There are many great ways to dive in and enjoy the holidays in the charming seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island. However, if you’re looking to celebrate the season in style, then you really must make the time to visit the magnificent Newport, RI mansions. They offer the perfect respite away from the cold, wintry weather outside and an unprecedented opportunity to step in time and experience the glitz and glamour of the opulent Gilded Age.
Though there are plenty of things to do in Newport, RI this winter, stopping in at the Newport, RI mansions are always at the top of our list. Which mansions are open varies with the seasons, so you can expect a different experience each time you visit. The Newport, RI mansions offer an exquisite walk through 250 years of American history, architecture, and design – but they are truly spectacular when their halls are decked in festive merriment.
In addition to touring the Newport, RI mansions, leave yourself plenty of time to soak up the quiet and tranquil beauty in Newport this winter. From browsing the art museum and local galleries to enjoying some holiday shopping and delicious meals in downtown Newport, you’ll find plenty of things to do while staying at our top-rated Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Newport and within easy reach of the city’s top attractions, including many of the mansions. Book your room today!
Holiday Magic at Newport, RI Mansions
There is a long and interesting history behind Newport, Rhode Island. However, the town really gained prominence during America’s Gilded Age. This time period, which lasted from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, was characterized by substantial economic gains by wealthy American families. This economic growth ultimately led to destinations like Newport becoming the summertime playground for these families as they built their massive “summer cottages” by the sea.
Today, the Newport, RI mansions, once the summertime escape for famed families like the Vanderbilts, stand as a testament to Newport’s enduring charm as a seaside destination. Today, the Newport, RI mansions are managed and maintained by the Newport Preservation Society, and they open to the public seasonally for tours and events.
As of the writing of this content, the Newport, RI mansions that are open include The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff, though other mansions and gardens will be open at various points throughout the year. There are also plenty of interesting historic buildings in Newport, RI worth checking out. This latter list includes houses like Rough Point, the former home of actress Doris Duke.
Though we always recommend the different tours offered by the Newport, RI mansions, the holiday season offers a unique opportunity to experience these gilded destinations. In the coming months, here are some unique tours and events being offered at the Newport, RI mansions.
- Sparkling Lights at the Breakers, which will run from November 17 – December 30, will feature a twinkling display of holiday magic on the grounds of The Breakers. There’s a half-mile path that winds along the grounds of this mansion, in addition to holiday treats and warming beverages for purchase.
- In addition to the dazzling display of lights outside, there will be three Newport, RI mansions open for the “Holidays at the Newport Mansions” tours. These include The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms. The mansions will feature nearly 30 Christmas trees, festively adorned and designed to complement the theme of each room in the mansions. In the Great Hall of The Breakers, you’ll be treated to a 15-foot-tall poinsettia tree, which is made of 150 poinsettia plants. Decorations will be available for viewing from November 18 – January 1.
- For a stunning step back in time, join the Newport, RI mansions for the annual Holiday Dinner Dance at The Breakers on December 16. It’s a black-tie evening, complete with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a holiday-inspired four-course dinner, followed by lively dancing in the Music Room.
Stay at the Best Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast
While you’re enjoying the festive atmosphere at the Newport, RI Mansions this holiday season, we invite you to rest, relax, and enjoy the rest of this joyous season at our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast. There’s something special about these cozy winter months, and we’d love nothing more than to share it with you.
Our quaint Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of downtown Newport and offers just five guest rooms, each decorated to match the historic character of our home, but with all the modern amenities you crave in a winter getaway. Luxury amenities include luxury linens, private decks, and whirlpool spas. Much like what you’ll experience at the Newport, RI mansions, the interior architecture and details of our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast hark back to a different era, setting the perfect stage for your getaway.
Each morning of your stay, let us treat you to a fresh and delicious breakfast. It’s usually served in our dining room, but we’ll be happy to provide you with a more intimate experience with breakfast in your guest room if desired. It’s the perfect way to start your day ahead of what we’re sure will be a fun day exploring the many charms of downtown Newport and surrounding areas.
With only five guest rooms, you can expect few crowds and plenty of relaxation when you stay with us at our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast! Above all else, our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to retreat from the outside world. Book your room today!