Then enter the world of exceptional grace and style by perusing the great mansions of Newport, R.I.
Newport was founded in 1639 as a religious outpost. Quakers, Jews and others who were driven out of Massachusetts for their beliefs came to coexist in what would become one of the first secular democracies on the Atlantic. A couple of centuries later, its unparalleled concentration of preserved architecture ensured its place as a playground for the rich and famous, such as Jackie Onassis, who grew up there on Hammersmith Farm, a Victorian mansion that would host her wedding to John F. Kennedy. And like any town where the ueber-rich gather, Newport has made its share of headlines worthy of the tabloid treatment they received. Newport was the long-time home of Doris Duke, the billionaire tobacco heiress who fell under the sway of her wayward butler. (Note to billionaires: Don't pal up with the help.) Newport was also the backdrop for the infamous von Bulow trial. British socialite Claus von Bulow was tried for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny, by an insulin overdose. After being sentenced to 30 years in prison, his conviction was overturned with the help of famous Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and chronicled in the hit flick "Reversal of Fortune." You'll have a good selection of mansions to snoop through once you arrive in Newport, and there are various