October 10, 2012. After leaving the Long Dell Inn on Cape Cod, we thought we would take a quick trip to Newport for lunch before driving north to Providence RI for the jack-o-lantern festival.
We came upon a unique clock at Bellevue and Victoria Avenue, where we started seeing some very large mansions.
The first interesting place was Vernon Court, which is a museum open to the public on certain days. It was also registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
We came upon the Anglesea Estate at the end of a street overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There was a mansion walk at the end of the street and I walked down about a block and took a photo. The mansion was huge, and I found out later it was the famous Breakers.
Paddy and I took the Breakers tour. While I was disappointed that no photos could be taken, I understood that it would be very distracting with all the cameras; and flash photos, over time, could fade fabrics and art work etc. The Breakers was a "cottage" built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. It was a 70 room Italian Renaissance mansion displaying what could be done when money was no object. It was a jaw dropping tour indeed.
Finally, we had lunch at the Bowens Wine Bar & Grille at the Bowens Wharf. Good food, good view of the marina.