There’s a lot to love about visits to our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast, and visits to the stunning Mansions in Newport is certainly among them. We’re still in the middle of our slower and chillier winter season here in Newport, but that’s not stopping us from looking forward to all the great things to come in 2023 – and you shouldn’t, either!
In fact, the sooner you plan your weekend getaways and summer vacations to beautiful Newport, the better! Though there are plenty of exciting things to do in Newport, RI, the mansions in Newport are often at the forefront of visits here. Whether just admiring these historic Gilden Age specimens while walking along the Cliffwalk or touring them and enjoying seasonal events, they are as intertwined with life in Newport as delicious seafood and sailing adventures.
Whether you’ve come here solely to tour the Mansions in Newport or to soak up the salty sea air and warm sunshine off our charming coastal town, we’d love to welcome you and help you to feel at home. Our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast is situated near the heart of downtown Newport and within easy reach of the city’s top attractions, including the Mansions in Newport. Don’t miss your chance to explore the best of this elegant and charming coastal retreat with us. Book a room at our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast today!
Visit the Stunning Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island, is a town known for its historic opulence – a fact proudly on display in various ways around town. One place where the luxurious lives of some of America’s most fabled families are fully on display are the Gilded Age Mansions in Newport. Instead of being the famed “summer cottages” for families like the Vanderbilts, these magnificent Mansions in Newport are now managed and maintained by the Newport Preservation Society and open to the public for tours and events.
Currently, the only mansion open to the public is The Breakers, though by spring and summer, many more will be open for tours, both guided and self-guided. The schedule for which Mansions in Newport are open rotates throughout the season, and we’ve included that information below.
- The Breakers is one of the most popular Mansions in Newport and is the most visited landmark in Newport, RI. It’s considered the grandest of Newport’s “summer cottages” and was once owned by the Vanderbilt family. The Breakers is open daily.
- Marble House was one of the first of the Mansions in Newport to be built as a more modern stone palace and was a secondary summer home for the Vanderbilt family. It is currently only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Elms was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer. It was modeled after the mid-18th century French Chateau D’Asnieres. Today, it houses a remarkable collection of paintings, statuary, and tapestries. Its beautiful landscaping is also a big draw, featuring formal gardens, terraces, pavilions, and fountains. It will be open to the public starting April 1, 2023.
- Rosecliff was built by a silver heiress of Nevada and was designed to mirror the Grand Trianon of Versailles. This mansion opens to the public from September 1 – December 31, 2023, meaning it’s one of the Mansions in Newport to see during the holiday season!
- Chateau-Sur-Mer is a museum of high Victorian architecture, including interior details such as wallpaper, furniture, and stenciling. It was the grandest home in the area until the Vanderbilt Mansions in Newport were built at the end of the 1800s. It’s open during the summer from July 31 – August 31, 2023.
- Kingscote is one of the more unique Mansions in Newport, thanks to its Gothic Revival style. It’s also known as one of the first “cottages” built during this age. It will open for tours from May 30 – June 30, 2023.
Other significant buildings and homes in Newport worth visiting include the following:
- Isaac Bell House is one of the best-surviving examples of shingle-style architecture in the country. It will be open to the public from April 30 – May 29, 2023.
- Though not one of the mansions in Newport or other notable historic homes, don’t miss your chance to visit the Green Animals Topiary Garden at the Brayton House. It’s the oldest topiary garden in the country, with more than 80 topiaries shaped like birds, animals, and geometric designs and is just as popular with visitors as the other mansions in Newport. It will open for the season on April 15.
- Hunter House is one of the finest examples of Georgian Colonial architecture, and it dates back to the “golden age” of the mid-18th century. It will be open to the public from May 30 – July 30, 2023.
- Chepstow is a stunning Italianate-style villa built in 1860. It opens this summer, from July 31 – August 31, 2023.
- Rough Point, the former home of Doris Day, is a beautiful museum and tribute to her life and legacy. It’s visible as you walk the Cliff Walk, but it’s also open to the public in the spring of 2023.
- Any visit to Blithewold Mansion is all about the gardens. They are magnificent and feature a range of garden styles. They haven’t yet released their schedule for 2023, but it will likely open for the season this spring as it did in past years.
More Great Things to do in Newport, RI in 2023
As you can see, visits to the Mansions in Newport will bring you back to this charming seaside town time and time again over the course of the year – and each time, we hope you’ll join us at our Newport, RI Bed and Breakfast. Of course, you’ll also be looking for fun new ways to fill up the remainder of your time here. Luckily, there are plenty of great things to do in Newport, RI, no matter the season!
From window shopping and browsing the shops along Thames Street to sailing on the stunning Narragansett Bay, there’s never an opportunity to be bored while visiting us in Newport. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Newport, RI throughout the remainder of the year.
- If you can’t get enough of the gorgeous Mansions in Newport, then you certainly won’t want to miss the gorgeous 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Newport, RI. The Cliffwalk hugs the rocky seashore and as it navigates the coastline offers unprecedented views of the Mansions in Newport.
- If the weather isn’t cooperating (or maybe even when it is!), you can also enjoy many gorgeous views of Newport’s Coastline along the 10-mile Ocean Drive.
- Newport is the sailing capital of the country, so don’t miss your chance to take Newport, RI Sailing Tours around the harbor, admiring the beauty of this special place as you go. It won’t take you long to see why sailing is one of the best things to do in Newport, RI.
- Elevate your experience in Newport and enjoy a drink at The Lawn at Castle Hill, one of the most popular things to do in Newport, RI each summer.
- When the sun comes out to play this summer, you’ll find many locals and visitors at the beach, including popular favorites like Easton’s Beach/First Beach, King Park Beach, Gooseberry Beach, and Fort Adams State Beach.
- Explore the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and maybe even take the opportunity to play a round of Tennis on the same grounds where the US Open had its beginnings.
- Walk and shop your way through Thames Street, America’s Cup Avenue, and Bellevue Avenue.
- Explore Fort Adams, known as the country’s largest, most sophisticated, and most complex coastal fort. It’s also one of the best places to watch a sunset.
- Visiting local wineries is another of our favorite things to do in Newport, RI, especially on a warm summer afternoon.
- Finally, don’t miss some of the freshest and most delicious seafood around at these top-rated seafood restaurants in Newport, RI (not to mention the other great restaurants in Newport we referenced).
Apart from offering comfortable accommodations and exceptional hospitality, we’ll also treat you to a delicious breakfast each morning. Whatever you want to do while here, from visiting the Gilded Age Mansions in Newport to walking the breathtaking Cliff Walk, we’d be happy to help you plan your trip. Book your room at our Newport RI Bed and Breakfast today!