Breakers

Photo courtesy of John Corbett / The Preservation Society of Newport County

Ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his holidays or what a Gilded Age Christmas tree might have looked like? These 20 historic houses — hand picked by 10Best Local Experts from around the country — pull out all the stops for their holiday tours.

The Breakers here in Newport, RI are among those 20 nominees.

“Nothing showcases the “Gilded Age” like The Breakers. This National Historic Landmark has been dubbed the “grandest” of the summer cottages located in Newport, R.I. The 70-room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin and commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1885. During the holiday months, The Breakers is the most elaborate of the three “Christmas at the Newport Mansions” and will be adorned with a village of gingerbread houses and mantelpiece decorations designed by area garden clubs.”

The Breakers is currently ranked #11 of 20.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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