We highly recommend a day trip into Legendary Newport a quick 45 minutes drive south or bus ride from Downtown Providence. It is a very beautiful, historic city, it offers visitors the opportunity to see firsthand the evolution of American architecture and a glimpse at what life was like during the Gilded Age at America's first resort.
Fist on our itinerary is Bellevue Avenue home of the Tennis Hall of Fame and the "Summer Cottages". When the Astor's, Vanderbilt's and other families took summer holidays they vacationed in style, these mansions are now open to the public. The Breakers, Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are some of the Preservation Society Properties. The Newport Home of Doris Duke is privately owned. Belcourt Castle is the only one still occupied by its owners. The Rhode Island Restoration Foundation has also preserved a few other properties.
There is always a festival of some kind going on in Newport, but Christmas time is truly magical with special events at the mansions.
The Cliff Walk, long (4 miles) or short walk near the Breakers "Forty Steps" make a Kodak moment. Best if you have your own vehicle or by bike do Ocean Avenue at the end of Bellevue Avenue. Kite flying is a daily sport on the picturesq Brenton Point also along the way is the Castel Hill Light House, and Fort Adams the site of the annual Folk and Jazz Festivals.
At the end of Ocean Avenue, if you use our advice, is the Warf Area and Brick Market with lots of opportunities to shop and eat. The Black Pearl on Bannister's Warf in another Newport legend, known for their clam chowder (pronounced chow-da).
There are several public beaches and many boating opportunities available. The Newport dinner train is also enjoyable. Just out side of Newport itself are many Winery's. In Portsmouth the Green Animals Topiary Gardens overlooking Narragansett Bay include a Mansion with a Victorian toy collection.
*Highlighted words are links for more information.
images are provided by Boston based photographer Greg M. Cooper. You
can purchase a custom print by contacting the studio at www.gregmcooper.com.