TOURS OF THE CITY BY THE SEA — NEWPORT, RI
Once a thriving seaport in Colonial days, Newport became a summer playground for America's wealthiest families in the 19th century. Today it is the privileged traveler who marvels at the splendor of its historic mansions, breathtaking harbor and rustic natural beaches.
Our fabled resort city of America's Cup yacht races has architecture from the Colonial Age, Victorian age, and the famous Gilded Age Mansions. Twelve of these mansions or "summer cottages" are available for public tours. Our limousine tours highlight the world famous Newport Mansions, as well as Colonial Newport, the breathtaking Ocean Drive along the rocky coastline, beautiful beaches, and our lively waterfront and cultural attractions.
Rosecliff is just one of several fabulous mansions to see. Completed in 1902, Architect Stanford White modeled it after Versailles' Grand Trianon garden retreat. It was featured in the film, The Great Gatsby.
Rough Point Estate is home to one of Newport's most remarkable private collections of art. Built in 1889, it was later purchased by James B. Duke of Duke University. His daughter Doris Duke bequeathed the estate upon her death to the organization she founded to help preserve Newport Rhode Island's architectural heritage.