Thursday, May 3, 2007

Newport, RI

"He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it." -- from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Newport, RI is filled to the gills with Gatsby-esque mansions from the Gilded Age, which the Preservation Society let's you oooh and ahhh -- for a price. There's something enchanting about the grandeur of it all, which may explain why I keep going back.


ali said...

It's really hard to imagine that lifestyle: These were just "summer cottages" to people who normally called Fifth Avenue home, right? The one-upping factor is amazing, and the homes are beautiful. There's something a little wrong with that lifestyle, but then again, I wouldn't mind having nothing to do all day but sprawl my body across a gaping lawn that leads to the sea.

So, whatever. I can see why you like to go back!

lane said...

Great pictures, Jamie! Too bad we couldn't take photos inside the homes.

I think my fave is Rosecliff, the one with the big pink awning here. the ballroom has floor-to-ceiling doors that open to a huge lawn and garden in the front, and huge lawn out to the ocean in the back. I can't think of anywhere I'd rather dance!