My family has a Thanksgiving tradition that I absolutely love: visiting the Newport Mansions the weekend after the holiday. This year was no different, and we headed over to Rhode Island on Saturday.
The first thing that I saw upon arriving at The Breakers, a former Vanderbilt summer “cottage,” was a beautiful, imposing gate. I was impressed already!
I was even more impressed when I peaked through the gate and saw the house!
Gorgeous, isn’t it?!
The inside is decorated for the holidays, and is absolutely stunning.
There are trees in practically every room, which quickly got us into the Christmas spirit.
The biggest tree is actually made up of rows and rows of Poinsettia flowers!
Here are my aunt Beth and Michaela:
And here is ME!
(…and Michaela. Ha)
Another fun holiday treat is that there are gingerbread houses in the kitchen decorated to look like Newport homes.
Although I suppose they’re not all modeled after locations in Newport…
After exploring the house, Michaela and I headed outside.
Can you imagine having this view?!
The cottage is gorgeous from the back as well. No surprise there.
Michaela and I ventured out onto the lawn to take some serious photos.
I definitely recommend visiting The Breakers, especially during the holidays while all of the decorations are up. It will give you ideas for designing (and decorating!) your future summer cottage. I, on the other hand, don’t need ideas. I’m just moving into The Breakers!
You can find more information on visiting the Newport Mansions here.
Also, they have holiday nights where the mansions are filled with carolers and music, and you’re given free egg nog (spiked!) and cookies. I cannot recommend these evenings enough! You can find more information on them here.
There’s no place like The Breakers for the holidays!