For whatever reason, all of my Rhode Island travel posts have been about the Newport mansions. There are other fun things to do in Rhode Island, I promise! But the mansions are really incredible, and there certainly is a reason I keep visiting them whenever I’m in the state.
A few weekends ago our friends Liam and Yibei hosted us at their Rhode Island beach house. The first day we had perfect beach weather, but the second day was all rain, making it a great time to visit a Newport mansion that I hadn’t been to before: Rosecliff.
Rosecliff was built by silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, and modeled after Grand Trianon at Versailles (no wonder we liked it!). And the home truly is spectacular, especially the ballroom, which is the largest private ballroom in Newport.
Look familiar? The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad, and 27 Dresses were all filmed at Rosecliff!
After touring the downstairs…
…we headed upstairs to the temporary design exhibit. We blended right in!
Afterwards, despite the rain, we wandered out into Rosecliff’s beautiful garden.
And then I did something I’d never done before at the Newport mansions! We headed towards the sea and began the Cliff Walk.
The Cliff Walk is a trail bordering the ocean that takes you behind all of the mansions. It offers the best of everything: gorgeous views of the water and gorgeous views of the homes. And even in the rain it was still a lot of fun!
This cottage should look familiar!
I’m so glad Liam took us on the Cliff Walk! Now I want to do the walk every time I visit the Newport Mansions!
You can find out more information on visiting Rosecliff here.
And Christmas is coming up! Here’s why it’s the perfect time to visit the Newport mansions.
P.S. My dress is by Amanda Uprichard and you can find it here.