Providence Athenaeum

  • Independent, member-supported subscription library
  • The building is open to the public, but only members can check out items from the collection
  • Established in 1836

The Breakers

  • Gilded Age mansion built between 1893 and 1895 as a summer residence for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family
  • The 70 room mansion, with its 62,482 square feet of living area on five floors, was designed in the Renaissance Revival style


  • Gilded Age mansion, now open to the public as a historic house museum
  • Built 1898–1902 by Theresa Fair Oelrichs, a silver heiress from Nevada
  • She and her husband, and her sister, bought the land in 1891 commissioned an architectural firm to design a summer home suitable for entertaining on a grand scale
  • The principal architect, Stanford White, modeled the mansion after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, but smaller
  • Concealed in the set-back third story, is 20 small servants’ rooms and the pressing room for the laundry

The Bells, Brenton Point State Park

  • Grand estate once filled with artifacts from around the world, that was built in 1876 for copper magnate Theodore Davis
  • After Davis passed away, the next homeowners, in 1928, went through a divorce and it was never lived in again
  • The home was set on fire in 1961 and demolished in 1963, now only the stables and carriage house remain


Number of Days: 8 days

Best Time To Fly: May-Oct

Airline tickets: $442

Seattle -> Providence (round trip) $442

Food: $45/day x 8 days = $360

Rental Car: $123/day x 8 days = $987

Gas: $8

Entertainment: $26

Lodging: $264/day x 7 days = $1,846

TOTAL: $3,669