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BLOCK

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Come Home To

Block Island

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Block Island Beckons TRAVELING TO BLOCK ISLAND is a

Sr., opened Ballard’s in 1956, he knew

little bit like arriving in another country,

that Block Island was a special place. All

or perhaps another era. No traffic lights,

year long tourists look forward to sum-

no highways, no chain restaurants. Aside

mer on Block Island, when the hotels,

from the glorious beaches and sparkling

restaurants and shops are in full-swing.

ocean, many of the island’s extraordinary

There’s nothing like live entertainment

facets are not immediately apparent. But

on the beach, dining on the porch of

to those who grew up here, like myself,

an historic hotel, and a day of leisure in

and those who visit the island year after

the sun with family and friends. When

year, there is much more than meets the

traveling outside of Rhode Island, many

eye, with a vibrant local community and

people have recognized the Block Island

a connection to nature not found on the

logo on my favorite t-shirt, and it’s an

mainland. With farmers markets, historic

instant conversation-starter! People from

home tours, nature walks, and special

near and far have fond memories of

activities for children, there is always

Block Island. Now, more than ever, there

matter what, everyone will be charmed

something going on around town. In the

is truly something for everyone on the

by the island’s picturesque sights and

fall and winter, business owners prepare

island. From quaint bed and breakfasts

will discover what it’s like to be on “is-

for the busy tourist season, eager to give

to newly renovated Victorian hotels, from

land time.”

visitors a memorable day trip or vacation.

carry-out restaurants to fine dining, tour-

Steven Filippi

ists can plan their trip as they choose. No

President, Block Island Tourism Council

When my father, Paul Filippi

Steven Filippi, with wife Lauren, and their children Landon and Natalie.

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

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

Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807 Phone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804 www.blockislandtimes.com Publisher Michael Schroeder Editor Kari Curtis Writers Jessica K. Willi, Steven Filippi, Clair Stover Photographer K. Curtis Contributing Photographers Allie Lauzier, Robyne Brennan, Lars Trodson, Kate Ryan, Kelley Mulvey, Maegan Hobe, Audrey Doocey, Allison Kirby, Donna Eurbin, Edwina Koch, David Badami, Anneliese Slamowitz Production Chris Izzo © 2019 Block Island Tourism Council & The Block Island Times

Cover photo by Wayne Turk www.blockislandinfo.com

Table Of Contents 3.

Block Island Beckons!

32. Bringing Your 4-Legged Friend

9.

You’re Closer Than You Think!

33. Nightlife

11. B.I. Basics

35. Favorite Times and Happenings

13. Endless Beaches

36. Keep it Moving

16. A Natural Beauty

37. Our Island Community

20. Rest, Relaxation, Recreation

39. Island Weddings

22. New England’s Boating and Fishing Paradise

40. Year Round Ferry Schedule

24. The Goods

41. Seasonal High Speed Ferry Service

26. Living History

42. Island Accommodations

27. Keeping It Green

43. Island Dining

28. A Room With A View

44. Group Tours

30. Good Eats About the Cover Photo: Our cover photo this year was taken by Wayne Turk. While visiting with family last summer, Wayne attempted to photograph a perfect sunset for days, and on day six, he prevailed and it paid off! “An amazing sunset with colors that changed every five minutes. The sky was on fire and we were the only ones on the beach!” Thank you to Wayne Turk for this amazing shot of the North Light at sunset. 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 (facebook.com/blockislandtourism) or email us at blockisland02807@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing the island through your eyes.

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1661 Inn, Block Island Reservations, Atlantic Inn, Ballard Hall Real Estate, Beach Real Estate, Block Island Conservancy, Block Island Express, Block Island Fishworks, Interstate Navigation, Lila Delman Real Estate, New England Airlines, Newport Convention & Visitors Bureau, Poor People’s Pub, Tigerfish, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals, Block Island Health Services, Sullivan Real Estate, Kimberly’s, Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill & Block Island Cookie Company, Aldo’s Restaurant & Aldo’s Bakery, Sea Breeze Inn, Block Island Grocery, Seaside Market & New Harbor Boat Basin, Spring House Hotel

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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 airplanes that bring visitors to Block Island, and more than 10 million can reach a ferry or airplane in less than two hours.

Photo by Audrey Doocey

By Ferry

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 blockislandferry.com. 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, www.blockislandinfo.com

to Newport, Rhode Island, and on to Block Island. For schedules and more information call (866) 783-7996 or visit blockislandferry.com. Also see schedule information on page 40 and page 41. Block Island Express gets you to Old Harbor in just over one hour on a high-speed catamaran from a terminal in New London,C.T. (2 Ferry St., New London, C.T.) 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 goblockisland.com. 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 vikingfleet.com. 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 blockislandinfo.com, 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. Parking is free.Find schedules and information at (800) 243-2460 or at blockislandsairline.com. 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 blockislandstateairportri.com or call airport manager at (401) 466-5511. Close To Home, A World Away

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OCEAN AVE. • 466-2949

• Fresh produce • Groceries • • Deli • Newspapers and Sundries •

Wide selection of beer, wine and liquor The best deli sandwiches on the island and a butcher shop where you can pick up a steak or some ribs to throw on the grill. Fresh local seafood is always in stock.

ATM INE!

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Deli and Convenience Store Water Street • 466-5876

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Wide selection of deli sandwiches • Breakfast to go • Snacks Groceries • Health and beauty aides • T-shirts and Souvenirs

Coffee • Tea • Juice • Donuts • Bagels Muffins And more!

Sandwiches

We offer a selection of Pre-made Sandwiches

Snacks

We also offer a wide variety of snacks from chips ‘n dips to cheese ‘n crackers, fresh fruit, yogurts, and beyond!

Cheers!

And you can order liquor, wine and beer for late afternoon delivery right here, to the store

Block Island Boat Basin Ship Store New Harbor • 466-5189

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B.I. Basics The Facts

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

Photo by Robyne Brennan

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 900 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

manmade stone walls. Nature Trails 28 miles of trails. Open Space More than 47 percent of the island is preserved open space. Beaches 17 miles worth, all free, all gorgeous. Education One K-12 school with 132 students.

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After all, Providence, RI was founded on the notion that you should be able to do what you want to do and think what you want to think. We take that to heart. Bring your family or travel solo. Indulge in delicious meals or bike through cityscapes and scenic vistas. Learn a new skill or loll lazily in a gondola watching the world glide by. Do all of it. Or do your own thing. We have so much to do, see, eat, play, create, watch — the combinations are endless. It’s up to you.

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Endless Beaches 17 miles of sandy fun and peaceful stretches of paradise 1 Cow Cove at Settlers’ Rock

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Mansion Beach

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Scotch Beach

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Mohegan Bluffs

The Bluffs at Black Rock

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Kiley Ryan, Grade 5 at the Block Island School

Photo by Robyne Brennan

Kiley catching a wave. Photo by Kate Ryan.

Block Island has been called one of the last great places, but to me it is the only great place. For all ten years of my life, I have been lucky enough to call Block Island my home. My Block Island is the beach and surfing in the summertime. From the first time my parents brought me to Baby Beach, on Corn Neck road, 14 Close To Home, A World Away

when I was about five months old and my feet touched the water, I haven’t wanted to get out. I love surfing in the summer on Block Island with the wind in my face, the water splashing on my feet as I catch a wave, and having all of my friends in the water with me. When I go surfing there is always a friend with me that I can float with, as we wait for a swell to roll in. It is a hassle to get my wetsuit on, get my board and text my friends about where and when I am going, but once I get out there and start to surf, I know that it was worth it. In the summer, the beach is the main hangout for kids my age. Since the island is so small, I can walk to many of the beaches to surf and swim with my friends all day. On the hottest days, I will walk down to the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion for a cold ice cream. Sometimes we have a beach fire at night — those nights are special. Everybody brings food, we set up a big ta-

My Block Island ble for the grill, and have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and snacks. We swim until the sun goes down, watching the sky turn from blue to a rainbow of colors. The sky shines the last of the day’s sun. The water, which has turned pink from the sunset, feels warmer and freeing. My friends and I body surf and enjoy the peacefulness of being the only people in the water for as far as our eyes can see. When we get out of the water, we roast marshmallows and play games like manhunt or red rover. Some of my best memories have been made at the beach fires with all my friends. My Block Island is the beach and the surf, and I hope that in fifty years my island still has great beaches and fun waters to surf in. I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else. No matter where I go when I get older, I will remember that it all began on the beaches of Block Island, on my Block Island. www.blockislandinfo.com


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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 www.blockislandinfo.com

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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.

a place for boaters in New Harbor to tie up their rafts and dinghies. There 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 Resort. A rightof-way next to the Resort gets you to a public beach popular for sunbathing and swimming. Or, go through the front doors of the Resort and out to the beach for food and drink service, chair and umbrella rentals, tiki bars, volleyball and live music.

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. 11. Dinghy Beach, also known as Mosquito Beach, is located just across the road from Scotch Beach, providing

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.

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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 1

wildlife — it’s no wonder Block Island was named one of the last great

Clay Head Nature Trail

places in the western hemisphere by The Nature Conservancy. More than 47 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 seals perched on beach rocks and peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks in the sky. Ring-necked pheasants and American woodcocks can be found among the abundant wildflowers. Block Island is renowned for its beauty and commitment to preservation. Once you visit, you’ll understand why.

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Block Island Conservancy Education Center on Weldon’s Way.

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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. 1661 Inn 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).

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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. 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. Ball O’Brien Park has a playground with swings, a skate park, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a picnic pavilion with charcoal grills. There is also a quarter mile long trail that circles the park and another that leads to the Great Salt Pond. 12. The Glass Float Project has become one of the island’s most popular activities in recent years. Find these orange-sized orbs along beaches and trails, then register your find at www. blockislandinfo.com/glass-float-project.

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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 sailing or fishing charters. Inland pursuits include biking, hiking, and all manner of exercise classes, such as yoga, spin class, barre and more. Or you can hit the spa. Or simply hit the hammock! For more information, visit the Block Island Tourism Council’s web site at www. Biking is the best way to explore. Photo by Allie Lauzier.

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Relaxing at sunset.

Farmers Market on the Spring House Hotel lawn.

Touch-tanks at BIMI.

Ice Cream at the Fred Benson Beach pavilion.

Horseback riding at Cooneymus Beach.

Banana boat ride in Old Harbor.

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

bonito, mahi-mahi, shark, and more.

island. Just don’t forget to stop by the

WORLD find harbor in more than

The island hosts premiere races and

island’s two tackle shops for bait or

50 acres of anchorage and more than

fishing tournaments including the

suggestions about where the action

100 public moorings.

Tri-State Canyon Shoot-out Fishing

is. Don’t forget about the clam flats,

No boat? No problem.

Tournament and the Storm Trysail

either!

Rental boats and a charter fishing

sailboat races.

fleet await to take visitors out on the

Why not take to the miles of sandy

For mooring, anchorage, licensing and docking information, visit the

beaches and rocky shoreline for fly

Block Island Tourism Council’s web

Sound, and, of course, the Atlantic

fishing and surf-casting — shore ac-

site at blockislandinfo.com or call the

Ocean for striped bass, bluefish, tuna,

cess is unrestricted around the entire

Harbors Department at (401)466-3204.

Photo by K. Curtis

Great Salt Pond, the Block Island

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

Fishworks is a tackle and bait shop in New Harbor.

Big fish. Photo by Kelley Mulvey.

Fishing tournament at the Boat Basin.

Rat Island in New Harbor.

Kate McConville, Rescue Captain

Kate McConville

I first came to Block Island in the summer of 1995, after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in marine fisheries. I worked as an intern for The Committee for the Great www.blockislandinfo.com

Salt Pond doing water testing and giving educational tours out on the Great Salt Pond. It was that summer that I also got a job working for the Harbors Department, and from there, I was hooked. I joined the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in the winter of 1998 and became an EMT. That same winter I started working for Spier Construction, where I was taught an amazing trade for eight years, from framing to finishwork, eventually going out on my own doing tile work for various contractors. But I always felt myself drawn back to the Great Salt Pond every summer, working on the Harbor’s collection boat, the launch, or helping with the Block Island Club’s summer class “Discover Scuba.” Most recently, I have been a part-time oyster farmer for Chris Warfel

My Block Island of Sunfarm Oysters. It is grueling, dirty work, but it is worth it to be on the water with nature, knowing these oysters are helping to keep the water clean. When I am not working on the water, I am out sailing, paddle-boarding, or diving. The Fire and Rescue Department has become a true passion of mine, I love giving back to my community by helping others. It is an honor to be Block Island’s Rescue Captain, a position I hold today. I also work as the Administrative Assistant to the Harbors Department at town hall, but still manage to get a few shifts out on the boat in the summer. This year I am looking forward to moving into my new year-round housing at the Harbor Church Apartments, where my view of this island, and the water that surrounds it, will be spectacular. Close To Home, A World Away

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Island signs at Photo Dog.

Gifts and candy along Chapel Street.

Wave necklace at Jennifer’s Jewelry.

The Shop at Payne’s Dock.

Block Star merchandise.

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.

Local artists and craftsmen show at the many galleries that dot the downtown, during the Arts and Crafts Guild

In addition to the shopping in town, there is a Farmers

shows hosted on the Historical Society lawn a few times

Market where island artists, chefs, and farmers gather each

each season, and at the twice-weekly Farmers Market. 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.

holidays.

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Eat Fish shirts at Twin Maples. Photos by Anneliese Slamowitz.

Pottery at the Farmers’ Market.

Gifts and wears at the Glass Onion.

Luke Mac, Senior at the Block Island School

Luke Mac

I’ll be honest; living on Block Island is not for everyone. The winter weather can be brutally unforgiving. It takes a certain kind of grit and perseverance to live out here. For those of us who have grown up on Block Is-

land, these adversities are meaningless. We fill the time with personal hobbies, like sports and music. We spend a tremendous amount of time with our community, friends and family. If you know the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child,” you will know that you cannot apply it anywhere better than on Block Island. Unlike anywhere else, the whole community knows your name and genuinely cares about you and your future. I would be remiss if I failed to mention what the island itself has given us. In the summer, Block Island is completely surrounded by beaches that are just begging you to sink your toes into the sand — our beaches are clean and trash-free thanks to the efforts of the locals and conservation groups. They all work tirelessly to keep the beaches clean for people who want to enjoy them. Something I have always appreciated about Block Island is how enthusiastic the businesses are to hire the local teenagers for work. We all start working young and earning our own money, which develops a

My Block Island fantastic work ethic at a young age. It forges the foundation of skills like time management, personal budgeting, and sticking to commitments we make. I speak for everyone when I say that we have all benefited from the work opportunities out here. The summer’s music scene is tremendous. Businesses like Captain Nick’s, the Atlantic Inn, Spring House Hotel, Smitty’s Ice Cream and McAloon’s are always inviting mainland and local musicians to perform in their venues. I have met and worked with extraordinary businesses, musicians and crews simply due to the fact that people appreciate the music that everyone brings to the island. Calling Block Island a unique place is an understatement. It is truly magical here. I really do appreciate everything the island has done for me. I know I am going to miss it when I leave for college, because everyone always does. Home truly is where all of our hearts are. We all really do love it here, and are proud to call this island home. Spring Street Gallery

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A room in the museum.

The Block Island Historical Society

Living History

A history lesson on the lawn.

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

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restored and re-lit, and its small museum renovated. www.blockislandinfo.com


Keeping it Green The Block Island community has a tradition of coming together to “keep it green”. You can see the effects of this attitude at our school, in our shops, at the Town Hall, and on our 18 miles of beach and nearly 30 miles of trails. Examples of people’s ability to affect change to keep

recyclables you bring to the beach. Block Island is a small place where everyone’s actions can make a difference. To learn more about this special island, its wild and plant life, and cultural history, join us for year-round walks led by The Nature Conservancy and the Block

this island green abound. In 1972, a group of concerned

Island Conservancy. A complete list of offerings can be

islanders rallied together to protect Rodman’s Hollow

found online at nature.org/blockisland.

and launched a grass-roots movement that today is a Clair Stover is the

worldwide model for community-based conservation. In 2016, the nation’s first offshore wind farm was built

Executive Director of the

off our southeastern shore and now supplies renewable

Block Island Conservancy.

energy to the island and mainland. And just last year, a

Her family has been

few island school kids successfully petitioned the Town

coming to the island for

Council to ban single-use plastic bags from the island.

almost 20 years. She has

Because people care, Block Island is a place where both

worked and lived on

people and nature thrive together.

Clair Stover, Director, Block Island Conservancy

Block Island since 2014.

Block Island is the perfect place to see the influences of a single person’s actions; you too can help keep the

The Block Island Conservancy is a grass roots conservation organization founded in 1972. The

instead of driving. Make sure to stay off the fragile

organization works to protect open space and preserve the

dunes and enjoy wildlife from a distance. Say no to

island’s natural heritage, rural character, and community

the straw (though many island restaurants are already

access to resources on Block Island. Learn more by visiting

doing away with straws!). Take with you any trash or

www.biconservancy.org.

Photo by Donna Eurbin

island green. Bike or take a walk around the island

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Narragansett Inn

A Room with a View

For the most accurate availability on Block Island, call direct. On-line sites, like Expedia and TripAdvisor, often don’t have Block Island’s full inventory. Block Island has the largest

seasons, the week after July 4, and in

collection of Victorian era hotels of any

the last week of August. For specific

vacation destination on the Eastern

accommodation information visit the

seaboard. Among the architectural

Block Island Tourism Council’s web

gems are the Atlantic Inn, the Spring

site at blockislandinfo.com or see

House, Hotel Manisses, the National

accommodation listings on page 42.

National Hotel

Hotel, and the Surf Hotel. For the luxury traveler, new boutique hotels and inns provide modern amenities. The island is also famous for its quaint bed and breakfasts and guest houses. You’ll find friendly and knowledgeable

Spring House Hotel Annex

proprietors who are eager to hand out advice about things to see and do. For longer visits, Block Island has a slew of rental properties and able real estate agents to help you find the picturesque vacation home that’s just right for you and yours. There is higher availability for accommodations and ferry reservations during the shoulder 28 Close To Home, A World Away

Payne’s Harbor View Inn

Atlantic Inn

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Anchor House Inn

Blue Dory Inn

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Sheffield House

Hotel Manissses

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The Oar

Dead Eye Dick’s

Scones at the Farmers Market.

Block Island Pizza Pie Co.

Bethany’s Airport Diner. Photo by Edwina Koch.

The Old Post Office Bagel Shop.

Calaveras.

Good Eats FROM FAMILY-FRIENDLY TO ROMANTIC fine dining,

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.

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Coffee at Persephone’s Kitchen. Photo by Edwina Koch.

Pu Pu Platter at Tigerfish.

Persephone Brown, owner Persephone’s Kitchen Walking off the ferry, I was struck by how quiet, bright, and fresh the island felt. The sky was big, the streets narrow, the buildings small. My father, a sea shanty musician was performing for a party, and I helped carry his instruments up a long hill. I would later recognize the hill from this memory, as High Street. Running around with the other kids, I felt comfortable in the company of welcoming strangers. At the end of the day I wasn’t ready to leave, but we had to catch the last ferry home. I returned to the island years later, at nineteen, to work for the summer. Ferry trips were adventures then, riding rolling waves at the front of the boat, soaking wet from the ocean spray. Beach combing, sunset cruises, moonlit swims, late night beach fires, and all-too-early mornings at work, congruent with new friendships, first loves, and planning for what lie ahead in the winter months. My husband and I met on Block Island. He taught me how to live on a sailboat, where the best clamming spots are, and the discovery of bottle dumps and arrowheads. I shared with him favorite fruit www.blockislandinfo.com

trees, collecting chestnuts, and the merits of a late season swim. I’d be remiss to exclude the learning experiences the island provides. If you’re a hard worker you’ll be given opportunities, people are willing to train you if they think you will do a good job. I’ve been a baker, an office administrator, built stone walls, installed solar electric systems, painted, to name a few. Each job, learning new skills and developing relationships, ultimately enriching my life in unexpected ways. When my son was born the community enveloped us in love. Personal bonds with the island, now became a union with the community. Raising our children here became a priority, desiring to provide the same character building experiences. Their growing roots inspired me to open Persephone’s Kitchen, run for school committee, and become a welcoming member of the community.

Southeast Light Delights

My Block Island

Persephone Brown

Block Island has its way of being imprinted on your memory, just as I remember how High Street felt when I was ten. It could be the sun shining on a path, faded moss on a Greenway post, or a curve in a stretch of beach, that transports you to a moment when you had been there before, who you were with, and the scents, sounds, and sights of the island around you. Close To Home, A World Away

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Hampton and Tucket on Mansion Beach. Photo by David Badami.

Guests at the Blue Dory Inn.

Bringing Your 4-Legged Friend There are many accommodations and restaurants

are required. The Town of New Shoreham does have a

that are pet friendly, and allow both you and your pup

leash law that requires dogs to be leashed in public ar-

to enjoy Block Island. Dogs are allowed on the tradi-

eas, including beaches and the Greenway hiking trails,

tional and fast ferries from Point Judith, RI, New Lon-

which are great places for pet-friendly activities. Have a

don, CT and Montauk, NY — but must be on a leash

special event to attend? Dog sitters and grooming ser-

or in a carrier at all times. A flight over to the island

vices are available to keep your pet happy and looking

with your furry friend from Westerly, RI, will cost ex-

good. Block Island offers a great getaway that lets the

tra if your pet weighs over 25 pounds, and reservations

entire family come along.

Make the

Newport Visitors Center your first stop. (A short walk from the Newport ferry dock.)

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Live music at Captain Nick’s.

Bachelorette party fun.

Nightlife

Reggae at Yellow Kittens.

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 with the live music that will keep you dancing well into the night. A game of pool at Yellow Kittens.

Dance party with DJ Libre at Poor People’s Pub.

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Daily Flights Free Parking at Westerly Airport

The Fastest Way to Block Island

Block Island’s Resident Airline Since 1970

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Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill 79 West Side Road at Champlin’s Marina (Pool Side)

Cookies and Cookie Bars

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Weddings • Private Events Birthdays

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2018 Fourth of July Parade.

2019 Polar Plunge. Photo by Lars Trodson.

Holiday Shopping Stroll.

Lobster Pot Tree.

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

Around the Block; art and music festivals throughout the

shoulder seasons. Spring and fall are quieter and perhaps

summer including the popular Blues on the Block concerts

even more gorgeous than summer!

and ConserFest; and fall classics like the Arts and Crafts

Sample island food during Restaurant Week June 9 to

Guild /Farmers Market Fair, as well as new favorites, such as

14 this year. Experience Block Island weekend (formerly A

the Glass Float Treasure Hunt, in which visitors and island-

Taste of Block Island), September 27 to 29, gives guests a

ers alike comb beaches and trails for hand-blown fishing-

chance to sample the island’s inns, restaurants, and activi-

float-style glass balls stamped with an island image.

ties at a deep discount. Popular annual celebrations include the Fourth of July,

Winter happenings include the Holiday Shopping Stroll over Thanksgiving weekend, the Polar Plunge on New Year’s

of course, but also races such as the Shad Bloom Run in

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

early May, the August triathlon, and September’s 15K Run

events in 2019 at blockislandinfo.com.

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Keep it Moving

Fitness-minded vacationers may be worried that their

exercise routines may go down the tubes while on Block Island. But vacationers need not fret — you may actually benefit from the change in pace and environment, which can provide new and entertaining ways of exercising. There are many traditional fitness options available on Block Island –like yoga, spin and step classes but there are also nontraditional ways to burn the calories off like pool aerobics, trampoline exercise classes, kayak tours and paddle boarding. A new craze you can find on Block Island at Elevation Studio is alpaca and goat yoga — a wildly trending class — you get to mingle with the animals at the 1661 Farm & Gardens. A multitude of classes, from spin to step and everything in between can be found daily, year-round at Island Fitness in the BIMI building (book online). While you are over in that neighborhood, located around the Block Island Maritime Institute Center, you can find multiple outfits for kayak and paddleboard rentals and classes to keep the heart rate up! There are plenty of ways to ‘feel the burn” that don’t involve laying in the sun on Block Island. Yoga with the animals. Photo courtesy of Elevation Studio.

Save the date for the 2nd annual…

Visit the

BIC Education Center

on Weldon’s Way!

• Pick up a summer walk schedule and learn about island activities & events • View the conservation history display • Fill your reusable bottle at the water filling station • Shop for t-shirts, water bottles, trail maps, and more!

A day of family fun on Block Island! Games, music, live auction, surf competition, delicious food and more.

Sunday, August 18th at the

Since 1972, the Block Island Conservancy has worked to protect open space and preserve our community’s access to the island’s natural places.

Solviken Nature Preserve

Learn more at www.biconservancy.org

More info at biconservancy.org/fair

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Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Photo by Maegan Hobe.

Ceremony for the launch of the B.I. America the Beautiful quarter..

Block Island School graduation—Class of 2018.

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

Holiday oyster benefit.

Block Island Hurricanes soccer championship.

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 www.blockislandinfo.com

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Anasheh and Brandon by Trevor Holden Photography.

Island Weddings

It’s no secret anymore how much fun it is to have a wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a close-to-home, but worlds-away destination celebration. Let your wedding be the one that no one Meredith and Ryan by Melissa Stimpson Photography.

will ever forget. Dazzle your friends with a reception at one of our grand Victorian hotels or let them stargaze during a lobster bake on the beach. The typical Block Island wedding is anything but that — it might be called romantic, storybook, one-of-a-kind or inventive — but never typical. The island is well-equipped to facilitate gatherings of all sizes in a variety of unique settings. Everything can be found right on the island, including: catering, florists, hair salons and spas, photography, music, and event rentals. The key to planning a Block Island wedding

Meaghan and Andrew by Aaron Collins Photography.

is to know the ins and outs of throwing this type of event in a small place, only accessible by boat or plane. Many hotels and inns have built-in wedding services, and many are happy to assist with the details. We offer beautiful locations, fabulous food and so much island charm. Celebrate the most important day of your life in one of the world’s most beautiful places. “We’re getting married on Block Island.” Try saying it out loud. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Kim and Steve by Trevor Holden Photography.

Victoria and Sebastion by Snap Weddings.

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Elizabeth and Ted by Ashley Caroline Photography.

Kevin and Jordan by Move Mountains Co.

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Meredith and Ryan by Melissa Stimpson Photography.

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Anasheh by Trevor Holden Photography.

Matt and Stephen by Angelina Rose Photography.

Julie and Brendan by Eisley Images.

Kaitlin and Chris by Michael Benson Photography.

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Year-Round Ferry Service Vehicles • Passengers • Bikes

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8a, 9:30a, 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 10:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 11:45a, 1:30p,4:15p, 5p, 6:15p, 8p, 9p 6p, 7p, 8p

Holidays July 4 & August 12 DEPART PJ: 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p | DEPARTS BI: 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p AUG 26 AUG 30

AUG 31SEP 2

8:30a, 10:30a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

8:30a, 10:30a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

8:30a, 10:30a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

LABOR DAY 8:15a, 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 10a, 11:30a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 3p, 1:30p,3:30p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p 5p, 6p, 7p

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

8:30a, 10:30a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

8:30a, 10:30a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8a, 9:30a, 8:15a, 10a, 8a, 9:30a, 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 10:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 11:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 3p, 1:30p, 3:30p, 4p, 5:30p, 1:30p, 3:30p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p 5p, 6p, 7p 5p, 6p, 7p 7p, 8p

LABOR DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE

SEP 3 SEP 15

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a,1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

SEP 16OCT 11

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p,

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p 7p

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

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 2p, 5:15p

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

9a, 11a, 2p, 5:15p

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

OCT 12 OCT 14

COLUMBUS DAY 8:15a,11a, 9a, 11a, 1p 1p, 3p, 3p, 5p, 7p 5p, 7p

OCT 15OCT 20

COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p,

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p,

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

OCT21NOV 24

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

NOV 25 DEC 1

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

DEC 2 DEC 22

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

10a

2:30p

DEC 23 DEC 29

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

10a

2:30p

DEC 30 JAN 5

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 4:45p 2:30p, 6:30p 10a

2:30p

CHRISTMAS 10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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

6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 6:30p 4:45p THANKSGIVING 11a 12:30p 6:30a, 11a, 8:15a, 2:30p, 4:45p 6:30p 11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 7p

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

9a, 11a, 2p, 5p

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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

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

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

10a, 3:30p

8:15a, 12:45p, 5:15p

7a, 11a, 4p

9a, 1p, 5:45p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

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

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

11a, 4p

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

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

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 BlockIslandFerry.com 40 Close To Home, A World Away

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2019 HIGH SPEED SCHEDULE

B.I. 1p, 5:30p 1p, 5:30p

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

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

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Seasonal High-Speed Ferry Service Passengers and bikes only • Reservations recommended

PT. JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Dock address: RI 304 Great Island Road Point Judith, toRIBlock Narragansett, 02882 Island New London, CT to Block Island DATES DAYS

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

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

, 8:15a,11a, 3p, 5p 1p, 5:30p 9a, 1p, 5:45p 1p, 5:30p 1p, 5:30p 1p, 5:30p

DEPARTS PT. JUDITH

DEPARTS BLOCK ISLAND

Jun 22 - Sep 2

DAYS

DEPARTS FALL RIVER

DEPARTS BLOCK ISLAND

Jun 22 - Sep 2

Mon -Sun

8:30a

5:10p

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

DATES

DAYS

Jun 22 - Sep 2

Mon -Sun

FALL RIVER

NEWPORT

8:30a

6:30p

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.* • Friday until 8:30 p.m. * Block Island to Westerly: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. – just about EVERY HOUR on the hour, Every Day. Monday, beginning at 6:45 a.m. • Friday until 8 p.m.* • Sunday until 7 p.m.* WWW.BLOCKISLANDFERRY.COM *(NOTE: Schedule may vary. Please call/book in advance.)

866-783-7996

Off-Season(Fall-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. - 5 p.m. — every OTHER hour on the hour, Every Day. Spring/Fall until 6 p.m., Fri., Sat., Sun.* *(NOTE: Schedule may vary. Please call/book in advance)

Off-Season(Winter) Schedule

Westerly to Block Island: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Half past every OTHER hour, Every Day. Block Island to Westerly: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. — every OTHER hour on the hour, Every Day. *(NOTE: Schedule may 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 blockislandsairline.com

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5PM

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

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday, Sept. 6 Saturday, Sept. 7 Sunday, Sept. 8 Friday, Sept. 13 Saturday, Sept. 14 Sunday, Sept. 15 Friday, Sept. 20 Saturday, Sept. 21 Sunday, Sept. 22 Friday, Sept. 27 Saturday, Sept. 28 Sunday, Sept. 29 Friday, Oct. 4 Saturday, Oct. 5 Sunday, Oct. 6 Friday, Oct. 11 Saturday, Oct. 12 Sunday, Oct. 13

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

DATES

2PM 2PM 2PM 2PM 2PM 2PM 2PM 2PM

Limited Fall Schedule

FALL RIVER TO BLOCK ISLAND

10AM

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Sunday, July 7 Sunday, July 14 Sunday, July 21 Sunday, July 28 Sunday, August 4 Sunday, August 11 Sunday, August 18 Sunday, August 25

11:15a, 5:10p

5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri. June 14 to Sun. Sept. 15

DEPARTS BLOCK ISLAND

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

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

Extra July & August Sunday Departures

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

DEPARTS NEWPORT

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Begin Daily Service

NEWPORT TO BLOCK ISLAND DAYS

Montauk, NY to Block Island Limited Pre-Season Schedule Friday, May 24 Saturday, May 25 Sunday, May 26 Friday, May 31 Saturday, June 1 Sunday, June 2 Friday, June 7 Saturday, June 8 Sunday, June 9

Mon - 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p May 23 - Fri Jun 21 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 27 use Sunday schedule Jun 22 - Mon- 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, Sep 2 Sun 4:50p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p Labor Day - Monday, September 2 use Sunday schedule MonSep 3 - Fri 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Oct 14 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Columbus Day - Monday, October 14 use Sunday schedule Wed 4:30p 3p Thur No Service Thanksgiving Nov 27 - Fri 1p, 5p 10:30a, 3p Dec 1 Sat 10:30a, 4p 9:30a, 11:30a Sun 11a, 3:30p 9:30a, 1p

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

2019

Jun 15 Jun 21

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

5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM 5PM

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

Marinas New Harbor Boat Basin (401) 480-1429 Champlin’s Marina (800) 762-4541, (401) 466-7777 Payne’s Dock (401) 466-5572 Public dinghy dock for visiting boaters is adjacent to Dead Eye Dick’s in New Harbor.

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Island Accommodations HOTELS Atlantic Inn (401) 466-5883/800-224-7422 atlanticinn.com See ad on Page 1

Blue Dory Inn (401) 466-9910/800-992-7290 blockislandinns.com Darius Inn (401) 466-2722 dariusblockisland.com

Block Island Beach House Dodge Street blockislandbeachhouse.com

Gothic Inn (401) 466-2918 thegothicinn.com

Champlin’s Resort & Marina (401) 466-7777/800-762-4541 champlinsresort.com

Hendrickson House (401) 466-2421 blockislandresorts.com

Harborside Inn (401) 466-5504/800-825-6254 blockislandreservations.com

Inn at Old Harbor (401) 466-2932 innatoldharbor.com

Hotel Manisses (401) 466-9898 blockislandstay.com Narragansett Inn (401) 466-2626 narragansettinn.net National Hotel (401) 466-2901 blockislandhotels.com Spring House Hotel (401) 466-5844/800-234-9263 springhousehotel.com See ad Page 5

INNS 1661 Inn (401) 466-2421 blockislandresorts.com See ad Inside Front Cover Ashley House (401)466-5504/800-825-6254 blockislandreservations.com Avonlea (401) 466-5891/800-992-7290 blockislandinns.com Ballard’s Inn (401) 466-2231 blockislandstay.com Barrington Inn (401) 466-5524 theinnatblockisland.com Bellevue House (401) 466-2912 blockislandbedandbreakfast.com

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INN at Spring House (401) 466-5418 springhouseblockisland.com See ad Page 5 New Shoreham House (401) 466-5504 blockislandreservations.com Old Bakery Inn (401) 466-5504 blockislandreservations.com Old Town Inn (401) 466-5958 oldtowninnbi.com Paynes Harborview Inn (401) 466-5758 paynesharborviewinn.com Rose Farm Inn (401) 466-2034 rosefarminn.com Sea Breeze Inn (401) 466-2275 seabreezeblockisland.com See ad on Page 44 Sea Crest Inn (401) 466-5504 blockislandreservations.com Sullivan House (401) 466-5020 thesullivanhouse.com

Water Street Inn (401) 466-5504 blockislandreservations.com

RESERVATION SERVICES Block Island Accommodations Blockislandbedandbreakfast.com 800-232-5014 Block Island Reservations Blockislandreservations.com 800-825-6254 See ad on Back Cover Block Island Resorts Blockislandresorts.com 800-626-4773/ 401-466-2421 See ad inside Front Cover

REALTORS/HOUSE RENTALS Ballard Hall Real Estate (401) 466-8883 blockislandproperty.com See ad on Page 2 Beach Real Estate (401) 466-2312 bibeachrealestate.com See ad on Page 6 Block Island Realty (401) 466-5887 birealty.com Lila Delman Real Estate (401) 466-8777 liladelman.com See ad on Page 45 Offshore Property (401) 466-5446 offshorepropertyllc.com Phillips Real Estate (401) 466-8806 phillipsonbi.com Sullivan – Sotheby’s International Realty (401) 466-5521 sullivanbi.com See ad on Page 12

For the most accurate availability on Block Island, call direct. On-line sites, like Expedia and TripAdvisor, often don’t have Block Island’s full inventory. More accommodation types are available including B&B’s, apartments, time-shares, guest houses and cottages. Full listings are available at blockislandinfo.com.

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Island Dining 1661 Inn Breakfast & Brunch Buffet (401) 466-2421 blockislandresorts.com See ad Inside Front Cover Atlantic Inn, Restaurant 1879 (401) 466-5883 atlanticinn.com See ad on Page 1 Aldo’s Bakery (401) 466-2198 aldosbakery.com See ad on Page 6 Aldo’s Restaurant (401) 466-5871 aldosrestaurantblockisland.com See ad on Page 6 Ballard’s (401) 466-2231 blockislandstay.com Barn at the Spring House (401) 466-5418 springhousehotel.com See ad Page 5 Beachead (401) 466-2249 thebeacheadbi.com Ben & Jerry’s (401) 466-5430 Bethany’s Airport Diner (401) 466-3100 Block Island Cookie Company (401) 465-7939 blockislandcookiecompany.com See ad on Page 34 Block Island Depot (401) 466-2403 Block Island Grocery (401) 466-2949 See ad Page 10 Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill (401) 466-2110 See ad on Page 34 Block Island Pizza Pie Company (401) 466-9939 Calaveras (401) 466-2495 Club Soda (401) 466-5397 clubsodabi.com Dead Eye Dick’s (401) 466-2654 deadeyedicksbi.com www.blockislandinfo.com

Eli’s (401) 466-5230 elisblockisland.com

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

Ernies Old Harbor Restaurant Water Street

Rebecca’s Dockside (401) 466-2599 rebeccasseafood.com

Fat Head Sushi At Old Island Pub (401) 466-5670 Finn’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-2473 finnsseafood.com Hotel Manisses Restaurant (401) 466-9898 blockislandstay.com Harbor Grill (401) 466-2828 harborgrillbi.com Ice Cream Place (401) 466-2145 Kimberly’s (401) 466-8600 kimberlysblockisland.com See ad on Page 34 Los Gatitos (401) 466-5855 winfieldsbi.com McAloon’s (401) 466-2928 mcaloons.com Mia’s Gelateria Under National Porch Mohegan Café and Brewery (401) 466-5911 moheganbi.com Narragansett Inn Restaurant (401) 466-2626 narragansettinn.net Old Harbor View Takeout Water Street Old Post Office Bagel Shop (401) 466-5959

Rebecca’s on the Beach At Fred Benson Beach Pavilion Rebecca’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-5411 rebaccasseafood.com Seaside Market (401) 466-5876 Water Street See ad Page 10 Smitty’s Ice Cream New Harbor Southeast Light Delights Food Truck Southeast Light Spring House Restaurant (401-466-5844) springhouseblockisland.com See ad Page 5 Tigerfish (401) 466-2300 tigerfishbi.com See ad on Page 8 The Cracked Mug Café Water Street The Oar (401) 466-8820 blockislandresorts.com The National Hotel Tap & Grille (401) 466-2901 blockislandhotels.com Three Sisters (401) 466-9661 Winfield’s (401) 466-5856 winfieldsbi.com

Payne’s “Killer Donuts” Food Truck New Harbor Persephone’s Kitchen (401) 466-5070 persephoneskitchenbi.com Poor People’s Pub (401) 466-8533 pppbi.com See ad on Page 8 Close To Home, A World Away

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A stop at the scenic North Light.

Lunch at The National.

A complete bus tour with guide.

Group Tours 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 blockislandinfo.com or blockislandferry.com.

Courtesy Hilary B. Photography

The Sea Breeze has 10 guest rooms and suites and is located on the eastern coast of Block Island. All rooms feature one-of-a kind vintage island furniture, handmade ceramics, and modern art. An intimate, tucked-away location with freshwater pond, panoramic ocean views, perennial gardens and a wildflower meadow. A freshly prepared breakfast is delivered each and every morning. For reservations please call or visit our website for more information.

Box 141, 71 Spring Street, Block Island, RI 02807

seabreezeblockisland.com • 401-466-2275 44 Close To Home, A World Away

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1085 LAKESIDE DRIVE BLOCK ISLAND, RI | $3,475,000 401.466.8777 | Listed by Rosemary Tobin

No.

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*

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*No. 1 ranking based on highest total dollar volume of sales over one million dollars in Rhode Island for 2018. Top 5 firms based on highest total dollar volume of sales over one million dollars in Rhode Island for 2018 represented in graph. This representation is based on information from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors for the period of January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2018. The MLS does not guarantee and is not in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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