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