Feeling short on decorating inspiration this season? Let these dressed-up grand dames show you the way.
Historic Homes For the Holidays
New England Historic Holiday Home Tours
Eustis Estate | Milton, MA
A Gilded Age (1878) Queen Anne Revival stone mansion set on 80 acres in Milton, Massachusetts, the Eustis Estate sparkles with a 12-foot Christmas tree, lush poinsettias, and climbing garlands. The estate celebrates Christmas all through December with a slate of special events in addition to its regular admission hours.
Blithewold | Bristol, RI
This 33-acre English manor estate from the turn of the 20th century definitely gets into the yuletide spirit from late November through the new year: Its gardens become a glimmering winter wonderland, while its rooms are lavishly decorated in a historical theme. (2018’s, “A Family Gathering,” re-creates a Christmas weekend in 1910.)
Castle Hill | Ipswich, MA
Every room in this 1920s mansion on the Crane Estate dons its holiday best for “Christmas by the Sea,” three festive days (November 30 – December 2, 2018) that include tours, live music, a kids’ treasure hunt, and a visit with Santa.
Castle in the Clouds | Moultonborough, NH
Though its regular season ends in October, this Lakes Region mountaintop estate reopens for its popular “Christmas in the Castle” event (November 16-18, 23-25 in 2018), which sees the Arts and Crafts manor decorated to the nines.
Victoria Mansion | Portland, ME
Built in 1860 for hotel magnate Ruggles Sylvester Morse, this palatial brownstone Italianate villa will be decked for the holidays (November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019) by area designers in the theme “Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.” Special events include a Christmas Gala and performances by the Portland Ballet.
Mark Twain House | Hartford, CT
Twain’s 25-room neo-Gothic mansion is a stunner at any time of year, but the first Sunday in December (December 2, 2018) is when you can see it all gussied up for a late-19th-century Christmas. It’s the centerpiece of the Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum’s Holiday House Tour, which also provides a peek into four gorgeous private homes.
Hildene | Manchester, VT
Experience the kind of Victorian Christmas that Robert and Mary Lincoln would have celebrated at their Georgian Revival country retreat in 1909. Christmas at Hildene runs all December long, but during one weekend (December 1–2, 2018) the museum store welcomes visitors with refreshments and sounds of the season.
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