July 18, 2016
The Old World Charm of Newport, Rhode Island
When you arrive in Newport, Rhode Island, you arrive in a town that thrives on summer. Sailors and socialites alike have all been drawn to Newport for its world-class sailing as well as its reputation for opulence and luxury. The Newport of today is very much connected to the past, as the town is celebrated for its colonial history as well as its status from the many spectacular mansions throughout the ocean lined cliffs. Exploring Newport is a true adventure and a treat, luckily there is so much to see!
The Gilded Age mansions are what Newport is most known for, and they are truly awe-inspiring no matter how many times you have seen them. During the Gilded Age, Newport became the ideal location for the wealthy coming from New York City looking for a getaway from the crowds, as well as wealthy Southerners looking to escape the heat. Luckily, Newport’s breezy coastline and spacious layout made it the perfect choice. Some of America’s wealthiest and iconic families began building summer “cottages” in Newport, all looking to create a bigger and better cottage than their last. Today, the Vanderbilt’s mansion ‘The Breakers’ remains the most illustrious and renowned cottage of them all, and for good reason. Some of the mansions have even been featured in Hollywood films. The 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” was filmed at the Rosecliff Mansion.
While most of Newport’s riches are as large as the mansions, some of the town’s greatest treasures are hidden in plain sight. In fact, the center of Newport is home to the church where President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy were married, and the President often summered in town, having his own special pew at the church. Newport is an amazing town to hop on a Trolley and visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, enjoy the Newport Jazz Festival, or go to one of its annual boat shows. Newport is well celebrated, and because of its long history as a luxurious summer town, we can only imagine there are only more amazing things to come.
By Rachel Kampersal