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Table of Contents FERRY SCHEDULES........... 8-9, 93 WELCOME.................................. 10 SITES & SIGHTS.........................12 BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM......17 LODGINGS................................. 18 RESTAURANTS.......................... 26

RECREATION........................ 68

WATERSPORTS Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Surfing.................69 TOURING BLOCK ISLAND Beaches................................................................... 72 Bike & Car Rentals............................................... 75 Horseback Riding...................................................77 Kidding Around The Block................................. 78 Hiking....................................................................... 79 Conservation.......................................................... 81. Fishing........................................................................... 82

Restaurants Map...................................................... 29 Cafés, Sweets & Treats........................................... 36

WEDDINGS........................... 86

NIGHTLIFE................................. 43

TO & FRO............................ 90

TAXIS..........................................46 SHOPPING.................................48

Shopper’s Map.......................................................... 54 Groceries, Markets, etc........................................... 64

ISLAND MAP........................ 58

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Ferry Lines.................................................................... 91

REAL ESTATE........................ 97 INDEX............................... 102


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Ask about our Midweek packages including family and fishing packages. Super Saver starts at $179 for two nights and two guests. See all package details on website. Save 30% on bike and moped rentals when you book your stay online. Convenient location on Water Street in the lobby of the Harborside Inn.

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TRADITIONAL FERRY: POINT JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Schedule subject to change without notice • Vehicle reservations required • Approximate sailing time is 55 minutes • Passenger reservations recommended DEPART

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PT. JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Approximate sailing time is 30 minutes Pt. Judith dock address: 304 Great Island Rd. Narragansett, RI 02882 Block Island dock: Old Harbor, Water St. Block Island, RI 02807

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NEWPORT TO BLOCK ISLAND Approximate sailing time is 1 hour Newport dock address: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave. Newport, RI 02840 Block Island dock address: Old Harbor, Water St. Block Island, RI 02807

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WELCOME

Welcome Block Island: a place like no other Decades ago, Block Island was marketed as the Bermuda of the North! The catchy moniker was never forgotten. You can see why. Look at the tropical colors of the water and the sands along Block Island’s Crescent Beach. Consider the vast, sheltering New Harbor, replete with colorful boats at anchor. Notice that the town’s busiest street features unobstructed ocean views. The comparison, however, only goes so far, because Block Island is truly unique. Hike into the preserve called Rodman’s Hollow. Ponder the grand scale of the Mohegan Bluffs. Be awed by the immensity and high perch of the Southeast Lighthouse. These are features you will not find elsewhere. Block Island’s mix of wildlife is found nowhere else in the world. Island residents

have fought to preserve habitat for insects, birds, mollusks, flora and humans, too. Thus, you’ll find abundant clean water, open spaces and ample pretty viewsheds. The businesses are unique, too! Enjoy the ocean air on the porch of the National Hotel or the Atlantic Inn. Look out over the beach from the Yellow Kittens’ deck. The beauty is stunning. Plus, there is a grand bonus offering: the restaurants, hotels and shops are a joy; and they are here to make your trip a pleasant one. Whether on the beaches, in the harbors or along the winding roads, revel in your time here. You will depart with fond memories, and perhaps be back again soon!

Southeast Lighthouse from below The cover photo by photographer Malcolm Greenaway shows the Southeast LIghthouse and the Mohegan Bluffs. See Malcolm’s fabulous photography at his downtown location, Greenaway Gallery, close to the Statue of Rebecca.

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Now That You Have Arrived

Rhode Island’s southerly gem is yours to enjoy ... Take a tour. Bl taxi drivers offer island tours. PG. 46. Visit the Southeast Lighthouse. PG. 15. Hike to the North Light. PG. 13. Walk along the Clayhead Trail. PG. 79. Rent a car, bike or moped. PG. 75. Walk through Rodman’s Hollow to the ocean’s edge. PG. 16.

Watch the sunset on a west-side beach. SEE MAP PGS. 58-59.

Get a massage or have your hair done at Koru Eco Spa. PG. 88.

Walk Crescent Beach from the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion to Mansion Beach. SEE MAP PGS. 58-59.

Rent a beach chair and beach umbrella. PG. 71.

Go fishing. PG. 82. Kayak or paddleboard in the Great Salt Pond. PG. 69. Enjoy the 1661 Exotic Animal Farm (kids love it). PG. 12.

Tour the Block Island Historical Society Museum. PG. 12. Have sunset dinner at The Atlantic, Dead Eye’s, The Oar or The Sullivan House. See restaurants, PG. 26.

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1661 Exotic Animal Farm & Garden

A unique collection of animals is maintained by the Draper family, owners of The 1661 Inn. The extensive hobby farm (between Spring and High streets) is home to emus, kangaroos, lemurs, donkeys, goats, llamas, swans, camels and more! They all live happily together on the hillside meadow south of the hotel. An aviary was recently installed. The farm is open to visitors all year long. A wonderful attraction you won’t want to miss. Visitors can feed and pet many of the animals. TAccessible from Spring Street from dawn to dusk. Seen at right, a crowned crane looks out at visitors.

The Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

Explore the sea life that’s all around you at this educational destination. The dedicated staff of educators offer daily programs to explore the unique marine environment of Block Island. The five great aquariums offer a foundation for limitless opportunities to “Learn … to love Block Island.” Programs like Aqua Art and Squid Disection are popular with children. Adults enjoy BIMI’s “Tuesday Talks,” where authors and researchers discuss such fascinating maritime topics as whales, ship wrecks and sea shanties. The entire family can enjoy boat tours of the Great Salt Pond. One visit to BIMI is never enough! HOcean Ave., at the Hog Pen Marina. Call for the latest information q401/5003501. Nwww.blockislandmaritime.org

Historical Society Museum

Celebrate the island’s history in the newly restored exhibit space, featuring new artwork, displays, photographs, maps and other special items about life on a small island. Ask about guided tours of the Island Cemetery, Old Harbor area and the Native American village site. The Museum Shop sells books, maps, artwork and souvenirs. H18 Old Town Road. See N www.blockislandhistorical.org for hours and details. Admission $10, seniors $8, students $6, children free. q401/466-2481. Eblockislandhistory@ gmail.com. See ad and coupon, pg. 70.

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Take the Sandy Hike to See the North Light The beacon was first lit in the tower of the North Light in 1868. Shipwrecks were common then, and Block Island presented a dangerous obstacle along the busy East Coast shipping lanes. Today the impressive granite lighthouse is also a beacon to island tourists. It hosts a visitor’s center and is surrounded by an important nature preserve. The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge includes 134 acres of dunes, flora, fauna and a beautiful, sandy coastline. The North Light Interpretive Center is located inside the lighthouse and features wildlife photos and marine displays.

Hiking to the North Light A trip to the North Light is well worth the effort. The ¾-mile walk along the beach to Sandy Point takes about 30 minutes. Start at Settler’s Rock, at the end of Corn Neck Road, where there is a small parking lot. Tip: it is easier to walk close to the water, where the sand is more firmly packed. Allow plenty of time for a visit to Sandy Point. The dunes and beaches near the North Light are a haven for gulls and shore birds. You can walk the sandy trails in the refuge or sit awhile and enjoy the sun, birds, waves, salt air and views galore. Inside the lighthouse, you will be welcomed to the North Light Interpretive Center by knowledgeable staff who gladly explain the exhibits. Admission is reasonably priced at $3 for everyone over 12 years of age.

Artifacts and information on lighthousekeeping and lifesaving are here, as well as an exhibit on the sinking of the steamship Larchmont on a bitterly cold night in February of 1907. Visitors also learn about the antique Fresnel lens, which was returned to the tower of the North Light and relit in 2010. Exhibits about the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge present photos and information on the wildlife here. Although the tower is not open to the public, photos showing panoramic views from the tower are on display. There is a public restroom and a shop that carries t-shirts, pins and ornaments found only at the lighthouse. Bottled water is available for thirsty hikers. The North Light is open to visitors July 1 through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After July 4, Thursdays through Mondays. After Labor Day, the lighthouse is open Saturday and Sunday only, and on Columbus Day, the last day of visitation for the season. If you are at Settler’s Rock and unsure whether the lighthouse is open, look for the American flag at Sandy Point as an indicator. The National Wildlife Refuge and the light’s exterior can be enjoyed at any time, up close or from a distance. If you are unable to walk that distance, transport can be arranged 24 hours in advance: call the police dispatcher at 401/466-3220. (Passengers must be able to get into the vehicle unassisted.)

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Island Cemetery

While not exactly an uplifting site-to-see, Block Island’s graveyard features interesting headstones dating back to the late 1600s and wonderful views to the east and north. At this well-maintained, sprawling resting place, not only will you recognize the names of quite a few long-standing Block Island families (Ball, Champlin, Dodge, Littlefield, Rose), but you’ll also get a wonderful look at vast New Harbor. The Historical Society Museum offers guided tours of the island cemeteries (see pg. 12 for further details). HIntersection West Side Road and Center Road.

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From the 150-foot dirt and clay cliff at the southern end of the island (called “the bluffs”), you can see the new offshore wind farm. The bluffs are named for a battle in which, lore has it, the local Manisses repelled a band of attacking Mohegan Indians. From the top of the bluffs you can also see Montauk Point, at the tip of Long Island, NY. At Payne Overlook, a few hundred yards west of the Southeast Lighthouse, stairs with more than 150 steps (count them!) descend to the beach below. For many visitors, the steps, the beach below and the trip back up the steps are the most memorable part of their Block Island trip.


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Block Island lighthouses welcome visitors.

In summer, you can step inside and learn about their maritime history. Southeast Lighthouse

This grand Victorian red brick beacon, a National Historic Landmark, nearly fell into the sea. Years of storms had eroded the nearby sand and clay bluffs to the point that, in the early 1990s, the 2,000-ton lighthouse sat precariously close to a 150foot precipice. A grassroots movement succeeded in securing funds to move the massive structure back to safety in 1993. The exterior of the lighthouse was recently restored. Work continues on the lighthouse tower and inside the keeper’s cottage, where there is a small museum and shop. q401/466-5009. TWeekends from Memorial Weekend, daily from late June until Labor Day, then weekends until Columbus Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to exhibit and shop is free. Escorted site tours available as staffing permits for a fee. From downtown, take Spring Street.

North Light Fibers

See the fiber artists at work, visit the a working yarn mill, retail store and fiber center. Specialty yarns are made from animals like alpaca, yak sheep and camel; also from cotton, bamboo and silk. The mill store features handmade artisanal minimally processed yarns as well as hand woven and hand knit garments and home décor items. Knitting and felting classes daily for kids and adults. A wonderful destination for the whole family. Walk among the alpaca as you come into the store and tour the mill. TTours offered daily at 10 a.m. Over 2,000 tours given last year! HSpring Street. q401/466-2050. See ad, pg. 62.

Painted Rock

This little round stone looks bigger than it is—because it’s covered in hundreds and hundreds of layers of paint. Visitors and locals have for decades painted it to commemorate a long list of events: birthdays, visits, losses, holidays and more. At times it’s a barometer for public sentiment or a mark of historical events. A curious rock indeed, and a genuine piece of the Block, at Mohegan Trail and Lakeside Drive.

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Rodman’s Hollow

This ravine is a fine example of what’s called a glacial outwash basin (a remnant from the last ice age). The hollow was the first piece of property purchased in the island’s 50-year tradition of land conservation, an effort that has succeeded in saving half the island’s land from development. From the West Side Road trailhead, you can descend along winding pathways to the base of the hollow or hike to the south coast of the island to lie on the beach, below cliffs of clay. It’s a half mile hike to the beach. You can also choose to take a longer hike to nearby Fresh Pond.

The Sacred Labyrinth

Off Corn Neck Road is a trail lined with small stones, with a beautiful view of the North Light and Sachem Pond. This labyrinth is a single winding path that leads to a center point and back out. Walking labyrinths like these is an ancient ritual. People report that labyrinths heal body and soul. It’s on the west side of the road, halfway down the hill to Sachem Pond. Look for wooden steps over the stone wall.

Settler’s Rock

At the northern end of Block Island you’ll find this granite marker on a pretty spit of land between Sachem Pond and Cow Cove, at the end of Corn Neck Road. The mo­nument lists the names of the island’s original English settlers and marks the spot where they first landed in 1661 (with their cows swimming to shore). Here, visitors can leave their bikes or cars and begin the sandy hike to the distant North Light.

Statue of Rebecca

Named for the bible’s Rebekah-at-the-well, Block Island’s own “Rebecca” stands at the center of the Old Harbor traffic circle. This iconic Block Island lady was put in place in 1896 by the local Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, which hoped to curb the consumption of alcohol on Block Island. Temperance fountains were installed in hundreds of communities. The idea was to offer clean water as a healthier option to the ubiquitous refresher of the time, beer. Restoration experts have concluded that Rebecca is in fact Hebe, cupbearer to the Gods at Mt. Olympus, also goddess of youth and the wife of Hercules. Hebe was said to have diluted the wine she was tasked to serve. The white statue was recast in 2001, and it still succeeds in reminding us to consider the negative effects of alcohol consumption.

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The Empowering Site Off in the Distance:

The Nation’s First Ocean Wind Farm It’s really something to see, if you’ve never set eyes upon an offshore wind farm. At Payne Overlook or the Southeast Lighthouse, you can enjoy selfie-worthy vistas of the nation’s first offshore wind farm as you stand atop the island’s Mohegan Bluffs. Three miles in the distance appear the five turbines, each with three spinning blades and stretching to 600 feet at the highest reach of the blades (for reference, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall). In summer, you will also be treated to the sight of sailboats and fishing vessels plying the waters below. The turbines spin fast and often enough to supply all of the island’s power needs — and more. The power is sent to the mainland, conveyed through a cable buried under the sea floor. With images proliferating on Facebook and Instagram, the wind farm has become an enduring symbol of Block Island, much like the adjacent Southeast Lighthouse. In fact, with an apparent increasing abundance of sea

life surrounding the turbine bases, it’s also become a destination for sportfishing boats motoring from Long Island, Connecticut and mainland Rhode Island. The wind farm was built at a cost of about $300 million. It is owned and operated by Ørsted, a Danish renewable energy company that works to “take tangible action to create a world that runs entirely on green energy.” Besides wind energy facilities around the world, Ørsted owns bio-energy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions. Ørsted’s wind projects provide power usage for about 30 million people worldwide. On the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, offshore wind farms are now being planned by Ørsted for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. The Block Island project is the progenitor of the trend for more offshore wind power, setting case law and offering experiential knowledge to planners, suppliers and builders. BlockIslandGuide.com

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1661 Inn

All are welcome to enjoy the best of Block Island with a stay at “The 1661 Inn”. An elegant property with toptier amenities and an excellent ocean view location that is a short walk to the center of town. Many rooms offer a combination of ocean view, deck, spa tub or fireplace. Complimentary “Wine & Nibbles” are offered each afternoon with your stay. The 1661’s renowned Champagne Breakfast overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is open to the public. They also welcome you to their exotic animal farm, just across the street from the Inn. HSpring Street. q800/626-4773 or 401/466-2421. Nwww.blockislandresorts.com. See ad below.

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Atlantic Inn

Antique-filled 21-room Victorian Inn at the top of High Street. Offers six acres of gardens, rolling lawns, tennis courts, croquet, and sweeping views of the island’s harbor and ocean beyond. All rooms have a private bath and include a freshly baked breakfast buffet. The Inn’s acclaimed restaurant serves tapas and cocktails (along with spectacular sunsets) in the evenings on the veranda and the lawn. The Atlantic Inn’s Restaurant 1879 is one of New England’s finest. Following all CDC and Rhode Island health advisories. HHigh Street. q401/466-5883. Natlanticinn.com. D, MC, V. See ad, pg. 28.

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On The Beach...

Avonlea

Perfectly located accommodations minutes from the Block Island Ferry dock, in town and walking distance to shops and restaurants. Directly on the beach, there is essentially no comparable property for guests on Block Island. Once a private beach home, this “jewel of the sea” has been converted to a B&B for all to enjoy. Avonlea boasts a broad porch overlooking Crescent Beach, a cozy common area with a fireplace, and a variety of oceanfront rooming options. Complimentary breakfast is included. HCorn Neck Road. Nblockislandinns.com. q401/466-5891. See ad, pg. 22.

The Barrington Inn

“Block Island’s most romantic B&B…” Boston Best Guide

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Simple elegance at the heart of the island. On the corner of Beach and Ocean Avenues, this bed and breakfast is convenient to both Old and New Harbors, the airport, shops, restaurants, beaches and ferries. The 1886 farmhouse sits on a hilltop overlooking beautiful Great Salt Pond. Seven newly updated, bright and sunny guest rooms and two spacious apartments, all with A/C, Wi-Fi, DirecTV, private baths, decks and ocean views. Nwww.BarringtonInnBI.com. q401/4665510. See ad below.

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Block Island Beach House

Blue Dory Inn

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Darius Inn

Overlooking Crescent Beach and located in the heart of historic Old Harbor, this is the only island hotel with beachfront rooms (some with private balconies). The iconic Surf Hotel has been revamped with bright, vintage-inspired rooms, private baths and A/C, plus direct beach access. The wrap-around porch at The Surf restaurant and lively Beach Bar features modern, casual New England fare and a full bar. New for 2021: a saltwater pool and 16 serene new rooms (including large two-bedroom suites) across the street at the Gables. H32 Dodge St. q401/466-5500. Nwww. blockislandbeachhouse.com. See ad, pg. 25.

Reservation service in the middle of town, at the Harborside Inn. Booking rooms and suites in several of the island’s hotels. Apartments also available. Stop in or call about last-minute bookings. Guests offered luggage storage, as well as moped and bike discounts. Click “specials” on the web site for family trip and charter fishing packages. Highly competitive rates. AE, MC, V. Nwww.blockislandreservations.com, Einfo@blockislandreservations.com. HWater Street. q401/466-5504. See ads, pgs. 7, 14.

Located in the Old Harbor historic district, the Blue Dory Inn has garnered praise in national publications. The tastefully appointed rooms are full of character. All rooms have an ocean or harbor view. A homecooked buffet breakfast is served daily; wine and hors d’oeuvres offered in the afternoon. Just steps from Crescent Beach. Three full suites are also available; the romantic beachside cottages offer spacious accommodations. HDodge St. qCall 401/466-5891 for reservations. Einfo@blockislandinns.com. Nwww. blockislandinns.com. See ad, pg. 20.

In the heart of Old Harbor and steps from the beach is a colorfully renovated historic property with a relaxing backyard and plenty of porches. Owned and operated by sisters Becca and Christy Zendt, this art-filled oasis includes a variety of accommodations from pet friendly suites with kitchenettes to stylish hotel rooms. Hot healthy breakfast, happy hour treats, air conditioning and exceptional service! TOpen early May thru Halloween with low off season rates! See website for details and photos. Nwww.dariusblockisland.com. q401/466-2722. H62 Dodge St. See ad pg. 22.

Accommodations Overlooking the Great Salt Pond

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The Harborview Guest House

Located on Corn Neck Road, close to Scotch Beach, beautiful Great Salt Pond, Greenway Hiking Trails, and within walking distance to town. This 1888 farmhouse is nestled behind tall privet hedges, with quiet, wellappointed, and updated rentals, including The Main House, Captain’s Cottage and Mate’s Cottage, all with A/C, DirecTV, Wi-Fi, and private decks, porches and patios. Great for families. Nwww.HarbourviewBI.com. q401/466-5235.

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Escape to the calming aura and posh appeal of this Block Island favorite. Conveniently located steps from the Old Harbor ferry, Ballard’s beach, galleries, shops and entertainment, this boutique hotel is a top pick for savvy travelers looking for intimacy and elegance. We invite you to experience modern luxury with thoughtful touches in our newly appointed guest rooms featuring A/C, supreme bedding and linens, Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities, pre-arrival concierge services and acclaimed on-site dining. H251 Spring Street. NHotelManisses.com. q401/466-9898.

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Narragansett Inn

This antique Victorian inn is the only hotel along the shores of the Great Salt Pond, near its marinas, restaurants and shops. The inn, with its wide veranda, offers spectacular views of beautiful New Harbor and features a rolling lawn that is ideal for short strolls and lounging. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. The Narragansett is also among the best spots on-island to watch the sunset. Nwww. blockislandresorts.com. HOcean Ave., PO Box 186. TBooking June 8 to Sept. 30. q401/466-2626. See ad, pg. 21.

The National Hotel

Overlooking Old Harbor and within easy walking distance of the island’s shops, restaurants and beaches, this Victorian hotel built in 1888 has been renovated with private baths, televisions, and air conditioning. The décor is casual Victorian. The on-site Tap & Grille Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rates include continental breakfast. Perfect location in the heart of the Historic District.  TOpen May 14 to Columbus Day. Nblockislandhotels.com. HWater Street. q401/466-2901, 800/225-2449.

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Neptune House Resort

Stay at the Neptune this season! Twenty-three fabulous units on spacious grounds with scenic views—offered for a minimum 2 night stay or by the week (or for purchase). Studios, one- and two-bedroom units – sleeping 2, 4 or 6. All units have fully equipped kitchens, and linens are provided. Outdoor heated pool. Centrally located between Old and New Harbor, walking distance to restaurants, shops and beaches. To book your stay q401/466-2100 or 800/228-2968. Nwww.NeptuneHouse.com. See ad, pg 23.

The Sea Breeze

A bed and breakfast overlooking a magnificent vista of pond, ocean and coastline. Surrounded by lush seaside gardens and a wildflower meadow, off the beaten path. Ten comfortable rooms feature a vibrant mix of vintage furniture, beautiful linens, handmade wares and local art. A delicious breakfast is delivered to your room in our signature picnic basket. The Sea Breeze is well-known for friendly hospitality and strong commitment to the environment. Stay at the Sea Breeze, and enjoy an authentic island getaway! q401/466-2275. Nwww.seabreezeblockisland.com H71 Spring Street. See ad, pg. 19.

The Seacrest Inn

Located in the Block Island Historic District, this newly updated inn is away from the hustle and bustle but just a short walk from the Old Harbor ferry dock. Save on taxi fare when you stay here! Shops, restaurants and entertainment are within walking distance, as are Crescent and Ballard’s beaches. Newly renovated rooms with A/C, DirecTV and private baths. The inn also rents bikes: 7 to 24-speeds, tag-alongs and children’s bikes. Helmets and locks provided. TOpen May-Oct. EP.O. Box 280. HBase of High Street. q800/825-6254. Nwww.blockislandreservations.com.

The Sullivan House

Surrounded by the ocean, The Sullivan House is a landmark destination. Enjoy seaside accommodations, fine cuisine, kayaks, bikes, the beach and more. Private location atop a hill above New Harbor and opposite Crescent Beach. This inspirational setting is convenient to town. Glorious sunsets and views. Luxury breakfast daily. Gourmet dining on select evenings. The Sullivan House offers its guests a truly unique experience. EP.O. Box 416. HCorn Neck Road. q401/466-5020. Nwww.TheSullivanHouse.com. See ad, pg. 88.

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Aldo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

A great place to bring the family or large group for lunch or dinner. Italian fare including pizza, pasta and seafood served in the dining room, on the patio and in the spacious bar. Entrees include veal saltimbocca, chicken marsala, zuppa di pesce and other s­ pecialties. Nice list of wines, spirits and draught beer. “Wine-down wednesdays”— half off all bottles! Consistently good food makes Aldo’s a locals’ favorite. Take-out available. HWeldon’s Way. Reservations q401/466-5871. Nwww.aldosblockisland.com. See ad below for 15% off your next Aldo’s meal.

The Atlantic Inn — Restaurant 1879

Enjoy tapas, cocktails and beautiful sunsets on this Victorian Inn’s veranda and lawn, then finish the evening with a romantic candlelight dinner at the Inn’s muchacclaimed restaurant. A special bottle from the awardwinning wine cellar will finish off the perfect evening at the Atlantic Inn. Don’t forget to enjoy dessert; it is unmatched anywhere on Block Island! Reservations are suggested. Outside and inside dining begins at 5 p.m., open for cocktails at 4:30 p.m. Following CDC and R.I. health guidelines. HHigh Street. q401/466-5883. Nwww.atlanticinn.com. D, MC, V. See ad, pg. 28.

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Ballard’s

The Beachead

Beach Bar @ Block Island Beach House

Block Island Pizza Pie Co.

Enjoy memorable seaside dining in Old Harbor. Tableside service presents a variety of fresh seafood, including lobster prepared 13 different ways, flame-grilled steaks, huge burgers and chilled shellfish. Inside and outside dining, just 100 yards from the ferry dock. This legendary resort features a sandy beach replete with cocktail service and ocean swimming. Live music, beachside bar and volleyball. Large parties welcome. A top Block Island destination for decades—“Only Ballard’s has it all.” q401/466-2231. HWater Street, eastern end. Nwww.ballardsbi.com. See ad, pg. 25. Looking out over Crescent Beach, the Beach Bar at Block Island Beach House has the best ocean-side eating and drinking on the island and direct access to the beach below. The 2021 Surf Shack menu offers a modern, casual take on traditional New England fare, a full wine and cocktail menu, and craft beer on tap. Come to the Beach Bar for an amazing outdoor beach experience: frosé all day, classic summer cocktails, and a laid-back vibe, just a short walk from the ferry. H32 Dodge St. q401/466-5500. Nwww.thesurfblockisland.com. See ad, pg. 124.

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Serving made-to-order pizza, sandwiches, calzones and salads. Cold refreshments including wine and beer. Enjoy your meal with family and friends, either inside or outside with picnic-table seating. Just a short walk from the beach and a few minutes from the ferry docks. A Block Island destination for pizza and more for decades. Serving lunch and dinner. HLocated on the corner of Corn Neck Rd. and Dodge Street (between DiamondBlue Surf Shop and Yellow Kittens). 125 Corn Neck Road. Call for delivery. q401/466-9939. Nwww.bipizzapie.com. See ad, pg. 34.

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This legendary beachside restaurant features traditional New England fare, fresh seafood and old classics with a new twist! Enjoy stunning ocean views from the large outside deck overlooking Crescent Beach. Daily specials, fresh fish, pasta, steaks, lobster, shellfish, variety of appetizers and large salads. Lunch menu offers family favorites, sandwiches and smallerportion seafood platters. Great selection of beer and wine, signature drink list, full bar. Catering available. HCorn Neck Rd. q401/466-2249. TServing lunch and dinner daily in-season.

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Dead Eye Dick’s

Seafood and sunsets reign at this famous island haunt. Look out over New Harbor from the spacious covered deck, have a drink at the bar or relax in the large open-air dining room. The restaurant’s comfortable atmosphere, fresh cuisine and amazing ocean views have made Dead Eye Dick’s a Block Island staple for more than 60 years. Lunch and dinner served daily. Nice selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle; full bar and blended drinks. HOcean Ave. in New Harbor q401/466-2654. Open mid-May through September. MC, V. See ad, pg. 33.

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Eli’s

A popular bistro offering an eclectic array of original appetizers and entrees. The renowned tuna nachos and the arugula and goat cheese salad are found among a varied and changing menu. The cuisine at Eli’s consists of only the freshest ingredients, acquired, whenever possible, from local sources. Expect an outstanding wine list and excellent service from the friendly staff. Reservations accepted at this intimate and much-acclaimed restaurant. Open daily for dinner in summer. Excellent “to-go” offered. Following all CDC and Rhode Island health advisories. HChapel Street. Nwww.elisblockisland.com. q401/466-5230.

Harbor Grill and Orchid Lounge

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking Old Harbor. Nosh on the island’s tastiest food while people-watching from the expansive deck or enjoy a cocktail in the “wicker section.” The renovated interior has been rechristened the “Orchid Lounge,” a throwback to the notorious speakeasy that resided there in the 60s and 70s. The intimate atmosphere makes for a great place to catch one last round while waiting for your ferry. H41 Water Street q401/4668808. Nwww.harborgrillbi.com. See ad, pg 32.

Los Gatitos

Enjoy lunch with a view of Crescent Beach at this outdoor Mexican restaurant, on the deck at Yellow Kittens Tavern. You will find a well-honed menu featuring a tasty combination of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican items. Burritos, soft tacos, chopped salads, and speciality burgers. You’re sure to love the cornbread! Full bar serving cold beer, mixed drinks and frozen margaritas. Kids menu available. A locals’ favorite. Order takeout and see menu at Nwww.yellowkittens. com/menu.html. TOpen 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily in summer. Take out available. q401/466-5855. HCorn Neck Rd. See ad, pg. 33.

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McAloon’s Restaurant & Bar

The menu here satisfies with seafood, steaks, pasta, salads and daily specials. Airy, upbeat setting with vaulted ceiling and dog-friendly outdoor seating. Featuring the “Trilogy of Reubens,” fish & chips, and the Reuben egg roll! Great place for the entire family and large groups. Rotating taps, Irish whiskeys (try our “Flights to Ireland” sampler), daily happy hour specials and live entertainment. Just a stone’s throw from the beach and an easy walk to Old Harbor ferries. Lunch and dinner daily. Open yearround. H596 Corn Neck Road. q401/466.2928. Find them on Facebook at McAloons Block Island. Nwww.mcaloons.com. See ad, pg. 31.

Mohegan Restaurant & Bar

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Located in the heart of the historic district, opposite the BI Ferry landing, “the Mohegan” is a perfect destination for lunch or dinner. The cozy dining room and bar offers great views of Old Harbor. The varied menu features American pub food featuring local seafood, salads, Angus burgers, hot & cold lobster rolls and entrees at dinner. The full bar features rotating craft taps, wines by the glass and bottle, and spirits. Experienced Local staff. TOpen at 11 a.m. daily. A/C. q401/466-5911. H213 Water Street, opposite the Block Island Ferry. Nmoheganblockisland.com. See ad, pg. 30.

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Known for its steaks and oceanside dining, the venerable “National” offers fireside drinks and tapas on the back patio. Always a fine destination for cocktails, an ocean breeze and good conversation, the Tap & Grille features a menu with something to satisfy just about anyone. Distinctive front porch dining makes the National a memorable destination for most travelers, and a great place to meet up with friends and family. Nightly entertainment by the Firepits. HWater Street. q401/466-2901. TOpen May 21 to September 26 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ’til 11 p.m. AE, MC, V.

The Oar

This island favorite offers a varied, fairly priced menu for lunch and dinner, and features an extensive sushi bar. In addition to sushi, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster rolls and clam chowder are popular items, as are The Oar’s frozen mudslides! The Oar is an island landmark that’s famous for the hundreds of decorated oars hung from the ceiling by generations of boaters. From both inside and outside (on the spacious porch and lawn) the views of New Harbor are unbeatable. q401/466-8820. TOpen daily mid-May to Columbus Day. MC, V. See ad, pg. 30.


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Old Island Pub

A fine range of homemade dishes offered for lunch and dinner daily at this popular island pub. Enjoy weekly grill specials and daily kitchen specials, Taco Tuesday and Sunday brunch. Hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups and seafood specials. Great offering of small dish appetizers. The blackened tuna Ceasar, Rhode Island stuffies and smoked bluefish dip are a few favorites. Offering outdoor seating, pub dining and a full dining room on the spacious second floor. Late night snacks available, full bar offering drink specials, draughts and wine. Entertainment scheduled frequently. q401/466-2400. HOcean Ave. TOpen 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. See ad, pg. 44.

Poor People’s Pub

Offering homemade grub and frosty brews at affordable prices. Fresh and local ingredients, friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere make the ”PPP” a favorite for lunch, dinner and late-night. Fabulous pub menu features barbecued meats, seafood, pizzas, burgers and appetizers. Expect quality food, attention to detail—and Blackboard Specials! The PPP Sunday Brunch is a fantastic option! Plentiful outdoor seating. Listen for live music or DJs after dark and into the night. H33 Ocean Avenue. Nwww.pppbi.com. q401/466-8533. See ad, pg. 4.

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Winfield’s

Enjoy gourmet cuisine, paired with fine wine, at our Chef’s Tasting Menu Series. Relax in our elegant dining room, surrounded by natural beauty, and stunning ocean views. Seating is limited and reservations are required at this landmark location overlooking both Crescent Beach and New Harbor. New in 2021, we have added a food truck to our menu! Look for the Block Island Gourmet Food Truck — right across from the entrance to Scotch Beach. For more info, go to Nwww.TheSullivanHouse.com. HCorn Neck Road. q401/466-5020. See ad, pg. 88.

Overlooking Crescent Beach, The Surf restaurant at Block Island Beach House features an oceanside wrap-around porch and beach access. 2021’s Surf Shack menu offers a modern, casual take on traditional New England fare as well as a full wine and cocktail menu and craft beer on tap. Just a short walk from the ferry, The Surf is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner on the beach. H32 Dodge St. q401/466-5500. Nwww.thesurfblockisland.com. See ad, pg. 25.

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A tiki lounge & restaurant offering a fresh take on Asian fusion ­ — General Tso’s Chicken n’ Waffles, Street Noodles, Lobster Fried Rice, PuPu Platters and so much more. Lots of small plate items make it the perfect place to share and enjoy with friends. Try the tiki cocktails, beautifully garnished and dangerously delicious! The funky atmosphere, cozy couches & outdoor patio make this the perfect place to kick back and truly feel like you’re on vacation. Hawaiian shirts encouraged! q401/466-2300. HCorn Neck Road, opposite Yellow Kittens. Nwww.tigerfishbi.com. See ad, pg. 4. Fine dining in a historic tavern setting. Simple elegance is one fit description. Chef Berke Marye combines French cooking with a Southern accent. Small plates and salads are part of a fusion menu featuring seafood, beef, lamb and vegetarian items. The wine list is among the island’s best, with affordable by-the-glass offerings. The topnotch wait staff make dinner here a pleasant experience. Reservations recommended. HAdjacent to Yellow Kittens on Corn Neck Rd. q401/466-5856. Make reservations, view menu and wine list at Nwww.winfieldsbi.com. See ad, pg. 33.

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For pastries, desserts, ice cream or a full breakfast, look for Aldo’s on Weldon’s Way. This newly updated bakery has plenty of outdoor seating and 40 years of experience satisfying hungry customers. Try Aldo’s for a hearty breakfast, pastries and donuts. Aldo’s is famous for its homemade ice cream, served day and night. Enjoy Island-Roasted coffee, espresso, lattes & iced coffee. Now roasting our own coffee beans! Free WiFi. HWeldon’s Way. q401/466-2198. Save 15% on selected items with the coupon found in this guidebook, pg. 39.

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Ben & Jerry’s

Vermont’s famous ice cream is here on Block Island, in the heart of Old Harbor! Don’t miss it during your evening stroll! Enjoy classic Ben & Jerry’s flavors (New York Super Fudge Chunk and Cherry Garcia to name two) plus sundaes, shakes, smoothies, sorbets and non-dairy ice cream. Inquire about off-premise ice cream parties. What more do you need? Well, maybe a coupon for 10% off (use ad pg. 44). HAcross from the ferry landing on Water Street. q401/466-5430. See ad, pg. 40.

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Block Island Cookie Company

It’s more than just cookies at this seaside takeout favorite. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all day. Popular for hearty breakfast sandwiches, fresh coffee and dedicated to making delicious small batch cookies and bars. And now offering handmade pizzas and hot sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Serving beer, wine and champagne. Cookie platters for pick up or delivery. Custom orders for weddings, birthday parties, and special events. Also enjoy Smitty’s Ice Cream in the same building. TOpen 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. HBI Maritime Institute building, 216 Ocean Ave. q401/465-7939 or Eblockislandcookiecompany@ gmail.com. See ad, pg. 40.

Blocks of Fudge

Fresh fudge anyone? Go where the locals go. Delicious flavors like coffee heath crunch, penuche and turtle fudge. Stop by for a taste! Named “Best Fudge” by Rhode Island Monthly. Thirty years as a family business. Largest variety of candy on Block Island, including gummies, sours and handmade chocolates. Fill a box from the souvenir candy bin! Want Blocks of Fudge from afar? Just call and Sheila will ship your order! Great source for wedding favors. HChapel Street, tucked away next to Eli’s. q401/466-5196. T10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in season. D, MC, V. See ad, pg. 42.

Chapel Sweets

Fudge so famous that the cast stopped by to taste it on an episode of HGTV’s “Island Life!” Home of the Sandy Feet Turtle, plus our almond bark, jumbo peanut butter cups, nut and coconut clusters — made by us. 15% off fudge and bulk candy. See the wall of candy bins and fill a goodie bag with your favorites. Saltwater taffy, personalized wedding favors, even treats for the dog. We ship too! TOpen daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in season. Corner of Chapel Street and Weldon’s Way. Nwww.chapelsweets.com. Echapelsweets@gmail.com. q401/466-2672. See ad, pg. 41.

Odd Fellows Cafe

Look for this idyllic coffee shop and bakery opposite the Block Island Ferry docks, in the center of town. Inside, you will find a great menu, large tables and air conditioning. Serving the full range of coffee drinks and refreshing chilled beverages. Sandwiches, fruit and grilled breakfast items available for breakfast and lunch. The bakery offers desserts from its Sugar Rush Bakery (also baking custom wedding cakes and dessert tables). Outside there is a large brick patio with comfortable seating and ocean views. Newly updated interior and kitchen. Ideal spot to meet up before or after your ferry trip. HWater Street. q401/466-2250. ESugarRushBI@aol.com. See ad, pg. 42.

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Persephone’s Kitchen: Coffeeshop & Eatery

Persephone’s Kitchen has quickly become a favorite breakfast spot on Block Island. Grab a healthy bite before the beach, or treat yourself to a beautifully crafted latte. Everything is prepared fresh by Persephone, always with love and attention to detail. Enjoy a Splendid Egg Sandwich (avocado, arugula, tomato, bacon, oh my!), Strawberries & Cream Quinoa Bowl (V, DF, GF), or Organic Cold Brew coffee, all while vibing the pleasant, artistic space and Persephone’s welcoming, attentive staff. HDodge Street TOpen at 7 a.m. daily. See ad below.

Smitty’s Ice Cream Payne’s Donuts

An island tradition since 1963. By the dozen or one at a time, these homemade donuts are KILLER! Bring the kids, bring the grandparents. Enjoying a warm, delicious donut here is a Block Island experience not to be missed. Also featuring soft serve ice cream and frozen Slush Puppies. Scenic open air seating. TOpen daily in summer. HOcean Ave, New Harbor. Look for the food trailer at the bridge. See ad, pg. 36.

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Enjoy quality ice cream from Richardson’s Creamery, a working farm in Massachusetts. Smitty’s offers more than 18 ice cream flavors and a tasty list of creations and toppings. Casual, open-air setting. Enjoy the deck with family and friends. Outside fire pits make the scene special. No-cost sunsets, too! Ice cream birthday parties available. Free sealife touch-tank nearby. HLocated in New Harbor, in the BI Maritime Institute building. 206 Ocean Ave. TOpen M-Th 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri, Sat & Sun 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Memorial Day to Columbus Day. See ad, pg. 36.


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Captain Nick’s Rock-N-Roll Bar

Poor People’s Pub

Old Island Pub

Yellow Kittens

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, rock with Dueling Pianos featuring Neil Haven and some of the nation’s best dueling pianos pros. Mixed Bag Thursdays feature drag/ comedy shows, DJs and Grateful Dead bands. Enjoy acoustic on the Deck Friday and Saturday evenings, 5:30 to 9 p.m. See full calendar of live acts on back page; also view Calendar at: Nwww. captainnicksbi.com. H34 Ocean Ave. q401/466-5670. See ad, back page. Go where the locals go ... Opposite the Block Island Grocery. It’s in a brand new building but it is called “Old” Island Pub. Long story. Just ask the kind staff as you enjoy a cocktail or draught. This is a not-tomissed destination for drinks, great food and good cheer. “O.I.P.” offers rotating taps and a vast selection of bottled beer and liquor, a great juke box and pool table. Outdoor seating, on the beautiful patio, where you can enjoy the sunny day or the cool night air. Pub menu is available year-round. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Live music scheduled weekly in summer. Also offering a fabulous function space with expansive ocean views. q401/466-2400. HOcean Ave. TOpen 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. See ad below.

Frosty brews and drinks at affordable prices. Friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere make the “P.P.P.” a favorite for late night and pre-partying. Presenting live music or DJs after dark. Full menu offered featuring barbecued meats and daily chalkboard specials. Late night pizza slices available nightly. H33 Ocean Ave., across the street from the Block Island Grocery Nwww.pppbi.com, www.facebook. com/PPPBIFB. q401/466.2400. See ad, pg. 4. This Block Island landmark was open during prohibition as a speakeasy, and the fun has never stopped! Expect great music and an active dance floor on summer nights. Situated just off the beach, it’s a great stopover after a day in the sun. The outside deck features fantastic views of Crescent Beach. Live entertainment daily in summer 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wed to Sun nights, DJs and bands. The deck restaurant, Los Gatitos, is open for lunch and après beach dining ´til 7:30 p.m. daily. HCorn Neck Rd. Takeout available. q401/466-5855. Nwww.yellowkittens.com. See ad, pg. 33.

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2021 Weekly Walks & Programs Please join The Nature Conservancy and the Block Island Conservancy, for the 30th season of weekly nature programming. Led by naturalists, participants will learn interesting nature facts and discover what makes Block Island so special. Programs and times subject to change. For details on programs and walks, visit natureblockisland.org.

Conservation Groups Working on Block Island Block Island Conservancy

The Block Island Conservancy was established in 1972 to “maintain habitat for birds and animals, to protect the view of hills rolling to the sea, to provide walking trails and quiet recreation for islanders and visitors.” BIC is a private nonprofit with volunteer board of directors. It operates an education center on Weldon’s Way. q401/466-3111.

Block Island Land Trust

The Block Island Land Trust is a municipal conservation organization enabled by state legislation in 1986 and funded by a 3-percent transfer fee on island real estate transactions. The

BILT has five trustees elected by town voters. Its mission is “to protect ecologically sensitive areas, open space and land for agricultural use, preserve viewsheds, and provide recreational opportunities.” q401/466-3207.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951 “to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.” TNC, an international nonprofit, has been working on Block Island since the 1970s and maintains an office and visitors center on High Street. q401/466-2129.

Other conservation organizations with a presence on Block Island include the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Island Time Taxi

Tour Block Island with an authority on island history and island lore. Call him now and he will meet you at a convenient time and location. Island resident Steve McQueeny has penned a lengthy, informative book called “Block Island: From the Glaciers to the Windfarm.” You can buy it at Island Bound bookstore, or from the cabbie & author himself. Steve will pick up you and your group and chaufer you from Southeast Lighthouse to the North Point and to all the points of interest along the way. It’s an opportunity not to be missed. Steve will also regale you with many insights and the invaluable vignets that make Block Island a special place, all at a reasonable rate. q401/473-9433. See ad next page.

McAloon’s Taxi

Tours available with longtime island resident Vin McAloon, who served as cabin boy for Verrazzano in 1524, the year the Italian explorer and the crew first spotted little Block Island. Vin now captains a beautiful 12-passenger Mercedes Benz Sprinter taxi. McAloon’s Taxi serves weddings and functions, and offers point-to-point runs in town and out to the most remote island roads. Explore modern-day Block island with Vin. TCall anytime. Year-round service. q401/741-1410. See ad below.

Cabs on Block Island are casual. It is expected that front seats will be shared with riders. The cabs are all independently owned, competing for repeat business becomes a real personality contest!

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Monica’s Taxi

Comfortable 7-passenger, burgundy Suburban for hire. This taxi is owned and operated by Monica Hull Shea, a year-round resident and direct descendent of original Block Island settlers. She knows the island like the back of her hand and offers passengers memorable island tours and prompt service. Monica’s Taxi is available daily Tfrom May to November, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call for more information q401/742-0000. See Monica’s ad below.

Fun and interesting tours: The taxis on these pages offer island tours. See all the sites with your knowledgeable and often humorous cabbie! Be sure to keep a cab phone number handy; many island visitors call on them night and day! They are here to help!

Peter Pan Taxi Service

Get a ride from experienced drivers who simply love Block Island. Whether you need a quick ride from harbor to harbor or an early morning lift to the ferry, Peter Pan Taxi is happy to be of service! An Island Tour will enrich your stay and better your understanding of Block Island’s fascinating history and heritage. Let us take you off the beaten path to visit the landmarks that make Block Island a treasure we call “home.” Schedule a tour at Nwww.blockisland.tours or call q401/742-1457. See ad, pg. 46.

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Block Island Trading Company

Opposite the ferry docks on Chapel Street, discover the island’s Eco- Boutique offering fashionable ecofriendly clothing and accessories by makers such as Toad&Co, Yala and Milkbarn for women, men and babies. You’ll find eco-friendly home goods, beauty products, gifts and crafts from certified fair-trade brands. All items are crafted from recycled, upcycled, repurposed and sustainably grown materials, including organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. Block Island gifts with with a mind to the environment! HWater Street. TOpen daily. On Facebook: @adriftblockisland. See ad, pg. 62. Stop in and shop for the staples of your summer wardrobe, including sizes from XS to 3X. Explore “sun protection that you wear,” from Coolibar, women’s wear with UPF 50+ sun protective fabrics. Enjoy beautifully made garments from Habitat. The store is known for its wide selection of hats from Wallaroo, Kooringal, and Adams, including unique headbands and hair accessories. Exciting, beachy jewelry from Pura Vida, Adajio and Green Tree Jewelry. Affordable swimwear, towels, sunglasses, umbrellas, beach toys, waterproof bags, and more. TOpen May to Oct. HDodge Street. q401/466-2777. @beachcomberbi. See ad, pg. 50.

Conveniently located just below the National Hotel, this is THE destination for Block Island souvenirs, including custom-designed T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and collectibles. B.I. Tees stocks adult sizes small through 4XL; also find a great selection of children’s apparel. Kites, toys, towels and sunblock in stock for your day at the beach! You will also find Block Island stickers, mugs, shot glasses and magnets. Nwww.bitees.com. HAt National Hotel on Water Street. q401/466-2558. TOpen daily in summer. See ad, pg. 61.

Located at the shops under the National Hotel, Block Island Trading Company is your one-stop shop for original Block Island-inspired gifts and unique accessories. Specializing in “Provisions for Island Time,” you’ll find a wide array of tasteful home goods, top-quality signature beach gear, exclusive lines and gifts for the bride and groom, hostess, baby, pets and more. And shop yearround at Block Island’s favorite online gift store, Nwww.BlockIslandTradingCompany.com. We also offer curbside pickup, and free delivery on-island. q401/859-1524. See ad, pg. 53.

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Island Bound Bookstore

Stop here for all your surf and apparel needs. They have you covered from head-to-toe with name-brand accessories, beach gear, boards (skate, skim & surf), clothing and surf gear (bags, leashes, rashguards, wax & wetsuits). Rent: beach chairs, bodyboards, stand-up paddleboards and surfboards. Lessons available, too. Featuring a great collection of summer and beach apparel. HCorner Dodge Street & Corn Neck Road. TOpen daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MC, V, AE. Nwww.diamondbluebi.com. q401/466-3145. See ad, pgs. 63 and 71. The Glass Onion welcomes locals and travelers looking for something unique and special. This Island Gem offers an unusual assortment of home goods, jewelry, gifts and clothing from local and global artisans. Every corner of this Water Street shop is sure to delight. Named “Best of Rhode Island” for eclectic shopping, featured by “In Style Magazine,” and named Editor’s Choice by “Yankee Magazine,” the Glass Onion is a must-visit while on Block Island. Open May 15 through Thanksgiving weekend. q401/466-5161. H241 Water Street.

Offering breathtaking and affordable treasures, this “America’s Best Jeweler” and “Best of Rhode Island” winner is listed as one of the “Ten places not to miss while on Block Island!” Everything bridal, diamonds, rare gems, estate treasures, unique BI and nautical jewelry. The original Block Island Hook Bracelet sold here. Also, Block Island sand and water charms, watches and discount showcase! Custom design, repairs, free ear piercing! HCorner Chapel Street and Weldon’s Way q401/466-2611. Nblockislandgolddiggers.com. See ads, pgs. 2 and 55. Adjacent to the post office, BI’s only bookstore offers lots of room to relax and browse. Island Bound stocks a wide variety of fine literature for all ages. Readers will find “New York Times” best sellers, current fiction and a generous offering of nonfiction, including titles on B.I., boating, cooking, poetry and more. Ample childrens’ section offers fun activities for rainy days. Expansive selection of art supplies. Special orders welcome. HWater Street, Post Office Building. q401/466-8878. Nwww.islandboundbookstore.com. TOpen daily. MC, V. See ad, pg. 7.

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IslanDog

Gifts for pets and their humans! A great collection of island-themed dog gear and laughable accessories for pets. Located next to the coolest gift shop on the island — Strings & Things – in front of the Statue of Rebecca on Water Street. Stocking high quality Block Island collars and leashes made in New Hampshire by Yellow Snow Dog Gear. Sassy wearables for pets and humans. The IslanDog t-shirt is a classic souvenir and highly recommended by dogs. H104 Water Street (near Rebecca). Nwww.blockislandog. com. q401/466-5666. See ad, pg. 63.

Block Island Trading Company provisions for Island time

Island Hardware

This neatly stocked store is where you will find all the necessary home supplies for your Block Island summer. Plumbing supplies, housewares, appliances, and lawn and garden items. Tools, Benjamin Moore paints, electrical supplies, building materials and housewares, items for the kitchen and garden—all at competitive prices. The owner, Petie, offers knowledgeable advice and friendly service. HOcean Avenue, between New Harbor and Old Harbor. TOpen 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. V, MC, D. q401/466-5831. See ad below.

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Jessie Edwards Studio

This beautiful gallery overlooking Old Harbor from the 2nd floor of the Post Office building specializes in contemporary fine art by the best in regional and local talent. Regular openings and ongoing exhibits by established artists include paintings, drawings, photographs, and woodcuts. You will also see art by owner/artist Jessie Edwards, who has produced a lifetime of island images. Open May through December, and by appointment. Find us at NJessieEdwardsGallery.com, FaceBook/Instagram @ JessieEdwardsGallery. q401/466-5314. See ad, pg. 60.

Kai-Kai Sandals

For ten years sold exclusively in Montauk, NY, and Key West. Now available on Block Island! Sandal fanatics can’t return to the mainland without a pair of the “World’s Most Comfortable Sandal,” with natural, durable Brazilian rubber soles, supportive arches, and super-soft suede footbeds that mold to the shape of your feet. Ask about their “Swap Your Flop” policy. Endorsed by the American Assoc. of Podiatric Sports Medicine. HWater Street. Located at the Inn at Old Harbor. Nkaikaisandal.com. See ad, pg. 3.

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Home of the block island cookie Quality Dog foodS ° homemade treats unique accessories ° nautical toys artwork & other curiosities

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Lazy Fish

A wonderful old storefront on Dodge Street is home to one of the few island antique stores. Inside you’ll find a fun, funky collection of vintage home and re-purposed items, furniture, estate jewelry and island artwork, as well as a collection of both vintage and sustainably crafted clothing for dress and play. Now offering a Lazy Fish inspired accommodation. Check out the MOD POD @ modpod.bi on Instagram, view our link & book a stay! Lazy Fish was named Editor’s Choice in “Yankee Magazine” and was featured in “The New York Times.” HOpposite Redbird. TOpen May to October. Ecarolyn@lazy.fish q401/497-3526. See ad, pg. 50.

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery

Block Island photos by resident photographer Malcolm Greenaway are displayed at this shop next to the Empire Theatre and on the cover of this guidebook. The gallery is really a site to see, because the photos cover so much of Block Island in vivid detail. Eighty of his finest images are featured in a brilliantly executed coffeetable book, “Block Island: Rhode Island’s Jewel.” HWater Street. q401/466-5331. THours vary. Nmalcolmgreenaway.com. See ad, pg. 60.

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MarMar Boutique

Near the Statue of Rebecca, MarMar Boutique showcases one-of-a-kind hand wrought jewelry and accessories. With the creations of more than 50 independent artists, you are sure to find something fabulous! From sterling silver and gold to leather and concrete, come explore a different side of adornment. See MarMarJewelsBoutique on Facebook for visiting artists, workshops, and trunk shows. BLOCKSTAR headquarters! Tees, hoodies, hats and stickers. Hair feathers! Nmarmarboutique.com. marmarjewelsboutique HWater Street. TDaily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. q215/880-3922. See ads, pg. 61.

MUTT HUT

Tucked away on Chapel Street is Block Island’s one and only dog general store. Here you will find highquality dog food, homemade treats, unique leashes, collars, bandanas, bowties and nautical toys; travel accessories, flea & tick prevention, supplements, original artwork and other curiosities also await you in this charming shop. Owners Meg & Josh are helpful, knowledgeable, and love all dogs. Whether your pup is on-island or deserves a present for staying home, MUTT HUT has it all! HChapel Street. q347/453-7116. Nwww.mutthutbi.com. See ad, pg. 55.

Jessie Edwards Studio “A lifetime of island images.” Fine Art • Prints • Gifts • Artist Receptions • Ongoing Exhibitions 2nd Floor Post Office Building, Old Harbor • (401) 466-5314

Find us at JessieEdwardsGallery.com

@JessieEdwardsGallery

BLOCK ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHS Custom photographs of Block Island by Malcolm Greenaway.

Now available: Hardbound collection of Malcolm’s best work.

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North Light Fibers

New hand-woven and hand-knit garments; handcrafted yarn; needle felting and weaving crafts. 100% made on Block Island – from lovely scarves, hats and shawls to throws, wristers and yarn. Weekday tours of the yarn and dye studios at 10am. Come find the perfect gift or keepsake, or attend one of many classes. A great family experience, located on the 1661 Farm & Garden. Come pat the alpacas and donkeys and enjoy the yak, camels and sheep. See how yarn is made and feel raw fiber and lovely knitwear! Offering garments and home décor. HSpring Street. q401/466-2050. Nwww.northlightfibers.com. See ad, pg. 62.

Red Right Return & RRR Annex

Judy Clark has two locations for her vintage items: Red Right Return and RRR Annex next to Red Bird. Housewares, collectibles, estate jewelry, vintage clothing and consignment. Need something special? Ask Judy for repurposing ideas; it’s one of her special talents. Don’t hesitate to ask Judy where she got it; you might hear a yarn worth repeating. Great place to shop while you are downtown for a meal or while you are waiting for the ferry. You are sure to find something of interest in this fun second-hand shop. HDodge Street. q401/466-JUDY. See ad, pg. 50.

HAND-WROUGHT JEWLERY & ACCESSORIES 212 WATER STREET NEAR THE STATUE OF REBECCA

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Coolest Shirts on the Island!

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Star Department Store

Solstice

Strings & Things

Block Island’s jewelry store for 30 years showcasing designs in gold and silver below the Harborside Inn on Water Street. Original items include Block Island pendants, earring and necklaces in 14K yellow, yellow/ white or sterling silver. Southeast Lighthouse and North Light pendants are available. See the new BI wave bracelets, BI wind turbine and hook Block Island earrings! Great stop for gifts island wearables for friends and family. Just across the street from the Block Island ferry docks, in the center of town. HWater Street. q401/466-7944. Nwww.royaljewelersbi.com. See ad, pg. 57. Block Island Style. Adventure Optional. A unique shop offering a great selection of clothing, jewelry, gifts & treasures. Seaside casual apparel from Helly Hansen, Johnnie-O and The North Face as well as handmade jewelry and art created exclusively for Solstice. Glassware by Eben Horton, creator of The Glass Float Project. Brands we love - LOLA, T Jazelle, Smathers & Branson, Corkcicle, Woodstock Chimes, Peepers and Mona B just to name a few! HBelow the National Hotel, on Water Street, Old Harbor. Nsolsticebiri.com. q401/466-2558. See ads, pg. 49 and 114.

“The General Store of Block Island” carries gifts and almost everything you need for your vacation: large, colorful selection of imprinted and embroidered T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, shorts and jackets, casual men’s and ladies’ sportswear and footwear, salt water taffy, toys, sunglasses, souvenirs and more. Star Department Store is a great place to find children’s toys and gear for the beach. Great jackets and hats for rainy days, too! HWater Street, across from the Block Island Ferry landing. q401/466-2558. TOpen 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer. See ad, pg. 52. Like the Statue of Rebecca outside its front door, this shop is an island landmark. Here, you’ll find the coolest island gifts and throwback novelties: Washable linen and comfy cotton clothing. Seaglass, shells, natural stone, and Block Island jewelry. Got mermaids? Incense, Block Island coasters, cards, giftware and so much other “Really Cool Stuff!” H104 Water Street (near Rebecca). q401/466-5666. Nwww. stringsnthingsbi.com. See ad, pg. 63.

Sustainable fashion for women, men, home and baby. Chapel Street. Block Island.

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WaterColors

This inviting destination is known for its large selection of jewelry, ranging from real sea glass to hand-wrought sterling with semi-precious stones, and freshwater pearls of all kinds. You’ll also find colorful stained glass, beautiful pottery, plus lovely wedding and hostess gifts. Unique accessories are, ironically, common here. Table clothes, napkins, bed linens and beautiful accent pillows. You will discover clothing from lovely floral linens to that perfect little cocktail dress—and an affable shopkeeper. Enjoy! HDodge St. q401/466-2538. TOpen from Easter until Christmas. See ad, pg. 51.

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Where fashion is always in full bloom! In the center of town, opposite the ferry landing, you will find a fabulous collection of name-brand designer items to make your days and nights as bright as a bouquet. Whether dressing for a reception, dinner or a stroll on the beach, Wild Flowers is the place to go for on-trend fashion. T10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in summer. Hours vary off-season. H41 Water Street. Below the Harborside Inn. q401/935-8794. @wildflowersbi Ewildflowersbi@yahoo.com. See ad below.

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Groceries & Markets Block Island Grocery & Package Store

Block Island Grocery (or “B-I-G” as the locals say) sells a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor, as well as groceries, produce, ice cream, newspapers and other sundries. BIG features the best deli sandwiches on the island and a butcher shop where you can pick up a great steak or some ribs to throw on the grill. Fresh local seafood is always in stock. ATM. Plentiful parking for customers. HOcean Ave. Open year-round. TMon-Sun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. AE, MC, V, Discover, Debit. q401/466-2949. See ad, pg. 65.

Boat Basin Marine & General Store

Provisions for the boat and family! This dockside store has it all. Look for: postcards, boat and home supplies, or souvenir Tees, candies and canned drinks. Hundreds of wine varieties, beer and liquor to choose from, delivered to the store for pickup. Ice sold by the bag. Boating hardware, parts and tools. Great Block Island souvenirs and playthings for the kids. Cigarettes, cigars. ATM. Look for “the middle marina.” HWest Side Rd., New Harbor. q401/466-5189. TOpen daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. See ad, pg. 65.

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Redbird Liquor Store

Established at the end of prohibition, the island’s premier package store offers wine, beer, spirits, snacks, soda, ice, mixers and tobacco products. Wide selection, consistent hours (year-round) and friendly service make “the Redbird” a frequent stop for locals and visitors. The antique building, located in the island’s Historic District, puts the Redbird on the list of island “Sites to See.” HDodge Street. q401/466-2441. T9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. thru Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat.; 12 to 6 p.m. Sun. AE, D, MC, V. See ad, pg. 51.

Want to know more about B.I.?

Pick up “The Nature of Block Island” at Island Bound Bookstore. Located next to the Post Office, this store has a number of Block Island titles, fiction and nonfiction, in addition to classics, best sellers and books for children.


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Stock your boat or get gear for the beach! GROCERIES • BOAT SUPPLIES/REPAIRS • NEWSPAPERS • BI SOUVENIRS Doughnuts & Pastries

Health & Beauty

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Magazines

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Stroll the Block Island Farmers Market

The Block Island Farmers Market is an Island tradition more than 35 years old. Visit the market to find fresh produce, veggies, flowers, herbs, baked goods, local honey, dog biscuits, lemonade, pottery, photography, jewelry, and so much more. Everything is handmade or homegrown by island residents! The first Market of the season is Sat., June 12, and the final Market is Sat., Oct. 9. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park on West Side Road.

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Watching the Birds of Block Island Sporting notebooks, binoculars and gaiters, birdwatchers are thick on B.I. in the fall. Though 13 miles offshore, the island is considered a top-notch birding destination. Over 250 species land here each year. The apparent origin of the flyway that includes B.I. was the melting of glacial pack ice over 10,000 years ago. Vegetation began taking hold along this chain of newly exposed islands, including the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, and species of birds began expanding their springtime migrations northward. During the same period, shore birds also pushed north, where they thrived along newly formed sandbars, shoals and tidal channels. Inclement weather is one reason migrating species land here; the island presents a safe layover for birds pushed off course by winds blowing the wrong direction. Additionally, the island’s varied and plentiful vegetation allows migrating birds to refuel their highly stressed bodies. Thickets of shadbush, chokecherry, bay and blackberry offer first-rate sanctuaries.

Rolling meadows at the Lewis-Dickens sanctuary (southwest corner of the island) are an ideal habitat for many species, such as the extremely rare grasshopper sparrow. Because of thermals rising from oceanside cliffs, the south end of the island is also a Mecca for birds of prey like kestrels, peregrine and merlins. Diverse topography at the maze, west of Clay Head Trail, attacts an array of species all year long. Spring and fall are the best seasons for birdwatching. In summer, look for shore birds while walking the beaches in the morning and at low tide. Look for herons and egrets around salt marshes.

A Glimpse of the Past

Historic photos from Robert M. Downie Airplane pilot Amelia Earhart visited the island in July 1929, staying at the Narragansett Inn. As a publicity stunt she dived in a hard-hat suit off a submarine in Great Salt Pond. 4

The island’s three US Life-Saving Stations welcomed

visitors during the lazy days of summer, giving this child a happy ride on the government’s equipment.

This German crew died when their U-Boat was sunk in 1945, five miles off Crescent Beach, at the end of WWII. The sinking occurred just a few hours before Germany surrendered. The wreck is now a popular spot for expert scuba divers. 4 BlockIslandGuide.com

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Ghost Tours

Bored at the beach? Try surfing or stand-up paddleboarding! Call to book a lesson with their experienced instructors or stop by the shop to check out DiamondBlue’s full supply of boards for sale and available for rent. Offering daily/weekly rentals of bodyboards, paddleboards, skimboards and surfboards. Forgot your wetsuit or rashguard? No worries, you will find a great selection of water gear here, plus accessories and apparel for the beach. HCorner of Dodge St. and Corn Neck Rd. TOpen daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MC, V, AE. q401/466-3145. Nwww.diamondbluebi.com. See ads, pgs. 63 and 71.

Ghost ships, FBI serial killer man hunts, curses, and Native American massacres are just a few of the topics explored on Block Island’s first and only fully interactive ghost tour. Come along for an easy onemile walking tour that shines light on the darker, hidden history of Block Island. Ghost boxes and EVP recording will be used to communicate with the Other Side. Call for reservations to book family or group tours. Be sure to ask about our Haunted Bar Crawl! q401/477-2979. Nblockislandghosttours.com. See ad, pg. 70.

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Fort Island SUP and Kayak Rentals

Offering single, double, and triple sit-on-top kayaks. Youth and adult paddleboards available. A great activity center for the whole family. Also offering kayak storage, weekly rentals and delivery. Hourly rates, 1/2-day, full-day, and group rates. All abilities welcome, no experience necessary. Call for reservations and information: q401/466-5392. H40 Ocean Avenue, next to the bridge in New Harbor. Nwww.sandypointco.com. See coupon below for a 15% discount on your rental from Fort Island SUP & Kayaks.

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All beaches on Block Island are open to the public. Fred Benson Town Beach features the island’s only bath house. “Town Beach” also has free parking, lifeguards and showers. With few exceptions, B.I. beaches are carry in/carry out (no rubbish barrels).

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Explore the Beaches of Block Island Ballard’s Beach is backstopped by a restaurant Baby Beach is a well-sheltered beachfront at the with the same name. This deep-sand beach is located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater. Drinks and food are served by beachcombing waitstaff. Frequent live music at the restaurant is one draw for beachgoers. It is also an excellent setup for a deep-water swim. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.

Black Rock is named after a large, dark rock

hidden under 10 feet of water; the sinister rock has been the demise of many ships. You’ll want to hike or bike into this area. There are a couple of beaches at the base of the bluffs, separated by sections covered in beach stones. While these beaches are not the best, the stunning scenery makes Black Rock a favorite. You will find the beach at the endpoint of a few trails through Rodman’s Hollow (see center map). Use caution when swimming; the surf can be very rough here.

Charleston Beach is a sandy, peaceful beach

that is popular with fishermen. The beach is quite large, and the waters are tranquil. Beachgoers will find plenty of solitude. The jetty is an interesting walk. From here, you can watch boats entering New Harbor and get a look at the Coast Guard Station (where you’ll find parking). It is a good beach to find collectible driftwood. Walk southward and you will reach Grace’s Cove.

Dorry’s Cove is a black-sand beach. It is small

and generally uncrowded, with nice sunset views of Long Island. The waters are usually calm and access is easy, making this an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling, and for picnics! Hike northward and you will approach a second cove, Grace’s Cove. Lots of interesting stones and driftwood here. The kids will enjoy this! Limited parking at the end of Dorry’s Cove Road, a dirt road off West Side Road. Good bike destination.

Fred Benson Town Beach has Block Island’s

only fully equipped bathhouse and pavilion. It’s owned and operated by the town and staffed with lifeguards. Public restrooms, changing areas, hot showers. Rental items such as chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards. Hot food, cold drinks. No admission fee. Free parking. Open weekends beginning Memorial Day; daily mid-June to Labor Day; weekends ‘til Sept. 7. Corn Neck Road. q401/466-7717.

south end of Crescent Beach. Here, kids can play in shallow waters, catch small crabs, find mussels, wrestle with seaweed, maybe even find a sand dollar. Adults can wade out for a peaceful swim while the kids play in the sand. This is the closest beach to town, which may be the primary reason so many adults bring their little ones here. It’s also an easy walk from the ferry docks.

Mansion Beach is at the end of a dirt road by the same name. The island’s biggest home once sat here like a jewel high above the beach and nearby Jerry’s Point. Fire destroyed the mansion, but the beach lives up to the name—by being B.I.’s grandest! There is parking, but the spaces can fill up on busy weekends.

Scotch Beach is a quarter mile north of Fred

Benson Town Beach. It’s at the center of the larger Crescent Beach, which comprises the island’s eastern beachfront stretching from town to Jerry’s Point. There is a small parking lot off Corn Neck Road, but you can park along the road, north of Town Beach and hike marked trails over the dunes. Bring a cooler, an umbrella and chairs, and dig in for the day. It’s a nice walk to Mansion Beach.

Vail Beach in summer can be either rocky or deep

in fine sand, depending on changes wrought by winter storms. A steep, slippery trail to the beach is accessible at the first bend of Snake Hole Road, off Lakeside Drive. Limited parking. At the bottom of the trail, proceed east for 50 yards, over rocky beachfront; the beach is around the first point. The surf can be heavy here, and there are rocks in the shallows.

West Beach presents a truly different experience.

The beach here is lightly trafficked, has calm surf and offers perhaps the island’s best beach walk. To the south is Beane Point; this area is part of a bird sanctuary (no dogs allowed). To the north, dunes lead to the North Light (watch out for nesting gulls). There is limited parking at the end of West Beach Road, past the Transfer Station.

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BIKE & MOPED ROUTES Four of the best round-trips on Block Island. BEACHES labeled in Red.

South End Loop, 9.5 mi Southeast Loop, 6.8 mi

WEST BEACH

West Side Loop, 6.1 mi North Point, 7.7 mi

MANSION BEACH

All routes begin and end at the fourway intersection of Corn Neck Rd, Old Town Rd., Ocean Ave & Dodge St.

CHARLESTON BEACH

SCOTCH BEACH FRED BENSON TOWN BEACH BABY BEACH

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Touring & Biking You can see the island by bicycle, moped, car, even horse. The companies listed here will set you up to explore! Bikes: Bikes are sensible, fun and popular transportation on Block Island, where no destination is more than a 20-minute ride away. Rent a bike to enjoy the island scenery at a gentle pace. The topography is varied: long flats and small hills, some surprisingly steep. In addition to the hills, ocean breezes will sometimes test your endurance. But, remember, it’s always downhill, or downwind, on the way back (if you start in the right direction!). Don’t worry about getting lost. No matter which way you go, you will eventually end up back in town. (For an island map, turn to the center pages.) Mopeds: Rent your moped at Chapel Street and Weldon’s Way, behind the Harborside Inn (coupon on back page) or just east of the BI Ferry. Driver’s license required. Mopeds are prohibited at night and on dirt roads. Cars: An island ride can be rented at the locations listed below. Sometimes on summer days, all rental cars are taken; so phone ahead to reserve a vehicle.

Block Island Bike & Car Rental

Located near the marinas at New Harbor, this company offers rental vehicles all year long. They rent vans, sedans, and SUVs. In the summertime, Trek hybrid bikes are available. Block Island Bike & Car Rental is known for offering helpful and courteous service. Reservations recommended for spring and summer car rentals. Some restrictions apply. Pickup and delivery from Old Harbor ferries may be arranged. Offering same-day, 24-hour and weekly rentals. HOcean Avenue in New Harbor. q401/466-2297, 401/465-3372. AE, D, MC, V. See ad, pg. 76.

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Tucked behind the Harborside Inn is an excellent selection of rental bicycles and 2021 model mopeds, mountain bikes, beach cruisers, tandems and tagalongs. Six-speed Jamis Boss Cruisers and 24-speed mountain bikes are for rent. Children’s seats, helmets and eye protection are available. Beach chairs and umbrellas for rent, too! HChapel Street, just off Water Street. q401/466-2700. Nwww.bimopeds.com. T8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call or go online for reservations and rates. AE, D, MC, V. Save up to $10 on your rental. Use the coupon on the back page of this guidebook!

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Moped Man & Old Harbor Bike Shop

Need a car, bike or moped during your island stay or for your island tour? These downtown rental businesses can make it happen pleasurably. Half-day, full-day, weekly and monthly rentals offered. Call ahead to reserve cars on busy days. For mopeds and bikes, you will get a ride and a good price by just showing up. See $10 coupon below. HMoped Man, on Water Street, across from the ferry. Old Harbor Bike, at the ferry docks. q401/466-2029 for pricing and to reserve cars. Nblockislandtransportation.com.

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Helicopter Tours

HeliBlock

Worried you won’t get to see all that Block Island has to offer in one day? Then come experience the entire island from a birds eye view. Fly with HeliBlock and travel to Block Island’s famous landmarks like the North Light and the Mohegan Bluffs, even all the way out to the wind turbines. Operating out of the Block Island State Airport, HeliBlock offers helicopter tours starting at $79 per person! Private charters to almost any destination are also available on a daily basis. The HeliBlock pilots and crew look forward to flying with you! Visit Nheliblock.com to book online or call us at q401/859-1001. See ad, pg. 113.

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Rustic Rides Farm

Many consider a sunset ride on the west side of the island to be the most memorable experience of a Block Island stay. Hour-long jaunts and various trail rides. A variety of trips and horses are available at Rustic Rides Farm. Pony rides offered for kids. Great outing for family and friends. HWest Side Rd. qCall 401/466-5060 for reservations. See coupon at right.

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Kidding Around the Block!

1661 Exotic Animal Farm & Garden. Off Spring Street is this Charlotte’s Web-like collection of barnyard animals, plus a few rarely seen in barns. Free to visit! Open daily until dark. More details on pg. 12.

The Maze. Kids are “amazed” by this tangle of

interconnected trails. Follow Clayhead Trail (pg. 79) and take your pick of trails running to the west. The trails dip and wind about. You may get lost! But not for long. (Wear shoes that can get wet!)

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Mosquito Beach. Stomp around in the mud!

Great place for wading and crab-catching. Easy access from Corn Neck Rd. See map on pgs. 58-59.

North Light Fibers. Yarn mill, store and activity

center. See live alpaca and watch exotic yarns being made. Felting & knitting kits. Fun for all ages. HSpring Street, near the Animal Farm. See pg. 15.

Rodman’s Hollow. It’s a hike, so be sure the

kids are fed before you head into the hollow. Walk to the southerly beaches or just into the beautiful landscape. See details, pg. 16.

Ball O’Brien Park. On West Side Road, there is a

great stopover during your island tour. Basketball and tennis courts, playground, skate park and picnic tables.

Baby Beach. As the name indicates, this beach

is great for families. An easy walk from town, it has shallow water, tide pools, crabs and seaweed. (Southerly portion of Crescent Beach.)

The Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

Kids always have fun on the water on Block Island.

Ecology Lessons. The Ocean View Foundation

offers bird walks and seminars, astronomy sessions, nighttime movies. Visit the Oceanview Pavilion, off Water Street, near Ballard’s restaurant. See the Block Island Times Calendar of Events for further details.

The Nature Conservancy. Check in at TNC’s

office and visitor center on High Street. Or call about the various programs offered each summer. q401/466-2129. More details, pg. 45.

Rustic Rides. Pony and horseback rides on the southwest end of the island. Details pg. 77.

Explore the sea life that’s all around you at this educational destination. Daily programs explore the unique marine environment of Block Island. The five great aquariums offer limitless opportunities to “Learn ... to love Block Island.” Programs like Aqua Art and Squid Dissection are popular with children. Ocean Ave., at the Hog Pen Marina. Call for the latest information. q401/500-3501. Nwww. blockislandmaritime.org. More details, pg. 12.

Stand-Up Paddleboards. SUP rentals and

BI Recreation Summer Camps. The town

at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. Tuesdays 7-10 p.m., all summer. Free admission; donations are encouraged. Bring a chair, blanket and snacks. Enjoy the show!

Recreation Department offers nine weeks of summer camp for kids. Special sports camps are also offered. Call Recreation Director David Sniffen directly at q401/641-1540, town hall at 401/466-3223.

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lessons are offered on Crescent Beach and in New Harbor through DiamondBlue Surf Shop, Fort Island SUP & Kayaks, and Ocean Adventures. See details pg. 77.

Family Kayaking. There are great resources for kayaking (in New Harbor). See pg. 69.

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HIKING

Hiking

Hiking the beaches, roads and trails is a great way to see the island!

Despite having just 10 square miles of land, Block Island features an amazing number of excellent short hikes. In fact, hiking may be the most popular activity on the island. A well-maintained trail system includes 25 miles of walking trails, or Greenway Trails, features access points marked with small granite monoliths. Hiking trails are described below and can be seen on the center-page map. The Nature Conservancy sells detailed maps at its office on High Street, but these trails are well marked, so go take a hike!

Trail Hikes Clayhead Trail and The Maze

Some of the island’s best views are along Clayhead Trail. A half mile into the trail, walkers will find an intersection. Right will take you to a wonderful sandy beach; left will lead you along the picturesque bluffs. At the top of the trail is an area informally known as “The Maze,” where walkers can wander through interconnected, unmarked pathways. To explore The Maze, just take any path heading westward; it’s a fascinating area. If you are short on time, be mindful of your turns, as you can quickly get lost. To reach the trailhead: Look for a small marker at a dirt road heading east off Corn Neck Road. The marker is opposite a big farm house, three miles from the four-way intersection in town, where Corn Neck Road begins. The parking lot and trailhead are at the end of this bumpy dirt road.

Elizabeth Dickens Trail

This trail is named after “the bird lady” of Block Island, who taught ornithology and natural history to BI school children and is credited with instilling Block Island’s conservation ethic. The trail traverses open fields that run to the edge of the bluffs. The trailhead is not easy to find. Turn onto the dirt road (Dickens Road) at the west end of Cooneymus Road. Take your second left onto a narrow dirt lane and continue for an eighth of a mile. There is a small parking area.

Fresh Swamp Trail

A combination of trees and open fields makes this trail a good place to observe raptors such as the northern harrier. The quiet and scenery is invigorating. The trail begins east of Fresh Pond on Lakeside Drive; look for wooden steps heading over a stone wall.

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Fresh Pond Greenway

This area is called “Smilin’ Thru” and inspired the 1920s song composed by Arthur Penn, who stayed on the island before creating the popular tune. Walkers should be prepared for steep slopes and some tricky footing. The trail starts on Lakeside Drive near the intersection with Cooneymus Road, and heads west along the shore of Fresh Pond. Take this trail to Rodman’s Hollow, then south to Black Rock.

The Greenway

Inspired by the Greenway trails of England, the Block Island Greenway includes 15 miles of cleared trails winding through the southern half of the island. Nathan Mott Park, the Enchanted Forest, Turnip Farm and Rodman’s Hollow can all be accessed via the Greenway trail system. Starting points can be found on Lakeside Drive, and along Old Mill, Cooneymus, West Side and Beacon Hill roads. Look for granite Greenway markers, turnstiles and steps over stone walls.

Hodge Family Preserve

At the north end of Corn Neck Road is this picturesque 25-acre field sloping to Middle Pond and West Beach. The property was acquired for conservation in 2002 and is jointly owned and managed by the town, The Nature Conservancy, the BI Land Trust and the Block Island Conservancy. Walkers and others engaging in passive recreation are welcome. Small dirt parking lot available along the roadside, at the high-point of the preserve.

Rodman’s Hollow

This dramatic hollow drops below sea level and features panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as access to the beach. Owned and protected by the Block Island Conservancy, Rodman’s Hollow is a memorable, invigorating hike. This “glacial outwash basin” was B.I.’s first piece of land preserved from development. Enter the hollow from Cooneymus Road, where a dirt road (Black Rock Road) leads to a wooden turnstile at the trailhead.

Walk the Roads The West Side loop is gorgeous. Begin in New Harbor. From Payne’s Dock you can look across the harbor to see a spit of land called Beane Point. Owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this area is important to migrating birds and is part of the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, which also encompasses the North Light.    Proceed west along West Side Road. One-half mile down the road is the Island Cemetery. From atop this hill of passed souls, you can see the North Light and the Rhode Island coast. On a clear day, look for the gigantic Newport Bridge at 40 degrees east; it spans the eastern passage of Narragansett Bay. Continuing west, you’ll pass a farm and a number of small ponds. You can get some beach time by turning right onto Dorry’s Cove Road or Cooneymus Beach Road; both dead-end at the island’s tranquil west shore.

Beach Walks Some of the island’s best hikes are along its beaches. You can hike around the entire island in approximately eight hours. Start at any beach, and walk as far as you’d like. There are two breaks in the shoreline: the New Harbor Channel and the ferry landing in Old Harbor.

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   One mile from Dorry’s Cove, West Side Road jogs to the left, where it becomes Cooneymus Road. A half mile farther along, you’ll see Rodman’s Hollow, a deep ravine on your right. Cooneymus Road next veers sharply to the left and passes Fresh Pond. At the next intersection, turn left onto Center Road and walk downhill to the State Airport. To get back to town, turn right on Old Town Road; to return to New Harbor, continue on Center Road and go right onto West Side Road.


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Nature: What to see on Block Island by Scott Comings, The Nature Conservancy

The natural world on Block Island is a magical place that is unlike anywhere else on the East Coast. Here are 10 natural wonders (in no specific order) you may see during your visit. How many have you seen?

Barn Owl

Burying Beetle

Northern Harrier

Meadow Vole

1) American Burying Beetle. Block Island is the only place this federally endangered species is found east of the Mississippi. We have the largest population of this species in the world.

6) Sandy Point. The tip of the island is worth the walk. The natural beauty of this area is breathtaking. Be sure to stay close to the shoreline to allow the gulls to nest (they will get aggressive if you get too close).

2) Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve. This spectacular preserve has views of Middle Pond, Block Island Sound, North Light, Sandy Point, and Sachem Pond. It is a must see for anyone who visits the Island.

7) Ocean View Foundation Pavilion. This oasis from the hustle and bustle of town is a great spot to take in nature and nurture the soul while watching the world go by.

3) Northern Harrier. This hawk is found throughout the Island and can be identified by the white patch above the tail. Males are gray and females are brown. In June they do a mating ritual known as the sky dance with the male calling continuously as they perform aerial acrobatics. Block Island has the only nests of this species in the state. 4) Clay Head Preserve. The two-mile bluff walk is among the most spectacular trails on the Island. If you choose to take one of the many side trails, you will enter the Maze, featuring 10 miles of trails to explore. 5) Block Island Conservancy Visitors Center. Come learn about the history of conservation on B.I. and what you can do to help (located off Weldon’s Way).

8) Rodman’s Hollow/Black Rock. This is the largest conservation area on the island with sweeping views of the fields, shore and ocean. This is the birthplace of the island's conservation movement in 1972. 9) Block Island Meadow Vole. This vole is a sub-species (longer snout and shorter tail) that is only found on Block Island in meadows. It is brown above and gray below, and it is bigger than a mouse and smaller than a rat. 10) Barn Owl. This amazing nocturnal predator nests at the top of the bluffs where a large rock has fallen out. Usually there are four nests on the Island each summer. Maybe you will see one from the beach below! Photo credits: Block Island Meadow Vole: Terry Sullivan. American Burying Beetle: Chris Raithel. Northern Harrier and Barn Owl: Scott Comings. BlockIslandGuide.com

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Block Island Fishworks

This waterside shop in New Harbor offers the finest fleet of local fishing charter boats and guide services. Charter a boat to explore inshore fishing targeting striped bass, blues, “albies”, sea bass and fluke. Boats accommodate up to 6 passengers. All abilities welcome and tackle is provided. Specializing in fly fishing, light tackle and surfcasting gear. Kayak, paddleboard and fishing gear rentals available. For store hours, rates and reservations Ebifishworks@ msn.com, q401/742-3992 or 401/466-5392, Nwww. bifishworks.com, or stop by the shop HOcean Ave. See ad below.

Block Island Fishing Charters

Fish for striped bass, bluefish, shark and tuna on a safe, fast, diesel-powered Ridgeway Express. Capt. Steve Miller has been fishing the waters off Block Island for 30 years and likes to say, “We want to catch fish more than you do!” Storm Petrel (the boat) is known for returning to the docks with an excellent catch! And they love having kids onboard! Book a half-day inshore trip, full day, or an overnighter to the fabled Canyons. Wind Farm trips offered. Nwww. blockislandfishingcharters.net. Estevonbi@msn.com. q401/466-9725, 401/487-2425. See ad, pg. 85.

Pale Horse Fishing Charters

Fishing adventures for the entire family. Relax with a cup of French roast aboard a safe and comfortable Albin 32+2. Specializing in giving children and their parents an unforgettable offshore experience: a hands-on introduction to navigation and the art of saltwater fishing using the lightest rods and tackle to catch the biggest bass and blues. Available for around-the-island or sunset cruises. Departing New Harbor daily. Call Capt. John Hunnewell, q802/379-0336. See ad, pg. 84.

Rooster Sportfishing

Enjoy fishing the world renowned waters of Block Island with your family and friends. Fish for monster stripers, bluefish or sea bass and ask the captain for a quick tour of the Wind Farm. We have the biggest and most comfortable boat in the fleet to include cover from the weather and an enclosed, private head. With 750hp John Deere turbo diesels we get to the fishing grounds fast. Be sure to bring your camera! Call Capt. Eric to book your 2-hour, 3-hour or half-day trip. Sunset cruises also offered. Nwww.fvrooster. com. q401/439-5386. EFvrooster@gmail.com. See ad, pg. 84.

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Pale Horse Fishing Charters Licenses are required if you are NOT aboard a charter boat … Fishing licenses are offered at BI Fishworks, on Ocean Avenue. and online at: www.ri.gov/DEM/fishinglicense.

Light Tackle Fishing for the whole family Capt. John Hunnewell (802) 379-0336

Freshwater licenses are also sold at Town Hall, on Old Town Road. Clamming licenses: Call the Harbormaster’s office for shellfish license sales / location, 401/466-3204.

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Twin Maples Bait & Tackle

Home of the famous “Eat Fish” T-shirts, family owned and operated for three generations. This traditional tackle shop offers bait, lures and advice for great fishing spots. Live eels sold here! Free tide charts are available. Visit them on Beach Avenue and bring your big catch to be featured in the Twin Maples photo album. Don’t leave the island without one of their T-shirts, hats or hoodies! q401/466-5547. See ad at right.

Tide charts can be found in the “Block Island Times” and at BI tackle shops.

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Block Island Gourmet

Block Island’s full-service catering company. With Block Island Gourmet as your partner, every detail of your special event will be carefully planned and beautifully executed. Whether your event is at The Sullivan House, your home, or anywhere on the island, this team delivers top-notch catering, and all related services—including event tent rental— for intimate gatherings to parties of up to 350. Weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, and themed parties. HCorn Neck Road. q401/466-5020. Nwww.BlockIslandGourmet.com. See related The Sullivan House ad, pg. 88.

Block Island Party Rentals

On-Island, full service tent and equipment rental company providing everything you need for your special event. Wedding and event tents of all sizes, lighting and décor packages, five-star lavatory units, generators, dance floors, stages, china, silverware, glassware, catering equipment. Professional service, 24/7 on-Island support. Many years of Block Island event-service experience. HCorn Neck Road. Call for details and advice q401/466-5672. Nwww.BlockIslandPartyRentals.com. See related The Sullivan House ad, pg. 88.

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Narragansett Inn

Hold your wedding or other gathering at the Narragansett Inn. At this beautiful property you will enjoy spectacular views of Old Harbor, great food and drink, plus the superb service that we offer. Choose from a wide range of menus and event styles with complete planning services available. We accommodate events from two to over four hundred guests. Rehearsal dinners and other functions welcome. Nwww.blockislandresorts.com. Please call q800/626-4773 or 401/466-2421.

Koru Eco Spa

Overlooking the Harbor from above the Post Office, Koru offers massage, full hair services, manicures and pedicures. In this beatiful setting, your visit turns into a vacation stay. View our full menu of services as well as an easy online booking link at Nwww.koruecospa. com. The staff at Koru look forward to pampering you and letting the stress of your everyday life melt away. Bridal services a specialty. Est. 2007 and run by year-round islander Jill Seppa. Book your appointment and exhale ... Open year-round and looking forward to welcoming you. q401/360-4606. HWater Street, post office building. See ad, pg. 97.

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“Rhode Island? Where’s that?”

The state’s name is actually Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Aquidneck Island (officially named Rhode Island) is the largest island in Narragansett Bay. “Rhode” is believed to be a reference to the Isle of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. Providence Plantations refers to what was once farmlands stretching southward from Providence, to the ocean, along the bay.

Photo Dog Art Gallery / Lesley A Ulrich Photography

Located on Water Street beneath the National Hotel, this small, unique gallery features one-of-a-kind local art and unusual gifts. Also carrying accessories for your smartphone: batteries, memory cards, and, yes, … even film and disposable cameras. Known for its stock of reclaimed, colorful teak frames — an amazing selection sure to meet your family portrait needs. Would you like to have your family portrait taken on the island? Lesley will photograph you at the location of your choice. Stop down for a visit or call for a booking. HWater Street. Nwww.biphotodog.com. q401/466-5858. See ad, pg. 87.


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The Sullivan House

An iconic event location offering the best of Block Island — elegance, natural beauty and fine cuisine. With the Atlantic Ocean and Great Salt Pond on either side, this is the perfect setting for spectacular events. Superb on-site catering and an inspirational seaside location make this the island’s premier venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, private parties and conferences. Featured in “New York Bride” and “Boston Magazine,” among others. Accommodating both small and large parties — up to 350 guests. EP.O. Box 416. HCorn Neck Road. q401/466-5020. Nwww.TheSullivanHouse.com. See ad, pg. 88.

Traveling Seamstress

Hems got you down? Missing a button? Find the perfect fit at the Traveling Seamstress. Services include clothing alterations and repairs, bridal and special occasion, custom projects, and slipcovers for your home or boat. Rush services available. Drop off your repairs and shop for handmade and handdyed clothing and accessories from local makers and artisans. Located on Dodge Street next to the Gothic Inn just before the four-way stop. No project is too small, too big, or too weird! Follow on Instagram @travelingseamstress. q717/919-5057. HDodge Street. See ad, pg. 87.

Block Island’s public library offers

comfortable reading and work spaces, meeting rooms, and computer access. Printing, copying, scanning, emailing, faxing and notary services are also available. The library’s public WiFi is always on and always free. No library card, no problem! Visitors can register for a library card or shop the book sale for their next read. Visit the library’s website to inquire about scheduled programs and events and follow their Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest news and updates. Whether you have only a few minutes to peek around or hours of work to get done, be sure to include a stop in at the Island Free Library on your next island visit. Nislandfreelibrary.org. HDodge Street. q401/466-3233. THours: Tues., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sun. and Mon.

Religious Services Harbor Church, Baptist

HWater Street q466-5940 Year-Round: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Andrew Catholic Church

HChapel Street q466-5519 Nsaintandrewblockisland.com Summer Services: Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 7, 9, 11 a.m. Daily mass: Mon-Thurs., 8 a.m. Sept-Oct Services: Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. Daily mass: Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m.

St. Andrew Spring Street Parish Center Winter Services: Sun. 10 a.m. Daily mass: Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m.

St. Ann’s by-the-Sea, Episcopal HSpring Street q466-2911 N www.stannsbythesea.org

Year-Round: Sunday 9 a.m. Taize Prayer (summer only): every 4th Wed., 7 p.m.

Sons & Daughters of Ruth, Jewish HSpring

St., St. Andrew Parish Center q466-2861

Mid-June to Yom Kippur: Fridays 8 p.m. Call about holiday schedules.

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Ferries arrive from Galilee, RI; New London, CT; Montauk, NY; and Newport, RI. Numerous daily flights arrive from Westerly, RI. Amtrak stops in New London (adjacent to ferry), in Westerly, RI (near the airport) and in W. Kingston, RI (25-minutes from B.I. ferry docks in Galilee). 90 BlockIslandGuide.com


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Block Island Ferries: All About the Boats & Their Ports From Galilee, RI (Pt. Judith)

Block Island Ferry Interstate Navigation Co.

q866/783-7996 Block Island’s year-round ferry service, operating three large, car-carrying vessels (for details on Interstate’s Hi-Speed ferries, see right). The ferries arrive in downtown Old Harbor after a 55-minute passage across Block Island Sound. Vehicle reservations should be made in advance. Passenger tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket window on the day of departure. Allow yourself enough time to park, purchase tickets and get on board. There are numerous daily departures during the summer season. Schedule and rates are subject to change. Fuel surcharge may apply. Visit Nwww. blockislandferry.com for current rates, schedules and to reserve tickets. For ferry schedules, see pgs. 8 & 9.

Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry Interstate Navigation Co.

q866/783-7996 This seasonal, passenger-only ferry service from Galilee is the quickest ferry run to Block Island. The voyage to Old Harbor aboard the catamaran Athena takes approximately 30 minutes. Passenger space is limited and reservations are recommended. The ferry departs Pt. Judith three to six times daily. Reservations, rates and schedules Nwww. blockislandferry.com. See ad, pg. 9.

There are four large parking lots to choose from in Galilee. Most charge $10-15 per day. The Block Island Ferry and the Hi-Speed Ferry leave for Block Island from the Port of Galilee, in the fishing village of Galilee, Rhode Island. However, on ferry schedules and in common parlance, Galilee is called Point Judith (the “point” is technically a few miles east of Galilee).

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Block Island ferries continued from previous page. From Newport, RI

Newport Hi-Speed Ferry Interstate Navigation Co.

q866/783-7996 Hi-speed ferry from Perrotti Park in Newport to Old Harbor, daily, from the end of June through Labor Day (Sept. 6). The picturesque trip takes one hour. Take an overnight trip to Newport from Block Island. Shopping, restaurants and attractions are within walking distance from the ferry landing. Visit Nblockislandferry.com for rates, schedules and to reserve tickets. See ad, pg. 9.

From New London, CT

Block Island Express

q860/444-4624 This high-speed ferry service between New London and Old Harbor makes the trip in just over an hour. Departing New London three or more times per day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. daily. Passenger reservations recommended and can be made over the phone q860/444-4624 or online at Nwww.goblockisland.com. No car service. The one-way fare is $31.25, same-day round-trip is $59. Children (ages 2-11) are $15.63 each way, $29.50 same-day round-trip. Children under 2 are free. Enjoy preferred boarding with new Priority Service for $37 one-way and $74 round-trip for adults’ fares and $18.50 one-way and $37 round-trip for Children. Weekday specials and group rates offered. Rates are subject to change and may include a fuel surcharge. Connections from Long Island available. See schedule, next page.

Connecting Long Island’s Orient Point to Block Island

Block Island Express

q860/444-4624 Block Island Express offers connections to Block Island from Orient Point, NY, via its Cross Sound Ferry service. For connections through New London there is a schedule of departures on conventional ferries that conveniently connect with the high-speed ferry service from New London to Block Island. For both connections between Block Island and Orient Point and those through New London, go to Nwww. goblockisland.com for a complete schedule and fares.

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Block Island is an historic Presidential Destination!

Presidents Clinton, Eisenhower, Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant have visited Block Island. Bill Clinton arrived aboard Marine One with Hillary and Chelsea in August 1997. They visited the Southeast Lighthouse, walked the length of Water Street and mingled with the large crowd that gathered to greet them. From Montauk, NY (Long Island)

Viking Superstar

q631/668-5700 High-speed ferry service between Montauk, NY, and Block Island on Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, June 18 thru Sept. 6. (Weekend ferry service off-season; see below). The Viking Superstar offers a quick and comfortable ride to Block Island’s New Harbor, docking at Champlin’s Marina. The ferry leaves Montauk at 10 a.m. Leaves B.I. at 5 p.m. The ferry is passenger-only but does accommodate bicycles and surfboards for a fee. Reservations can be made on the website Nwww. vikingfleet.com and are recommended for summer travel. Spring weekends-only (Fri., Sat. & Sun.) service begins May 28. Weekends-only service resumes Sept. 10 until Columbus Day, Oct. 11, the final day of the 2021 schedule. Adults, $40 one-way; Children (5-12), $25 one-way; ages 4 and under travel free. These rates apply to online bookings. Different rates are charged over the phone, at the office or on the boat. You can reach the Viking Dock in Montauk from New York City via The Long Island Rail Road (q516/822-5477) or the Hampton Jitney (q631/283-4600).

Montauk-New London Connector:

Every Friday and Sunday May 28 to Oct. 8. Concluding on Monday Oct. 11 – Columbus Day. There is a possibility of additional service in July & August. Check Nvikingfleet.com for updates. Departing Montauk 6:30 p.m., returning from New London 8 p.m. Nwww.vikingfleet.com.


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Get to Block Island via the fastest ferries from the mainland. Service May 28-September 26

2021 SCHEDULE New London, CT to Old Harbor, Block Island May 28 to June 27: Fri., Sat., Sun. May 31: Memorial Day (Mon.) July 1 to Sept. 6: Daily Sept. 10 to Sept. 26: Fri., Sat, Sun. Departs New London, Connecticut

Departs Old Harbor, Block Island

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Crossing time 1 hour, 30 minutes. Varies with vessel and weather conditions. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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Arrive and depart by air ...

Regularly scheduled flights from Westerly and regional charters Action Airlines

Provides on-demand air charter service to and from BID, as well as other destinations in the region. Headed to Boston or an upstate wedding? We operate in and out of the greater Northeast – your location, your time, your passengers. In business since 1973, our highly trained pilots put an emphasis on safety, and we make the entire process seamless and easy, with two sizes of aircraft. For quotes or information call q401/466-2000 or 800/243-8623, or visit NFlyActionAir.com. See ad below.

New England Airlines

offers the quickest trip to Block Island from the mainland. The 12-minute flight is the preferred way to get to Block Island and back for many travelers. Year-round service offered. In summer, flights depart hourly. Charter flights are available for destinations throughout the Northeast, including Providence/Green Airport. Parking is free at Westerly Airport: H56 Airport Road, Westerly, RI. For reservations, please call q401/596-2460, 800/243-2460 or 401/466-5881. See ad, pg. 56.

Flying to Block Island is pleasantly simple. You park just a few steps from the Westerly terminal (parking is free), buy a reasonably priced ticket, and, when your plane is ready to board, you simply walk onto the tarmac, bags in hand. The 12-minute flight presents the island in all its beauty.

or by rail ... Amtrak

Nwww.amtrak.com Amtrak has three stations close to Block Island. In New London, CT, the high-speed Block Island Express ferry docks next to the Amtrak station, making travel from points south much easier. From the Westerly, RI, Amtrak station, mainland taxis (Uber, too) get you to the Westerly Airport, where New England Airlines offers regularly scheduled flights to Block Island (see description above). Another stop, West Kingston, RI, is a 20-minute cab ride to the ferry docks in Galilee.

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The Purple Flag Means it’s a Shore Day When the purple flag flies, it can mean a few things: Your plan to travel to or from the island is now delayed; you are unaffected because you were planning to stay put; or, you have the day off because your job is impacted by this declaration.

The sense of isolation can be exhilarating. In fact, it isn’t really a feeling of isolation at all. It gives one the feeling that we are all here on our own and have to make the best of it; it reinvigorates a sense of community. It has the faint feeling of what it must have been like Purple flag days are a tradition on Block Island. in the early days of boat travel, when going When the American flag is replaced by a solid to the mainland was a much more infrequent purple one on the flagpole located in the and precarious experience. It rejuvenates the middle of Old Harbor, it means that winds are feeling that Block Island is indeed unique. gusting so high that the boats aren’t running. It If there are several purple flag days in the a row also means everyone’s staying, and no one is (rare, but it happens), the boats that run on the coming, at least by ferry. first day of service are full of weary travelers Locals call it a “shore day.” And, as the weather who were unexpectedly stuck on the mainland, is typically messy, a shore day is a fine day to some of whom had to find a place to stay, and who are also excited to get back home. hit the pub for a cold one. BlockIslandGuide.com

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Get to Ferries & Flights on Time! Limo & van services connect trains, planes & ferries.

Airline Express Limousine & Car Service

Serving BI-bound passengers traveling via Green and Logan International airports, or local Amtrak and Peter Pan bus stations. Also offering SUV and sedan service. Their primary objective is to get you to the ferries and back, on time, with all the courtesies and customer satisfaction you’d expect from a luxury service. Airline Express offers competitive prices and can accommodate parties of any size with sedan, sprinter or SUV. Fully insured and licensed. Nwww.airlineexpresslimousine.com q401/827-0000. Fax 401/667-3920. See ad above.

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Shad Bloom: A Brilliant Show

To see nature’s most dazzling Block Island Harvard researchers indicate that Block Island show, be here in mid-May when the island’s may be home to some of the largest shads on hills and knolls are saturated with a display of the planet! white flowers on shadbush trees. The fruit resembles the blueberry but has The tree is so named because the bloom larger seeds. Some people on the island use usually coincides with the spawning runs of shad berries, which ripen in late June, in pies shad in coastal rivers — but these days the and in other recipes. bloom signifies that the tourist season is The trunks of the shad are striking. Anywhere underway. from one or two to upwards of a dozen The shadbush is a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree that normally grows to 10 or 20 feet in height, but shadbush here reach gigantic sizes due to the lack of competition from other trees. Some grow higher than 30 feet!

individual stems sprout from a central base that can reach three feet in diameter. If you’re here during the bloom, don’t miss Rodman’s Hollow, where the layers of white flowers could make you wonder if fresh snow has fallen. BlockIslandGuide.com

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Safe Haven by Whitney Knapp

Your Hometown Realtors with International Reach As Block Island’s premier real estate agency, we have been introducing people to the island home of their dreams for more than five decades. Representing distinctive properties at all price points.

434 Water Street | P.O. Box 144 | Block Island, RI 02807 o. 401.466.5521 | f. 401.466.5369 | info@sullivanbi.com

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Lila Delman Real Estate International

As the Number One Luxury Firm in Rhode Island, Lila Delman Compass is proud to service Block Island’s market year-round from the office at 61 Dodge Street. Lila Delman is a full-service real estate firm that has been representing homes at all price points for more than 56 years. Whether buying, selling or renting, Lila Delman Sales Associates are equipped with the knowledge and experience to help with any of your real estate needs. The agents are Block Island residents who live what they sell. To learn more, stop by the office, or call q401.466.8777. HDodge Street. EDetails@LilaDelman.com. NLilaDelman.com. See ad below.

A few tips: Book ahead if you want to be here in July and August. The spring and fall offer rental rates that are far less than summer rates; and those months may offer the quiet you are seeking. For information on B.I. hotels, see Lodgings chapter, pg. 18.

Phillips Real Estate

Owned by broker Jennifer Phillips, an island resident for the past 30 years, this agency specializes in sales, rentals, and appraisal work, with a staff that prides itself on making the extra effort to get your questions answered and your vision realized. Phillips manages a variety of rental properties that are available in the off-season as well as the summer months. Located on the second floor of the Post Office Building. EP.O. Box 1077, B.I., RI 02807. Nwww. phillipsonbi.com. q401/466-8806, fax 466-8813. See ad, pg. 100.

Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty.

As the premier Block Island real estate agency, Sullivan Sotheby’s has been introducing people to the island home of their dreams for more than five decades. As an affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, they represent distinctive properties at all price points. Whether buying, selling or renting, Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to providing exceptional service to its clients and making the transition to island life as seamless as possible. Stop by the Water Street office in the heart of Old Harbor. q401/466-5521. Nwww.sullivanbi.com. EP.O. Box 144. See ad, pg. 99.

At Lila Delman Compass, we believe in luxury service at every price point. We were proud to lead Block Island’s market in 2020 with the highest recorded sale in island history. Rosemary Tobin, Block Island Sales Manager, also ranked as the top agent on island in 2020.* Whether looking to buy, sell, or rent, contact Lila Delman Compass’ Block Island office at 401.466.8777. NEWPORT NARRAGANSETT BLOCK ISLAND JAMESTOWN

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The Block Island Historical Society celebrates the island’s history with new exhibits for 2021, featuring photographs, maps and fascinating historical artifacts. Open daily in summer. Call or check the web site for hours; weekends spring and fall, or by appointment.

BLOCK ISLAND GUIDE Editor: K.D. Weaver. Contributing: Robert M. Downie. Production and Photography: Tracy Finn, Malcolm Greenaway, Steve Miller, Rose Schaller, Lesley A. Ulrich.

P.O. Box 1943, Block Island, RI 02807

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Index

OF

Island Businesses PG #

WEBSITE

PHONE

HOTELS, INNS, B&BS, COTTAGES & OTHER RENTALS 1661 Inn

19

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

Atlantic Inn

19

www.atlanticinn.com

(401) 466-5883

Anchor House Avonlea

20

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

www.blockislandinns.com

(401) 466-5891

Ballard’s Inn and Resorts

29

www.blockislandstay.com

(401) 466-2231

Barrington Inn

20

www.barringtoninnBI.com

(401) 466-5510

www.belleisleisgreat.com

(401) 466-2118

Block Island Beach House

21

www.blockislandbeachhouse.com

(401) 466-5500

Block Island Reservations

21

blockislandreservations.com

(800) 825-6254

Blue Dory Inn

21

www.blockislandinns.com

(401) 466-5891

(860) 961-7878

Champlin’s Marina and Resort

www.champlinsresort.com

(401) 466-7777

Crew’s Hideout

www.blockislandrental.net

(973) 575-1706

www.dariusblockisland.com

(401) 466-2722

Dewey Cottage

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

Dodge Cottage

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

Happy Cottage

(914) 424-3699

www.blockislandreservations.com

(401) 466-5504

www.harbourviewbi.com

(401) 466-5235

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

Belle Isle B&B

Center Road Apartments

Darius Inn

21

Harborside Inn Harbourview Guest House

22

Hendrickson House Holiday Inn (S. Kingstown, RI)

www.holidayinn.com

(401) 789-1051

www.hotelmanisses.com

(401) 466-9898

Hygeia House

www.thehygeiahouse.com

(401) 856-9920

Inn at Old Harbor

www.innatoldharbor.com

(914) 707-3367

Inn At Spring House

www.springhousehotel.com

(401) 466-5844

Island Manor

www.islandmanorresort.com

(401) 466-5567

(401) 466-5053

Hotel Manisses

22

Mitchell Cottage Narragansett Inn

23

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

National Hotel

23

www.blockislandhotels.com

(401) 466-2901

Neptune House

24

www.neptunehouse.com

(401) 466-2100

New Shoreham House

21

www.blockislandreservations.com

(401) 466-5504

www.oldtowninnbi.com

(401) 466-5958

www.paynesharborviewinn.com

(401) 466-5758

Old Town Inn Payne’s Harbor View Inn

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Red Gate Farm

offshorepropertyllc.com/red-gate-farm

(401) 714-2716

Rose Farm Inn

www.rosefarminn.com

(401) 466-2034

Sea Breeze Inn

24

www.seabreezeblockisland.com

(401) 466-2275

Seacrest Inn

24

www.blockislandreservations.com

(401) 466-5504

Sheffield House Spring House Hotel Sullivan House

24

Summer Hill The Beachwood Thirteen Miles Out Rentals

www.sheffieldhousebi.com

(844) 847-4824

www.springhouseblockisland.com

(401) 466-5844

www.thesullivanhouse.com

(401) 466-5020

www.summerhillblockisland.com

(401) 447-3709

(781) 710-4578

www.thirteenmilesout.com

(617) 938-1175

www.blockislandreservations.com

(401) 466-5504

PG #

WEBSITE

PHONE

1661 Inn

19

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

Aldo’s Bakery

36

www.aldosbakery.com

(401) 466-2198

Aldo’s Restaurant

29

aldosrestaurantblockisland.com

(401) 466-5871

www.arturojoes.com

(401) 789-3230

The Atlantic Inn — Restaurant 1879

29

www.atlanticinn.com

(401) 466-5883

Ballard’s Inn and Restaurant

29

www.blockislandstay.com

(401) 466-2231

www.springhousehotel.com

(401) 466-5844

Water Street Inn

DINING/CAFES/SNACKS DINING, DESSERTS & DRINKS

Arturo Joe’s (Narragansett, RI)

The Barn at the Spring House Bethany’s Airport Diner Beach Bar @ B.I. Beach House

29

Beachead

35

Block Island Oyster Bar and Grill Block Island Pizza Pie Co.

29

Club Soda Cracked Mug

(401) 466-3100

www.thesurfblockisland.com

(401) 466-5505

www.beacheadbi.com

(401) 466-2249

www.blockislandoysterbarandgrill.com

(401) 466-2110

www.bipizzapie.com

(401) 466-9939

www.clubsodabiri.com

(401) 466-5397

www.thecrackedmugbi.com

(401) 466-2233

Dead Eye Dick’s

31

www.deadeyedicksbi.com

(401) 466-2654

Eli’s

31

www.elisblockisland.com

(401) 466-5230

(401) 207-9231

31

www.harborgrillbi.com

(401) 218-9570

www.kimberlysblockisland.com

(401) 466-8600

Ernie’s Restaurant Harbor Grill & Orchid Lounge Kimberly’s Los Gatitos

31

Manisses Restaurant and Bar

www.yellowkittens.com

(401) 466-5855

hotelmanisses.com

(401) 466-9898 (401) 466-2928

McAloon’s Restaurant and Bar

32

www.mcaloons.com

Mohegan Restaurant and Bar

32

(401) 466-5911

National Hotel (Tap & Grille / Fireside)

32

www.blockislandhotels.com

(401) 466-2901

Old Island Pub

33

(401) 466-2400

Persephone’s Kitchen

38

www.persephoneskitchenbi.com

(401) 466-5070

Poor Peoples Pub

33

www.pppbi.com

(401) 466-8533

Pots and Kettles Southeast Light Delights

www.potsandkettles.com

(401) 864-2433

(401) 487-0422 BlockIslandGuide.com

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Spring House Inn and Restaurant

www.springhousehotel.com

(401) 466-5844

The Sullivan House

34

www.TheSullivanHouse.com

(401) 466-5020

The Surf Shack @ B.I. Beach House

34

www.thesurfblockisland.com

(401) 466-5505

The Oar

32

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-8820

(401) 466-9661

TigerFish

34

www.tigerfishbi.com

(401) 466-2300

Winfields

34

www.yellowkittens.com

(401) 466-5855

Three Sisters

CAFES: ICE CREAM, DESSERTS, DONUTS Aldo’s Bakery

36

www.aldosbakery.com

(401) 466-2198

Ben and Jerry’s

36

www.benjerry.com/blockisland

(401) 466-5430

Block Island Cookie Company

37

(401) 465-7939

Blocks of Fudge

37

(401) 466-5196

Chapel Sweets

37

www.chapelsweets.com

(401) 466-2672

Dune and Bluff’s

www.duneandbluffs.com

(631) 487-4510

Ice Cream Place

(401) 466-2145

(401) 466-2250

Odd Fellows Café

37

Old Harbor View

Old Post Office Bagel Shop

(401) 466-5959

Payne’s Killer Donuts

38

Persephone’s Kitchen

38

www.persephoneskitchenbi.com

(401) 466-5070

Smitty’s Ice Cream

38

(401) 368-2611

NIGHT CLUBS & TAVERNS Ballard’s Inn and Resort

29

www.ballardsbi.com

(401) 466-2231

Captain Nick’s Rock-N-Roll Bar

44

www.captainnicksbi.com

(401) 466-5670

Club Soda

www.clubsodabiri.com

(401) 466-5397

(401) 466-2400

Old Island Pub

44

Poor Peoples Pub

44

www.pppbi.com

(401) 466-8533

Yellow Kittens

44

www.yellowkittens.com

(401) 466-5855

PG #

WEBSITE

PHONE (401) 466-5392

RECREATION

FISHING, BOAT CHARTERS & WIND FARM Block Island Fishworks

83

www.bifishworks.com

Block Island Fishing Charters

83

www.blockislandfishingcharters.net

(401) 466-9725

Pale Horse Fishing Charters

83

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(802) 379-0336

Rooster Fishing Charter

83

www.fvrooster.com

(401) 439-5386

www.seadogcruising.com

(917) 991-1730

85

jswienton.squarespace.com

(401) 466-5547

Block Island Club

www.blockislandclub.org

(401) 466-5939

Block Island Yoga

www.blockislandyoga.com

(401) 466-2052

Sea Dog Cruising Twin Maples Bait and Tackle Shop FITNESS & HEALTH ACTIVITIES

Elevation Studio Island Fitness Rustic Rides (horseback riding)

104

BlockIslandGuide.com

83

www.elevationbi.com

(401) 466-9642

www.biislandfitness.com

(860) 883-8762

(401) 466-5060


THEATERS Empire Theater

www.empiretheaterblockisland.com

(401) 466-2555

WATER ACTIVITIES Block Island Club Block Island Fishing Academy Block Island Parasail

www.blockislandclub.org

(401) 466-5939

www.blockislandfishingacademy.com

(802) 688-3654

(401) 864-2474

Diamondblue Surf Shop

69

www.diamondbluebi.com

(401) 466-3145

Fort Island Kayak & Paddleboards

69

www.bifishworks.com

(401) 466-5392

www.pondandbeyondkayak.com

(401) 578-2773

www.blockislandghosttours.com

(401) 477-2979

WEBSITE

PHONE

www.adriftbi.com

(401) 466-8676

Pond & Beyond Kayak GHOST TOURS Block Island Ghost Tours

SHOPPING

PG #

GIFTS, CLOTHING, PETS & ACCESSORIES Adrift

49

B Eyes Sunglass Shop Beachcomber

49

(401) 466-2777

B.I. Tees

49

www.bitees.com

(401) 466-5977

Block Duck (online only)

www.blockduck.com

(860) 977-8510

Block Island Blue Pottery

www.blockislandbluepottery.com

(401) 466-2945

Block Island Furniture Co.

www.blockislandfurniture.com

(401) 439-3328

Block Island Marketplace

www.blockislandmarketplace.com

(434) 944-0809

www.blockislandsport.com

(401) 466-5001

Block Island Sport Shop Block Island Trading Company

49

www.blockislandtradingcompany.com

(401) 859-1524

Blockstar

61

www.blockstarbi.com

(215) 880-3922

(401) 466-8895

52

www.diamondbluebi.com

(401) 466-3145

www.empiretheaterblockisland.com

(401) 466-2555

Bonnie & Clyde Diamondblue Surf Shop Empire Emporium Farmers Market

66

(347) 453-7116

Glass Onion

52

(401) 466-5161

Island Bound Bookstore

52

www.islandboundbookstore.com

(401) 466-8878

islandog

53

www.blockislandog.com

(401) 466-5666

Island Hardware

53

Kachet

(401) 466-5831

www.facebook.com/charlene.tripler

(401) 440-6207 (631) 804-5619

Kai-Kai Sandals

55

Lazy Fish

57

(401) 497-3526

(401) 466-3131

Mad Hatter Mahoney’s Clothier MarMar Boutique

60

Marye-Kelley Mutt Hutt

60

My Oyster North Light Fibers

61

(401) 466-8616

www.marmarjewels.com

(215) 880-3922

www.marye-kelley.com

(713) 524-0459

www.mutthutbi.com

(347) 453-7116

www.myoysterbi.com

(401) 466-2076

www.northlightfibers.com

(401) 466-2050 BlockIslandGuide.com

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Odd Fellows Hall

Red Right Return & RRR Annex

61

Solstice

62

www.bitees.com/solstice

Star Department Store

62

(401) 466-5541

Strings and Things

62

www.fullmoontide.com

(401) 466-5666

(401) 466-5400

Tipsy Mermaid WaterColors

63

(401) 466-5977

(401) 466-2538

(401) 466-8822

63

(401) 466-2006

Golddiggers

52

www.blockislandgolddiggers.com

(401) 466-2611

MarMar Boutique

60

www.marmarjewels.com

(215) 880-3922

Wave Wild Flowers Boutique FINE JEWELRY

Peter Gibbons Jewelry Royal Jewelry

www.blockislandjewelry.com

(401) 578-1125

62

jennifers-jewelry.myshopify.com

(401) 466-7944

12

www.blockislandhistorical.org

(401) 466-2481

GALLERIES & ANTIQUES Block Island Historical Society D. Chatowsky Art Gallery Eme-D's Art

www.dchatowskyartgallery.com

(401) 835-4623

blockislandmarketplace.com/vendors/ eme-ds-art/

(561) 818-8681 (401) 466-5314

Jessie Edwards Gallery

55

www.jessieedwardsgallery.com

Malcolm Greenaway Photography

57

www.malcolmgreenaway.com

(401) 466-5331

Photo Dog

88

www.lesleyanneulrich.com

(401) 466-5858

www.springstreetgallery.org

(401) 466-5374

www.belmontmarket.com

(401) 783-4656

Spring Street Gallery GROCERIES & SPECIALTY FOODS, HEALTH & BEAUTY Belmont Market Block Island Coffee

www.blockislandcoffee.com

(401) 714-2716

Block Island Depot

(401) 466-2403

(401) 466-2949

Block Island Grocery & Package Store

64

Block Island Health & General Store Boat Basin Marine & General Store

64

Coca Cola Bottling Company Farmstead Refreshments Littlefield Bee Farm Seaside Market Sun Farm Oysters LLC

(401) 378-7350

(401) 466-5189

(860) 443-2816

www.farmsteadrefreshments.com

(401) 487-2298

www.blockislandhoney.com

(401) 466-5876

www.sunfarmoysters.com

(401) 447-5773

LIQUOR & WINES Block Island Grocery & Package Store

64

Patsy’s Liberty Wine and Spirits Redbird Liquor Store

64

Wakefield Liqours

TRANSPORTATION

PG #

(401) 466-2949

(401) 788-0003

(401) 466-2441

www.wakefieldliquors.com

(401) 783-4555

WEBSITE

PHONE

www.beachrosebicycles.com

(401) 466-5925

BIKE, MOPED & CAR RENTALS Beach Rose Bicycles

106

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Block Island Bike & Car Rental

75

Esta’s Bikes Island Car Rentals

www.blockislandbikeandcarrental.com

(401) 466-2297

www.bimopeds.com

(401) 466-2700

blockislandmoped.com

(401) 466-2029

Island Moped & Bike

75

www.bimopeds.com

(401) 466-2700

Moped Man

76

blockislandmoped.com

(401) 466-5444

Old Harbor Bike Shop

83

blockislandmoped.com

(401) 466-2029

www.bimopeds.com

(401) 466-2700

www.blockislandferry.com

(866) 783-7996

Ace Taxi

(401) 585-6750

CC Cab

(401) 536-0026

Clark’s Cab

(401) 466-5839

Federal Fred Cab

(401) 486-7782

Green Diamond

(401) 742-0031 (401) 473-9433

Seacrest Bikes BUS CHARTERS Block Island Ferry

91

TAXIS

Island Time Taxi

46

McAloon’s Taxi

46

(401) 741-1410

(401) 862-6087

(401) 742-0000

(401) 466-2878

(401) 742-1457

Rondo’s Taxi

(401) 466-5550

Sue’s Taxi

(401) 742-0436

Tip Top Taxi

(401) 477- 3393

Zack’s Hack

(401) 741-3688

McGovern’s Cab Monica’s Taxi

47

Payne’s Taxi Peter Pan Taxi

47

AIRLINE & HELICOPTER COMPANIES Action Airlines

94

www.actionairlines.net

(800) 243-8623

HeliBlock Helicopter Adventures

77

www.heliblock.com

(401) 859-1001

Hopscotch Air New England Airlines

94

Resort Airlines

www.flyhopscotch.com

(917) 921-1116

blockislandsairline.com

(800) 243-2460

www.resortaircharter.com

(800) 683-9330 (860) 444-4624

FERRY TRAVEL Block Island Express

92

www.goblockisland.com

Block Island Ferry

91

www.blockislandferry.com

(866) 783-7996

Viking Superstar Ferry

92

www.vikingfleet.com

(631) 668-5700

96

airlineexpresslimousine.com

(401) 827-0000

(401) 783-3482

Block Island Marine

(401) 466-2028

Champlin’s Marina

www.champlinsresort.com

(401) 466-7777

(401) 480-1429

www.oldportmarine.com

(401) 847-9109

MAINLAND TRANSPORTATION Airline Express Limousine & Car Service Galilee Parking MARINAS, MARINE REPAIR, LAUNCH SERVICES

New Harbor Boat Basin Old Port Marine

BlockIslandGuide.com

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WEDDINGS & EVENTS

PG #

WEBSITE

PHONE

EVENT COORDINATORS, RENTALS & DECOR Block Island Bonfires Block Island Party Rentals

87

Cover Story Entertainment Ryan Designs Summer Sisters Weddings & Events

www.blockislandbonfires.com

(401) 824-9045

www.blockislandpartyrentals.com

(401) 466-5020

www.coverstoryentertainment.com

(954) 494-4438

www.ryan-designs.com

(401) 742-0464

www.summersistersweddings.com

(603) 387-8709

www.labellarose.com

(401) 533-6782

www.paintedrockdesigns.com

(631) 704-3221

www.mimi.f.arnold.com

(203) 216-2177

www.BlockIslandGourmet.com

(401) 466-5020

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421 (401) 466-5883

FLORISTS La Bella Rose Painted Rock Designs The Farmer Florist FUNCTIONS, VENUES & CATERING Block Island Gourmet

87

Block Island Resorts - 1661 Inn Atlantic Inn

27

www.atlanticinn.com

Ballard’s Inn and Resort

29

www.blockislandstay.com

(401) 466-2231

(401) 996-5470

Block Island Economic Development (BIED) Block Island Maritime Institute Kimberly’s

www.bimaritime.org

(401) 500-3501

www.kimberlysblockisland.com

(401) 466-8600 (401) 466-9898

Manisses Restaurant and Bar

22

www.hotelmanisses.com

Narragansett Inn

23

www.blockislandresorts.com

(401) 466-2421

National Hotel

32

www.blockislandhotels.com

(401) 466-2901

Odd Fellows Café

37

(401) 466-2250

Payne’s Harbor View Inn Rose Farm Inn Spring House Hotel Stonebeach Sullivan House

89

www.paynesharborviewinn.com

(401) 466-5758

www.rosefarminn.com

(401) 466-2034

www.springhousehotel.com

(401) 466-5844

www.stonebeachbiri.com

(401) 466-5396

www.thesullivanhouse.com

(401) 466-5020

(401) 533-0491

abovethecloudsent.com

(401) 226-9881

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OR OFFICIANT Stephanie Shawn - Officiant MUSIC Above the Clouds Entertainment Block Island Musicians Cover Story Entertainment Island Wedding Entertainment Marc Philip Entertainment Music Mixers

www.blockislandmuscians.com

(401) 787-5740

www.coverstoryentertainment.com

(954) 494-4438

www.islandweddingdj.com

(413) 519-1897

(401) 749-7445

www.musicmixersdj.com

(401) 789-3889

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Allegra Anderson Photography Bailey Q Photo Hilary B Photography

www.allegraanderson.com

(860) 748-2232

www.baileyqphoto.com

(203) 980-2523

www.hilarybphotography.com

(401) 667-7897

Michael Benson Photography

www.michaelbensonphotography.com

(203) 500-4411

Painting Daisies Photography

www.paintingdaisies1.com

(617) 413-5203

108

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Photo Dog/ Lesley Ulrich Photography

88

Seas Mtns Co

www.lesleyanneulrich.com

(401) 466-5858

www.seasmtns.co

(508) 654-6437

SALONS, SPAS, MAKEUP, TAILORS Koru Eco Spa

88

www.koruecospa.com

(401) 360-4606

www.makeoverartistry.com

(401) 440-7503

www.salthairshop.com

(401) 632-8323

89

www.travelingseamstress.com

(717) 919-5057

Harbor Church

89

www.harborchurchblockisland.org

(401) 466-5940

Saint Andrew Parish

89

www.saintandrewblockisland.com

(401) 466-5519

Saint Ann’s by the Sea

89

www.stannsbythesea.org

(401) 466-2911

Makeover Artistry by Donna Sousa Salt Hair Shop Traveling Seamstress CHURCHES

SPECIAL EVENTS Block Island Artisans Festival

Conserfest

PROFESSIONAL AGENCIES, NON-PROFITS & BUSINESS SERVICES

www.conserfest.org

PG #

WEBSITE

PHONE

www.datapay.com

(401) 886-4100

www.flyingricpa.com

(401) 364-1040

ACCOUNTING, PAYROLL & LEGAL Data Pay Kristy K. Armstrong, CPA Law Offices of K. Erik Wallin Melucci, Bissonnette and Co. LTD Omni Wealth Management

www.erikwallinlaw.com

(401) 792-3001

www.mbcocpas.com

(401) 305-3900

www.omniwealthmgmt.com

(401) 200-8383

www.chelseagroton.com

(860) 448-4200

www.washtrust.com

(401) 466-7710

(713) 524-0459

BANKING, FINANCIAL Chelsea Groton Bank Washington Trust Bank BLOCK ISLAND NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Block Island Chamber of Commerce Block Island Club Block Island Conservancy

88

Block Island Early Learning Center Block Island Economic Development (BIED) Block Island Health Services Block Island Historical Society

12

Block Island Lion’s Club Block Island Maritime Institute Block Island Residents Association

71, 77

Block Island Tourism Council Block Island Yacht Club Conserfest

www.blockislandchamber.com

(401) 466-2474

www.blockislandclub.org

(401) 466-5939

www.biconservancy.org

(401) 466-3111

www.bielc.org

(401) 466-9695

(401) 996-5470

www.bihealthservices.com

(401) 466-2974

www.blockislandhistorical.org

(401) 466-2481

www.blockislandlionsclub.com

www.bimaritime.org

(401) 500-3501

www.bira02807.org

www.blockislandinfo.com

(401) 466-5200

www.blocksailing.com

(401) 466-3000

www.conserfest.org

Farmers Market

66

(347) 453-7116

Island Free Library

89

www.islandfreelibrary.org

(401) 466-3233

Nature Conservancy

45

www.nature.org

(401) 466-2129 BlockIslandGuide.com

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North Light Fund Oceanview Foundation

(401) 466-3213

www.oceanviewfoundation.org

(401) 466-2224

www.commerceri.com

(401) 278-9100

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Scenic Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

www.scenicblockisland.org

(401) 218-5267

(401) 466-5009

(401) 466-7733

BUSINESS SERVICES Block Island Post Office Nationwide Capital Funding NCF

www.rscapitalgroup.com

(203) 820-2274

www.omniwealthmgmt.com

(401) 200-8383

www.socialsynergyservices.com

(508) 644-0828

Omni Wealth Management Social Synergy Services COMPUTER SERVICES, TECHNOLOGY Bofill Technologies Orsted (BI Wind Farm)

114

The Right Click Sertex Verizon Wireless

www.bofilltech.com

(516) 361-9751

www.us.orsted.com

(857) 284-1430

www.therightclick.net

(401) 783-0613

www.sertexbroadband.com

(860) 416-0012

www.tccrocks.com

(401) 594-9999

theblockislandapp.com

(978) 697-5055

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Block Island Times Connelli Designs Discovery Map of Block Island Left Lane Marketing Agency Mixx 99.3 FM & WADK 1540 AM

www.jamestownpress.com

(401) 423-1661

www.blockislandguide.com

(401) 466-0000

www.blockislandtimes.com

(401) 466-2222

www.connellidesigns.com

(802) 369-4553

discoverymap.com/block-island-ri

(401) 429-3797

www.leftlaneagency.com

(860) 878-8999

www.mix993.com

(401) 846-1540

Print Source

www.printsourceri.com

(401) 789-9339

WCRI-FM

www.classical959.com

(401) 294-9274

www.travelers.com

(401) 466-5998

INSURANCE Billeri & McGarry Insurance Brendan Crawford - Insurance

www.crvinsurance.com

(401) 477-2277

Cormack-Routhier Agency

www.cormackrouthier.com

(401) 944-9400

Lathrop Insurance Agency

www.lathropinsurance.com

(401) 596-2525

MEDICAL SERVICES Block Island Health Services

www.bihealthservices.com

(401) 466-2974

(401) 662-9812

Patricia Surprenant MSW

www.surprenanttherapy.com

(401) 864-0002

South County Primary Care

www.southcountyhealth.org

(401) 789-1086

Dr. Deborah Saboya LICSW, ABD

REAL ESTATE SALES & RENTALS Appraisal Solutions Ballard Hall Sales Group

www.apsolutionsonline.com

(401) 378-6347

www.blockislandproperty.com

(401) 466-8883

Beach Real Estate

www.bibeachrealestate.com

(401) 466-2312

Block Island Realty

www.birealty.com

(401) 466-5887

Block Island Reservations

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blockislandreservations.com

(800) 825-6254

Lila Delman Real Estate

99

www.liladelman.com

(401) 466-8777

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Phillips Real Estate

99

www.phillipsonbi.com

(401) 466-8806

Sullivan/Sotheby’s Real Estate

99

www.sullivanbi.com

(401) 466-5521

Vacation Rentals Block Island Walsh Realty Group

HOME SERVICES

PG #

www.vacationrentalsblockisland.com

www.walshrealty.net

(401) 487-2505

WEBSITE

PHONE

www.alpha-electrical.com

(401) 434-0227

(401) 623-1974

CONTRACTORS, PLUMBING & HEATING Alpha Electrical Contractors Babcock Plumbing and Heating Blakely Interior Designs

www.blakelyinteriordesign.com

(401) 789-1516

Block Island Alarm

www.blockislandalarm.com

(401) 466-5577

Block Island Pest Services

www.falconpestservice.com

(401) 466-7911

(401) 466-5930

www.classic-chimneyri.com

(401) 739-0284

(401) 466-5592

Block Island Plumbing & Heating Classic Chimney Dan Cahill Housewatch Donald Cotoia Electric Company LLC

(401) 623-9244

www.gilpinarchitect.com

(434) 960-4036

Griggs & Browne Pest Control

www.griggsbrowne.com

(401) 944-3400

Gunner Roofing

www.gunnerroofing.com

(201) 201-4940

JPS Pool Service

www.poolguyri.com

(401) 230-3493

Littlefield & Sons Propane

(401) 466-2388

Michel Construction

(401) 466-2390

New Shoreham Heating

(401) 466-5750

Pease Awning & Sunroom, Company

www.peasecompany.com

(401) 438-2850

Royal Insulation, Inc

www.royalinsulation.com

(401) 374-1596

W. Doug Gilpin (architect)

COMMERCIAL CLEANERS Clean Rite Cleaning & Upholstery

www.cleanriteri.com

(401) 788-0932

www.piercleanersri.com

(401) 789-2332

DVL Landscaping Architecture

(401) 741-4987

Hall’s Mowing Service

(401) 466-5469

Islandscape

(401) 932-7979

www.klarstudio.com

(203) 908-5833

www.rbscorp.com

(401) 541-7400

Pier Cleaner LAWN & GARDEN CARE

LUMBER / BUILDING MATERIALS Klar Studio, Ins Windows and Doors Riverhead Building Supply CHILD SERVICES B.I. Baby Services (rental equipment)

www.blockislandbabyservice.com

(401) 378-7350

Block Island Baby Sitters

www.blockislandbabysitters.com

(401) 835-7309

(401) 466-5390

blockislandrecycling.com

(401) 466-2864

www.shredngori.com

(401) 943-0522

SHIPPING AND DELIVERY SERVICE Lamb’s Package Service (shipping) TRASH & RECYCLING Block Island Recycling Shred ’N’ Go

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Haunted Block Island? Is Block Island haunted? People have reported strange supernatural experiences in many places on the island. Two books by local author Fran Migliaccio, “Ghosts of Block Island” and “MORE Ghosts of Block Island,” recount people’s first-hand encounters with “ghosts.”

Finding the Haunts People have reported ghostly encounters in hotels and B&Bs in various parts of the island, a former gift store in Old Harbor, the old High View, the Historical Society, two Victorian houses not far from town, and even at two popular restaurants. Sightings have reportedly occurred at the Island Cemetery, old farmhouses, on busy roads and

at obscure island locations. Newer houses and apartments, too, have afforded ghostly sightings, and a lighthouse and the former Coast Guard Station have hosted their share of stories. Some Block Island haunts are free-ranging: the elusive Clock Lady of the West Side, the phantom horses heard at night near Fresh Pond. Encounters have been reported on rocky beaches, and there is the mysterious “white lady rock” in the Maze at Clayhead. The moving, offshore “Palatine” light, first reported in 1810, is associated with a ship that ran aground off Sandy Point in the 1700s. Ghosts may or may not be found by wouldbe ghost hunters, but the two books of Block Island ghost stories can be found at island stores. And Ghost tours are offered by Block Island Ghost Tours (see page 69 for details).

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Mondays

Tue/Wed:

Disco Nite On the deck - Fri/Sat 5:30 - 9pm

Sun 5pm: FRIDAY & SATURDAY BANDS Mystic Dead May 28-29 Wicked Petty June 4-5 The Rob Davis Band June 11-12 The Booze Beggars June 18-19 Root Steady June 25-26 Fever July 1-2 & 23-24 Booyah July 16-17 Blushing Brides July 30-31 & Aug 6-7 Darik & The Funbags Aug 13-14 Neal & The Vipers Aug 28-29 SERVING FOOD 12pm-12:30am

JULY 4TH WEEKEND

The High & Mighty Brass Band Sat. July 3 & Sun. July 4

www.captainnicksbi.com

ISLAND MOPED & BIKE Located across the street from ferry boat behind Harborside Inn

Scooters and Bicycles

Rentals, Sales, Services

Beach Cruisers & Mountain Bikes

RESERVATIONS

401-466-2700 www.bimopeds.com

COUPON SAVINGS Valid at Island Moped & Bike

$10 off

moped rentals

$ 5 off

bicycle rentals

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