This mansion was built in 1901 by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind, who had made their fortune in the coal industry. It was designed as a replica of a castle in France. Like most Newport mansions, the tour comes with an audio guide. You'll enter into a beautiful lobby, with marble and a grand staircase that leads to 5 bedrooms and lounges. There is also a beautiful winter garden where the owner hosted card games until his death at an advanced age. In the basement, you'll find a spacious, beautiful kitchen. You can also visit the gardens and grounds.
We usually avoid tourist-y things in our travels finding them a bit cheesy, but we took a chance on this an weren't disappointed! We opted for the dinner cruise, and not only was the food fantastic, the boat ride was entertaining, thrilling, and thoroughly enjoyable! We boarded our bright blue jet boat in Grants Pass, Oregon, and were whisked up the river towards Hellsgate Canyon. Along the way our guide pointed out interesting historical facts about the area as well as wildlife that he spotted. We docked at their exclusive restaurant on the river and were treated to chicken, ribs, potatoes, cornbread, slaw, and cobbler for dessert. Happily full, we boarded the boat for a wet and wild ride back complete with 360 degree spins! It was definitely a fun and entertaining evening!