You must visit historic Newport, RI


I had a glorious weekend in Newport. Anyone who wants a glimpse of historical architecture and splendor should visit this town. I've been there many times over the years and I always find it to be magical. There is loads to do.

First on the list should be a tour of the magnificent mansions from the "Gilded Age" when opulence and decadence were abound. It's amusing that these lustrous mid-to-late Nineteenth Century mansions were considered "summer cottages" for ultra-wealthy families like the Vanderbilts. Built by the water, these grand-scale homes are right near the Cliff Walk - a great place to take an afternoon stroll.

For upscale dining try the historic Castle Hill Inn (built in 1875) or for more casual seafood try The Mooring.

This weekend we stayed Hotel Viking. The hotel opened in May 1926 and is currently a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. It's interiors are charming and I was especially taken by their restaurant's decor. The brick interior walls were painted a pale shade of gray. It's an unusual color for brick walls but it worked beautifully. The juxtaposition of striped gray sheers provided an elegant contrast in texture to the brick, while the soft gray colors blended perfectly.

HISTORIC HOTEL VIKING AT DUSK

The historic Hotel Viking at dusk

HISTORIC CASTLE HILL INN RESTAURANT

CHARMING INTERIOR DESIGN AT HOTEL VIKING'S RESTAURANT

the restaurant's painted gray brick walls with soft gray curtains


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