Are the Newport Mansions your Statue of Liberty? You know how it goes ... New Yorkers don't visit this epic landmark unless company is in town. If that's the case for you with the mansions, let December provide a wake-up call. Really.
The mansions are never more glorious than they are at Christmas time. The Breakers, the Elms and Marble House -- three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America -- are filled with thousands, and we mean thousands, of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. The Breakers has a 15-foot tall red poinsettia tree, and there are 28 other trees uniquely decorated throughout the properties. To top it off, five local pastry chefs have hand-created gingerbread models of the mansions that are on display at The Breakers. Good luck trying not to eat those.
All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours now through Sunday, January 5, 2014. The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., The Elms and Marble House open at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m. And most importantly, Martha Stewart's got nothing on us.