A few years ago, after college finals, I took a trip to Newport, Rhode Island with a few friends. Newport is a well-known city in the United States.

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Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US.
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Welcome to Newport!
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport.

Newport, which is along the New England seacoast in the tiny state of Rhode Island, is home to the summer “cottages” of America’s wealthy through the early twentieth century. It was beachfront property to the mega mansions of the Vanderbilt’s and the like. Mansions, including the Vanderbilt’s “The Breakers,” have been preserved and maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

A graceful sculpture at The Elms.
A graceful sculpture at The Elms.
The Elms had, you guessed it, grand elm trees!
The Elms had, you guessed it, magnificent elm trees!

You can visit many cottages during the summer (and some year-round). The Breakers has an excellent audio tour where you hear from people (or their writings) who lived in the mansions as well as those who worked in them. One audio tour featured omelet-making tips from a chef! Many of the other homes have tours and are museums showcasing what life was like for the rich in a bygone era. Some of the buildings are still privately owned… I’d hate to see their electric bills!

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