Newport, RI – Sunday, 12/27/15

Enjoyed the hearty breakfast at America’s Cup Inn – eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, bagels, pastry, fruit, yogurt, granola, cold cuts, muffins – all included in the room rate. Then checked out and rushed to see as much as possible before leaving town at noon-ish.

Rosecliff Mansion, designed by Stanford White, was party-central for Tessie Oelrichs, heiress to the Comstock silver lode. The mansion can still be rented for weddings, movies (Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad) and events – and the setting is stunning. double-click any photo for full-size.

Checked out the Frederick Law Olmstead-landscaped private park. A few fantastic trees, but minimal landscaping (and maximal parking lot). It’s across Victoria Street from Vernon Court, the National Museum of American Illustration (closed when we were there).

Walked around town, past the Auto Museum

then into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the old Newport Casino (meaning “little summer house,” not gambling den). You can walk around the grounds for free when the Hall of Fame Museum is open. It was designed in 1880 by McKim, Mead, & White in Victorian Shingle-style as a private club with shops, a theater, dining, guest rooms, and more.  The Casino hosted its first US Lawn Tennis championship in 1881.

The end of this trip. Where to next?

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