Whenever in the vicinity of Hyde Park, driving through the gates to Vanderbilt Mansion, and at least loop around the driveway and come back out is a must. I’m so awestruck with this house, I have to catch a glimpse of it whenever I’m near. Couple that with just recently having read Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt, by Arthur T. Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilts and their homes are even more alluring to me.
Say “Vanderbilt Mansion” and that can mean any of a number of houses, many of which have been demolished, but some of which still stand. A number of those still standing can be found on Rhode Island, which has been leading me to want to take a little trip out there. The first idea that came to mind was to just make a day trip out there, gawk at a few mansions, and come home late the same day. A four hour drive each way makes for a really long day, so then thoughts turn to making a long weekend of it, which would probably work just fine, but as I research things to do see eat, etc., a weekend really isn’t enough to see Rhode Island, if you want to see more of the state than mansions.