No visit to this historic seaport town is complete without touring one of the five Gilded Age mansions under the protective auspices of the Newport Preservation Society. These ‘summer cottages’ as they were dubbed by the uber-rich, are actually lavish mansions modeled on European palaces and filled with priceless and often historically significant furnishings and artwork. The Elms was built by Edward Julius Berwind in 1901. It’s modeled on an 18th century French chateau and boasts Berwind’s collection of Renaissance ceramics, Oriental jades, and 18th century French and Venetian paintings. You can also stroll through the estate’s luxurious Classical Revival gardens, with lush terraced landscaping, bronze sculptures, fountains, and marble pavilions.
367 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840