Newport & the Gilded Age

We made our first pilgrimage to Newport! We are sailors and had always head about Newport’s sailing heritage and culture. We had recently returned from a week’s sail around Corfu, Greece, so when a three-day window of nice weather opened up, we went for it! We flew from our home airport of Manassas, VA, up to Newport. On the flight up, we skirted the south shore of Long Island and headed north to Newport — a similar routing to our adventure to Martha’s Vineyard last year.

Newport does have a beautiful harbor, full of sailboats and luxury yachts, as well as a plethora of lovely historic homes, built in the 1700s and 1800s. We were gobsmacked by the Newport Mansions, one more spectacular than the other. The were built during America’s Gilded Age, and inspired the term “conspicuous consumption.” A totally accurate description.

Check out Bob’s short film below, as well as a few of my favorite still shots. — Diana (July 2018)

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