Above: Rooftop deck, The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, Newport, Rhode Island

A Gilded Age Stay at The Vanderbilt

Rooftop deck, The Vanderbilt, The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, Newport, Rhode Island

One of New England’s most fascinating and beautiful cities is Newport, Rhode Island, best known for its numerous “cottages,” the palatial summer homes of various wealthy Gilded Age families. Many of these breathtakingly opulent mansions have now opened to the public. But Newport’s rich history predates these edifices by centuries, as evidenced by its wealth of colonial-era architecture on its pedestrian-friendly streets, now occupied by galleries, restaurants and bars.

But historic architecture is not the only attraction here. Newport also draws auto enthusiasts to its two excellent car museums and its annual Concours d’Elegance (held in early October), as well as sailing fans, who can book excursions aboard former America’s Cup racing yachts. Rhode Island’s unexpectedly good wineries are within an easy drive, as are fine, broad beaches. And the oldest synagogue in the United States, dating from 1763, still hosts prayer services and offers tours.

The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection

The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection

Mansions positively litter the whole of Newport, not just the famous Cliff Walk bluff overlooking the sea. Many remain private residences, and some, like The Vanderbilt, are now hotels. Although it’s not on the water — it was just a minor Vanderbilt mansion — this recently overhauled 33-room property has an enviable location within easy walking distance of appealing shops along Spring Street, a variety of convivial bars and restaurants and a few of the main cottages.

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Above: Rooftop deck, The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, Newport, Rhode Island

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