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Extraordinary Outing: Christmas at Newport Mansions

The Watermark at 3030 Park traveled to Newport, Rhode Island on Wednesday, December 13th to the Breakers Mansion for a tour of the mansion’s Holiday Decorations.  It was amazing, despite the fact that it was the coldest day yet this winter and the wind gusts took our breath away!!  The Breakers 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.

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House–three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America–are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.  Thirty decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces.  Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting. Windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition.

We toured the mansion and listened with headsets to a guided tour highlighting special features of each room, the history of the mansion and Vanderbilt family.  The tour was an hour long. Afterwards we boarded the bus and were on our way to lunch, not far, on Bannister’s Wharf in Newport; The Black Pearl, famous for their clam chowder.  Everyone was ready for a warm cup of chowder and lunch by this point… needless to say lunch was delicious.

The 3030 Park residents are the best, they made it through some tough weather conditions…they’re real “troopers”. The outing was a great success!

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