GoodLife Programs - Newport Christmas Mansions - Thurs 12/12/24

      Newport, RI, USA

      Bo
      Best of Times Travel
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      160 reviews
      Dec 12, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 54
      GoodLife Programs - Newport Christmas Mansions - Thurs 12/12/24
      Newport, RI, USA

      Best of Times Travel
      • Email address verified
      160 reviews

      Dec 12, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 54

      About this trip

      Christmas at the Newport Mansions: Featuring The Breakers and Marble House


      There is something magical in the air at Christmas time in Newport.


      Come and see two of Newport’s most elegant mansions decorated and on display during this wonderful time of the year.  Our Best of Times Travel Tour Manager will provide light commentary and background on the history of Newport and point out interesting sights and historical landmarks during our adventure in Newport.  


      Visits to The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages”, and showcased will be The Marble House decked out in yuletide finery, with thousands of poinsettia plants, evergreens, wreaths, and fresh flowers highlight our day.

      Lunch On Our Own

      Lunch today will be on our own at the famous Bowen’s Wharf area of Newport.


      The Breakers Mansion

      Visit The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in the Gilded Age.  Built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, one of the richest men in America, The Breakers was everything a millionaire of the Gilded Age could want in a summer getaway. A classic Italian palazzo design, the finest American and European craftsmanship, views of the sea, and modern technology combined to make the ideal setting for luxurious living and entertaining.  The Breakers was built from 1893-1895 to replace a smaller, wooden house that had been destroyed by fire. To reduce the risk of another fire, Vanderbilt and his wife, Alice, commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the Gilded Age, to design the new structure of steel, brick and limestone.  


      The Marble House Mansion

      The Marble House decked out in yuletide finery, with thousands of poinsettia plants, evergreens, wreaths, and fresh flowers highlight our day.  William Vanderbilt built Marble House in 1892 as a 39th birthday present for his wife Alva Vanderbilt. It was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent Gilded Age mansions. 

      Special Note Regarding Transportation

      For guests that are not registering with a group, you will be notified of the closest departure point to where you live by 11/12/2024 or earlier.  If you are not satisfied with, or capable of reaching, the closest departure point for this program we will understand.  You will be cancelled from the event and issued a refund of all charges paid for the trip.    

      Terms and Conditions of Sale

      Purchasing your trip on-line incurs bank service fees that are charged at the time of check-out whether paying by check or credit card.  For the Independent Traveler, Best of Times Travel does not accept mailed in payments for Day Trip Programs. 


      No Refunds will be issued for cancellations, regardless of cancellation reason including but not limited to force majeure, health pandemics, or government restrictions after 11/12/2024.  Best of Times reserves the right to issue any refunds due in whole or in part in the form of Future Travel Credit.   

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        Motortoach Transportation
      • Mansion Admissions
        Admission to the Breakers Mansion
      • Mansion Admission
        Admission to the Marble House Mansion
      • Tour Manager
        Best of Times Travel Tour Manager Throughout
      • Tour Manager Gratuity
        Best of Times Travel Tour Manager Gratuity is Included

      What’s not included

      • Bus Driver Gratuity
        Your Bus Driver Gratuity is NOT Included. Our suggested amount of $5 per person for the trip.

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      Available until November 22, 2024
      $139

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      Bo
      Best of Times Travel
      160 reviews
      Since our company’s founding in 1974, we have been providing our customers with memories of a lifetime, through our travel and entertainment based programs.

      Reviews

      EP
      We had a wonderful time. Starting eith the bus driver. The band was awesome, they got down on the floor and danced with the audience. Delicious food. A great fun day.
      By Elizabeth P for GoodLife Programs - Jimmy Buffett Tribute - Thursday 7/18/2024 on Jul 20, 2024
      SH
      We are we arrive late because bus was an hour and 10 minutes late and the show had already Begun. The other guest who had Arrived on time received lays and headband appropriate to the event. The bus was filthy dirty and many of the seat belts were broken. The food at Foster was good and served well. The blueberry cake was terrible. The band was OK but too loud. I won’t do another best of times event overall unsatisfactory
      By Suzanne H for Linden Ponds - Jimmy Buffett Tribute - Tuesday 7/16/24 on Jul 20, 2024
      The band was good, but WAY TOO LOUD. And that ’s not just me - my iphone vibrated and said that the noise in the room was over 90 decibels and that I shouldn’t stay in the room for more that 30 minutes or I could injure my hearing. My phone told me that twice! Foster’s was a nice venue, but not good acoustics. I would have enjoyed the music much more if it were not at ear splitting levels. The lobster meal was very good. The bus driver was very good, but the bus was not. There was no cup holder or seat back pouch to put water bottles or a book or sweater in. Nothing at all on the seat back, so we had to hold our water bottle in our hands for 3 hours. Also the air conditioning was on but the vents overhead were not adjustable, so we had too cold air blowing on us for the 3 hours up and back.
      By Patricia H for Travel Club at Oak Point - Jimmy Buffett Tribute - Wednesday 7/17/24 on Jul 19, 2024
      My group had a wonderful time. Thank you
      By Lorraine P for Waltham Friends - Jimmy Buffett Tribute - Tuesday 7/16/24 on Jul 19, 2024
      Had a great time, food was delicious, staff was friendly and courteous. Band was good. The acoustics were not that good. Hard to understand what words they were singing. Do not know if ceiling to low so just bounced the sound back, or mics were not functioning.
      By Charlene M for Best of Times Trvl - Jimmy Buffett Tribute - Tuesday 7/16/24 on Jul 18, 2024
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