The first "cottage" we saw and I say that with tongue in cheek, was the Marble House.
This is where I had to turn off my camera, sniff sniff :(HERE.
"The Breakers, a National Historic Landmark, is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. In 1893, Cornelius Vanderbilt II commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.' taken from DiscoverNewport
I loved hearing the stories of these families and just to let you know, they only spent maybe a month or so in these mansions, um, "summer cottages", and had six to seven other homes all over the world.
Can you imagine? Anyway, I loved the stories about Cornelius Vanderbilt of The Breakers. He was a shrewd businessman, but he taught Sunday School and on his dying bed he was reciting prayers and claiming Jesus Christ as his personal Savior! I loved that!
Then we just poodled around the area and saw more gorgeous homes and wondered about who lived in them. If you get the chance to go to Newport make sure you tour a mansion, um. "summer cottage" or so. Nothing like seeing a 70 room very part time residence all covered in gold and fineries! :)
So until next time...