October 20-24, 2019
Step back to a time of opulence and grandeur. When Newport, Rhode Island became the backdrop, setting the stage for America’s wealthiest. Spend some time in this historical town with Gilded Age expert and Architect Gary Lawrance. Mr. Lawrance is a best-selling author and lecturer on Gilded Age architecture. He is also the creator of various successful social media groups pertaining to The Gilded Age.
From Tycoons such as the Vanderbilts to socialites like Jackie Kennedy, Newport has been the summer playground for America’s rich and famous. This charming seaside town is now a relaxed destination and yet still has that upper crust elegance of a bygone era.
Arrive in Newport and check in to the Marriott Newport. This hotel is the perfect Newport location, right on the pier, walking distance to shops and restaurants. Welcome reception this evening in the hotel bar with cocktails and appetizers and a chance to meet Gary, as well as your fellow travelers.
The Marriott has several breakfast options available or feel free to venture out to discover something local each day.
All aboooooard our charming trolley — our transportation for the remainder of the trip!
Today we visit the crown jewel of Gilded Age mansions, The Breakers, the Vanderbilt’s summer cottage. Experience the sprawling estate both ‘upstairs and downstairs’ before joining a guided tour, ‘Beneath the Breakers,’ where you’ll learn the modern technology used by the Vanderbilts in the 1890s.
After The Breakers, lunch is on your own at the main pier and shopping area; Enjoy seaside dining and shopping before heading to our next Newport home.
Kingscote is a great example of gothic revival architecture and one of the first in the “cottage boom” of the 1800s.
We return to the Marriott and the evening is yours to explore on your own!
We begin today with Marble House, home to the notorious Alva Vanderbilt. This home, with its extensive use of stone, quickly set the standard for Newport homes going forward.
After Marble House, see the romantic heart-shaped staircase and grand ballroom during our tour of Rosecliff.
Relax and enjoy lunch as a group at La Forge Casino, located at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This restaurant has been a Newport dining standard for decades and is the perfect iconic location to chat and savor a hot bowl of clam chowder.
Last stop of the day is Chateau Sur Mer. This home was the site to many lavish parties and is a great example of late 19th century architecture. It is believed Sur Mer ushered in the Gilded Age to Newport.
After three mansions in one day relaxation is in order, enjoy another night at your leisure. Don’t forget, the hotel has a great spa!
Roughpoint is our first mansion of the day. Home to Doris Duke, this home provides spectacular ocean views. We begin with a stroll through the gardens to enjoy that ocean view followed by a tour of the mansion.
Lunch will be at your leisure by the pier. Rest and recover before experiencing life as a servant.
The Elms Servants tour will give you a great understanding of what it took to keep these mansions running. Of course, after the servants tour we will enjoy life as the “other half upstairs” – a tour of the main house, built for Philadelphia coal tycoon, Edward Julius Berdwin.
Just as the Gilded Age came to end, so must our tour. Tonight we say farewell over dinner at the Newport classic ,Black Pearl, in their private dining room. Enjoy freshly caught seafood and great conversations with new friends.
Believe it or not, there are still more homes to tour in Newport! Consider extending your stay in this New England hot spot.
Contact Laura Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance in extra nights at the Marriott.