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Block Island Tourism Council

Rhode Island

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Block Island Beckons TRAVELING TO BLOCK ISLAND is a

Ballard’s in 1956, he knew that Block

little bit like arriving in another country,

Island was a special place. All year long

or perhaps another era. No traffic lights,

tourists look forward to summer on

no highways, no chain restaurants. Aside

Block Island, when the hotels, restau-

from the glorious beaches and sparkling

rants, and shops are in full-swing. There’s

ocean, many of the island’s extraordinary

nothing like live entertainment on the

facets are not immediately apparent. But

beach, dining on the porch of an historic

to those who grew up here, like myself,

hotel, and a day of leisure in the sun

and those who visit the island year after

with family and friends. When traveling

year, there is much more than meets the

outside of Rhode Island, many people

eye, with a vibrant local community and

have recognized the Block Island logo

a connection to nature not found on the

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

mainland. With farmers markets, historic

conversation-starter! People from near

home tours, nature walks, and special

and far have fond memories of Block

activities for children, there is always

Island. Now, more than ever, there is truly

matter what, everyone will be charmed

something going on around town. In the

something for everyone on the island.

by the island’s picturesque sights and

fall and winter, business owners prepare

From quaint bed and breakfasts to newly

will discover what it’s like to be on

for the busy tourist season, eager to give

renovated Victorian hotels, from carry-

“island time.”

visitors a memorable day trip or vacation.

out restaurants to fine dining, tourists

Steven Filippi

When my father, Paul Filippi Sr., opened

can plan their trip as they choose. No

President, Block Island Tourism Council

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 David Houseman 2nd Vice President Julie Kiley Secretary John Cullen 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, Cameron Greenlee Photographer K. Curtis Contributing Photographers Lee Ann Gale, Myles Weissleder, Lori Meo, Kelley Mulvey, Kimberly Starr Dugan, Corrie Heinz, Madison Caruana, Tracy Finn, Eben Horton, Capt. Matt King, Sarah Murray Photography, Tamzen A Mazzur Production Chris Izzo © 2020 Block Island Tourism Council & The Block Island Times

Cover photo by Rich Tanguay www.blockislandinfo.com

Table Of Contents 3.

Block Island Beckons!

30. Good Eats


You’re Closer Than You Think!

32. Bringing Your 4-Legged Friend

11. Block Island Basics

33. Nightlife

13. Endless Beaches

35. Favorite Times and Happenings

16. A Natural Beauty

36. Keep it Moving

20. Rest, Relaxation, Recreation

37. Our Island Community

21. Glass Float Project

38. Island Weddings

22. New England’s Boating and Fishing Paradise

40. Year Round Ferry Schedule

24. Shop Local

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

About the Cover Photo: Our cover photo this year was taken by Rich Tanguay of Enfield, CT. “I enjoy spending time on Block Island with the Lang family, Jan and her children. The scenery from coast to coast is breathtaking. We love taking hikes all over the island, walking the many beaches, shopping and dining at a variety of shops and restaurants. The night sky is unbelievable. I love it out here.” Thank you to Rich Tanguay for this amazing shot of the Mohegan Bluffs. 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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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 Lori Meo

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 onehour trip. You can find schedules and travel and reservation information for Interstate Navigation at (866) 783-7996 or blockislandferry.com. See schedule information on page 40. Block Island High-Speed Ferry/ Interstate Navigation runs a high-speed catamaran from mid-May 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 blockislandferry.com. 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 infor-

mation for Block Island Express are at (860) 444-4624 or goblockisland.com. 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. 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. 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.

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• 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.




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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!


We offer a selection of Pre-made Sandwiches


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


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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Block Island Basics 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 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 man-made 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 133 students.

Getting Around

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. Parking is limited in town and at beaches — there is no overnight parking and not all accommodations offer guest parking.

Keep Block Island Beautiful • Block Island has a carry-in/ carry-out policy for trash on our beaches (no trash cans available on most beaches), and encourages awareness of our impact on our natural resources. • Block Island has committed to reducing the use of plastic by banning single use plastic bags and balloons, please do not bring these items to the island with you. • Water-bottle filling stations

are located at the Solviken property on Corn Neck Road, at the Block Island Conservancy on Weldon’s Way, and at Nicholas Ball Park in Old Harbor near the Post Office building. • Please keep off the dunes. It is now a law to stay off of the dunes of Block Island, punishable by a fine.

Know before you go • Dogs are welcome on beaches and trails, but must be leashed at all times. • Take caution on the bluffs: stay away from the edges, and do not climb up or down them. • Rules of the road: Walk Left, Bike Right. It’s the law. • Helmets, eye protection, and closed toe shoes are required for moped drivers and passengers.

More info at: www.blockislandinfo.com or in person at the Visitor’s Center in the ferry parking lot; call (800) 383-BIRI (2474) or (401) 466-BIRI (2474).

Photo by Myles Weissleder

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. Be sure to try the Block Island Old Harbor Walking Tour — maps available at the Visitor’s Center. 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. Don’t miss the Self-Guided Bike Tour. Rhode Island requires that any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle, as an operator or passenger, must wear a protective bicycle helmet. 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. The minimum age for renting a moped is 18. If you wish to rent a moped you must present a valid driver’s license. By law, helmets and eye protection must be worn. By Taxi Taxi service is available island-wide. A taxi stand is located by the ferry docks in Old


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

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Farm to Table menu items Fresh, local seafood #1 on Gluten Friendly r TripAdviso Open Nightly • 238 Ocean Avenue 401-466-8600 www.kimberlysblockisland.com

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

2 Mansion Beach

3 Scotch Beach

4 Fred Benson Town Beach

5 Baby Beach


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Surf Beach

Vaill Beach


7 Ballard’s Beach

Mohegan Bluffs

11 The Bluffs at Black Rock



Ocean View Beach

Dinghy Beach

Abby Hester, Grade 7 at the Block Island School

Abby Hester

Block Island is, and always has been such a wonderful place to be. Our history, architecture and natural beauty offer so much to the residents here, and all who come to visit. We hope all who come to visit have a wonderful time 14 Close To Home, A World Away

and can experience all of the wonderful things that Block island has to offer. Block Island is not like most places you see. It’s not made up of the same big buildings and smog that you see everywhere nowadays. It has the same buildings from years ago, with great architecture and history behind them. Everything has years of great history and amazing stories that the older folk on the island are always happy to tell. With stories ranging from fishing to family, Block Island has so much wonderful history behind it. Although the architecture may be a bit older, there are still plenty of new experiences you can have on the island — from the animal farm to the sandy beaches and high waves — there is always something to do. The island is filled with amazing activities that the island folk have been putting together for years. Even in a single day, you can experience so many things that Block Island has to offer. One example is the Farmers Market

My Block Island — hosted every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer — where locals sell everything from scones to beautiful jewelry. We also have many different beaches that you can visit and restaurants that you can try. The buildings and the people are not all Block Island has to offer. There is a lot of natural beauty on the island, as well. From the bluffs to the beaches to the various Greenway Trails, there is so much nature to experience, with nothing asked in return but to help keep it clean. In order to sustain all of the natural beauty we try to keep as much trash as we can away from them. The one-ofa-kind sunsets that you can see from any part of Block Island are also a treat. They range in so many different colors and are always beautiful! As you can see, Block Island is a one of a kind place and a one of a kind experience that everyone should have. We hope that you have a wonderful experience on our beautiful 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 and check out the abundant sea life, www.blockislandinfo.com





Charlestown Beach

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. 7. Ballard’s Beach is a popular beach for sunbathing and swimming and is located at Ballard’s Resort in Old Harbor, close to the ferry landing. Ballard’s Beach Resort offers food and drink service, chair and umbrella rental, tiki bars, volleyball courts and daily live music. 8. Ocean View Beach is located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater, adjacent to Ballard’s Resort. A right-of-way next to the Resort gets you to this public beach that is popular for sunbathing and swimming. 9. 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. 10. 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. 11. 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.

12. 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 are majestic views of Great Salt Pond, making it a good backdrop for photos. 13. 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. 14. West Beach is narrow, but it’s lightly trafficked and has gentle surf and stupendous views of the North Light. 15. 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. 16. 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. 17. 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 places in the western hemisphere by The Nature Conservancy. More than

Clay Head Nature Trail

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.

2 Rodman’s Hollow


Photo by Lee Ann Gale

North Light

3 Mohegan Bluffs

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3 Southeast Lighthouse.

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5 Ocean View Pavilion


Photo by K. Curtis

Walking the trails is amazing.

10 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

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7 Conservancy Center

9 Bike Tour

8 Ponds & Inlets

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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).


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. Off to surf camp.

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Photo by K. Curtis


Glass Float Project Walking along the beach and you spot something shining in the sunlight. Go ahead and check it out, it might just be a hidden treasure planted for you to find! Among the sand, rocks, and bits of sea glass, you may be one of the lucky few who discover a Glass Float. Created in 2012 by Eben Horton,

The Glass Float Project gives visitors to the island an opportunity to slow down, to look, take in, and absorb Block Island’s natural beauty. Hundreds of floats are placed around the island during the year. Most of them are clear, but some are colored and one is gold, and are randomly hidden across the island. Some are hidden

Photo by Tracy Finn

Eben Horton, Glass Float Project

Eben Horton

I first came to Block Island when I was eight years old on my grandparent’s sailboat. To spend a week on a boat with no shower or refrigeration was the price they were willing to pay to visit such a beautiful island. I, being stuck with them and always on foot, grew to appreciate the areas around New Harbor, with an occasional long walk to Old Harbor, which often ended in an ice cream reward. Then, as a young teenager, my parwww.blockislandinfo.com

along the beaches above the high tide line, and some are carefully placed along the island’s miles of Greenway Trails. The rules are simple... If you find one, keep it! If you find another, please leave it so that someone else can find it. For additional information and to register your float, visit blockislandinfo.com.

Photo by Eben Horton

My Block Island ents and I would live on our sailboat all summer long, frequently spending time at Block Island. By this time I knew the island fairly well, and loved riding my bicycle around. My memories of the island then, pair well with what I see today, thanks to the lengths that the island has gone to preserve its open spaces.   Being stuck on a boat with family did have its drawbacks. For example, much of the island remained a mystery to me until I was an adult with a bad fishing habit. Just when I thought I knew every inch of the island, I started to discover more and more places. Quite surprised with all of my little discoveries, I started dreaming of creating an art project that would share all of these special nooks and crannies of the island that not even some of the locals knew about. I knew there was a need on the island for a healthy activity for those people who like to stay active and have a purpose while on vacation and remembered the time when I was just starting to make glass in the early 1990’s. Myself and a friend hid a backpack full of slightly flawed paperweights along the beaches

of mainland Rhode Island for fun. I never heard about anyone finding any of the glass, but I am sure it was all found and brought immense surprise and joy to the people who were lucky enough to find them. After securing grant funding and the blessings of the people of Block Island in 2011, I created the Glass Float Project. It is an interactive public art project where people are encouraged to get out and explore the island. We (myself, my wife Jen and my assistants who work for me at my glass studio) make around 550 glass fishing floats and hide them all over the island. If you find one, you can keep it. If you find another one we ask that you leave it for another person to find, or have fun re-hiding it on the island. This project has been a way for me to re-discover areas of block island that I loved as a child and most importantly has helped me discover even more areas I had never known had existed. Block Island truly is one of the country’s greatest conserved places and I could not be happier to provide a fun way for people to get out and explore the island. Close To Home, A World Away


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


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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Block Island Fishworks

Tri State Canyon Shoot-out.

Catching fish with Hula Charters. Photo by Capt. Matt King

Pond & Beyond Kayak . Photo by Corrie Heinz

Twin Maples

Capt. Matt King, Hula Charters

Capt. Matt King

Growing up in Narragansett, R.I., Block Island was a fixture on the southern horizon, and also in plain site of some of the better surf breaks. In my early school years I had gone on a few field trips with science class to the Bluffs, Rodman's Hollow, and Clay Head. In the late 80s, when surfing became an obsession for me, my buddies and I started exploring the coastline of Block Island for spots we could paddle out. Many times when we thought the conditions were right, a few of us would venture away from our backyard breaks, board the ferry, and search for an uncrowded line-up. Sometimes we found it, and somewww.blockislandinfo.com

My Block Island times not. It was my first taste of surf travel. Only 13 miles away, back then the island felt like it was 13 thousand miles away. It was the summer of the millennium when I decided to take a break from Hawaii, and took a job as chef at Eli’s restaurant. I had spent nearly a decade on Oahu pursuing a career in the culinary arts, and up until that point, had never entertained the idea of relocating back to Rhode Island. I returned to the island for a second year to work during the summer season, and then again in 2002 — only this time I did not return to Hawaii, and I spent my first full year on Block Island. I spent most of the fall climbing around the rocky shoreline, night and day, throwing needlefish with my 10 foot surf caster. There was a small core group of guys that were doing the same, and we just got after it every night. As fall transitioned into winter, the game changed to hunting — and back then it was hunters’ paradise. Tripled-up with good surf during the colder months, I realized that Block Island was the package I didn't know I was looking for. I started Hula Charters the following summer in 2003, and turned one of my lifelong passions of fishing into a business — professional surfer had

never become an option. Block Island has always been on the map as the place to be when it comes to striped bass fishing. Shoreline fishermen, casting in the surf, and boat fishermen fishing the rips and reefs, have landed some of the largest on record. I am grateful to call this island home, and spend most days of the season on the waters around Block Island. Several years into my transition from the Pacific Ocean back to the Atlantic, I eventually went on to own and open a pair of cafés on the island. The seasonal components of being a Block Island business owner had some unique challenges in some aspects, but in trade, has afforded me the freedom to travel during the wintertime. When I am away, it offers a time to reflect and give perspective of how unique and special my Block Island is. For being a mere 13 miles from the mainland, the island is a refreshing distance away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding areas. There is a sense of pride and community that is the foundation of what keeps this place special, and has managed to keep things relatively slow. Of the many places I've been fortunate to see and visit, I am grateful that I can earn a living here, and call this playground home. Close To Home, A World Away


Twin Maples

Bonni & Clyde

Diamondblue Surf Shop

Glass Onion

My Oyster

Shop Local DO A LITTLE CREDIT CARD damage in some of the island’s fine clothing shops; pick up some new sunglasses,

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

hats or bathing suits for long days at the beach; or browse

clifftop vistas, and fog-cloaked hollows have inspired scores

for Block Island inspired goods to take home — from home

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

décor to unique island-shaped jewelry.

Its solitude and grandeur have also created a vibrant

Only steps away from the ferry dock in Old Harbor is

community where artists can create in a place that, in

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

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

stores are mom and pop businesses and the range of items

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

offered is truly astounding. Hand-painted wooden signs of

view and buy their work. From Marilyn Bogdanffy’s painted

island locations, and locally famous T-shirts vie for space

murals at the island’s State Airport, to Malcolm Greenaway’s

with designer handbags and fashionable resort wear. Forget

landscape photography, Block Island art has become world-

something? Not a problem. There are a host of choices to


hook you up with everything from fishing and surfing gear to sunscreen and paperback books. In addition to the shopping in town, there is a Farmers

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

Market where island artists, chefs, and farmers gather each

season, and at the twice-weekly Farmers Market. Be sure to

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

pencil in the Holiday Shopping Stroll for late fall: During

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

the Thanksgiving weekend, island stores open their doors

goodies, locally made preserves, handcrafted jewelry, and

and offer dynamite discounts just in time for the holidays.

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Block Island Trading Company

Spring Street Gallery

Photo by K.Curtis

Thea Monje, owner Beachcomber

Thea Monje

There are many beautiful places in the world, but there is only one Block Island. Having spent my entire life here, I can say with certainty that anyone who crosses paths with this island is lucky, and, perhaps, destined to be here—if even for just one summer, one week, one day. In 2015, I graduated from the Block Island School in a class of twelve stu-

Odd Fellow’s Hall shops

My Block Island dents. I think all my peers would agree with me in saying that growing up here is an experience unlike any other. Block Island is a place of mystic familiarity. In the off-season, I’ve noticed the same deer and pheasant appear in the backyard, together, day after day. Friends are seemingly everywhere, and the ritual wave of a hand over the edge of a steering wheel occurs with each passing vehicle. In the thick of the summer, streets dense with unknown visitors are disrupted by familiar faces; they appear in the restaurants, in the driver’s seats of passing taxis, sitting in nearby beach chairs. My Block Island is the sort of place where one doesn’t have to make plans to meet friends for breakfast at Persephone’s, because it’s simply an unspoken fact that there will always be friends having breakfast at Persephone’s. It was impossible to find these kinds of circumstances when I went away to college,

and when I brought the friends I’d made at Brown back to the island, they agreed that Block Island was unlike any other place. Though it’s only two hours outside of Providence, the island is a world away, stuck in time, and mesmerizing to all who visit. Throughout my life, the island community has always created and encouraged new learning opportunities for its residents and visitors, even when the beautiful landscape remains the same. For example, last year, my mother and I took over the Beachcomber, a longstanding store on Dodge Street. Running the store with her has taught me about island business and tourism from an entirely new perspective—there is always something to learn here. My Block Island is filled with new opportunities, and one thing has always rung true, day after day: we are all very, very lucky to be here. Spring Street Gallery


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The Block Island Historical Society’s Island Cemetery Tour

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

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

Keeping it Green The waves thumping on the pebbly shores

of our music and arts festival, ConserFest sought

of the Bluffs, the gulls singing from their dune

to bring folks together under the banner of con-

perches, the swoosh of wind through the crooked

servation stewardship. As of 2020, the festival is

shad groves: these sounds are the orchestra of is-

entering its’ 12th consecutive year. Over 200 mu-

land life. I am blessed to call home a place that is

sicians have performed at the festival over the

so loved by its residents and visitors alike for its

years. It has also been a fantastic opportunity for

natural beauty, and I have always been enchanted

local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs to

by both the visual and the sonic aspects of this

come and showcase their work, products and ser-

island, known as “one of the last great places.”

vices that are in line with the festival’s mission.

Block Island is a torch-bearer in the conservation

Furthermore, each year, the festival strives to im-

world. It was established as such by the local con-

prove the organizing and running of the event,

servationists who in 1972 acquired Rodman’s Hol-

as we work towards making ConserFest environ-

low, and through the continued hard work of the

mentally impact-free. Funds raised from the fes-

local conservation organizations such as Block Is-

tival have contributed to major land acquisitions,

land Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy,

established an annual B.I. school scholarship,

among others. Block Island has so much to enjoy,

and supported the dune-grass initiative, amongst

in community life as well; the arts have become

many other things.

an important staple of our summer activities. So

Every day there is a new way to get involved

much is available, from the excellent galleries and

in protecting and celebrating our natural envi-

art shows to the farmer’s markets and fairs, from

ronment on our beautiful island — our flora and

the Block Island Music Festival to the handful of

fauna. It can be as simple as picking up litter off

superb nightclubs and music venues.

the ground, volunteering for one of the local con-

ConserFest was founded with these two im-

servation groups, riding your bike instead of driv-

portant elements of island life in mind. It began

ing a car, reducing the use of plastic by avoiding

with the idea of finding a new way to merge the

single use plastic bags and balloons, adopting re-

island’s commit-

usable shopping bags for all your local purchases

ment to conser-

— the list goes on. Making sure that the younger


generations understand the importance of these

Photo by K. Curtis




actions is paramount to what ConserFest works

c o m m u n i t y ’s

to achieve. One thing is for sure: if Block Island

love of the arts.

continues to be a small but mighty leader in the

The goal was to

modern conservation movement, we will be en-

engage all ages of

joying the sounds of the island orchestra for gen-

the local and vis-

erations to come.

iting communi-

#embraceyourplace #musiconamission

ty, with a strong

For more information on ConserFest, the conserva-


tion movement on Block Island, and how to get in-



youngest gener-

volved, please visit: www.conserfest.org or

ations. Through





Cameron Greenlee.

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A Room with a View

1661 by Lee Ann Gale Atlantic Inn

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

out advice about things to see and

collection of Victorian era hotels of any

do. For longer visits, Block Island has

vacation destination on the Eastern

a slew of rental properties and able

Seaboard. Among the architectural

real estate agents to help you find the

gems are the Atlantic Inn, the Spring

picturesque vacation home that’s just

House, Hotel Manisses, the National

right for you and yours. There is higher

Hotel, and the Block Island Beach

availability for accommodations and

Blue Dory by Lee Ann Gale

House, formerly the Surf Hotel. For the ferry reservations during the shoulder luxury traveler, new boutique hotels

seasons, the week after July 4, and in

and inns provide modern amenities.

the last week of August. For specific

The island is also famous for its quaint

accommodation information visit the

bed and breakfasts and guest houses.

Block Island Tourism Council’s web

You’ll find friendly and knowledgeable

site at blockislandinfo.com or see

proprietors who are eager to hand

accommodation listings on page 42. Champlin’s Marina

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Avonlea photo by K. Curtis

Darius Inn by Allegra Anderson Photogrphy


Block Island Beach House

Spring House Hotel

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Southeast Light Delights

Atlantic Inn

Fried Clams by Myles Weisleder


Old Harbor View take-out

The Oar



roll and enjoy the

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

spectacular ocean

taurants, pubs, and food trucks.

views. But Block

Seafood lovers will delight in the dizzying number of ways

Island offers more


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

than just seafood. Hungry for fish tacos, eggplant rollatini,

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

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

the beach or ferry. Bite into one of our legendary fish sand-

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

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


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Finn’s Fish Market

Charlotte Hall, Senior at the Block Island School I have lived on Block Island since birth. I went to the beach at three days old. I am a typical island child. With just over 900 year round residents, 130 students in my entire K-12 school, and fourteen in my graduating class, my winters are spent with the same few friends I’ve had since preschool. I have known almost all fourteen of my classmates since I was born and it is safe to say we act more like siblings than classmates. Once the island goes into hibernation, we watch countless movies and read book after book. We take whoever’s car has the most gas and drive to the North Point or around the west side just talking and listening to music in hopes of passing time, and usually without passing another car. Although winters can be isolated, it has taught me to value close friends. During the off season, I don’t always appreciate the place I live, but once the busy season begins, there is no where else in the world I’d rather be. Like most island kids in the summer www.blockislandinfo.com

I have multiple jobs — at Los Gatitos at Yellow Kittens, and Diamondblue Surf Shop — working doubles, hoping for one day off a week. In spite of this lifestyle we somehow manage to spend days on the beach soaking up the sunshine for as long as possible. We live for summers, for seeing our seasonal friends, for summer freedom and for seemingly endless beach days. For as long as I can remember, the beach has felt like home. But, as I have gotten older I now spend less time on the beach and more time at work. Now, I live for Sundays, my day off. Every Sunday, I get to the beach early, stay late and go home tired and sun-burnt. Since I was young, my life has not been measured in years but instead measured in summers. As a community, Block Island has a unique bond. It is hard to describe but mirrors the words of Rachel Field’s poem, “If once you have slept on an island/You’ll never quite be the same.” My home defines community. We are

Los Gatitos at Yellow Kittens

My Block Island

Charlotte Hall

an authentic family. As I am getting ready to leave the island, I already miss it. This fall, I have to leave the only place I have ever called home. Similar to most island children, I know leaving home is going to be hard. But, I find comfort in knowing I can always come back to this one of a kind island I am lucky enough to call home. Close To Home, A World Away


Sookie. Photo by Tamzen A. Mazzur

Photo by Sarah Murray Photography

Carly and Remy. Photo by Corrie Heinz

Gus. Photo by Madison Caruana

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.

you need this view.

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Kate Atwater Butcher, Broker Emily Butcher , Julie Kiley, Connie Finn, Megan Hennessy, Licensees www.blockislandinfo.com

Mahogany Shoals

Captain Nicks

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 with the live music that will

Yellow Kittens Tavern


keep you dancing well into the night.

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!"


PaynesDock.com 401-864-3832 New Harbor, New Shoreham, RI “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

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Become a member and support BIC. Join online at biconservancy.org or stop in at the Education Center on Weldon’s Way. Thank you!

Save the date for the 3rd annual…

Visit the

BIC Education Center

on Weldonʼs Way!

• Pick up a summer walk schedule and learn about island 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! Join us for a nature program — schedule can be found at natureblockisland.org Since 1972, the Block Island Conservancy has worked to protect open space and preserve our communityʼs access to the islandʼs natural places.

Sunday, August 16th at the

Solviken Nature Preserve

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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Fourth of July Parade.

2019 Polar Plunge.

2019 Softball League Champs.

ConserFest. Photo by Kimberly Starr Dugan

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 7 to

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

11 this year. Experience Block Island weekend (formerly A

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

Taste of Block Island), September 18 to 20, 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 2020 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 and barre 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. While you are over in New Harbor, located around the Block Island Maritime Institute Center, you can find multiple outfits for kayak and paddleboard rentals, and kayak tours. Early morning sunrise runs or sunset walks on the beach can provide that perfect vacation feel to your exercise routine. There are plenty of ways to ‘feel the burn” that don’t involve laying in the sun on Block Island. Paddle-boarding on the Great Salt Pond.

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Block Island School Class of 2019

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 count on one hand, for example, I miss going to Target on a whim. The things I love about living on Block Island are far too numerous to mention. Nature tops my list;

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

the beaches are beautiful, the cliffs are dramatic and

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

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

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

see as easily is the sense of community; Block Island

showing people Block Island, like a mom showing off

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

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

1000 year-round residents we pretty much all know one

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

another. What makes the island special to me might be

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

different for another resident. In fact, there are many differing opinions about all sorts of things out here. These www.blockislandinfo.com

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Amy and Ryan. Photo by Michael Benson 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 Anna and Parth. Photo by Gabe Aceves

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

Christina and Alberto. Photo by Boho Bliss 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?

Natalie and Tom. Photo by Chris Ashton Photography

Felicia and Steven. Photo by Brad Smith Photography

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Helen and Rob. Photo by Price Burr Photography

Lauren and Kevin. Photo by Allegra Anderson Photography


Ariel and Brad. Photo by Trevor Holden Photography

Megan and Charlie. Photo by Jessica Haley Photgraphy

Brooke and Bill. Photo by Polar Square Photography

Natalie and Tom. Photo by Chris Ashton Photography

Krissy and Chad. Photo by Thea Monje


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Year-Round Ferry Service Vehicles • Passengers • Bikes

2020 TRADITIONAL FERRY: PT. JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Schedule subject to change without notice • Vehicle reservations required • Approximate sailing time is 55 minutes MONDAY








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

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

8:15a, 2:30p, 6:30p 8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p

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

MAY 18 JUN 19

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

JUN 20 AUG 30

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

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

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

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

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

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

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

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

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

8:15a, 2:30p, 6:30p 8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p

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

Holiday August 10 DEPARTS PJ: 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 4:15p, 6p, 7p, 8p | DEPARTS BI: 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 5p, 6:15p, 8p, 9p AUG 31 SEP 4


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


SEP 8 SEP 20

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 21 OCT 9

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 10 OCT 12

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

OCT 13 OCT 18


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

OCT19 NOV 22

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

NOV 23 NOV 29

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

10a, 2:15p

12:30p, 4p

8a, 11:30a, 3:30p

9:30a, 1:30p, 5p

NOV 30 DEC 20

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



8a, 11:30a, 3:30p

9:30a, 1:30p, 5p

DEC 21 DEC 27

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



8a, 11:30a, 3:30p

9:30a, 1:30p, 5p



DEC 28 JAN 3

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



8a, 11:30a, 3:30p

9:30a, 1:30p, 5p

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

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


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, 4p

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

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

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

11a, 4p

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

11a, 4p

1p, 5:30p

CHRISTMAS 9a, 1p, 6p

10:45a, 4p

Dock address: 304 Great Island Road Narragansett, RI 02882 For more information call 866-783-7996 x 3 or visit BlockIslandFerry.com 40 Close To Home, A World Away



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

Point Judith, RI to Block Island New London, CT to Block Island PT. JUDITH/BLOCK ISLAND ––––– HIGH SPEED ––––– Approximate sailing time is 30 minutes Days

May 21Jun 19

Mon-Fri Sat-Sun

Departs Pt. Judith

Departs Block Island

8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p

9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p

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

Memorial Day - Monday, May 25 use Sunday schedule Jun 20Sep 7


7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 4:50p, 6:45p

8a, 10:05a, 12:15p, 3:30p, 5:50p 7:35p

Labor Day - Monday, September 7 use Sunday schedule Sep 8Oct 12


8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p


Oct 23Nov 22

Fri Sat-Sun

8a, 11a, 3p 9a, 1p

9a, 1:30p, 4:15p 11a, 4p

Nov 25Nov 29

Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun

3p Thanksgiving 10:30a, 3p 9:30a, 11:30a 9:30a, 1p

4:30p No Service 1p, 5p 10:30a, 4p 11a, 3:30p

Extra July & August Sunday Departures

8a, 12:30p, 4:30p 9:30a, 1:30p, 5:30p 8:15a, 12:30p, 3:30p 9:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p

Newport dock: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave. Newport, RI 02840 Block Island dock: Old Harbor, Water St. Block Island, RI 02807 Dates


Departs Newport

Departs Block Island

Jun 20 Sep 7

Mon -Sun

9:45a, 12:30p

11:15a, 5:10p

Fall River dock: 1 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02840 Block Island dock: Old Harbor, Water St. Block Island, RI 02807 Approximate sailing time is 2 hours 15 minutes Days

Departs Newport

Departs Block Island

Jun 20 Sep 7

Mon -Sun



Block Island Ferry

Block Island Express

Dock Location: 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI (Point Judith) (401) 783-7996

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.*
 *(NOTE: Schedule may vary. Please call/book in advance.)

Off-Season(Fall-Spring) Schedule

Westerly to Block Island: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Half past every OTHER hour, Every Day.
 Friday until 7:30 p.m.*
 Block Island to Westerly: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. — every OTHER hour on the hour, Every Day.
 *(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



12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm 12pm

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday, Sept. 18 Saturday, Sept. 19 Sunday, Sept. 20 Friday, Sept. 25 Saturday, Sept. 26 Sunday, Sept. 27 Friday, Oct.2 Saturday, Oct.3 Sunday, Oct. 4 Friday, Oct. 9 Saturday, Oct. 10 Sunday, Oct. 11 Monday, Oct. 12



2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm

Limited Fall Schedule

Approximate sailing time is 1 hour


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Sunday, July 5 Sunday, July 12 Sunday, July 19 Sunday, July 26 Sunday, August 2 Sunday, August 9 Sunday, August 16 Sunday, August 23 Sunday, August 30


5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm 5pm

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri. June 19 To Sun. Sept. 13

Columbus Day - Monday, October 12 use Sunday schedule Fri Sat-Sun

10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am

Begin Daily Service

9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p

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

Oct 16Oct 18

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday, May 22 Saturday, May 23 Sunday, May 24 Monday, May 25 Friday, May 29 Saturday, May 30 Sunday, May 31 Friday, June 5 Saturday, June 6 Sunday, June 7 Friday, June 12 Saturday, June 13 Sunday, June 14

Pt. Judith dock: 304 Great Island Rd. Narragansett, RI 02882 Block Island dock: Old Harbor, Water St. Block Island, RI 02807 Dates

Montauk, NY to Block Island Limited Pre-Season Schedule

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

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


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.

Close To Home, A World Away


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 (401)466-5500 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

42 Close To Home, A World Away

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

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 See ad on Page 32 Lila Delman Real Estate (401) 466-8777 liladelman.com See ad on Page 45

Sea Breeze Inn (401) 466-2275 seabreezeblockisland.com

Offshore Property (401) 466-5446 offshorepropertyllc.com

Sea Crest Inn (401) 466-5504 blockislandreservations.com

Phillips Real Estate (401) 466-8806 phillipsonbi.com

Sullivan House (401) 466-5020 thesullivanhouse.com

Sullivan – Sotheby’s International Realty (401) 466-5521 sullivanbi.com See ad on Page 4

For the most accurate availability on Block Island, book 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. www.blockislandinfo.com

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 Maritime Grill (401) 465-7939 New Harbor 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 12

Eli’s (401) 466-5230 elisblockisland.com Ernies Old Harbor Restaurant Water Street Finn’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-2473 finnsseafood.com Hotel Manisses Restaurant (401) 466-9898 blockislandstay.com Harbor Grill (401) 218-9570 theharborgrillbi.com Ice Cream Place (401) 466-2145 Kimberly’s (401) 466-8600 kimberlysblockisland.com See ad on Page 12 Los Gatitos (401) 466-5855 winfieldsbi.com McAloon’s (401) 466-2928 mcaloons.com Mia’s Gelateria Under National Porch Mohegan Restaurant & Bar (401) 466-5911 Narragansett Inn Restaurant (401) 466-2626 narragansettinn.net Odd Fellow’s Hall Café (401)466-2250 Old Harbor View Takeout Water Street Old Island Pub (401)466-2400

Block Island Pizza Pie Company (401) 466-9939

Old Post Office Bagel Shop (401) 466-5959

Calaveras (401) 466-2495

Payne’s “Killer Donuts” Food Truck New Harbor

Club Soda (401) 466-5397 clubsodabi.com Dead Eye Dick’s (401) 466-2654 deadeyedicksbi.com www.blockislandinfo.com

Poor People’s Pub (401) 466-8533 pppbi.com See ad on Page 8 Pots and Kettles Food Truck (401)864-2433 Corn Neck Road Rebecca’s Dockside (401) 466-2599 rebeccasseafood.com Rebecca’s on the Beach At Fred Benson Beach Pavilion Rebecca’s Seafood Restaurant (401) 466-5411 rebaccasseafood.com Seaside Market (401) 466-5876 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 Ocean Ave. 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

Persephone’s Kitchen (401) 466-5070 persephoneskitchenbi.com

Close To Home, A World Away


A stop at the scenic North Light.

Group Tours

Lunch at The National.

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 blockislandinfo.com or blockislandferry.com.

Make the

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


Seasonal Daily Departures to Downtown Newport

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Discover Island Life... Define your own version of luxury on Block Island. Offering breathtaking beaches, beautiful ocean and cliff views, miles of walking trails and a historic community with bustling, local businesses, Block Island is truly unique. With half of the Island conserved, it has been named on one of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere by the Nature Conservancy. Choose to explore it all or simply do nothing, your own Island story of luxury awaits.To learn more about the Island or any real estate questions you may have, stop by our office at 61 Dodge Street or call us at 401.466.8777. NEWPORT JAMESTOWN www.blockislandinfo.com




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