|The gates at The Breakers
I have been really grateful for my own pillow and Goosebumps blanket, but I really appreciate having decent bedding in hotels, too.
Today was a beautiful, sunny, fall day; it could not have been more perfect. We spent most of the day traipsing through the Newport "Cottages" which of course, are actually opulent mansions.
The most opulent of them all is 'The Breakers"; the Vanderbilt's 70-room summer home. The gold and marble were astounding and the artwork and furnishings were stunning. If you have seen castles in Europe, then you will have an idea of what I am talking about.
Despite the glitz and glam of the Breakers, I believe that my favorite rooms in the mansion were the kitchen and butler pantry! Lol
We also toured the "Marble House", Alva Vanderbilt's vision; It contains 500,000 cubic feet of the most beautiful marble I have ever seen. It is not as large, or quite as gaudy as the "Breakers", but it did not disappoint.
|Loved the audio
The last house that we viewed was the "Rosecliff"; this was not a Vanderbilt cottage. It was the home of more "new money"; Tessie Oelrichs. Tessie knew that if she was to "be" anyone, in this land of status and wealth, she would have to build a home that did not pale in comparison to her neighbors.
I loved walking through these cottages and hearing the stories from years gone past. I also find the location of the mansions interesting. Not the easiest to get to, but stunning views, right on the water. Truly magical.
|LOVED the kitchens!
It was extremely picturesque, and we were extremely grateful that we are here during the fall months, as the number of tourists still here were insane. We did see several cruise ships in the port, so we figured that must be the majority of the folks walking around, on a cool fall day, but we could not imagine what it must be like in the summer!
We decided to head back towards Middleton, where we were staying (about 4 miles away) to have dinner, to avoid the crowds. We asked the gal at the front desk for a recommendation, and she said Anthony's. We were praying that they had better seafood than Flo's, and we were not disappointed!
Apparently, you can take-out, or dine-in; buy cooked fish or raw. Everything looked amazing. We, of course, chose to dine in and joined the line, full of hungry people, all trying to decide what to eat. I asked the guy behind the seafood cases what he would have and he recommended the tuna and the "stuffies" we decided to add a cup of clam chowder and ordered our food.
Thankfully, it was AMAZING!! Which is awesome, other than the fact that I am STUFFED!! I loved those stuffies so much I wished that we had found that restaurant sooner, so I could have eaten them every day! I am not sure how they were made, but they had clams and some sort of stuffing, baked in a clamshell. Yum! And the tuna was delicious, too.
If you are ever in Rhode Island, go to Anthony's, and stay far away from Flo's!
Hoping for another good night's sleep, as we are off to Maine in the morning!
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