Last Wednesday we traveled to Newport, RI. We traveled through history from the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth through the industrial revolution to the gilded age. Wow!
The day started out overcast and drizzly.
Here’s one of the yachts pulled up at the wharf.
Some that were not quite as grand…
You could shop ‘til you drop here. This was just one of the historic streets with all kinds of shops.
The America’s Cup Inn…
This is St. Mary’s Church, the church where John and Jackie Kennedy got married. I’m sorry I don’t have a better picture of the front of the church. Their reception was held at Hammersmith Farm.
We drove down Ocean Drive and oohed and aahed at the mansions. I counted 8 fireplaces on this one.
We took these pictures from Fort Adams.
The Newport bridge…
Built in 1824, it is the largest coastal fortification in the United States, and did you know you can rent it out for parties?
This is a fuzzy picture of Beachbound Castle. It was built in 1895 for William Burden. It is now a condo community, according to something I read on the internet.
This is Castle Hills Inn.
This is the view along Ocean Drive. You can rent the cottages on the right hand side of the picture.
This one has some putting greens for a backyard.
Now we come to the real mansions.This is the gate to the Breakers.
Walking up to the front… We went on a self-guided audio tour of this house and the Marblehouse. It was fascinating. Words fail you when trying to describe the inside of this house. It was just remarkable. Dan and I both like the Breakers better than Marblehouse.
This is the Breakers next door neighbor.
The side of the house…
The back of the house…
Next we headed for Marblehouse. It is so named because the walls are covered with marble. It is really dark and gloomy inside.
The backyard has a Japanese tea room.
The backyard…They were having some kind of function there that evening.
Leaving Newport… It was a lovely town.