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Amid its sandy beaches and amazing coastlines that offer unimaginable panoramic views, Newport, RI boasts an array of historic vacation retreats of the turn-of-the-century American aristocracy that are simply spectacular when dressed in Christmas finery and glowing with candlelight. Why not celebrate the lifestyles of the rich and famous with the Newport Mansions aglow during the Holiday season.
2 Night's Lodging at the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites, 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, Guided Driving Tour of Newport, Free Time in Downtown Newport, Tour of The Elms Mansion, Tour of the Breakers Mansion, Tour of the Marble House Mansion, Baggage Handling and Transportation.
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After our day’s travel with meal and rest stops en route, we will arrive in Newport, Rhode Island late afternoon at the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites (401-848-7128). Situated along the sandy beach, and with its meticulously restored gambrel-style historic hotel building and contemporary shingle addition, the seaside resort combines Newport’s historic charm with contemporary sophistication. The hotel rooms feature complimentary wireless internet, in-room gourmet coffee and teas, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and a DVD player with complimentary use of their in-house DVD library. The hotel amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub elevated over Newport Pond, fitness center, and business center. To the north, overlook the serene waters and natural habitat. To the south, take in the crashing of the waves and the Cliff Walk lined with mansions. Dinner this evening will be included at the hotel with the remainder of the evening to enjoy the resort at your leisure.
Breakfast will be included at the hotel this morning before we depart with our local guide who will lead us on a narrated driving tour featuring Bellevue Avenue, which was the backbone of Newport’s Golden Age. Here, the Vanderbilts and the top 400 of U.S. society and wealth congregated during the summer months. After some free time in downtown Newport for some shopping and lunch on your own, we begin our tours of two of the famed mansions. Each house has its own charm and pizzazz throughout the year, and holiday decorations heighten the experience. The Elms is an elegant French-style chateau built in 1901 by Philadelphia coal tycoon Edward J. Berwind. Among its elaborate holiday decorations, the Elms is most well-known for its poinsettia tree. Located in the ballroom, the white poinsettia tree contains 150-200 plants. The Elms was the first fully electrified house in Newport. The Marble House was the summer home of Mr. & Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Reportedly costing $11 million to build, it was considered the most lavish house in America in 1892. During the holidays, its rooms are decked out with countless poinsettias, stunning evergreens, trees, wreaths, fresh flowers and period ornaments to turn the house into a Christmas wonderland. Your day will conclude with dinner included at The Pier Restaurant, which is located on Howard Wharf, with amazing harbor views. It’s known as Newport’s most enjoyable waterfront dining experience. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.B, D
Following breakfast included at the hotel, we finish our look back at the Christmas traditions of the rich and famed with a tour of The Breakers Mansion. Home of President and Chairman of New York Central Railroad Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a 70-room, Italian Renaissance-style palazzo boasts a display of rich marbles, exquisite mosaic tile floors and ceilings, and topped off by panoramic ocean views. The focal point of The Breakers is The Great Hall. Stroll across the floor and gaze at the elaborate details from floor to ceiling. Lush greenery, vibrant poinsettias and meticulously decorated trees surround the room and accent the second floor balcony. Each of the mansions have a storied past and are magnificently decorated, don’t miss your opportunity to see how the “well-to-do” celebrated the Holidays. You may even wish to take a replica ornament home with you from the gift shops, sure to become a showcase piece that will heighten your holiday decorations with memories from this remarkable getaway. We will depart for home with a lunch and a dinner stop on the way.
**ALL WOLF'S TOURS - TIMES AND ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.
|Camp Hill|| Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass |
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
|Carlisle|| Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street |
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
|Hanover|| Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr |
Park along grass island in center of lot
|Harrisburg Mall|| Harrisburg Mall -3501 Paxton St. |
Park near Pole 32
|York|| York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St. |
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
|York Springs|| York Springs - Wolf's Terminal |
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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