I checked out of my hostel this morning and trekked over to my car to leave my backpack. Then I headed back up the hill to Bellevue Avenue and the mansions. First on the list: Chateau-Sur-Mer which while still very impressive, is not as overwhelming as the Breakers and Marble House. The downstairs rooms are built to impress but the upstairs was built for everyday living. The decor of the dining room sticks out the most in my mind. The designs around the fireplace are very bright and vivid while the more subdued wallpaper is made from a leather that almost shimmers. While waiting for a tour to begin, visitors wander around the morning room and look at displays of pictures and newspaper clippings about the family and property.
top of the Chinese Teahouse at Marble House, seen from the Cliff Walk
Following my tour of Chateau-Sur-Mer, I headed up to Marine St. entrance of the Cliff Walk (it is not marked from the road; in fact the road up to it is made of gravel and not likely to be driven on) to finish off the last two miles. I really enjoyed this section mainly because at several times the path disappeared among the rocks, and I got to climb around to create my own crossing. It is also possible to reach the water here although not for swimming. Views of several magnificent homes appear as well. This is the longest stretch without any exits (I believe 1 3/4 miles), so be prepared to hike longer than during the other parts of the Cliff Walk. The fog burned off as I walked enough for me to get sunburned despite wearing sunscreen :P
My final Newport mansion was Rosecliff which is designed after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. It receives its name from the owner of the property before the mansion was built, a gentleman named George Bancroft who bred roses there. Inside is a gorgeous ballroom--the largest in Newport--with windows lining both of the long sides. The ballroom is also known for being the site of filming for parts of several movies including The Great Gatsby. The stairwell adds a uniqueness to the house: it is heart-shaped. Once upstairs, visitors can roam at their own pace to view the bedrooms.
Newport Sights & Attractions review
The guided tour of Rosecliff begins in the Grand Salon near the unique staircase (the curves of the two stairwells create a heart shape). The firepla… read entire review