Summer retreat for the American aristocracy

Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by Mr Roaming 3 Comments

There is something special about spending the long days of summer on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.  So thought the American Aristocracy in the 1800s when it decided to establish itself on the shores of Rhode Island.  Earlier this year I visited this area to see what the fuss was all about.  And that;s when I discovered Newport . . .

Just 80 minutes by car from Boston, the oldest money town of  the American Aristocracy is a wonderful spot to spend a few days exploring the summer beauty of this enchantingly excessive town.  Being founded in 1639, the City of Newport is rich in history spanning over 350 years. Famous for its historic and opulent mansions, museums, beaches, shopping, dining, and marinas – Newport is a one of a kind experience in New England.

Famous for its mansions, museums, beaches, shopping, dining, and marinas - Newport is a one of a kind experience in New England.

Downtown waterfront of Newport boasts great shopping, dining, and a collection of unique museums, wharfs and marinas

Sunset view from the waterfront

Main shopping street of Newport

Traditional sign which is characteristic of Americana

Barber's pole - traditional barber shop

I'm obsessed with door knockers

If you wander away from town — on Ocean Drive — you’ll find splendid examples of regional cottage homes, with amazing architecture, and breathtaking views.

Spectacular coastal scenery

Founded in 1639, the City of Newport is rich in history spanning over 350 years.

Awe-inspiring architecture

Newport's history is remarkable in many ways, but perhaps the most unique aspect is that so much of its history is still visible on the landscape in an unparalleled concentration of preserved architecture.

Cliff Walk: Starting at The Chanler is the  3.5 mile walk around the natural beauty of Newport and the architectural history of Newport’s Gilded Age.

Nearly all attractions and points of interest are within a mile radius of The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Over one hundred years have passed since the height of the Gilded Age which consumed the City of Newport. Yet, its rich history, the spectacular opulence juxtaposed with the warmth and quaintness of the town make Newport a jewel of the Eastern seaboard. It is here that dreams were made both by fishermen looking for their “loot” as well as the likes of the Vanderbilts, the Astors and the Berwinds who aspired to bring European elegance to the New World.

And now Newport is waiting to be rediscovered by you.

NEWPORT MANSIONS: Featuring historical properties, including The Breakers, Marble House, and others here.

3 Responses

  1. Charles says:

    What a great little town. Your article on Newport is wonderful Mr. Roaming. And the season is just beginning.

  2. Rachael says:

    The beauty of Newport is special. But as you clearly state Mr Roam, it is its rich history that makes it truly an American gem.

  3. Jeremie says:

    Even though most people wouldn’t consider a trip to Newport during this time of year, I would highly recommend it – the winter scenery is unparalleled, and the ocean ferociously beautiful. Excellent representative pictures mr roaming.

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