Newport's 11 Mansions: Gilded Age Gems

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<p>Would you call a home with 70 rooms a cottage? If not, you&rsquo;re obviously not Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The Breakers, the &quot;summer cottage&quot; of the 19th-century multimillionaire, is one of the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island that are now by far the city&rsquo;s top attractions. (<a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/rhode-island/newport-county/feature_30006.html">More on Newport’s Social Scene in the Gilded Age.</a>) Here are highlights of homes open to the public, giving you a peek into the lives of the privileged. </p> <p><strong>Tips:</strong> Many mansions can only be toured during summer. Consider a <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/rhode-island/newport-county/review-178796.html">combination ticket</a> for multiple properties. And for a different perspective on the most stunning waterfront homes&mdash;including Astor’s Beechwood, now privately owned and no longer open to the public&mdash;don’t miss the <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/rhode-island/newport-county/review-96189.html">Cliff Walk</a>.</p>

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