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The Breakers

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!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I was even more impressed when I peaked through the gate and saw the house!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Gorgeous, isn’t it?!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The inside is decorated for the holidays, and is absolutely stunning.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

There are trees in practically every room, which quickly got us into the Christmas spirit.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The biggest tree is actually made up of rows and rows of Poinsettia flowers!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Here are my aunt Beth and Michaela:

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And here is ME!

(…and Michaela. Ha)

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Another fun holiday treat is that there are gingerbread houses in the kitchen decorated to look like Newport homes.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Although I suppose they’re not all modeled after locations in Newport…

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

After exploring the house, Michaela and I headed outside.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Can you imagine having this view?!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The cottage is gorgeous from the back as well. No surprise there.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Michaela and I ventured out onto the lawn to take some serious photos.

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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!

The Breakers - Newport Rhode Island travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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!

~A

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