I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Breakers - Newport, Rhode Island

When my son called and said "Would you like to meet in Newport tomorrow so we can tour a couple of mansions?", my husband and I both chuckled.  We have lived within a couple of hours of Newport for most of our lives, yet we had never toured a mansion.  Honestly, I don't know why.  We both love the water and the water view from many of the mansions is spectacular. 
We bought a two mansion ticket.  It was a fabulously warm day and we didn't want to rush through the Breakers which is extraordinarily large and rather ornate. 
If you think the house is large, what about this gate?
Only exterior photos are allowed.
It's the simple details such as this that make the Breakers stand apart.

The building gleams on a sunny day against a blue sky back drop.
A view worthy of framing.
The house covers approximately one acre of the property.
The entrance from the cliff walk.

Constructed between 1893 and 1895, the Breakers was commissioned to be built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II.  Today it is owned by the Preservation Society of Newport Newport County.

The gate house.  Charming.

Lovely but dwarfed by the main house.
It's all in the detail.

Time has stopped here.

Can you imagine the glorious parties held here in summers gone by?

We understand the need for a fence, but chain link doesn't seem to fit.

Simple but elegant gardens.

A wayward snail has made it's home on the steps of the Breakers.
This path looks slightly weathered and overgrown.

For a minimal charge, we were able to upgrade our pass to a five mansion pass.  We can use it at any time and plan on visiting when the mansions are decorated at Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. I love that you took the time to even stop to photograph the adorable snail! What an amazing place. I would never think to tour a mansion. Maybe a field trip someday!