City of Mansions
In the late 1800s, some of the wealthiest families in the country built “summer cottages” in Newport –grand residences with hundreds of rooms, houses that bear names like The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House, and Chateau-sur-Mer. Tours of the restored mansions allow the casual viewer a glimpse into how “the other half” lived among their imported fabrics, exotic woods, and large-scale architecture. Newport’s nightlife and ocean side ambience attract hundreds of thousands of visitors all summer long. Yacht races, astounding scenery, the annual Newport Tennis Hall of Fame competition, and the world famous Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals just add to the attraction.