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Girlfriends Getaway: Gilded Age of Newport

Newport Harbor
The Elms; Photo Credit Tony Kent on Flickr Newport Harbor Bannister's Wharf International Tennis Hall of Fame; Photo Credit Joy Brown

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Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Grab your girlfriends or meet new girlfriends on this wonderful trip featuring Newport's Gilded Age and its impressive mansions and landmarks.


4 Days/3 Nights

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners


$1,599.00 per person / double occupancy
$2,199.00 per person / single occupancy
$1,449.00 per person / triple occupancy
$1,319.00 per person / quad occupancy

NOTE: Itinerary subject to change

Day 1:
Travel to Middletown, RI
Lunch on own
Check in for three Overnights at the Wyndham Newport
Dinner at Johnny's Restaurant
Evening Presentation of "Breaking the Rules of Gilded Age Society"

Day 2:
Breakfast at hotel
Gilded Age themed tour of Newport
Free time & lunch on own at Bannister's Wharf
Newport Harbor Boat Cruise
Tour & Tasting at Newport Vineyards
Return to hotel to freshen up
Dinner & free time on own at Bowen's Wharf

Day 3:
Breakfast at hotel
Self-Guided Tour of Chateau-sur-Mer
Self-Guided Tour of The Breakers
Lunch on own
Self-Guided Tour of The Elms
Dinner at LaForge Casino Restaurant
Enjoy a re-creation of a Gilded Age Cotillion

Day 4:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Travel to Mystic, CT
Lunch & free time on own at Olde Mistick Village
Travel home

October 19, 2023

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Woodbridge/Iselin, NJ at APA Hotel

$1,599.00 per person / double occupancy
$2,199.00 per person / single occupancy
$1,449.00 per person / triple occupancy
$1,319.00 per person / quad occupancy

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"Breaking the Rules of Gilded Age Society" Presentation by "Mrs. Astor"
Mrs. Astor will speak with the group about "Breaking the Rules of Gilded Age Society."
Mrs. Astor, thought she was uniquely qualified to uphold the manners and mores of Gilded Age America. Wherever she went, Mrs. Astor made her judgments, dictating proper behavior and demeanor, men's and women's codes of dress, acceptable patterns of speech and movements of the body, and what and when to eat and drink. The ladies and gentlemen of high society took note. "What would Mrs. Astor do?" became the question every social climber sought to answer. Mrs. Astor will engage the group in a lively, humorous discussion by asking them their ideas about how proper etiquette rules could be broken. A gentlemen partner will present the men's code of behavior.

Gilded Age Tour of Newport
Enjoy a Gilded Age tour of Newport with the Grand Dame of Newport, Mrs. Caroline Astor.

This tour includes Newport's Colonial city center with centuries-old architecture, Ocean Drive with jaw-dropping vistas Bellevue Avenue's historic Gilded Age 'cottages'. You will also see many locations where HBO's series "The Gilded Age" was filmed. Learn about legendary landmarks but also get the scoop on hidden gems!

Bannister's Wharf
Enjoy lunch on own and shopping along Bannister's Wharf, the center of all the action in Newport since 1742!

Bannister's Wharf is home to some great restaurants like the Clarke Cooke House (favorite local spot of Ted Turner and Dennis Conner), The Black Pearl, Fluke and the White Horse Tavern, the 'oldest Tavern in America'. Bannister's Wharf has an incredible variety of unique shops for you
to explore. In between all of the shopping, take a break and enjoy an ice cream, coffee or espresso by the waterfront.

Newport Harbor Boat Cruise
Enjoy a breathtaking classic motor yacht tour of Newport Harbor aboard the Rum Runner II and relive the speed and thrill of the chase of the smuggler boats from the days of Prohibition. Rum Runner II was built in 1929 during the height of Prohibition.

Our formally narrated tour takes us up close along the shore for some breathtaking views of the Newport Mansions, past Fort Adams and some of the large private yachts that make Newport a port of call.

Tour & Tasting at Newport Vineyards
This vineyard was originally established in 1977 with the goal of producing fine wines as a way of preserving agricultural land from rapid development. Today, they produce a variety of quality, award winning wines which you can
sample after the tour.

Bowen's Wharf
Enjoy free time at Bowen's Wharf, the Anchor of Newport's Waterfront.

Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century
commercial wharf buildings bring you back to Newport's beginnings as a thriving seaport in one of the finest natural harbors in New England.
There are many restaurants, shops and nightlife options available.

Visit Chateau-sur-Mer, a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s.

It was the scene of memorable entertainment from the "Fete Champetre," an elaborate country picnic for more than 2,000 guests held in 1857, to the
debutante ball for Miss Edith Wetmore in 1889. Chateau-sur-Mer's grand scale and lavish parties ushered in the Gilded Age of Newport.

This self guided tour includes admission inside the mansion.

Breakers Mansion
Visit the Breakers Mansion, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages." It is a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial pre-eminence in turn-of-the-century America.

Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century.

This self guided tour includes admission inside the mansion.

The Elms
The Elms, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry.

In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.
Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

Gilded Age Cotillion
Enjoy a recreation of a Gilded Age Cotillion with live music and easy dance steps!

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Enjoy a guided tour of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where the sport's greatest champions are celebrated. Seven acres and numerous galleries are brimming with history, culture, and fascinating stories.

See the stunning architecture and grounds. It is located in the Newport Casino originally commissioned in 1879 as part of an exclusive resort for wealthy summer residents.

Olde Mistick Village
Stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720. Olde Mistick Village has picturesque settings of flowers, trees and duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind.

The shopkeepers pride themselves on offering you some of the most interesting and unique items from around the world. Feeling hungry? Olde Mistick Village is home to some of Mystic's best restaurants.

There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era.

Wyndham Newport Hotel, Middletown RI

Enjoy an idyllic New England escape at our Wyndham Newport Hotel, offering modern accommodations, exceptional amenities, and spectacular water views.

The hotel features an indoor pool and fitness center.

Guestrooms include coffeemaker, microwave & mini-refrigerator.

-Must be 21 yrs. of age or older for wine tasting at Newport Vineyards

Proper attire is suggested for the Rum Runner II Cruise. Flat shoes, Jacket or Sweater is recommended.

Download the Newport Mansions app on your smartphone to access free guided audio tours of the mansions we visit. Bring headphones.

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