Retro Blast – Newport Mansions

Every Rhode Islander knows that Newport is a must-go in the summer – the beautiful beaches, dockside restaurants, and shopping experiences are a dream. The Newport Mansions, however, are arguably Newport’s greatest attraction all year round, with the Newport Mansions Preservations Society hosting an average of one million tours per year.

Constructed in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the numerous mansions that align Bellevue Avenue are world-renowned for their extravagance, with opulent interiors and unique backstories. With unique names like Rosecliff, Chateau-Ser-Mair, Marble House, The Elms – and most famously, The Breakers – these elaborate buildings are hard to miss. Built and owned by famous figures including Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Doris Duke, and Theresa Fair Oelrichs, are open to the public for tours, events, and more all year.

While it is no question that Newport is known for its warm-weather fun, you may want to put on your winter coats and take a trip down to Aquickdneck Island this upcoming winter season – because the historical Newport Mansions during the Holidays are nothing short of magical.

November 20th marks the beginning of the Holidays at the Mansions, with the Breakers, Marble House, and the Elms being adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, flowers, and so much more. Reservations to see these gorgeous decorations are not required – by the way, make sure to stop by the Front Hall of the Breakers to gaze at the much-beloved poinsettia tree! Open every day with last admissions at 4 PM until January 9, 2022, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Is basking in Christmas lights up your alley? Then definitely check out “Sparkling Lights at the Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland”. This special event returns for its second year, with tens of thousands of twinkling lights lining both the interior and exterior of the Breakers 13-acre property. Special tickets required, Sparkling Lights is open Thursday to Sunday from November 20 to January 9, 2022 (with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). We can guarantee that this event will definitely fill your heart with holiday joy.

Cassie Remillard

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