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Block Island Beckons! The most popular question people ask me is “What’s it like to live on Block Island year round?” This is challenging to answer with a simple response. Winter is very quiet but it’s a perfect time to catch up with friends and family at dinner gatherings, game nights, and for outdoor fun. The feeling of community really makes me thankful for where I live. When ponds freeze over residents of all ages get the ice skates out. There is a local skating enthusiast who collects skates of all sizes for anyone in need. If it’s cold and windy enough, ice boating on Sachem Pond is an exciting way to spend the afternoon, even as a spectator. It snows here, but we rarely get as much as the mainland. I love cross-country skiing on the Greenway trails and sledding with the kids on the Spring House lawn. We call the spring and fall months our “shoulder seasons.” If you love Block Island or are interested in checking us out, but don’t want to visit when it’s busy the shoulder season is calling your name. Kayak in Great Salt Pond, surf the island’s unique breaks, go bird watching, or just relax on our sparsely populated beaches. Locals enjoy hiking the miles of nature trails, and dining out when there is rarely a wait. Many ask if we have a school. The Block Island School consists of Kindergarten through 12th grades all in one building. There are just over 100 students. For such a small community, we are lucky to have an excellent educational system with a high rate of students going off to great colleges.

Zena Clark with husband Jamie Johnston and their son Fisher at Esta’s Park in Old Harbor.

The majority of our visitors understandably come in the summer months. Even at our busiest, there is always a spot on the beach where you and your family can spread out. Sign up for a surf lesson, go parasailing, or stop at a local bait shop before you head out fishing. There are wonderful venues for entertainment, great shopping, and unforgettable dining options to suit everyone’s taste. No matter what time of year you plan your visit, Block Island beckons! Zena Clark President, Block Island Tourism Council

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The Old Harbor Walking Tour is a loop of approximately 1.8 miles.

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Old Harbor.

Block Island: Close To Home, A World Away is produced jointly by the Block Island Tourism Council and The Block Island Times.

Photo by Scott Theriault

The Block Island Tourism Council Center Road, Box 356, Block Island, RI 02807 President Zena Clark Vice President Steve Filippi 2nd Vice President John Cullen Secretary Julie Kiley Treasurer Julie Fuller Members David Houseman, Logan Mott Chase Executive Director Jessica K. Willi

Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807 Phone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804 Publisher Michael Schroeder Editor Kari Curtis Writers Brent Lang, Judy Tierney, Jessica K. Willi, Zena Clark, Kim Gaffett Photographer K. Curtis Contributing Photographers Scott Theriault, Sue Pranulis, Matt Hallet, Julia Butcher, Aleksander Baba-Vulic, Deepwater Wind, The Glass Station, Kaitlyn Murphy, Mark Heiss, Above The Fray Aerials/RB Herrlin Production John Barry of Macsperts © 2018 Block Island Tourism Council & The Block Island Times

Cover photo by © 2018 Above The Fray Aerials/RB Herrlin

Table Of Contents 3.

Block Island Beckons!

28. A Room With A View


Old Harbor Walking Tour

30. Good Eats


2018 Glass Float Project

33. Nightlife


You’re Closer Than You Think!

35. Favorite Times and Happenings

11. B.I. Basics

37. Our Island Community

13. Endless Beaches

38. Group Tours

16. A Natural Beauty

39. The Perfect Place For A Wedding

20. Rest, Relaxation, Recreation 22. New England’s Boating and Fishing Paradise 24. The Goods

40. Year Round Ferry Schedule 41. Seasonal High Speed Ferry Service

26. Living History

42. Island Accommodations

27. Keeping It Green

43. Island Dining

About the Cover Photo: Our cover photo this year shows the Schooner Brilliant in the channel to Block Island’s Great Salt Pond, home of New Harbor, and Block Island’s sailing and boating hub. Schooner Brilliant is passing by the (now decommissioned) Coast Guard station. Thank you to Above The Fray Aerials for this amazing shot! The Block Island Tourism Council is always on the lookout for photography of Block Island for these pages, so feel free to post on our Facebook Page ( or email us at We look forward to seeing the island through your eyes.

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GLASS FLOAT PROJECT Photo by Dawn Holmes


The Glass Float Project was created by Eben Horton to promote the beauty of Block Island and to give visitors to the island a wonderful healthy activity to do while they are visiting for the day or for extended visits. Hundreds of glass balls (similar to the glass net floats used by Japanese fishermen) are made at Eben’s Studio in Wakefield, RI and are randomly hidden across the Island. Some are

hidden along the beaches of the island and some are carefully

The rules are simple... If you find one, Keep it!! If you find another, please leave it so that someone else can find it.

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placed along the island’s miles of Greenway Trails.

We ask that if you find one, please register your find with the Block Island Tourism Council on their website: Registering your float helps us keep track of how many floats are out ‘in the wild’. For additional information on the Glass Float Project visit or call (800) 383-2474.

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You’re Closer Than You Think! More than 20 million people are within a four-hour drive of the ferries and airlines that bring visitors to Block Island, and more than 10 million can reach a ferry or airplane in less than two hours. By Ferry

Block Island Express gets you to Old Harbor in just over one hour on a high-speed catamaran from a terminal in New London (2 Ferry St., New London, Conn.) that’s right next to the Amtrak train station. It runs May through September. Block Island Express also offers connections to Block Island from Orient Point, Long Island, via its Cross Sound Ferry service. The two services have matched-up schedules making it convenient and quick to take the fast ferry from Orient Point to New London and connect to the ferry to B.I., all in 2 hours and 45 minutes, including layover. Schedules and connection information for Block Island Express are at (860) 444-4624 or Also see schedule information on page 41. Montauk Ferry runs between the tip of Long Island, New York (462 West Lake Drive, Montauk, N.Y. ), and Block Island during the summer. The trip takes just under two hours. Schedules and information at (631) 668-5700 or at Also see schedule information on page 41.

By Private Boat

Dock your own boat at one of four full-service marinas, rent a town mooring, or anchor in either Old Harbor or New Harbor. For more information on marinas, moorings, and anchorage, visit, or see marina and harbor information on page 41.

By Commuter Plane New England Airlines has provided daily scheduled air service to Block Island from Westerly, Rhode Island, since 1970. The airport (56 Airport Road, Westerly, R.I.) is just off Interstate 95 and is an easy drive or train ride

from anywhere in the northeast. (Amtrak serves Westerly with daily trains between Washington/ New York and Boston.) Flight time is 12 minutes. Find schedules and information at (800) 243-2460 or at Also see schedule information on page 41.

By Private Plane

Block Island State Airport welcomes private planes on its one lane runway. There is no control tower, but pilots should announce themselves on frequency 123.00. For more information visit or call airport manager, AvPorts, at (401) 466-5511.

With its undulating topography and green hills rolling toward an azure sea, Block Island has been called “the Bermuda of the North.” Indeed, The Nature Conservancy deemed Block Island one of the “Last Great Places.” — Yankee Magazine

Photo by Scott Theriault

Block Island Ferry/Interstate Navigation provides year-round service from Point Judith, Rhode Island (304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, R.I.) to Old Harbor, Block Island. This is the only ferry that can take vehicles to the island, and reservations for them are required (the earlier in the year you can do this, the better). Passengers do not need reservations for the roughly one-hour trip. You can find schedules and travel and reservation information for Interstate Navigation at (866) 783-7996 or Block Island High-Speed Ferry/ Interstate Navigation runs a high-speed catamaran from midMay through mid-October that gets you from Point Judith (304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, R.I.) to Old Harbor, Block Island, in 30 minutes. A second high-speed catamaran runs daily from Fall River, Massachusetts, to Newport, Rhode Island, and on to Block Island. For schedules and more information call (866) 783-7996 or visit Also see schedule information on page 40 and page 41.

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B.I. Basics

Photo by Sue Pranulis

The Facts 1661 The year Block Island was founded. 1672 The year the Town of New Shoreham was incorporated. Area 7 miles long and 3 miles wide, Block Island is shaped like a pork chop, and covers 6,000 acres. Location 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island. Population 971 year round; as many as 20,000 in summer. Ponds Legend has it there are 365 freshwater ponds, one for every day of the year. Stone walls 300 to 400 miles of

man made stone walls. Nature Trails 28 miles of trails. Open Space More than 46 percent of the island is preserved open space. Beaches 17 miles worth, all free, all gorgeous. Education One K-12 school with 120 students.

Getting Around On Foot The sneaker express is an easy way to enjoy the shops, restaurants and hotels in Old Harbor. It’s a 15-minute walk from the ferry to the main beach. On Bikes Bicycles are an

affordable and enjoyable way to explore the island. Rental stands offer bikes to fit the needs of the entire family or bring your own over on the ferry. On Mopeds Mopeds can be rented around the island, and can accommodate one or two people. Mopeds may be driven on all paved island roads, but are not allowed on dirt roads. By Taxi Taxi service is available island-wide. A taxi stand is located by the ferry docks in Old Harbor, and taxis regularly wait for customers at New Harbor and the airport. Most offer island

tours as well. By Car Depending on your itinerary, you may or may not require a vehicle while here. In the busy summer months, keeping the number of cars on-island to a minimum is encouraged. However, the spring and fall provide comparatively empty roads.

More info at: Or in person at the Visitors Center in the ferry parking lot; call (800) 383-BIRI (2474) or (401) 466-BIRI (2474).

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Endless Beaches 17 miles of sandy fun and peaceful stretches of paradise

2 Mansion Beach

6 Surf Beach


3 Scotch Beach

Baby Beach

7 Ballard’s Beach

1 Cow Cove at Settlers’ Rock

Fred Benson Town Beach

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9 Vaill Beach


11 Dinghy Beach

Mohegan Bluffs

Evalene Deane, Senior at the Block Island School

Photo by Sue Pranulis

Evalene Deane.

Block Island is a very unique place, to say the least. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, but also filled with gorgeous trails. It is a place that I love to call home. The way I grew up was much different than the other island 14 Close To Home, A World Away

kids, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I grew up racing motocross, hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors on our beautiful island. I started racing at an early age, about eight or nine years old. It is something that I have always loved to do. We would go off almost every weekend to go race together as a family. Hunting and fishing have also been a big part of my life and Block Island has a lot to offer for both of those. During the day you can fresh water fish in the ponds, and at night, you can be out surf fishing, catching striped bass all summer long. I have fond memories of when I was younger and going fishing often with my dad. When the summer season is

10 The Bluffs at Black Rock

My Block Island over, and the fall finally rolls around, it’s time to hunt. Once I learned how to hunt, I realized what I wanted to do after I graduate — become a butcher and a taxidermist. I plan on starting both of these businesses up in Maine in the future. Hunting and fishing have shown me some stunning views on this island, that have really made me appreciate the beauty of where I live. I am so thankful to have grown up in such an interesting place that allows me to do all of these not-so-everyday things. I’m thankful my dad taught me these great skills, and for my mom’s support in everything I do. Block Island has been a great place to grow up and there is no other place I’d rather call home.




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Block Island Beaches 1. Cow Cove is near Settlers’ Rock. Although the shoreline is rocky, it offers some of the best coastal views and also sports the historic North Light. This is not a place for swimming because of a strong riptide. Be careful where you walk too: the beach is a nesting area for many rare birds. 2. Mansion Beach lies at the end of a dirt road with the same name. The island’s most stately mansion once sat here until fire destroyed the house. It was never rebuilt. However, the beach fits the name by being one of the island’s grandest. Mansion marks the north end of what’s known as Crescent Beach. 3. Scotch Beach is a quarter mile north of Fred Benson Town Beach. Scotch is a sandbox for kids and the place boaters end up when they cross Corn Neck Road from Dinghy Beach. A small parking lot sits between the road and the dunes. 4. Fred Benson Town Beach is home to Block Island’s fully equipped bathhouse. In addition to showers, lockers, food, and rental items, the beach is staffed with lifeguards in the summer months. 5. Baby Beach is a well-sheltered beachfront toward the south end of what’s known as Crescent Beach (Mansion marks the north end), where children can easily play in the shallow waters. 6. Surf Beach, named for The Surf Hotel above it, is an ideal place to snorkel





Charlestown Beach

and check out the abundant sea life, such as small crabs and starfish, and to hunt for shells and sand dollars. Surf Beach marks the south end of what’s known as Crescent Beach.

are majestic views of Great Salt Pond, making it a good backdrop for photos. 12. Andy’s Way is the island’s premiere clamming spot. Standing at the end of a dirt road that bears the same name, it’s a good place to take a stroll. Just north is Beane Point, U.S. Fish and Wildlife property that is home to many rare birds.

7. Ballard’s Beach is located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater adjacent to Ballard’s Inn and Restaurant which serves on the beach. Staffed with lifeguards throughout the summer months, it is also a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and volleyball.

13. West Beach is narrow, but it’s lightly trafficked and has gentle surf and stupendous views of the North Light.

8. Mohegan Bluffs beachfront is found at the bottom of a steep set of stairs, 141 steps to be exact. The payoff is a secluded and spectacularly beautiful, if rocky, place to swim and surf.

14. Coast Guard Beach is at the end of Champlin Road and derives its name from the decommissioned Coast Guard station there. Don’t swim here, but it’s a good place for clamming and fishing.

9. Vaill Beach is a large beach at the bottom of a hollow. The path to it is located at the bend in Snake Hole Road. The surf here is rough and rocks line the shallows, so swimmers should exercise caution.

15. Charlestown Beach is popular with fishermen because it has a long jetty at its end. Typically uncrowded, it’s a nice spot to watch the boats come into New Harbor.

10. Black Rock boasts expanses of sand and a series of coves at the base of a cliff. Swimming is difficult because of the large number of rocks, but it’s a perfect place for an oceanside hike. The area takes its name from a large, dark rock that rests offshore in about 15 feet of water and has spelled the end for many ships. Located a pace off the main road, it’s best to walk or bike to get there.

16. Grace’s, Dorry’s, and Cooneymus Coves are secluded beaches on the west side of the island. Perfect for hikers and those looking for an out-ofthe-way spot to catch a sunset.

11. Dinghy Beach, also known as Mosquito Beach, is located just across the road from Scotch Beach, providing a place for boaters in New Harbor to tie up their rafts and dinghies. There


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A Natural Beauty Twenty-eight miles of walking trails, acres of open space, many of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard, spectacular havens for fish and wildlife — it’s no wonder Block Island was named one of the last great places in the western hemisphere by The Nature Conservancy. More

1 Clay Head Nature Trail

than 46 percent of the island is preserved, and walking is an excellent way to take in the rolling hills, lush farmland, and stunning vistas. Look for peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks in the sky. Ring-necked pheasants and American woodcocks can be found among the abundant wildflowers, and seals perched on beach rocks. Block Island is renowned for its beauty and commitment to preservation. Once you visit, you’ll understand why.


Photo by Matt Hallet

Rodman’s Hollow

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3 Mohegan Bluffs

3 North Light. Photo by Mark Heiss

3 Southeast Lighthouse. Photo by Kaitlyn Murphy

4 Abrams Animal Farm

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5 Ocean View Pavilion.

7 Block Island Conservancy Education Center on Weldon’s Way.


Photo by Sue Pranulis

Walking the trails is amazing.

8 Paddle-board on the pond and inlets.

9 Biking (with a helmet on) is the best way to get around the island.

“For much of the East Coast, Labor Day signals the beginning of a more somber season. But on Block Island, 13 miles off the shore of Rhode Island, the summer idyll slides far into fall.” — New York Times 18 Close To Home, A World Away

10 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Center.

11 Seal at Old Harbor Point. Photo by Aleksander Baba-Vulic

12 A hidden Glass Float. Photo by The Glass Station

Don’t Miss 1. Clay Head Nature Trail, also known as The Maze, offers walkers unparalleled views along the northeastern shore of the island. Off Corn Neck Road, its paths meander along the bluffs before ending at Settlers’ Rock. 2. Rodman’s Hollow is a wild and beautiful cleft in the rolling terrain left over from a melting glacier. Hawks and deer are among the wildlife that populates the hollow. Its trails lead to Black Rock. 3. Both lighthouses on the island are open to visitors. Southeast Lighthouse, east of Mohegan Bluffs, provides a magnificent coastal view. On clear days it’s even possible to glimpse Montauk, New York, some 20 miles away. At the end of Corn Neck Road, a walk down the beach from Settlers’ Rock brings you to the beautiful North Light. 4. Abrams Animal Farm & Gardens offers a diverse collection of exotic and domestic animals maintained by the Draper family which owns and operates The 1661 Inn. Visitors to the farm can view and pet llamas, emus, sheep, donkeys, goats and more. There are even kangaroos, lemurs, and a zedonk (zebra/donkey).

5. Ocean View Pavilion is a comfortable sitting area near Old Harbor that offers stunning ocean vistas. Maintained by the Ocean View Foundation, the area marks the spot where the magnificent Ocean View Hotel once stood. The Foundation runs environmental education programs year-round. 6. Walking Trails crisscross the entire island. The Greenway is a web of trails that connects miles of natural habitat and provides memorable hikes for visitors. Among many other worthwhile hikes is the one pictured here, which winds through the recently conserved Ray-Durfee land on the West Side. 7. An Education Center on Weldon’s Way, run by Block Island Conservancy, and an office on High Street housing The Nature Conservancy, provide a wealth of information about the island’s wildlife and plants, and the island’s ongoing efforts to preserve open spaces. Stop by to pick up trail maps or bird checklists and find out about nature walks and other free programs. 8. Explore the island Ponds and Inlets by renting a kayak or paddleboard (available at both harbors).

9. There’s no better way to see B.I. than by bicycle. The Block Island Tourism Council created a 7.5-mile Video Bike Tour. The loop begins and ends at the Tourist Center off Water Street in Old Harbor. Just scan the QR codes on signs along the route to get the video tour. It includes nine stops along major sights at the southern end of the island, plus an option to add another 8.5 miles of island beauty. Don’t forget a helmet! 10. BIMI (Block Island Maritime Institute) runs many marine exploration programs from its “offices” in New Harbor (near Dead Eye Dick’s restaurant), which is where you’ll find their popular touch tank and squid dissection workshops. 11. Seals The island has two seal populations in winter, often visible from the lawn of Saint Andrew Parish Center and off Coast Guard Beach. Keep your distance; they are protected mammals! 12. The Glass Float Project has become one of the island’s most popular activities in recent years. Find these grapefruit-sized orbs along beaches and trails, then register your find at www. Visit the same site for more information.

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Rest, Relaxation, Recreation WHETHER YOU SURF, SAIL, KAYAK, snorkel, or fish, Block Island offers plenty of ocean and pond adventures. The pounding surf and temperate waters are perfect for surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and banana boating, and there are a number of local businesses that rent equipment and offer lessons and summer camps. There’s offshore adventure in the form of sail and powerboat charters. Inland pursuits include biking, hiking, and all manner of exercise classes, such as yoga, Nia, aerobics and more — you can even take yoga classes on paddleboards at dawn. Or you can hit the spa. Or simply hit the hammock! For more information, visit

Photo by K.Curtis

the Block Island Tourism Council’s web site at

Biking is the best way to explore.

“Located just 13 miles off Rhode Island’s coast, Block Island packs a lot into its compact, 10-square-mile footprint — including 17 miles of beaches and two lighthouses. Much of Block Island’s land is designated as protected, meaning that the many beautiful seaside views are nearly untouched. There are plenty of things to do on Block Island that make it perfect for a summertime day trip, and its delightful restaurants and hotels make a longer stay worth your while, too.” — Yankee Magazine 20 Close To Home, A World Away

Relaxing on The Sullivan House porch.

Exploring on the breakwall.

Banana boat ride in Old Harbor.

Farmers’ Market on the Spring House Hotel lawn.

Painting in New Harbor.

Hiking to the North Light.

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New England’s Boating and Fishing Paradise BOATERS FROM AROUND THE

Why not take to the miles of

WORLD find harbor in more than

sandy beaches and rocky shoreline

50 acres of anchorage and more

for fly fishing and surf-casting

than 100 public moorings.

— shore access is unrestricted

No boat? No problem.

around the entire island. Just

Rental boats and a charter fish-

don’t forget to stop by the island’s

ing fleet await to take visitors out

two tackle shops for bait or sug-

on the Great Salt Pond, the Block

gestions about where the action is.

Island Sound, and, of course, the

Don’t forget about the clam flats,

Atlantic Ocean for striped bass,


bluefish, tuna, bonito, mahi-mahi,

For mooring, anchorage, licens-

shark, and more. The island hosts

ing and docking information, visit

premiere races and fishing tour-

the Block Island Tourism Council’s

naments including the Tri-State

web site at

Canyon Shoot-out Fishing Tourna-

or call the Harbors Department at

ment and the Storm Trysail sailboat


Photo by Matt Hallet


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Twin Maples on Beach Ave is a tackle and bait shop.

Fishworks is a tackle and bait shop in New Harbor.

Fishing tournament at the Boat Basin.

A good day of fishing.

Chris Hobe, Fish The World Charters

Chris Hobe out on a tour of the Wind Farm. Photo by Joan Sullivan.

My family started summering on Block Island back in the 1960’s. I remember being eight years old, getting up in the morning and hitchhiking my way to Payne’s Dock to fish and crab off the docks all day. As I got older, I started working in Old Harbor for Rick Batchelder, who, at the time, owned Earl’s Trucking. In 1979, when I turned 18, I moved out to the island full time and purchased Earl’s Trucking. I renamed it Hobe Trucking, and operated that

Fishing charters leave daily from each harbor.

company for 20 years. When I was not working, my time was devoted to the Block Island Fire Department. I worked my way through the ranks of the department and held various officer positions, including Chief for several years. I am still an active member of the B.I.V.F.D today. In June of 2000, I married Maegan Merrick. At that time, she was the proprietor of the Salty Dog on Water Street, which she had opened in 1996. It was a small souvenir shop where she designed custom t-shirts and sold sunglasses. I was back at the docks working for Interstate Navigation and I was also working on completing my U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Captain’s License. My plan was to eventually start charter fishing. In 2006 Maegan opened up a second retail shop, The Peppered Cat. I was ready for a change, so I was able to step in and help with the Salty Dog. We created the brand

My Block Island Fish The World — and it seemed like an obvious transition to start Fish The World Charters. Fortunately for us, business was booming in the shops — but that left little time to be out on the water. Fast forward to 2016 — our 15 year old son, Reilly, is able to handle things in the shop. I could finally start to get out on the water again — and the timing couldn’t have been better. Deepwater Wind contacted me, as they were looking for boats to run corporate employees and photographers out to the wind turbines. By 2017, I was booking full-time wind farm charters. And while I still book the occasional fishing charter, the majority of the trips now are to see America’s first offshore wind farm. I love that my Block Island childhood has come full circle — my youngest son Zack is nine — and he loves to fish and go crabbing at Payne’s Dock, too.

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Block Island Trading Company goods.

Gifts and candy along Chapel Street.

Greenaway Gallery.

Farmers Market at the Spring House.

The Goods DO A LITTLE CREDIT CARD damage in some of the

Block Island’s natural beauty, its rolling hills, vivid skyline,

island’s fine clothing shops; pick out a memento or Block

clifftop vistas, and fog-cloaked hollows have inspired scores

Island-themed sweatshirt as a keepsake from your island

of poets, painters, potters, musicians, and photographers.

vacation at one of the charming gift shops; or browse for

Its solitude and grandeur have also created a vibrant

fine art and pottery in the downtown’s many galleries.

community where artists can create in a place that, in

Only steps away from the ferry dock in Old Harbor is

the off seasons, is removed from the hustle and bustle of

the heart of Block Island’s historic downtown. Most island

ordinary life and, in summer, is filled with visitors seeking

stores are Mom and Pop businesses and the range of items

to view and buy their work. From the Highview Hotel’s

offered is truly astounding. Homemade honey and candles

frescoed scenes of simple island life, created by H.D.

vie for space with designer handbags and fashionable

Wetherbee in 1948 in exchange for whiskey and rent, to

bathing suits and board shorts. Forget something? Not a

Malcolm Greenaway’s landscape photography, Block Island

problem. There are a host of choices to hook you up with

art has become world-renowned.

everything from fishing and surfing gear to sunscreen and paperback books. In addition to the shopping in town, there are Farmers’

Local artists and craftsmen show at the many galleries that dot the downtown, during the Arts and Crafts Guild shows hosted on the Historical Society lawn a few times

Markets where island artists, chefs, and farmers gather each

each season, and at the twice-weekly Farmers’ Markets. Be

Wednesday and Saturday morning to sell their wares. It’s

sure to pencil in the Holiday Shopping Stroll for late fall:

a great way to pick up locally grown produce, home-baked

During the Thanksgiving weekend, island stores open their

goodies, locally made preserves, handcrafted jewelry, and

doors and offer dynamite discounts just in time for the

much more.


24 Close To Home, A World Away

My Oyster on Corn Neck Road.

Bracelet at Wild Flowers Boutique on Water Street.

Watercolors on Dodge Street.

The Arts & Crafts Guild Fair on the lawn of the Historical Society.

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The Block Island Historical Society

Pam Gasner, Executive Director of the Historical Society

Old Harbor views in the early 1960s

Living History BLOCK ISLAND’S HISTORY is a rich one, encompassing

mentioning shipwrecks. While some have become the stuff

Native American tribes, Revolutionary War heroes, legend-

of legend, others remain accessible for sport divers. Among

ary shipwrecks, and its emergence in the late 1800s as one of

the legendary is the Princess Augusta, which inspired John

New England’s premiere summer attractions.

Greenleaf Whittier’s 1867 poem “The Palatine.”

Learn more about the island’s history by visiting the His-

Block Island’s rough seas and rocky coastlines would

torical Society Museum and gift shop downtown. A white

certainly have claimed more ships were it not for two

mansard-roofed building, the Historical Society houses an

lighthouses. The North and Southeast Lighthouses have

extensive collection of furniture, textiles, quilts, oral histo-

achieved iconic status, revered for their historic significance

ries, fishing gear, tools, and Native American artifacts. Then

and as symbols of the community spirit that has allowed

head to Isaac’s Corner, at the intersection of Center Road,

them to be restored and preserved.

Lakeside Drive, and Cooneymus Roads. Named for the

The Southeast Lighthouse made national headlines in

island’s last full-blooded Native American, who died in 1886,

the early 1990s when, after years of erosion, it found itself

it is near the Indian burial ground and the stone monument

just 50 feet from the cliff’s edge. Islanders banded together

in honor of the Manissean Indians.

to save the beloved structure, raising nearly $2 million in

On that same corner, overlooking Fresh Pond, sits the gambrel-roofed cottage of composer and poet Arthur Penn,

federal and private grants, and donations to move the National Historic Landmark 245 feet back from the bluff.

who lived there with his wife Nell in the 1920s. His song

You’ll want to see the North Light, too, by hiking past

“Smilin’ Through” is named for his Block Island home.

Settlers’ Rock. The lantern on that lighthouse was recently

No history of Block Island would be complete without 26 Close To Home, A World Away

restored and re-lit, and its small museum renovated.

KEEPING IT GREEN I am lucky to have grown up and to live in a community that honors conservation and stewardship – and takes action so that words and deeds match. As of January 1, 2018, the community has banned

nation’s first offshore wind farm. Each year all of the environmental non-profits work to clean the beaches by participating in the

the retail use of single use plastic bags. This is only

International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC). This world-wide

the community’s most recent action. In fact, the

effort in September informs the Ocean Conservancy

residents of Block Island have a long history of care

about marine debris around the globe. Block Island

for our special landscape, starting with the formation

is the ideal place to think

of the local non-profit, Block Island Conservancy, in

globally and act locally. The

1972. Since then, several other non-profits and public

State-wide results of 2017’s

organizations* have been established and have worked

ICC demonstrate that small

as a coalition to acquire open space, develop protective

bits of plastic and foam

regulations, and inform the public about the island’s

is the largest category of


marine debris collected.

In 1986, the town sought and received state

My Block Island believes Kim Gaffett holding her metal, reusable straw.

legislation allowing the townspeople to form the Block

in conservation, believes in

Island Land Trust (BILT). The BILT collects a three

stewardship, and, believes in the power of one person

percent real estate transfer tax on each property sale;

making a difference. Please join me in stewardship of

these funds are used for open space acquisition and

this island home and vacation oasis. There is always


some way that one person can contribute: chip in to

The Town of New Shoreham adopted a

save open space; pick up trash when you see it; ask

Comprehensive Plan in 1989 that set a goal of 50

that your take-out food not be put in Styrofoam or

percent open space. Currently we are at 46.7 percent.

plastic - deli sandwiches can be wrapped in paper;

Then in 1993, the town applied for, and

and, use only paper or metal straws – not plastic

implemented, an EPA No Discharge designation


for the Great Salt Pond, and has for the last 25 years

*These organizations represent the voluntary efforts of many: Block Island Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Block Island Land Trust, The Committee for the Great Salt Pond, Ocean View Foundation, Block Island Maritime Institute, Audubon Society of RI, Town of New Shoreham, RI DEM, US Fish & Wildlife.

continued to provide free pump outs to the boating Photo courtesy of Deepwater Wind

supported and embraced the development of the

public. I live in a community – and you are visiting a community – that recycles its waste as much as possible, and practices a “Carry In – Carry Out” policy at its beaches. It is a community that has proudly

Kim Gaffett OVF Naturalist at The Nature Conservancy Close To Home, A World Away


The Spring House Hotel

Hotel Manisses

The National Hotel

The Barrington Inn

A Room with a View

Rent a cottage for a week or choose among dozens of hotels, inns, and B&Bs Block Island has the largest collection of Victorian

a slew of rental properties and able real estate agents

era hotels of any vacation destination on the Eastern

to help you find the picturesque vacation home that’s

seaboard. Among the architectural gems are the Atlantic

just right for you and yours. There is higher availability

Inn, the Spring House, Hotel Manisses, the National

for accommodations and ferry reservations during the

Hotel, and the Surf Hotel. For the luxury traveler, new

shoulder seasons and the week after July 4 and in the last

boutique hotels and inns provide modern amenities. The

week of August.

island is also famous for its quaint bed and breakfasts

For specific accommodation information visit the Block

and guest houses. You’ll find friendly and knowledgeable

Island Tourism Council’s web site at

proprietors who are eager to hand out advice about

or see accommodation listings on page 42.

things to see and do. For longer visits, Block Island has 28 Close To Home, A World Away

The Surf Hotel

1661 Inn

Rose Farm Inn

Blue Dory Inn

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The Surf Hotel

Ballard’s Inn

Bethany’s Airport Diner

Finn’s Fish Market

Los Gatitos

Fresh seafood

The Beachead


wiches, snack on clam cakes or mahi-mahi, feast on a lobster

Block Island can satisfy your hunger at any of nearly 40 res-

roll and enjoy the spectacular ocean views. But Block Island

taurants, pubs, and food trucks.

offers more than just seafood. Hungry for falafel, eggplant

Seafood lovers will delight in the dizzying number of ways

rollatini, sushi, pad thai, freshly-made bagels, or a lemon-lime

our local chefs prepare fresh catch. Many of the island’s most

gelato? Block Island has you covered. See page 43 for a list of

beloved seafood joints are less than a five-minute walk from

dining options.

the beach or ferry. Bite into one of our legendary fish sand30 Close To Home, A World Away

Rebecca’s in Town

Mohegan Cafe

Vin McAloon, McAloon’s Taxi My first visit to Block Island was in the summer of 1939, when I was just an infant. My parents had rented a home on the island for the summer. After years of renting, my parents bought a home on Old Town Road in the early 1950’s, and I spent my summers working various jobs — bartending at different restaurants, and lifeguarding for many years at the Fred Benson Town Beach. I moved to the island full time in 1972 and bought the Neptune House. I was married, and had Kerrie and Shannon, two of my four daughters. My daughters Meredith and Kathleen were born in the years to come. I was the Chief of Police for seven years, I co-owned a few restaurants, and held several jobs in the years after that. Over the last 14 years, I have been driving my cab, McAloon’s Taxi, year round — driving countless visitors to beaches, bars,

The Spring House Hotel Gardens

My Block Island

Vin McAloon, waiting for passengers at the Old Harbor taxi stand.

weddings, harbor to harbor, and out to the most remote island roads. I love being my own boss. I also love the interaction with the visitors — some who return year after year, some are short-term — but the long-term friendships I

have made with many homeowners and return visitors is what means the most to me. There is a slower way of life here on Block Island, and the most important friendships I have made in my life have been made here. Close To Home, A World Away


Come Home To

Block Island

Real Estate Sales and Service Whether you are looking to purchase that special Island property or planning a relaxing vacation, Ballard Hall Real Estate is on-island year round to assist you. Sign-up at our website,, browse our listings and connect with one of our agents for buyer or seller representation. Principal Broker: Gail Ballard Hall Associate Brokers: Blake Phelan, Judith Cyronak Licensees: Michele Phelan, David Graham, Chelsea Redd Phelan, Laurel Littlefield, and Elizabeth Carlson (RI & CT) Office Assistants: Heidi Tallmadge and Diane Kildea Corner of Ocean Ave. and Corn Neck Rd 401-466-8883

32 Close To Home, A World Away

DJ Dugan at Yellow Kittens.

Live music at Captain Nick’s.

Music at Yellow Kittens.

Yellow Kittens Tavern.

Nightly entertainment.

Dancing at Poor Peoples Pub.

Block Island ConserFest.

Nightlife AFTER A DAY OF SWIMMING, fishing, sailing or hiking, you need to relax — just not too much! A different island adventure awaits you after dark. Block Island bars and nightclubs are among the best in New England. You’ll find local brews, mudslides, and margarita madness to go Blues on the Block at Fred Benson Beach Pavilion.

with the live music that will keep you dancing well into the night. Close To Home, A World Away


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See schedules on page 40 and 41

The Bellevue House

The Bellevue House offers beautiful hilltop lodging and accommodations. Located just up High Street, you’ll find gracious hospitality, superior service, and comfort in a meadow-like setting. Enjoy homemade breakfast, made fresh everyday, with local eggs and produce from our own garden. Our charming Bed and Breakfast is the perfect choice for romantic getaways, girls’ weekends, and more! We offer a large selection of bed and breakfasts, rental homes and apartments, all located in the historic district of Block Island

only a 5 MINUTE WALK to TOWN and the BEACH! Block Island, Rhode Island • (401) 466-2912 34 Close To Home, A World Away

2017 Fourth of July Parade.

Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair.

Holiday Shopping Stroll.

Fourth of July Fireworks.

Favorite Times and Happenings Block Island’s best kept secret may be the pleasure of its

popular Blues on the Block concerts; and fall classics like

shoulder seasons. Spring and fall are quieter and perhaps

the Arts and Crafts Guild /Farmers’ Market Fair, as well as

even more gorgeous than summer!

new favorites, such as the Glass Float Treasure Hunt, in

Sample island food during Restaurant Week June 10 to

which visitors and islanders alike comb beaches and trails

16 this year. A Taste of Block Island weekend, September 21

for hand-blown fishing-float-style glass balls stamped with

to 23, gives guests a chance to sample the island’s inns, res-

an island image.

taurants, and activities at a deep discount. Popular annual

Winter happenings include the Holiday Shopping Stroll

celebrations include the Fourth of July, of course, but also

over Thanksgiving weekend, the Polar Plunge on New Year’s

races such as the Shad Bloom Run in early May, the August

Day, and the Groundhog Day census. Find a full listing of

triathlon, and September’s 15K Run Around the Block; art

events in 2018 at

and music festivals throughout the summer including the

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Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals A Block Island Landmark

Mahogany Shoals

Welcome to Block Island

Inside/Outside/Upstairs Bar Live Entertainment

The Upstairs Room

Events Space; Rehearsal dinners, small weddings, birthday parties, meet and greet parties and more!

The Shop at Payne's Dock

Family Owned and Operated

Clothing, Block Island Gear, Beach Supplies, Unique Items

Meet New Friends and Have a Great Time! Family Friendly

Clif Payne

Sands Payne

"Clif and Sands here to help you tie up safe and secure every time!"

36 Close To Home, A World Away 401-864-3832 New Harbor, New Shoreham, RI “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

The Block Island School graduation—Class of 2017.

Lobster Pot Holiday Tree in town.

Santa Visits at the Fire Barn.

Our Island Community “Do you like living out here?” This is a question I get asked almost daily in the summer. The answer is always, and unequivocally, yes. The things that aren’t ideal I can

Riding the Waves. Photo by Julia Butcher

High School Hoops. Photo by Julia Butcher

count on one hand, for example, I miss going to Target on a whim. The things I love about living on Block Island

are a passionate people. What we all agree on, however,

are far too numerous to mention. Nature tops my list;

is our love for this island. We all want what’s best for

the beaches are beautiful, the cliffs are dramatic and

our home. I love talking about Block Island and I love

the ocean is spectacular in every season. What you can’t

showing people Block Island, like a mom showing off

see as easily is the sense of community, Block Island

her child’s accomplishments. If you visit, for an hour or a

is a wonderful place to raise a family. With only about

week, I’m confident you’ll understand why we love where

1000 year-round residents we pretty much all know one

we live. Come on out and let us show you our home.

another. What makes the island special to me might be different for another resident. In fact, there are many dif-

Jessica K. Willi Executive Director, Block Island Tourism Council

fering opinions about all sorts of things out here. These

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A stop at the scenic North Light.

Lunch at The National.

Group Tours

A complete bus tour with guide.

Sometimes the logistics of booking a Block Island

lighthouse aficionados come out,” says Megan Moran, sales

vacation are overwhelming. That’s why group tours are so

manager for the Block Island Ferry. What appeals to folks

great! Everything is taken care of for you, customized to

is the inclusive nature of a tour, she says. You get round-

your needs. Whether overnight or just for the day, spring

trip ferry tickets, an island tour, lunch, and of course free

or fall, mid-week or weekend; Block Island has something

time for exploration. “Group tours bring a whole different

for you. There’s a ‘Lobsters & Lighthouses’ overnight group

dynamic to Block Island,” says Jessica Willi, Executive

tour, a ‘Ferry, Lunch & Tour’ day trip, and even a ‘Choose

Director of the Tourism Council. “This market is wonderful

Your Own Adventure’ group tour. Or, create your own —

for first-time visitors to the island. Everything is included

for a family wishing to reunite, a cyclist group, a private

in their day. And, as we know on Block Island, one visit will

or charter school, or a company looking for a fun place to

turn into a lifetime of visits.”

retreat, we have a Block Island experience just right for you. “We’ve had classic car associations, military reunions, and

For more information, go to or

The Block Island Medical Center Your Island life line to Health and Wellness Family Medicine Emergency and Urgent Care Preventive Care

Primary Care Visits by Appointment (401)-466-2974

June – September

9AM to 5PM

October – May

9AM to 3PM

Dial 911 for Urgent Care 38 Close To Home, A World Away

Mark A. Clark, MD Board Certified Emergency Medicine Elizabeth G. Dyer, RNP-C Board Certified Family Medicine Emily Harrison, MD, MPH Board Certified Family Medicine

A Teaching Site of Brown University, Warren Alpert School of Medicine

Natalie and Matthew Wedding by Isa Images

Jessica and Justin Wedding by Mia Campopiano

Kelly and Scott Wedding by Thea Monje

Andrea and Greg Wedding by Kiyah C Photography

The Perfect Place for a Wedding

Erin and Michael Wedding by SNAP! Photography

It’s no secret anymore how much fun it is to have your wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a close-to-home, but worlds-away destination celebration. Whether it’s just the two of you on a dock or at a lighthouse, or hundreds of friends and family members renting houses together for a week of parties, you’ll have a picture-perfect time.

Kaki and Chris Wedding by Trevor Holden Photography

Lauren and Michael Wedding by Michael Benson Photography

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6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 6:30p 4:45p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p, 7:30p

6:30a, 11a, 4p

8:15a, 2p, 5:30p

8a, 12p 4p

10a, 2p, 5:30p


9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p, 7:30p

10a, 3:30p

12:45p, 5:15p

7a, 11a, 4p

9a, 2p, 5:45p

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p



6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 4:45p 6:30p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

8:15a, 2p, 5:30p

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

10a, 4p

12:45p, 5:30p

6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 4:45p 6:30p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

8:15a, 2p, 5:30p

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p



6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 4:45p 6:30p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

8:15a, 2p, 5:30p

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

Dock address: 304 Great Island Road Narragansett, RI 02882 For more information call 866-783-7996 or visit 40 Close To Home, A World Away






B.I. 1p, 5:30p

8:15a, 11a, 3p, 5p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a,11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

1p, 8:15a, 7p 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

, 8:15a, 11a, p 3p, 5:45p


Passengers and bikes only • Reservations recommended

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1p, 5:30p


Jun 15 Jun 21

Point Judith, RI to Block Island New London, CT to Block Island

Limited Pre-Season Schedule

DEPARTS DEPARTS PT. JUDITH BLOCK ISLAND M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p May 24 Jun 15 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 use Sunday schedule Jun 16 - Mon- 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, Sep 3 Sun 4:50p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p Labor Day - Monday, September 3 use Sunday schedule Sep 4 - Tue8a, 10a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 7 Fri M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 8 Oct 8 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Columbus Day - Monday, October 8 use Sunday schedule Wed 1:30p, 5p 12:30p, 3p Nov 21 - Thur No Service Thanksgiving Nov 25 Fri 1p, 5p 10:30a, 3p Sat 10:30a, 4p 9:30a, 11:30a Sun 11a, 3:30p 9:30a, 1p DATES DAYS

Jun 23 - Sep 3


Extra July & August Sunday Departures




Jun 23 - Sep 3

Mon -Sun



FALL Block RIVERIsland TO NEWPORT Ferry Dock Location: 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett,DEPARTS RI (Point Judith) DEPARTS 783-7996 DAYS(401) FALL DATES NEWPORT RIVER

Jun 23 - Sep 3

Mon -Sun


Block Island Express

Dock Location: 2 Ferry St. New London, CT 860-444-GO B.I. (4624)


Year-Round Daily Flights Westerly, RI to Block Island New England Airlines Summer Schedule

Westerly to Block Island: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day Thursday until 7:30 p.m.* WWW.BLOCKISLANDFERRY.COM Friday until 8:30 p.m. *


Block Island to Westerly: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. – just about EVERY HOUR on the hour, Every Day Monday, beginning at 7 a.m. Fri, Sat, Sun until 7 p.m.* *NOTE: Schedule will vary. Please call/book in advance.

Off-Season(Fall-Winter-Spring) Schedule

Westerly to Block Island: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Half past every OTHER hour, Every Day Thursday until 6:30 p.m., Friday until 7:30 p.m.* Block Island to Westerly: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- every OTHER hour on the hour, Every Day Spring/Fall until 6 p.m, Fri, Sat, Sun * *NOTE: Schedule will vary. Please call/book in advance. For information or reservations call Westerly State Airport: 56 Airport Rd. Westerly, RI 02891 (401) 596-2460 or (800) 243-2460


12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday Sept. 14 Saturday Sept 15 Sunday Sept. 16 Friday Sept. 21 Saturday Sept 22 Sunday Sept. 23 Friday Sept. 28 Saturday Sept 29 Sunday Sept. 30 Friday Oct. 5 Saturday Oct. 6 Sunday Oct. 7 Monday Oct. 8

Dock address: State Pier, 1 Water Street Fall River, MA 02721


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Limited Fall Schedule



Sunday July 1 Sunday July 8 Sunday July 15 Sunday July 22 Sunday July 29 Sunday August 5 Sunday August 12 Sunday August 19 Sunday August 26

11:15a, 5:10p


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri June 15 to Mon Sept 10


Mon -Sun 9:45a, 12:30p

10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM

Begin Daily Service

Dock address: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday May 25 Saturday May 26 Sunday May 27 Monday May 28 Friday June 1 Saturday June 2 Sunday June 3 Friday June 8 Saturday June 9 Sunday June 10


Montauk, NY to Block Island

10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM


Viking Fleet Dock Location: 462 West Lake Dr., Montauk, NY (631) 668-5700

Harbor & Marina Information Harbors

Old Harbor: Contact the Old Harbor Dockmaster at VHF Ch. 12, or (401) 466-3235 New Harbor: Contact the Harbormaster on VHF Ch.12, or (401) 466-3204 Free pump-out is available: Old Harbor at VHF Ch.72 New Harbor at VHF Ch.73


Block Island Boat Basin (401) 466-2631 Champlin’s Marina (800) 762-4541, (401) 466-7777 Payne’s Dock (401) 466-5572

Close To Home, A World Away


Island Accommodations HOTELS Atlantic Inn (401) 466-5883/800-224-7422 See ad on Page 1 Champlin’s Resort & Marina (401) 466-7777/800-762-4541 Harborside Inn (401) 466-5504/800-825-6254 Hotel Manisses (401) 466-9898 Narragansett Inn (401) 466-2626 National Hotel (401) 466-2901 Spring House Hotel (401) 466-5844/800-234-9263 The Surf Hotel (401) 466-2241 See ad on Page 36

INNS 1661 Inn (401) 466-2421 See ad Inside Front Cover Ashley House (401)466-5504/800-825-6254 Avonlea (401) 466-5891/800-992-7290 Ballard’s Inn (401) 466-2231 Barrington Inn (401) 466-5524 Bellevue House (401) 466-2912 See ad on Page 34 Blue Dory Inn (401) 466-9910/800-992-7290 42 Close To Home, A World Away

Darius Inn (401) 466-2722 Gables Inn (401)) 466-2213 Gothic Inn (401) 466-2918 Hendrickson House (401) 466-2421 Inn at Old Harbor (401) 466-2932 INN at Spring House (401) 466-5418 New Shoreham House (401) 466-5504 Old Bakery Inn (401) 466-5504 Old Town Inn (401) 466-5958 Paynes Harborview Inn (401) 466-5758 Rose Farm Inn (401) 466-2034 Sea Breeze Inn (401) 466-2275 See ad on Page 10 Sea Crest Inn (401) 466-5504 Sullivan House (401) 466-5020 Water Street Inn (401) 466-5504

RESERVATION SERVICES Block Island Accommodations 800-232-5014 See ad on Page 34 Block Island Reservations 800-825-6254 See ad on Back Cover Block Island Resorts 800-626-4773/ 401-466-2421

REALTORS/HOUSE RENTALS Attwood Real Estate (401) 466-5582 Ballard Hall Real Estate (401) 466-8883 See ad on Page 32 Beach Real Estate (401) 466-2312 See ad on Page 3 Block Island Realty (401) 466-5887 Lila Delman Real Estate (401) 466-8777 See ad on Page 45 Offshore Property (401) 466-5446 See ad on Page 6 Phillips Real Estate (401) 466-8806 Sullivan – Sotheby’s International Realty (401) 466-5521 See ad on Page 5

More accommodation types are available including B&B’s, apartments, time-shares, guest houses and cottages. Full listings are available at

Island Dining 1661 Inn Buffet (401) 466-2421 See ad Inside Front Cover Atlantic Inn, Restaurant 1879 (401) 466-5883 See ad on Page 1 Aldo’s Bakery (401) 466-2198 See ad on Page 44 Aldo’s Restaurant (401) 466-5871 See ad on Page 44 Ballard’s (401) 466-2231 Barn at the Spring House (401) 466-5418 Beachead (401) 466-2249 Ben & Jerry’s (401) 466-5430 Bethany’s Airport Diner (401) 466-3100 Block Island Depot (401) 466-2403 Block Island Grocery (401) 466-2949 Block Island Pizza Pie Company (401) 466-9939 Calaveras (401) 466-2495

Fat Head Sushi At Captain Nick’s (401) 466-5670

Pots and Kettles Food Truck (401)864-2433 Corn Neck Road

Finn’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-2473

Rebecca’s Dockside (401) 466-2599

Hotel Manisses Restaurant (401) 466-9898

Rebecca’s on the Beach At Fred Benson Beach Pavilion

Harbor Grill (401) 466-2828 Ice Cream Place (401) 466-2145 Kimberly’s (401) 466-8600 See ad on Page 2 Kimberly’s With a View at Champlin’s Marina (401) 465-6243 Los Gatitos (401) 466-5855 McAloon’s (401) 466-2928 Mia’s Gelateria Under National Porch Mohegan Café and Brewery (401) 466-5911 Narragansett Inn Restaurant (401) 466-2626

Rebecca’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-5411 Seaside Market (401) 466-5876 Water Street Smitty’s Ice Cream New Harbor Southeast Light Delights Food Truck Southeast Light Spring House Restaurant (401-466-5844) Tigerfish (401) 466-2300 See ad on Page 12 The Oar (401) 466-8820 The National Hotel Tap & Grille (401) 466-2901 The Surf Hotel Restaurant (401) 466-2241 See ad on Page 36

Old Harbor Takeout Water Street

Three Sisters (401) 466-9661

Old Post Office Bagel Shop (401) 466-5959

Topside Café (401) 466-9607

Dead Eye Dick’s (401) 466-2654

Payne’s “Killer Donuts” Food Truck New Harbor

Winfield’s (401) 466-5856

Eli’s (401) 466-5230

Persephone’s Kitchen (401) 466-5070

Club Soda (401) 466-5397

Ernies Old Harbor Restaurant Water Street

Poor People’s Pub (401) 466-8533 See ad on Page 12 Close To Home, A World Away


Coast To Coast In 12 Minutes

Daily Flights Free Parking at Westerly Airport

The Fastest Way to Block Island

Information & Reservations 800.243.2460 Block Island 401.466.5881 Westerly 401.596.2460


Italian Seafood Restaurant and Pizzeria A taste of Italy on Block Island

Full Air Conditioned Bar Gluten Free Pasta Available Featuring Fresh Seafood, Choice Veal, Chicken and Beef Weldon’s Way ~ in the heart of Old Harbor


Take-out available • Homemade sauces to go

Home of the Original Block Island Pepperoni Bread

Block Island’s Resident Airline Since 1970

9 Soft Serve Ice Cream & Yogurt Flavors 32 Homemade Ice Cream Flavors • 24 Gelato Flavors ICED COFFEE FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES Regular & Flavored

Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits



Made To Order

Enjoy Treats & Our Game Room


Breakfast Sandwiches Made to Order 7AM - 11:30PM

The Leone and Papa families Serving Block Islanders since 1970

Visit for full menu and catering menu

Since 1970





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2018 Block Island Tourism Magazine  

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2018 Block Island Tourism Magazine  

Close To Home, A World Away