Courier August/September Courier - Page 35

Newport Mansions Newport, Rhode Island Marble House Gold Room “What’s this?” you say. “A museum show- casing the lifestyles of the super-rich?” Make that “museums” because that’s what the palatial Rhode Island man- sions under the aegis of the Preservation Society of Newport County are. Nine mansions—the Breakers, Chepstow, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, the Elms, Hunter House, Kingscote and Isaac Bell House— will have your group feeling as if they are part of Newport’s Gilded Age, or at the very least, characters out of “The Great Gatsby.” Add to this an extraordinary garden, Green Animals Topiary Garden, and you have a set of museums like no other. 31