But for those who'd just as soon avoid the throngs of summer, there's another "most wonderful time of the year" to visit Newport. During the holiday season, Newport's famous, ostentatious mansions are even more enchanting when adorned with lush greenery, baubles and bows. The Preservation Society of Newport County, which operates 10 of these historic properties, always selects a few of its prized properties to decorate and open for holiday season tours.
My Newport Mansions Aglow article has details on traveling to Newport during the Christmas season, but if you can't get to Rhode Island to see the sparkling sights, I'll take you there virtually with this photo gallery. Either start from the beginning and come along on a virtual tour of Beechwood, The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms (we'll get to see Santa Claus, too!), or select from the photo links below to "sightsee" on your own.
Christmas in Newport Photo Gallery
The Astors' Beechwood
Note: The Astors' Beechwood is no longer open to the public for holiday tours.