The Breakers

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44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI, USA

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tylerstar23 tylersta…
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Opulance that makes your eyes water..The Breakers-Newport RI Apr 12, 2011
Driving down Ocean Drive in Newport, RI...

Revelling the grand mansions that overlook the ocean and lined down Bellevue Avenue...

I think to myself, "Who in the hell lives here?"

I bought the Newport mansions tour and decided to visit The Breakers and the Marble House. Both homes were owned by the Vanderbilts...

To stand on the grounds, beneath the huge, ornate doorways, overlooking the sea where you know the view was just an everyday thing to the owners of this summer "cottage".. It was quite enchanting to step back into their world for a bit. The OPULANCE of every nook and cranny, every corner adorned in gold and platinum inside was such eye candy it made my eyes water. The audio tour itself was very informative.. the story was interesting and engaging while I walked long quiet hallways. My neck did ache a bit from looking up so much! I do wish they allowed non flash picture taking so I could share a picture of the interior, alas..preservation and all.. just as well I would have been there ALL day if they had and I still had to visit The Marble House..

All in all, my roadtrip to Newport was a nice preview of Rhode Island, I look forward to exploring their beaches this summer...
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
"Gargantuous" is not even the right word Nov 15, 2010
Really! I am home now and still cannot get the size of "The Breakers" out of my head. It almost looks like a federal building or museum in downtown DC! Why, why, why would someone build something so massive?

For $19 you can take a tour. You can also get a variety of upgrades on inclusive packages and if it's after November 20 (low season), it's a bit cheaper.

If you walk from downtown Newport (which is over a 30 minute walk), you can take Bellevue and stroll pass a collection of manors and mansions; some of which sit as they did when they were occupied and partied in, others have become B&Bs or condominiums and a few are in need of great repair. It is a precursor to arriving at the Breakers (where they is clear sign on your right which narrow street to tunr down-so don't drive too fast or you'll miss it).

Your mouth will just drop and it will take you quite some time to understand and enjoy why someone would build something so grand and that people actually lived here and not even year round! I have now been inspired to play the lotto.
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diisha392 diisha392
116 reviews
Jul 10, 2007
Supposedly costing over $10 million dollars to build (and that’s in 1890’s terms), the Breakers is an amazing example of what wealth can build. The tour takes you through two levels of opulently-decorated rooms. Rising those two stories,the Great Hall is just that in size (50’ by 50’, throw in the windows looking out onto a terrace for an increase in the sense of openness) as well as design (marble columns, wide stairwell with a fountain on its backside, huge chandeliers, elaborate gilded ceiling). The dining room continues the elegance with its own set of twelve marble columns, glittering chandeliers, wall designs in gilded bronze, and a table that could seat thirty-four. The family actually took more of their meals in the lighter-toned morning room with a ceiling mural of the four seasons. Recreation—at least for the men—occurred in the billiard room. Circular designs of semi-precious stones break up the gray-green marble walls of the room. A unique lighting fixture extends from a ceiling mosaic; hiding above is a steel support to combat the light's weight. A jockey’s weighing chair adds character. Another room of repose the music room was built in France and then shipped to the United States in parts to be reconstructed in the Breakers. Another European import is the large, white fireplace in the library; in an earlier time, it warmed the rooms of a French chateau. The richness continues upstairs in large bedrooms—for the women these rooms served as their sitting rooms to receive guests as well—filled with fine furniture and decorations. The upper loggia provides a gorgeous view out to the Atlantic, in to the Great Hall, and above to a magnificent mosaic reminiscent of ancient Italy. Behind the scenes the scale of the décor drops but not that of size. Both the kitchen and the butler’s pantry had two floors, all the better to accommodate parties for 200.

To visit just the Breakers is $25; however, a variety of combination tickets can be purchased that result in a lower individual cost.
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VoyageurDeMonde says:
Adding this to my must see list. Very cool. I think I've seen it on T.V. before.
Posted on: Sep 04, 2007

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