Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Are you heading to the northeast for business or pleasure?  Be sure to spend some time in one of our favorite places and explore exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art and interior design.  Upon arriving on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, be sure and head straight for The Breakers. A spectacular 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo that the Vanderbilt family called their "summer cottage."  The symmetry of design, opulence and lavish use of alabaster, marble, mosaics, and antique woods rival the magnificent northern Italian Renaissance palaces after which it was modeled.

Then it's down the road to Rosecliff  which was built strictly as a summer residence for Tessie and Herman Oelrich. The most notable feature is the impressive heart shaped limestone staircase, also know as the sweetheart's staircase.  As you enter the 40 x 80 ballroom you may recognize it as where Arnold Schwarzenegger tangoed with Tia Carrere in "True Lies"

The Ballroom

The Dining Room

Be sure and visit Chateau-sur-Mer which is considered one of America's finest examples of lavish Victorian architecture and design   Victorian society looked to a future built on industrial wealth and science, while its art looked to the past, inspired by a romantic fascination for history, nature, and adventures in exotic lands. Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark to all of these Victorian interests. Truly a must see!!

Visit http://www.newportmansions.org/ for information about all 11 properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks!  Safe travels!!

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