Visiting a beachy, salty, laid-back island where you wear flip-flops day and night is my favorite place to be in the summer. The Northeast has some great summer island getaways — Martha’s Vineyard, Shelter Island, Fire Island, Nantucket — and one island that I recently became smitten with: Block Island. This tiny island, which is only seven miles long, is 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and an easy ferry ride from the mainland. You can also visit by ferry from New London, Connecticut and Montauk, NY.
My family and I went to Block Island during the week of the 4th to visit friends. It was my second time out on Block Island and we stayed at a rental overlooking the beach. I love how the island feels as if it’s a bit of a throwback with its old charming inns and shops, and is not fancy like other islands. While I think you need more than a day exploring this little island, I know people who have visited for one day, no problem. Here are some of my favorite things to do out on Block Island:
SEE AND DO
Mohegan Bluffs is one of my favorite spots. Walk down the 141 steps to a scenic rocky beach with beautiful views. It’s not the best for swimming , but it’s a great place to go on a little adventure and enjoy the beach below. Paddle Board on one of the salt ponds that traverse throughout the island. Kayak and paddle board rentals are at multiple spots on the island and fairly reasonable. Head to the beach. My favorite is Scotch Beach since we spend a lot of time there, but Mansion is also pretty and scenic. Visit the North and South Lighthouses. Go clamming or for a scenic walk at Andy’s Way and take in the beauty of the protected salt marsh pond that leads into Great Salt Pond. It’s a good spot to look for birds, crabs and fish, too.Renting a Bike is a great way to see the island in a limited amount of time.
My favorite place to eat and by far one of the most popular restaurants on the island is The Oar, which overlooks Great Salt Pond and has beautiful sunset views overlooking the harbor. Grab a picnic table outside and dine on their signature fried chicken and sushi. It’s always a hit with the kiddos, too, as you can go crabbing on the docks. Enjoy cocktails on the porch or on an Adirondack chair at The Spring House Hotel, which offers beautiful views of the ocean. Payne’s Donuts is a must for breakfast. Their donuts are fresh and delicious. In New Harbor, Dead Eye Dick’s serves up lobster rolls and seafood dishes with scenic views.
Block Island has some cute shops on and the main drag that are worth checking out. Diamond Blue Surf Shop is a great spot for cool sunglasses, beach cover ups, t-shirts and beach/surf gear. Bonnie & Clyde for stylish summer tops and dresses all reasonably priced and The Glass Onion for pretty home accessories and boho swim coverups.
Have you been to Block Island and have any favorites? Would love to hear...