Newport Journals

Newport, Rhode Island

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A travel journal to Newport by gorboduc

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Newport, Rhode Island

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Overview

The rocky coast of Newport. Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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People come to Newport to see the Gilded Age mansions, and you should see at least one. If you only have time for one house, make it the Breakers--thanks goes to Alice Vanderbilt's desire to one-up every other millionaire in Newport (especially her siser-in-law, Alva). It's the most ostentatious pile in town. My personal favorites, though, are The Elms, which has a stunningly restored sunken garden, and the Isaac Bell house, which is in the process of being restored. The Bell House is only open during the summer, but The Breakers and The Elms are open year round.Quick Tips: If you go, try to go on a package. The Newport County Visitor's Bureau (www.gonewport.com) generally offers packages...Read More

Samuel Durfee House

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Hotel | "The Samuel Durfee House"

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The Samuel Durfee House is a nicely restored Federal period B&B 1 1/2 blocks from Bellvue Ave. and about the same distance from the Thames St. waterfront. When you stay here, you're entitled to park one car in the little lot behind the house. This is a huge deal in Newport, where parking can be a big challenge. The rooms are lovely and cosy, some with decorative fireplaces. Some rooms have four poster beds; one has a small private deck. The Durfee House also has something rare for Newport--in a town full of over-the-top romantic-weekend B&B's with queen or king beds only, there's a twin-bedded room here, decorated in cheerful yellow with Chinoiserie accessories and furniture (t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2004

Samuel Durfee House
352 Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island
(877) 696-2374

Hotel Viking

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Hotel

Hotel Viking Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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While Newport still has its wealthy residents who summer in the Victorian "cottages" tucked away behind the hedges and gates that line its streets, today's Newport is a city of hotels and B&Bs. One of the oldest hotels sits at the beginning of famous Bellvue Avenue. The neo-Georgian Hotel Viking was built by the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families in the ‘20s to house their summer guests (the cottages may be the size of elementary schools, but they tend to only have one or two guest bedrooms). The Viking is comfortable and tasteful, recently refurbished with Queen Anne-style furniture both in the lobby (more utilitarian than impressive) and the guestrooms. The Viking is on...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2005

Hotel Viking
ONE BELLEVUE AVENUE
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
1-401-847-3300

La Petite Auberge

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Restaurant

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La Petite Auberge is a traditional French resturant housed in a charming 18th century house, situated about halfway between Thames St. and Bellvue Ave, on Charles St. There's parking in a small lot across the street from the restaurant. The restaurant has two sections--the more casual (and cheaper) pub, and the restaurant (jacket and tie required). Reservations are a good idea--the restaurant was busy when we visited in the off-season. The pub is dim and cosy--the crackling fire in the fireplace was just the thing after walking to the resturant in the cold December evening. It's romantic enough to be a good alternative to the fancier dining room if you and your SO are looking for atmospher...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2002

La Petite Auberge
19 Charles Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401)849-6669

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The LaForge Casino resturant serves a variety of reasonably-priced lunch fare - soups, sandwiches, and the like. Pub fare like burgers are OK but not outstanding--the fries, sadly, are frozen rather than fresh cut--but the burger itself is large. Salads are, again, servicable but not outstanding, with old standbys like Chef Salad and newer inventions like Taco Salad. Lunch fare runs about $8-10 dollars for sandwiches and about the same for salads. The reason to come, though, is not the food, but the building that the resturant is housed in - the Newport Casino. No slot machines or roulette tables here; the Newport Casino was an exclusive tennis club, and now houses the Tennis Hall of Fame....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2002

LaForge Casino Resturant
186 Bellevue Ave
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 847-0418

Breakers

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Attraction | "The Breakers"

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The first thing that springs to mind upon seeing The Breakers is "Gosh, that's just HUGE." Although Alice Vanderbilt, the driving force behind the mansion's construction, would probably wish that "magnificent" were the adjective applied, she might not have considered "huge" too bad of a substitute. Completed in 1895, just in time to upstage her sister-in law Alva's recently completed "cottage," Marble House, The Breakers was designed to impress. The first major room you see upon entering the house is a grand hall, designed in imitation of a Italian palazzo, complete with a blue sky and billowy clouds. The overall effect is more The Venetian than the Palazzo Medici, but it's striking noneth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Breakers
Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 847-1000

Marble House

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Attraction

Marble House Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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Some people say that your home says a lot about you. Marble House is no exception; it is Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's life writ in stone. When Alva began construction on Marble House, she was making a statement. The wife of a nouveau-riche railway magnate, she was building Newport's newest, largest, most opulent house, right next door to the doyenne of American society, Mrs. Astor. It all makes sense when you consider that Alva was one of the boldest, brashest, most determined women of her day. Marble House is modeled on the Petit Trianon with a healthy dose of good old American gaudiness thrown in). But the Petit Trianon doesn't have a downstairs covered entirely in guilding and imported marble....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2005

Marble House
596 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 847-1000