At the beginning June I traveled to Newport, RI with my mom and cousin. I first shared a tour of Chateau-sur-Mer that we enjoyed on the day that we arrived in Newport. I then shared a tour of Marble House, Rosecliff, and The Elms that we saw on the first full day of our trip.
Touring The Breakers and Hiking the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI
On the second day of our trip the weather was pretty, so we headed out to do the Cliff Walk and planned to tour The Breakers when we got to it along the trail.
The Cliff Walk
The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail that meanders along the coast in Newport. Not only do you get beautiful ocean views, you get to see the back side of mansions.
The actual Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles, but by the time we walked to the trailhead, did the Cliff Walk plus toured The Breakers, and then walked back to our hotel, we walked 14 miles.
The trail starts as a sidewalk and continues for a good distance. If you look at the map above, green is the sidewalk section. You can see on the map where the color changes to red. The red section is very rocky and can be scary if you aren’t used to uneven footing. The orange trail isn’t paved and also has some parts where you must take care as you walk.
This shot is the view near the beginning of Cliff Walk.
All along the trail are wild roses in bloom. I remembered these from previous trips to Newport in July but wasn’t expecting to see them blooming so early in June.
This plant’s bloom looks like Queen Anne’s Lace but the plant was a lot larger.
Here you can see the terrain in one of the orange sections of the trail. The couple in front of us were so kind and made sure that we safely got through some of the rocky area where the footing was tricky. I posted this picture on Instagram and through a hashtag the couple found the picture and read what I’d written about their kindness.
This is the rear side of Rough Point, the oceanfront estate of Doris Duke along Cliff Walk. We didn’t have time to tour this mansion and if I ever return to Newport, it’s on my list of things I’d like to do.
Here we are nearly at the end of Cliff Walk. By the time we walked back to our hotel, we were all exhausted.
I love the Cliff Walk and if I lived close by, I would walk it frequently.
The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion, known as the grandest of all of the mansions in Newport.
This 1895 mansion consists of 70 rooms and has 62,482 square feet of living area on five floors. This shot is of the right side of the mansion.
This is the back side of the mansion which overlooks the ocean. I took this picture as we walked along the Cliff Walk.
This is the Great Hall in the center of the mansion. This room opens up to a patio overlooking the water. Can you imagine the parties thrown in this space?
The ceiling is painted to look like the sky.
The dining room is 2,400 square feet with a table that can seat up to 34 guests.
The chandeliers work with either gas or electricity.
This is the billiards room. Can’t you see men smoking cigars and enjoying a game of pool in this grand space?
The walls are Cippolino marble from Italy. Mosaics make up the ceiling.
The acorn is the Vanderbilt family emblem, intended to show strength and longevity.
This beautiful porch is called the lower loggia. More Italian mosaics are found here.
This house goes on and on and each room is grand beyond belief. I am pretty sure that this is the morning room, but to be honest, the Newport mansions with all of their extravagant rooms run together in my mind.
Can you imagine the team of servants that it took to keep this place running? Many probably spent all day every day dusting all of the intricate stonework and woodwork.
The music room was gigantic and very ornate.
I spent as much time looking up at the ceilings at The Breakers as I did looking at the rooms.
90% of the furnishing in The Breakers are original.
This is the library.
Another ornate ceiling!
The second floor is where the bedrooms are located. The third floor and attic floor are servant quarters. The basement contained the service areas which were interesting to see.
The second floor bedrooms were interesting to tour but since this post is already quite long, I’m only sharing one bedroom picture. I loved Mrs. Vanderbilt’s suite, especially the wallpaper.
Here’s the view from the upper loggia.
We had so much fun in Newport and it was so enjoyable to tour the mansions.
What’s great about Newport is that you can walk to everything. We flew into Providence, got an Uber to our hotel, and then walked everywhere that we wanted to go during our vacation. We had three full days in Newport which ended up not being quite enough time to do everything that we wanted to do. We didn’t get to take a boat tour and we also wanted to tour Rough Point and Green Animals Topiary Garden. If you are thinking about a Newport vacation, I would recommend staying five full days to be able to fully enjoy what Newport has to offer.
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