Newport, RI

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

After Providence, we headed towards our next destination – Boston. But before Boston we had time to make a pit stop per co-worker’s recommendation in Newport. 

It was a cold day. Newport is located on an island surrounded by the ocean from all sides. The wind coming from the ocean made it even colder. I did not want to get out of the car, so our visit involved a short drive around the town and a visit to one of the mansions.

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

We’ve decided to visit the Marble House for no other reason than it was easy to access and it has a huge parking lot. Some other houses we couldn’t figure out how to get to, and some were closed for Thanksgiving. I am so glad we ended up visiting this place though. It has quite a bit of history and some drama to it too. It is a self guided audio tour and I enjoyed learning how Vanderbilts made their fortune (although not much of it is left today).

Fun fact, Anderson Cooper is a descendant of the Vanderbilts.

More than half of the house’s building cost was spent on the marble, hence the name. Everything about it is grand!

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Marble House | Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

It may have been cold, but I love traveling during the holidays and seeing everything decorated for Christmas. 

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

The kitchen was the only place not covered in marble. Socialites don’t cook, they have servants for that, no need to waste marble either. 🙂

Marble House | Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Marble House | Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Eisenhower also had built a house in Newport, and while impressive, it did not compare to the Mansions on the Bellevue avenue. But it is still a popular destination in the summer for weddings and other social engagements. 

Eisenhower House | Newport, RI | RedBarberry.com

Wish it was a bit warmer so we could explore the city more, have some lobster bisque or clam chowder, but the road trip must go on. 

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