlier this year, the weather didn’t cooperate – almost freezing rain on the way to Newport, and then the rain for the whole Saturday. Well, that didn’t stop us from getting tons of pleasure from the stunningly beautiful mansions. We visited The Breakers, Rosecliff and Marble House – out of these three, The Breakers and Marble House were specially decorated for Christmas; Rosecliff didn’t have any special decorations but was hosting an exhibit of the works of the Pierre Cardin, which was an interesting addition to our program.

From here on, let me simply inundate you with the pictures of beautiful Christmas at the Newport Mansions. And yes, put it on your bucket list – you will not regret it.

Our Saturday morning view:

Newport, RI

The Breakers fully compensated for this:

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Breakers

The view from the window at The Breakers, usually magnificent, was rather gloomy:

The Breakers

The Breakers

But still, the decor was there:

The Breakers

The Breakers were the home for Cornelius Vanderbilt, railroad magnate – of course a little train exhibit is the most appropriate – and fun!

The Breakers

Rosecliff – in the cake

The Breakers

The Breakers – cake version

The Breakers

The Breakers

Next, the Rosecliff:

Rosecliff

Rosecliff

Rosecliff

Rosecliff

The biggest dancing floor in all of Newport Mansions

Rosecliff

RosecliffAnd Pierre Cardin’s Exhibit:

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

Sunday morning looked a lot better:

Newport, RI

Visit to the Marble house provided a beautiful ending to the trip:

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House, Cake edition

Marble House

That’s all I have for you, my friends. Merry Christmas!

  1. December 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Merry Christmas! Those homes are stunning! They have been on my bucket list for awhile…

    • December 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Merry Christmas, Camille! Yes, Newport Mansions are definitely worth a visit, lots of fun!

  2. December 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Beautiful photos! Happy Holidays!

  3. December 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best for 2018.

    A very different looking Christmas to the one I am having in Adelaide, 100+ here today for Boxing Day!

    Will 2018 be the year we get to share a bottle or two?

    • January 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you! Happy New Year! And we might be able to share a bottle or two – I should be in Singapore at the end of January 🙂

  4. okiewinegirl2015
    December 26, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Merry Christmas! Newport mansions is stunning and definitely a bucket list destination. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • January 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! Happy New year!

  5. December 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. December 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas, Anatoli!

    • January 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you and Happy New Year, my friend! Hopefully, we will meet this year!

  7. December 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Anatoli! My favorite was the the giant pointsettia tree – has me thinking about a trip to Newport. Cheers to you!

    • January 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you, Lauren. The decorations are truly spectacular there.

  8. December 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I live near Newport!!!!

    • January 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Great! So you can visit mansions any time you want 🙂

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