September 25, 2012

I Went on a Guided Tour of The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island

As you may know from reading my blog, I was recently in Newport, Rhode Island, where I spent an enjoyable weekend visiting my good friends, Holly Bannister and Doug Newhouse.  I blogged about an invigorating early morning walk along the amazing Cliff Walk and also about a fascinating tour of the International Yacht Restoration School.  Today, I’d like to take you on another tour of one of the grand summer “cottages” that line the Newport shoreline.  Because of its lovely climate and island appeal, Newport was the scene of an exciting era known as the Gilded Age, when the area was the summer home of America’s wealthiest and most influential families.  Lavish mansions were designed by America’s greatest architects and many of them are maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County for the public to enjoy.  Our tour was of the grand estate called The Elms.