I had the pleasure of traveling to Newport, RI with my mom and cousin in early June. I last visited Newport, RI in 2011 and on that trip I decided that one day I would take my mom there because I knew that she would love it. We invited my cousin, Susan, on our trip as she’s a fellow old house lover and we knew that she would also enjoy the trip.
After flying through Philadelphia, we were in Providence by mid-morning and then in Newport before lunch. Our hotel room wasn’t ready, but the hotel kept our luggage so that we could have fun while waiting on our room. After a yummy late breakfast at Annie’s located near our hotel and also near the Tennis Hall of Fame, we were off to walk around and to decide which mansion we would first tour.
We decided to start with Chateau-sur-Mer, saving the larger mansions for the next few days of our vacation.
Chateau-sur-Mer is an Italianate style 1852 mansion built for William Shepard Wetmore who made his fortune in the American-China Trade. Unlike most of the Newport mansion, this home was lived in year-round.
This is one of the Chateau-sur-Mer bedrooms. I spent a lot of time in this home admiring the wallpaper. A lady on the tour with me recommended Bradbury wallpaper to get a similar look.
We really enjoyed touring Chateau-sur-Mer. It was a great way to start our vacation!
I always enjoy reading about other people’s travels and I hope that you do as well. We stayed in Newport Sunday through Thursday which gave us three full days to tour the mansions and to do the Cliff Walk. We were able to tour eight of the nine homes that we wanted to see. We also wanted to take a boat tour but it was too cold and we ran out of time.
For dinner Sunday night we ate at The Red Parrot Restaurant and we enjoyed it so much that we returned there later in the week for another meal. I had lobster pizza which was super yummy!
I’ll share be sharing another Newport, RI trip recap tomorrow, so be sure to check back in to read about what we did on our first full day of vacation in Newport.
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