Whether you are coming to Newport for the day, enrolled at Salve Regina University, stationed at the Newport Naval Academy, or just enjoying a day trip, you will want to take a stroll along Bellevue Ave. This historic district is known for its many Gilded Age Mansions, the Salve Regina University campus, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Want to step inside of one of these historic mansions? The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island's largest cultural organization, protects, preserves and presents the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. The Preservation Society manages 11 of these famed properties. The Breakers mansion, positioned on the famous Cliff Walk, was the summer "cottage" to the Vanderbilt family in turn of the century America. It is the largest of the Preservation Society mansion with over 70 rooms. If you are car lover, you will want to check out the newly renovated Audrain Museum. The Audrain Building represents one of the four Gilded Age buildings that form an architecturally significant block of Bellevue Avenue. It was originally built by Bruce Price in 1903. After you are done perusing the antique cars, walk a few feet down the road to the International Tennis Hall of Fame which offers private memberships, summer camps, court tennis, and pristine lawn tennis.
Salve Regina University campus is located on Ochre Point Ave within the historic Bellevue neighborhood. 'Salve' is a Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy. Today the university has expanded its community to over 2,000 undergraduate students, with over 46 undergraduate majors, and 14 master’s degree programs. If you are taking a walk on the famous Cliff Walk you will walk right on the edge of this stunning campus.
Can’t afford your own mansion on Bellevue? You can always rent or buy one of the mansions - or at the least, a slice of it! Many of the mansions on Bellevue are now condo associations. Some sit on the Cliff Walk, and some offer lavish gardens, or sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend you take the trolley and stop in to see this historic Newport hotspot!