Welcome to Newport Rhode Island

We weren't entire sure what we were wanting to do in Newport, so we decided to book an excursion from the cruise ship.  We decided on an Excursion called "The Best of Newport". 
There was a Tender from the Ship to land because the boat was too large to pull in and dock.  I loved all of the fishing boats around us.  It definitely gave the feel of a small, friendly ship-town. 

Here is the description given in the information brochure for the tour:
"Experience the best that Newport has to offer with a scenic drive along famous Ocean Drive for spectacular views of Newport's rocky coastline, a visit to The Elms, one of the grandest villas ever built in the United States followed by a catered lunch at The Elms Carriage House and courtyard."

"Your narrated drive through Newport passes 150 points of interest, including the town's colonial section with its many authentic and restored buildings, including White Horse Tavern, and Friends Meeting House. Pass by Trinity Church, Redwood Library, and the Gothic Church of Saint Mary's, where Jacqueline Bouvier wed Senator John F. Kennedy. (We saw all of this, but didn't get any pictures because it was back to back to back to back information). Travel along world famous 10-Mile Ocean Drive for spectacular views of the rugged coastline."

View of the coastline on the tour-bus
The only other picture I took during the first half of the tour.  There is an entire area in Newport called "Swiss Village Foundation" that is open acreage used to help protect and preserve rare and endangered breeds of livestock. I thought these guys were funny because they looked like oreo cookies.  They are called Dutch Belted Cattle.
"Drive down Bellevue Avenue, where society's millionaires built their fabulous "summer cottages," many beautifully preserved by the Newport Preservation Society."

I would love this summer cottage get-a-way

"Enjoy a guided tour of The Elms, one of Newport's premier palatial 'summer cottages'. This elegant French-style chateau, built in 1901 was the summer residence of Philadelphia coal magnate Edward J. Berwind and sits on a 10-acre park which includes an elegantly restored French Classical Garden. The estate contains every technological marvel of the time and was one of the first Newport houses to be fully electrified. Tour the magnificent public rooms of this mansion to catch a glimpse of the opulent 'Gilded Age' lifestyle. Following your tour, enjoy a catered lunch in the Elms Carriage House or the courtyard overlooking the Classical Sunken Garden."
Mom in the backyard of the Elms
Incredible home!  We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside for copyright protection of the property.

Mom at one of the gardens

Beautiful water fountain view where we sat for lunch

View as we were leaving Newport.  I really love lighthouses, they're so majestic. 

All in all, we had a wonderful trip in Newport.  It's amazing to see the money that they had and the summer getaways they lived in during that time.  It's definitely a quaint, quiet city worth visiting.