Summer Getaway

The   Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

It sure is hot in New England this week, which is normal for July.  Like people everywhere, when it gets hot, they try to spend time near the water.  In New England, that means the shorelines of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The beaches here are not the greatest (having grown up an hour from the Jersey Shore, I feel qualified to say that), so when I think about where to go, I always seem to lean towards Newport, Rhode Island. While being close to swimming and sailing is a definite plus, for me the bonus is the grandiose mansions along Cliff Walk. This building is of the Breakers, which was one of the Vanderbilt Family's summer "cottages". Totaling 65,000 square feet with 70 rooms, it must have been quite the getaway for them.