It's been two years since me and my family first visited Rhode Island. We were actually there only for one Sunday, as part of our meetup with a few of our relatives from California. They were on a multi-state east coast vacation. As residents of the northeast (New Jersey, to be exact), it was a given that we'd join them for a portion of their trip. So, my family and I and met them in Boston, where we spent the Saturday before.
We had only one mission in Rhode Island: to see the Newport Mansions. Our first stop was The Breakers - arguably the grandest, therefore most visited, of the mansions currently handled by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The 70-room, 13-acre grounds mansion was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in the late 1800s, the Vanderbilt family "summer cottage" is the architectural and social archetype of the Gilded Age. Located by the sea, the mansion is called The Breakers because the waves of the Atlantic Ocean broke onto the rocks of the property.
To explore a property of the size of The Breakers takes at least a few hours. Needless to say, one Sunday in Newport is not enough to see the rest of the mansions. Thankfully, the tickets to get access of all of the mansions don't expire. It's a bit of a drive from where we are in New Jersey, but we are definitely planning a trip back to complete our mission!