Newport, RI – Newport Restoration Foundation’s Rough Point and The Preservation Society of Newport County’s The Breakers are among the 20 vying to be named “Best Holiday Historic Home Tour” by the readers of USA TODAY 10Best.

“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 website states.

You can vote once per day for your favorite historic home tour now through Monday, December 10 at noon ET. The 10 winning home tours, as determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, December 21.

Vote for The Breakers
Best Holiday Historic Home Tour

“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”.

Vote for Rough Point
Best Holiday Historic Home Tour

“Famous philanthropist Doris Duke enjoyed views of the Atlantic Ocean from her sprawling Rough Point mansion. Other owners of the estate included Frederick W. Vanderbilt who originally commissioned the home and railroad magnate William B. Leeds. During A Rough Point Holiday, visitors can experience the home with some rooms decked for the holidays and others cloaked in their protective winter coverings, typical of what the summer cottage would have looked like during this off season”.

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