The Breakers

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The Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk, which passes by The Breakers, is a National Recreation Trail which runs along the shoreline in Newport, Rhode Island. Ocean views abound throughout the 3.5 mile walk. The trail passes by many of Newport’s famous gilded age mansions.

Hurricane Sandy washed away The Cliff Walk in 2012. After $5 million in restorations, Newport reopened the trail in 2014. There are still some unpaved, rough sections.

The Breakers

The Breakers is the most famous of Newport’s summer ‘cottages’. Cornelius Vanderbilt II, chairman of the New York Central Railroad, bought The Breakers in 1885.

The original Breakers burned down in 1892. Vanderbilt commissioned a team to replace the home with an elaborate 70-room Italian-style Palazzo.

Vanderbilt’s youngest daughter, Gladys, inherited the house in 1934. She opened it to the public in 1948 as a museum to raise funds for The Preservation Society of Newport County. The Society purchased The Breakers in 1972 and visitors can take self-guided tours of the home and grounds.

When we visited Newport, there was an antique car show taking place there. We also had our dog with us, so we contented ourselves with photos from the perimeter. The video below, courtesy of Pierre Repooc Productions, takes viewers through the interior spaces.

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Location: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Designation: National Historic Landmark
Date designated/established: October 12, 1994
Date of my visit: October 2, 2021

16 thoughts on “The Breakers

      1. I do not know and wondered about that same thing when I had a tour of the Breakers when I still lived in Middletown (next to Newport) in the late 1960s.

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  2. Particularly interesting as I’m currently reading Anderson Cooper’s book about the Vanderbilts.
    It’s hard to imagine living in a place like this. However I would like to visit sometime.

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