|Marble House Back Garden-Alba Roosevelt|
The mansions and gardens of Newport Rhode Island represent 250 years of American history and are a wonderful place to visit for a long weekend in New England. I was able to experience a selection of these beautiful mansions and look forward to revisiting again someday.
|Chinese Tea House (On Marble House Grounds)|
|Marble House Backyard|
|Copper Beach Tree Outside Marble House|
|Rosecliff Mansion Garden|
Here are some of the beautiful gardens of Rosecliff...a pergola
|Rosecliff Rose Garden|
and the formal rose garden.
|Rosecliff Back View Lawn Area|
The Rosecliff is also a popular site for many a wedding and elaborate affair.
If you come to Newport the best way to see many of the mansions is to take a leisurely stroll along Cliff Walk, funded by the National Park Service, Land & Conservation Fund and the State of Rhode Island. Cliff Walk runs about 3.5 miles so plan accordingly and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Plan on approximately two hours or so depending on how far you want to go. I was enjoying the walk so much that I didn't really pay attention to the time and it was well worth it...so much to see including the view of the ocean below.
|Cliff Walk View of Ocean|
|View Looking Down from Cliff Walk|
|Doris Duke's Rough Point (View from Cliff Walk)|
Rough Point (also along Cliff Walk) constructed of red sandstone and granite was originally built by Frederick W. Vanderbilt and completed in 1892. In 1894 the Vanderbilts began renting Rough Point to summer guests and in In 1922, James Buchman Duke (benefactor of Duke University) and his second wife Nanaline bought the mansion. The house and grounds were left to Duke's only daughter Doris. After Nanaline's passing Doris revisited Newport frequently and reopened Rough Point in 1962. Doris Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968 which still runs the mansion today. Rough Point is now open to the public as a museum.
|Cliff Walk in September|
There are some common signs of fall along the Cliff Walk...
|Garden Topiary Animals|
but on the way back I just had to get a photo of this not so ordinary garden.
|Newport Rhode Island Visitor Center|
Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of the Newport mansions and gardens. Many of the mansions have either guided tours or self tours in which you can rent a headset. Also be sure to go into town and stop by the visitor center. They have lots of information on all the mansions and you can choose which you would like to see.
Thank you for visiting and As Always...Happy Gardening!