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BLOCK ISLAND FERRY The Perfect Day Trip While Visiting South County 30 Minute Hi-Speed Ferry

Traditional Ferry

Dates

Hi-Speed Ferry Days

May 24 Mon - Fri thru June 24 Sat, Sun

Departing Pt. Judith 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:30p 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p

Departing Block Island 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p

No pm Trips Wed., June 20. Memorial Day - Mon., May 28 Use Sunday Schedule

June 25 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 7:55a,10:05a, 12:05p, thru Mon - Sun 1:10p, 4:35p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:45p, 7:45p Aug 26 8a, 10a, 8:45a, 11a, Aug 27 Mon - Fri 12p, 5:30p 3:30p, 6:30p thru 9a, 11:10a, 1:10p, 10:05a, 12:05p, 3:30p, Sept 3 Sat, Sun 4:35p, 6:45p 5:45p, 7:45p

Labor Day - Mon., Sept 3 Use Sunday Schedule

9a, 11:30a, 8a, 10:30a, Sept 4 Mon - Fri 3:30p, 6:30p 12:30p, 5:30p thru 9:30a, 11:30a, 1:30p, Oct 8 Sat, Sun 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:30p

60 Minute Traditional Ferry

Leaves from Point Judith, Narragansett Docks in Old Harbor the heart of island fun!

Columbus Day - Mon., Oct 8 Use Sunday Schedule

Get a year- round schedule online

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Enjoying the sun on Ballard’s Beach

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Contents Block Island Map Calendar of Events Beach Guide Getting Around the Island Where to Stay Attractions Water Adventures Land Adventures Food and Drink Block Island History Shopping Advertiser Index Last Look

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North Lighthouse Block Island Wildlife Refuge Sachem Pond West Beach Mansion Beach Charlestown Beach Cormorant Cove Fred Benson Town Beach Mohegan Bluffs Southeast Lighthouse

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Champlin’s Full Service Marina Police Station Island Free Library Visitor’s Center Ferry Terminals Block Island Airport Medical Center

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Clay Head/Greenway – Trails & Hiking Grace Cove - Surfing Dories Cove - Surfing Dodge Street Shopping Old Harbor Shopping Area Rodman’s Hollow - Trails & Hiking Black Rock Beach - Surfing


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Summer Calendar JUNE June 1-3 Kick off summer the right way by experiencing Block Island and all it has to offer during the third annual Taste of Block Island Weekend. Purchase an island button for $5 and take full advantage of specials throughout the weekend including restaurant deals, shopping discounts and even hotel packages. 800383-BIRI (2474), www.tasteofbi.com. June 2 Day one of the inaugural Block Island’s Glass Floats event kicks off as 200 hand-stamped glass float fishing-style orbs are hidden throughout the island’s beaches and trails. The art, by Eben Horton, are first come, first served. www.ebenhortonglass.com. June 12-17 Dance the week away as you celebrate the Block Island Music Festival, where over 48 undiscovered artists will perform on the main stage of Captain Nick’s Rock n’ Roll Bar. The grassroots festival is a chance for all music lovers to sample the sounds of these unique performers while enjoying the delicious barbeque pit and beautiful scenery. Free. 34 Ocean Ave. 401-466-5670, www.blockislandmusic.com. June 18-22 Witness an amazing sight: one of the country’s largest regattas. Over 150 boats will race around the island during Block Island Race Week. The sailboats begin arriving on Monday, June 18 and

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race all week until Friday, June 22. www. blockislandraceweek.org.

JULY July 3 Enjoy a night under the stars during the Concert and Fireworks to begin the Fourth of July celebration. The concert will be at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion at 7:30pm and the fireworks will begin at 9pm. Crescent Beach. 7 Corn

Neck Road. 401-466-2982, www.blockislandchamber.com. July 4 Celebrate with your family and friends at the annual Fourth of July Parade beginning in Legion Park and ending in town. Watch as bands, floats and of course those friendly clowns march in entertainment for any age. Be sure to grab a bite to eat afterward at the BI Fire Department’s annual Steak Fry at the Firebarn. 11:15am. www.blockislandinfo.com. so Block Island

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July 8 Plan your big day with ease – enlist the help of the Wedding Show at the beautiful Sullivan House. This show is designed to help brides-to-be connect with many amazing wedding vendors and be entertained while enjoying the relaxing island atmosphere. Corn Neck Road. 401-466-2222, www.blockislandweddingshow.com. July 9 At the Historic Cemetery Tour you can check out some of the island’s most beautiful cemeteries; some sit on the hillside facing the sea. A reception will follow at the Historical Society, which houses many interesting remnants of the island’s past inside an 1850s farmhouse. 7pm. 18 Old Town Road. 401-4662481. www.blockislandchamber.com July 14 The Art Guild Fair is the perfect excuse to spend the day outside with the added bonus of perusing many unique arts and crafts. Taking place on the Historical Society Lawn, this event showcases a great variety of art that is both on display and for sale. Old Town Road. www.blockislandchamber.com. July 28 Listen to the always-amazing music at the Barbershop Concert at St. Andrew’s Church. The concert, which will also feature special Block Island songs, donates

Independence Day Parade: July 4

all proceeds to the Mary D. Fund. 8pm. $20. Chapel Street. 401-466-2950.

AUGUST August 4 Not only can you participate, but you can also come down and cheer on those who do, at the Block Island Triathlon at Fred Benson Town Beach. This race which includes a ¼ mile swim, a 12-mile

bike and a four-mile run is a great way to celebrate fitness and the island. 7 Corn Neck Road. 401-466-3223. www. blockislandsport.com August 4 Come and support the Mary D. Fund, which helps residents who are finding it difficult to pay for necessities such as food, shelter, utilities and medical care at the annual Mary D. Ball. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment by DJ Marc Scortino & Walter McDonough. so Block Island

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Sullivan House. Corn Neck Road. 401466-2974. August 7 Take in a day of history at the 41st Annual House and Garden Tour. This day will allow you to experience many historical locations, highlighting the island’s original center, Isaac’s Corner and Lakeside Drive. 9am-1pm. 401-466-2481. August 11-12 Discover remarkable arts and crafts during the 8th Annual Block Island Art and Artisan Festival. The pieces you can see throughout the weekend are made by local and regional artists who all come together for this can’t miss weekend. 10am-7pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday. Harbor Church, Water Street. 401-4665940, www.blockislandchamber.com. August 25 Enjoy browsing the wares at the Block Island Artist Guild Fair. There will be a great variety of locally-made arts and crafts for sale on the grassy Historical Society’s Lawn. 9am-2pm. 7pm. 18 Old Town Road. 401-466-2481.

SEPTEMBER September 1 Calling all seafood lovers – come and enjoy the annual Lion’s Club Clam Bake at the Narragansett Inn. Feast on lobster, clams, chowder and even a land lovers menu. 1 Ocean Avenue. www.blockislandchamber.com. September 8 Run, run as fast as you can or just come

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Taste of Block Island Weekend : September 21-23 and watch the 37th Annual 15k Run Around the Block. As summer comes to an end and school is starting once again, make one of your last weekends a healthy celebration and help the BI Scholarship Fund at the same time. 1:30pm. www.blockislandsport.com. September 14-16 Come and support the National Children’s Cancer Society and the BI Lion’s Club at the Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament. This fun filled weekend includes prizes and an all you can eat and drink cookout. www.bifishworks.com. September 21-23 End the summer the way you started during the fall version of the Taste of

Block Island Weekend. Purchase your $5 button and take full advantage of the discounts and specials that many businesses offer. 800-383-BIRI (2474), www. tasteofbi.com. September 22 During the Taste of Block Island Weekend, be sure to check out the annual Block Island Motoring Event. This family event includes a classic cars display and a raffle that benefits the Block Island Early Learning Center. 800-383-BIRI (2474), www.bielc.org

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Hit the Beach

Fred Benson Town Beach has the most travel-friendly amenities

“A day at the beach”

means different things to different people. Some people like to load the kids and three tons of beach paraphernalia into the station wagon for a day of surfing, sandcastles and snack bars. Others prefer to spend their time strolling the beach, fishing, reading a book or hiking along rocky trails to see the sunset. One of the great things about Block Island is that it has a large variety of beaches to suit the needs of just about everyone, all located within 10 square miles.  On the east side of the island are four beaches, which comprise an uninterrupted, three-mile curved stretch of sand known collectively as Crescent Beach. Located roughly in the middle is Fred Benson Town Beach, the quintessential family vacation beach. It’s the only beach on the island with lifeguards. Parking is easy (and free), with two large lots that lead to the pavilion – good news for families who like to bring a lot of gear with them. Feel like traveling light? The pavilion offers a slew of amenities,

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like much-needed bathrooms, showers and super-convenient rentals, from umbrellas and cabanas to beach chairs and boogie boards. Forget to pack a lunch? Grab a burger at the snack bar and chow down at a picnic table.  At the southern end of Crescent Beach, just a short walk along Fred Benson, is Kid Beach, which is – not surprisingly – a great beach for the little ones. The waves are calmer here, and the beach has an easier slope into the shallow water, where kids can spend hours looking for crabs, mussels and other tiny marine critters. At the northern end of Crescent Beach are Scotch Beach and Mansion Beach. They’re further away from the facilities of Fred Benson, but there are usually fewer people around. Mansion Beach is named for the house that used to overlook the spot before it burned down in the ‘60s, and it’s not hard to see why the beautiful spot was chosen for it. Both beaches have parking nearby.  Crescent Beach is conveniently located close to the town center and right next

to the ferries, and with its snack bar, hot showers, bathrooms and rentals galore, it has practically everything you could ask for just shy of wireless internet. But as such, it can get pretty crowded. If you’re looking for a bit more solitude, and can go without all of the creature comforts, the west side of the island may be just the place for you.  Just south of Crescent Beach, on the other side of the ferries, is Ballard’s Beach. While it may seem like your typical busy beach, it’s got something the others lack: the eponymous Ballard’s Inn. It’s certainly a step up from your standard snack bar fare, and you can soak up the sun while the inn’s wait staff braves the hot sand and dense crowds to bring your order straight to your towel. Now that’s service. Charlestown Beach is the perfect spot for a quiet, relaxing day. The waters are calmer and the crowds aren’t as big as on the eastern side of the island. It’s a great spot for fishing or just reading a book. The northern end of the


AffordAble & Convenient Let us be your #1 choice to and from the ferry! beach used to have a Coast Guard station, but now provides convenient parking and a quiet place to watch the boats come and go in New Harbor.  South of that is Dories Cove Beach, a smaller beach with darker sand, fewer people and a great view of the sunset (and, on clear days, Long Island). Not a bad location for a picnic.  To the north is West Beach. Like the other western beaches, it has calmer waves and fewer people, and makes for an especially good walk. Just head north to the lighthouse and Settler’s Rock and enjoy the scenery. Keep it mind that it’s part of a national wildlife refuge, which means no dogs allowed and you should keep off the dunes – even seagulls deserve a bit of peace and quiet.  If you like the sound of West Beach, odds are good you care less about swimming and working on your tan and more about enjoying a walk, taking in the fresh salt air and being surrounded by the beauty of the sea. If so, switch your flip-flops for hiking boots and head down to the southern end of the island. Vail Beach and Black Rock Beach don’t offer much in the way of soft sand or snack bars, but they more than make up for it with lush greenery, waves breaking on rocks and dramatic sun-soaked bluffs. The views are gorgeous, but you have to work to get to them: the beaches aren’t accessible by car and the trails are as rough as they are beautiful, but there’s nothing quite as rewarding as hoofing it through steep terrain only to emerge at a beautiful vista and the sound of the ocean.

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Find Your Way Around

Tour the island on Aldo’s Mopeds and Bikes

There are only two ways to get on the

island: by ferry or by aircraft. The Block Island Ferry leaves from two Rhode Island locations: Narragansett and Newport. In a rush to begin your vacation? A high-speed ferry leaves from the Narragansett’s Point Judith, which takes about 30 minutes. There is also traditional ferry service. No matter your port of departure, you will dock in Old Harbor, located in the center of town. The ferry features snacks and a full bar, and even has its own signature cocktail, the Chai-tini.   401783-7996, www.blockislandferry.com In 12 short minutes, New England Airlines will take you from Westerly to Block Island. Flights run daily, every hour on the half-hour, in the summer season. Returning flights run every hour on the hour. New England Airlines has been providing daily scheduled air service to Block Island since 1970. 800-2432460, www.block-island.com/nea If you don’t want to spend money on parking lots, which charge daily, Little Rest Livery can get you to your destination. This family-owned car service serves the three surrounding states. They will

take you from your starting destination to the airport or the Block Island Ferry. 401294-1414, www.littlerestlimo.com A Airline Express is another convenient limousine and car service option. This locally owned and operated business will also transport you to the most convenient airport in the area. 401-295-1100, www. aairlineexpresslimousine.com Although the ferry does allow you to transport your vehicle, cars are not a necessity to get around this easy-going, small town. Aldo’s Mopeds and Bikes (401-4665018), on Weldon’s Way, provides bike and moped rentals. If you find that you would prefer to travel in a car, Aldo’s also has cars that you can rent for a day or the entire duration of your stay. The Moped Man (401466-5444), on Water Street, also has bikes and mopeds that are available for the day or for the entirety of your vacation. The Old Harbor Bike Shop (401-466-2029) rents bikes, mopeds and cars, also on Water Street. www.blockislandtransportation.com There are a variety of taxi services available on the island, including, Mig Rig’s Taxi

(401-480-0493, www.migsrigtaxi.com), McGovern’s Cab (401-862-6087, www.mcgovernstaxi.com) and Starr Car (401-4999824). Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to travel; rates are not metered but set by the town. Taxi stands can be found at the marina or you can call to arrange one. The taxis run all day but stop running at about 1:30am. As a bonus, the taxi drivers are all locals and can give you recommendations or answer any questions.  Because there are no public bus tours or trolleys, the best way to venture through Block Island is through Block Island Taxi Tours. The tours last about an hour and are narrated by your very own, knowledgeable taxi driver. Arrange for a pick-up at your hotel or find a taxi at the Taxi Stand located in Old Harbor. Bring the whole family, as taxis can hold up to 14 people depending on the vehicle. 401-466-5497 Finally, if you want to make for a true island-hopping adventure, Block Island Express (www.goblockisland.com) will run you to Long Island, docking at Orient Point. so Block Island

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Stay Awhile One of the most important

elements to any vacation is having a comfortable place to rest. Whether it is a quaint inn or bed and breakfast, a large Victorian-style hotel or a beach home rental, Block Island offers a variety of lodging options. Many are historic landmarks that have been recently renovated, so you can enjoy staying in a place of history with modern luxury and conveniences.  Located in the heart of Old Harbor are both the National Hotel and Seacrest Inn. The National Hotel, a 45-room, centrally located hotel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the expansive views of the harbor on the famous wraparound porch. The National Hotel is also home to the only steakhouse on the island, the Tap & Grille. The Seacrest Inn, a family owned and operated inn, is steps from the ferry landings and a short taxi ride away from the airport. Staying true to inn-style lodging, the Seacrest features a complimentary continental breakfast with your stay. National Hotel: Water Street. 401-466-2901, www.blockislandhotels. com. Seacrest Inn: 207 High Street. 401466-2882, www.seacrestinnbi.com The Atlantic Inn and Sea Breeze Inn have magnificent views of Old Harbor. The Atlantic Inn, a renovated, 45-room Victorian, is a short five-minute walk to Old Harbor. The guest rooms are individually decorated with antiques. The lush six-acre property is ideal for an afternoon walk and the tennis courts are the place for a competitive game. The Atlantic Inn also has a wraparound porch with views of Old Harbor. The small Sea Breeze Inn overlooks the harbor, a wildflower meadow, perennial gardens and a swan pond. A continental breakfast and kayak rentals for the pond are included with an overnight stay. Atlantic Inn: 359 High Street. 401-466-5883, www.atlanticinn.com. Sea Breeze Inn: 71 Spring Street. 401-4662275, www.seabreezeblockisland.com

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The Gothic Inn

Located on the Great Salt Pond in New Harbor, The Narragansett Inn is a fourbuilding hotel. The main Victorian style house is composed of 17 guest rooms and a wraparound deck with views of the ocean. This hotel has a private beach for its guests to enjoy. 1 Ocean Avenue. 401-4662626, www.blockisland.com/narragansett Situated in the midst of the historic district, the Gothic Inn is a warm, family-run inn right on the beach. Enjoy the relaxed, homey atmosphere while watching the boats enter and leave Old Harbor. The inn is pet-friendly so be sure to bring along your four-legged friends. Dodge Street, PO Box 537. 401-4662918, www.thegothicinn.com Payne’s Harbor View Inn brings a historic feel to a modern inn. Each room features water views, private decks, antique furnishings and whirlpool baths. Payne’s New Harbor Dock is simply a stroll away, perfect for picnicking and looking out over the harbor. Beach Avenue. 401-4665758, www.paynesharborviewinn.com If a hotel or inn is not for you, Beach Real Estate, Sullivan Real Estate and Bal-

lard Hall Real Estate may have a house rental that is ideal for you. Just because you are on vacation, it doesn’t mean you have to lose the comforts of home. Beach Block Island Real Estate has a variety of rentals, and if you decide you don’t want to leave, they also have many properties for sale. Sullivan Real Estate, Block Island’s oldest agency, represents over 150 properties of all price levels, locations and sizes. Ballard Hall Real Estate offers similar rentals including beach cottages, oceanfront homes and more. Beach Real Estate: 401-466-2312, www.bibeachrealestate.com. Sullivan Real Estate: 401-4665521, www.sullivansalesandrentals.com. Ballard Hall Real Estate: 401-466-8883, www.blockislandproperty.com If you are unsure what lodging option is the perfect one for you, Block Island Reservations can help you explore all the island has to offer. For more lodging options, you can also visit Block Island Accommodations. Reservations: 800-825-6254, www.blockislandreservations.com Accommodations: www. blockislandbedandbreakfast.com


Sunset lounge overlooking Great Salt Pond

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Take in the Sights

Walk on the wild side at Manisses Farm

Those attracted to Block

Island for its miles of unspoiled natural beauty will be pleasantly surprised to find that its manmade sights are just as impressive. In particular, its two historic lighthouses – the Southeast Lighthouse and North Lighthouse – attract legions of visitors every year. The Southeast Lighthouse is situated on the Mohegan Bluffs. Designated a U.S. national landmark in 1997, the redbricked beacon contains a first floor museum that showcases its original Fresnel Lens. Visitors are welcome on weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, and every day from late June to Labor Day. The North Lighthouse was built in 1868 and stands as the counterpart to the Southeast Lighthouse. It is a fourth generation lighthouse, perched on Block Island’s Sandy Point after three others were swallowed by the sea. Currently closed to the public, the giant building stands aweinspiring watch over the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Those with an eye for sculpture and a love for meaningful history would be well suited to visit the statue of Rebecca. The cupbearer stands on Water Street as a figure once thought to be the biblical Rebekah-at-the-Well. The Women’s Christian Temperance movement erected her in the late 19th century as a means to rid the island of alcoholism. Ironically, 20th century art historians discovered that the piece actually represented the Greek Hebe: cupbearer to the gods. Abstinence from alcohol failed to take hold on the island, so contemporary blame is (jokingly) placed on the statue. Manisses Farm, located on the property of the Manisses Hotel, is home to alpacas, camels, llamas, kangaroos, emus, bulls, ducks and more exotic animals. It’s also home to a very special mill. North Light Fibers (401-466-2050, www. northlightfibers.com) is a small mini-mill producing yarn made of alpaca, buffalo, camel, silk and merino.

Excitement is looming regarding an event that is brand new to the island this year – The Block Island Glass Floats Project. Beginning on June 2, residents and visitors alike will scour the sandy beaches and Greenway trails for handblown glass balls. The balls were stamped by artist Eben Horton with a number and an island shape so that they are easily distinguishable from other fishing glass floats. Eben will be hiding 200 grapefruit-sized balls, split evenly between beach and trail. Go online to www.blockislandinfo. com to register your found float by number. There are no rules except to keep just one per person, and that they are limited to first found, first serve. The floats will not be collected, so the hunt can continue on indefinitely. Organizers hope to make this a yearly event. www.ebenhortonglass.com. Check out the Block Island Tourism Council to get a full listing on where to stay, what to do, and lots of other happenings to plan your Block Island adventure. 800-383-BIRI, www.blockislandinfo.com so Block Island

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Great place to kick off a sightseeing tour of the island!

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Land, Lots & Longitude: The Mapping of Block Island On-going slide shows & scheduled showings of Island related movies The new Gift Shop/Gallery features maps, postcards, prints & t-shirts

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Make a Splash

Explore the water with Pond & Beyond Kayak Tours

No visit to Block

Island would be complete without some kind of water adventure, whether you’re in the water or soaring above it. Get a different view of Block Island with the help of Block Island Parasail, located in Old Harbor. Get towed on the back of a boat... in the air. They have over 20 years experience in parasailing and the captains are United States Coast Guard certified. No experience is needed. Parasailing is a safe and fun activity for the whole family. Old Harbor Dock. 401864-2474, www.blockislandparasail.com  Explore the wildlife and scenic shoreline of the Great Salt Pond and the connected tidal ponds. Pond & Beyond offers kayak tours of the 700 acres of calm, motorboat-free waters. 401-466-5105, www.blockisland.com/kayakbi Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf? Diamond Blue Kiteboarding will provide you with everything you need, from surfboard rentals to lessons, to get started. Beginners will step into calm waters while more experienced surfers will

dive into rougher surf. 442 Dodge Street. 401-369-2297.  All the gear you need for both land and sea adventures – from water shoes and kayaks to sunglasses and cycling accessories – is available at Block Island Sport  Shop. 224 Water Street. 401-4665001, www.blockislandsport.com If you would rather be on the ocean than in it, renting or chartering a boat may be the right option. There are fishing charters from both Old Harbor and New Harbor. Block Island has long been known as one of the best fishing spots on the East Coast, attracting fishermen from all over.  G Willie Makit Charters, Hula Charters and Block Island Fishing Charters are located in Old Harbor. G Willie Charters is the oldest charter service, offering a variety of fishing trips for any experience level and any duration of time. Captain Bill Gould has over 50 years of fishing experience, 27 years locally. Hula Charters, also in Old Harbor, offers many tours, including sunset cruises and night fishing trips.

You might catch striped bass, blue fish, fluke, sea bass, scup and many more depending on the trip your party chooses. Block Island Fishing Charters has been working the local waters since the 1980s. They offer various day charters, but also offer an overnight experience. G Willie Charters Reservations: 401-466-5151, www.gwilliecharters.com. Hula Charters Reservations: 401-263-3474. Block Island Fishing Charters: 401-487-2425, www. blockislandfishingcharters.net Block Island Fishworks, located in New Harbor, can address all of your fishing needs, including charters, fly-fishing and light tackle. They have 20- to 36-foot boats available; all guides are residents with local fishing knowledge. 401-7423992, www.bifishworks.com If you wish to rent rather than charter, Aldo’s Boat Rental in Old Harbor is the place. They have kayaks, pontoon boats, center console boats and even bumper boats. White Rose Custom Sailing Charter: 401-466-SAIL or 401-782-1954. Aldo’s Boat Rental: 401-466-2700  so Block Island

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Explore the Island

Southeast Lighthouse

Block Island has 25 miles of trails

through grassland and shrubbery that will give you access to some of the best sightseeing the island has to offer. Almost half of the island is preserved land, which creates many trails and beautiful views. There are no difficult hikes on Block Island, so feel free to bring along inexperienced hikers or children.  The Greenway is a 12-mile trail that covers much of the southern half of the island. On this trail you will pass through many revered natural areas including Rodman’s Hollow, the Enchanted Forest, Nathan Mott Park and Turnip Farm. Rodman’s Hollow is a 128-acre wildlife refuge with many trails, offering views of the Atlantic Ocean and the opportunity to observe a variety of plant and animal life. One of Block Island’s must-see landmarks, Mohegan Bluffs, can be reached on the four-mile Mohegan Bluffs Trails. The Bluffs rise 200 feet above the ocean and offer one of the most magnificent views on the island. A wooden stairway leads downward to the beach where there are picnic tables, benches and swimming and fishing areas. Just before you reach

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the bluffs you will find the Southeast Lighthouse, another historical landmark. The lighthouse was built in 1875 and can been seen by ships up to 35 miles away. On the north side of the island, the Clayhead Trail gives hikers an opportunity to observe the Clayhead Bluffs. They rise 50 to 100 feet over the surf and stretch two miles along the island. When you arrive to Block Island by ferry, these are the bluffs that greet you. The Clayhead Trail is also one of the best places for bird watching, with up to 100 species seen at any given time.  The Block Island National Refuge Trail connects to the 25-acre Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve. This preserve has several dirt trails and is home to many bird species. The Block Island National Refuge Trail will also lead you to two of Block Island’s points of historical interest, the North Lighthouse and Settler’s Rock. The North Lighthouse was built in 1867 and Settler’s Rock is where the island’s original colonists landed in April 1661.  Ball O’Brien Playground is located before you reach Champlin’s Marina. It is complete with basketball and tennis

courts, swing sets, a slide, jungle gym, and a skate park. Ian Kortbek Memorial Skate Park has concrete and wooden ramps, ideal for all skateboarders.  Get active and get the gear to go with it. Block Island Sport Shop has all of the outdoor, surf, skate, running and cycling gear that you will need. As a bonus, the staff can provide you with ideal routes for hiking, running, swimming and many other recreational opportunities. Block Island Sport Shop: 224 Water Street. 401466-5001, www.blockislandsport.com

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Block Island Dining The 1661 Inn Known for their famous buffet breakfast, the 1661 Inn offers early morning options including Baked Bluefish, to an omelet station and French Toast, always with a complimentary glass of champagne. 5 Spring Street. 401-4662421, www.blockislandresorts.com. Aldo’s Bakery For a sweet summer treat, head to Aldo’s Bakery, a family-run business located in Old Harbor. Indulge in scones, pies, cakes, ice cream and more. 130 Weldon Way. 401-466-2198, www.aldosbakery.com. Aldo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Enjoy traditional Italian dishes from a familyowned Block Island favorite that has been in business for over 32 years. 130 Chapel Street. 401-466-5871, www.aldosrestaurantblockisland.com. The Atlantic Inn Restaurant Located inside the Atlantic Inn Hotel, this restaurant puts the elegance in dining with their award-winning wine list and extensive menu composed of local seafood and fresh homegrown vegetables. 359 High Street. 401-466-5883, www.atlanticinn. com. Ballard’s Enjoy the ocean and anything your taste buds desire at Ballard’s beautiful beach club, restaurant and bar. This spot features live entertainment and is accessible by boat. 42 Water Street. 401466-2231, www.ballardsinn.com. The Beachead With a wrap-around farmer’s porch, The Beachead is set on Crescent Beach and offers fresh New England seafood and other classics. It’s a must when visiting Block Island this summer. 585 Corn Neck Road. 401-466-2249, www. thebeachead.com. Ben & Jerry’s Get your Chunky Monkey and other family ice cream favorites here.

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The 1661 Inn

Seaside Marketplace, 224 Water Street. 401-466-5451, www.benjerry.com.

enue at Payne’s Dock in New Harbor. 401466-2654, www.deadeyedicksbi.com.

Bethany’s Airport Diner Find this hidden treasure and feel like Food Network star Guy Fieri. They serve pancakes, crab cakes Benedict, sandwiches, burgers and even homemade chili. Block Island State Airport, Center Road. 401-466-3100.

Eli’s As of 2012, Eli’s Restaurant, an Asianinspired comfort food venue, has all new entree, dessert and margarita menus. Don’t miss out on their famous bread pudding. 456 Chapel Street. 401-466-5230, www.elisblockisland.com.

Captain Nick’s Rock N’ Roll Bar See 48 bands from the northeast area perform at the 12th annual Block Island Music Festival (June 12-17) or visit another night this summer for live music, signature fathead sushi and great drinks. 34 Ocean Avenue. 401-466-5670, www.captainnicks.com.

Finn’s Seafood Restaurant The seafood is caught fresh next door at Finn’s Fish Market and piled on your plate; now what’s more island than that? 212 Water Street. 401-466-2473, www.finnsseafood.com.

Club Soda Play pool, foosball or the lottery as you listen to the jukebox, live music or karaoke at this local island bar. 35 Connecticut Avenue. 401-466-5397, www. clubsodabi.com. Dead Eye Dick’s Stop in to grab items from the raw bar or a cocktail from the regular bar as well as fresh seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner. 218 Ocean Av-

GR Sharky’s Enjoy a cold beer and some fresh-caught seafood and other American fare at the bar or outside. It doesn’t get more local than this. 596 Corn Neck Road. 401-466-9900. Hotel Manisses With a menu touted by Gourmet Magazine as “impressive for both originality and variety,” Hotel Manisses lives up to its praise with its a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood, beef and poultry, garden fresh vegetables, appe-


tizers and homemade desserts. 5 Spring Street. 401-466-2421, www.blockislandresorts.com.

Old Harbor Take Out Just steps away from the ferry in the heart of the old harbor. Voted best hot lobster on the island.

Ice Cream Place We think the name speaks for itself. Conveniently located, this sweet shop offers a large variety of flavors. 232 Water Street. 401-466-2145.

Old Post Office Bagel Shop New Yorkstyle bagels paired with the Block Island sun. Corn Neck Road. 401-466-5959.

Juice n’ Java Start off that perfect vacation morning with coffee, espresso or tea from this sweet spot. 235 Dodge Street. 401-466-5220. Mabel’s Slurp up some chowder or soup alongside any daily special or delve into a $3 breakfast special with a homemade donut and coffee. 31 Water Street. 401466-5333, mabelsbedandbreakfast.com. McGovern’s Yellow Kittens Tavern Enjoy live music and drinks as you dance your worries away. Corn Neck Road at Ocean Avenue. 401-466-5855, www.yellowkittens.net. Mexican on the Deck Get spicy this summer with a combo of Mexican favorites and seafood such as Fish Tacos, Jalapeno Poppers, Lobster Quesadillas and Clam Strip Burritos. Corn Neck Road at Ocean Avenue. 401-466-5855, www.mexicanonthedeck.net.

Papa’s Pizzeria Grab a slice of pizza or a sub, wrap or salad and hit the beach. 237 Bridge Gate Square. 401-466-9939. Poor People’s Pub The one-year-old pub boasts “nothin’ fancy… just good grub.” Don’t forget to buy one of their very funny t-shirts with your hot dog. 33 Ocean Avenue. 401-466-8533, www.pppbi.com. Rebecca’s on the Beach Try some hard or soft serve ice cream, sip one of Rebecca’s Island Freezes or bite into a hot dog, hamburger or breakfast sandwich all while keeping your toes in the sand. Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Road. Rebecca’s Seafood Restaurant Pop into Rebecca’s to get clam cakes for the ferry ride. Open daily from 7am to 2am. 435 Water Street at the Old Harbor Ferry Landing. 401-466-5411.

The Tap & Grille Head here for a little red meat, views of the Atlantic, live entertainment and sports on TV. National Hotel on Water Street. 401-466-2901, www.blockislandhotels.com/tap. Spring House Hotel The Spring House Hotel has a grand indoor dining room as well as an ocean view patio cafe, and strives to create dishes using homegrown ingredients and organically sourced produce. 52 Spring Street. 401-466-5844, www.springhousehotel. com. Three Sisters Enjoy breakfast classics, salads, sandwiches or seafood on the picnic tables and BYOB to their funfilled Evening Grill Gig with live music and ice cream cookie sundaes. 443 Old Town Road. 401-466-9661, www.threesistersblockisland.com. Winfield’s Winfield’s Restaurant offers a sophisticated menu influenced by French, Italian and new American and Asian cuisines with a fun wine list to accompany all that flavor. Corn Neck Road. 401-466-5856, www.winfieldsrestaurant.net.

Mohegan Cafe This popular restaurant and brewery offers steaks, seafood, burritos and specially crafted beers in the heart of town. 213 Water Street. 401-466-5911. The Narragansett Inn A place where you can stay and eat… literally. Relax with drinks in the sunset lounge or dive into a dinner from the land or the sea. 1 Ocean Avenue. 401-466-2626, www.narragansettinn.net. The Oar Take in the views of the boats resting in Great Salt Pond in a causal setting at the Hotel Manisses complex. Try their famous clam chowder or Block Island Mudslides. 5 Spring Street. 401-4662421, www.blockislandresorts.com.

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Get a History Lesson

Photo: courtesy of Block Island Historical Society

It is hard to believe

that Block Island’s rolling hills and stunning landscape were once a massive mound of rock, soil and rubble deposited by a Northeast glacier. Some speculate that the teardropshaped island may have in fact been the last “teardrop” of the glacier that created it 20,000 years ago. By the time of its English settlement, Narragansett Indians had inhabited it for 2,500 years. Italian-born explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first to report on the island’s existence in 1524. In 1613, Amsterdam wanted to begin a fur trade with the Native Americans on the island and so they sent two Dutch navigators to explore the region. Block Island (which was not yet named as such) was then charted by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. 90 years after it’s first European discovery, it was rediscovered by Block, who named it for himself. In 1636, Massachusetts’ Colonel John Endicott took over the island from the Narragansett Indians in retaliation for the killing of an English trader. Sixteen families, led by John Alcock, set out from Braintree, Massachusetts to settle on the Block in 1661. They arrived at what is now known as “Cow Cove” on the north end near Sandy Point and the North Light. A little more than two years later, Block Island officially became a part of the English colony of Rhode Island. Only a handful of citizens still farm today, but in the time of settlement, farming was essential for survival.  The Rhode Island General Assembly, in 1672, incorporated Block Island as New Shoreham, which now encompasses the entire island. In 1687 a settler by the name of Margaret Guthry passed away, and was buried; this is the oldest identifiable gravestone on the island today. Many others died during this time since Block Island was invaded by pirates and privateers many times between 1690 and

Learn about nautical history at the Block Island Historical Society

1704, running concurrent to the war between England and France. In 1699, the pirate captain Kidd stayed on the island for one whole month until he was captured and jailed. The turmoil continued and in 1723 the greatest pirate battle in the whole country took place right off the island; 26 pirates were hung on the gallows in Newport as punishment. The island remained neutral during the battles of the American Revolution from 1775-1783 and islanders traded with both sides during the war. It was around this time that residents really took pains to establish themselves as a fully functioning society. In 1832, the first postmaster was appointed. He set up office right in his own bedroom. The famous North Lighthouse was built in 1867, becoming the fourth at Sandy Point, allowing for the expansion of the trade industry, as more foreign boats could be safely welcomed to shore. Exactly 200 years after the General Assembly’s incorporation of Block Island as New Shoreham, the Breakwater wall was erected, transforming the island from a

fishing and farming community to what it is recognized as today: a summer tourist destination. In 1875, the first Victorian hotels and stores began to be built in Old Harbor, as well as the Island Free Library and the Southeast Lighthouse. Development was flourishing over the next few decades and the island was at peace. However, in 1907 there was a tragic accident – the steamer Larchmont sank off the coast and hundreds died. Many locals became heroes. In 1933 the Block Island school was built, replacing five scattered one-room schools. World Wars I and II claimed several lives of islanders who were called to serve. The Block Island Historical Society, located on Old Town Road, was founded in 1942 in order to preserve the cultural artifacts of Block Island and to provide educational programs to the community and its visitors. The museum, housed in a charming 1850 farmhouse, is home to a variety of diverse artifacts and exhibits. Free tours are held daily in the summer during regular hours of operation, 10am4pm. 401-466-2481. so Block Island

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Shop ‘til You Drop

The Glass Onion

What would a vacation

destination be without great shopping? There are over 50 shops on Block Island, most of which are small and independently owned. Despite the size of the island there is a wide a variety of stores, including jewelry, clothing, gift and souvenir shops. 

Jewelry Block Island has bling, with several jewelry shores that can provide a sparkling reminder of your trip. Visit one of Jennifer’s Jewelry’s (Dodge Street and Water Street, 401-466-7944) two locations for the full collection of Pandora beads, as well as fine silver, gold and estate pieces. A portion of the sales from the Block Island bead, a piece in Jennifer’s own Block Island Collection, will be donated to the Block Island Medical Center. Martin David Jewelers (207 High Street, 401-466-2744) is a fine jewelry store specializing in a collection of sea glass jewelry and Chamilia beads. Golddiggers (90 Chapel Street, 401-466-2611) offers an array of locally in-

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spired jewelry designed by owner Ila Manner-Schulman. Watercolors specializes in gifts and unique jewelry featuring everything from sea glass to sterling silver designs (60 Dodge Street, 401-466-2538).

Clothing Forgot your flip-flops at home or simply want a new dress to wear to dinner? Check out some of the island’s boutiques for all of your vacation-wear needs. Ink It (212 Water Street, 401-466-5800) is a unique store that offers custom printed tshirts, towels and bags, as well as affordable jewelry and, of course, flip-flops. For resort clothing at mainland prices, check out Wave (53 Water Street, 401-4668822), an exclusive carrier of Roxy, Quicksilver, Tommy Bahama and much more. A fun summer-wear boutique, Bonnie and Clyde’s (53 Water Street, 401-466-8895), brings some of the best designers to the island. Get a pair of the popular Seven Jeans or a new Vix bathing suit to show off at the beach. For even more must-

have sand and surf wear, stop by Island Outfitters (227 Weldon Way, 401-4665502), Block Island’s watersports retailer since 1994. Adorable boutique Wags and Giggles (90 Chapel Street, 401-4668555) caters to both dogs and babies. With top baby brand names and a variety of dog collars and treats, there’s something great for your little girl or boy (canine or toddler). Don’t let the names confuse you: though they’re both on Dodge Street, The Beachcomber sells clothing, jewelry and gifts (64 Dodge Street, 401466-2777) while Mark’s Beachcomber Hair Salon (442 Dodge Street, 401-4665100) offers hair and nail services, and sells Bare Minerals Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell products and OPI nail polishes.  For a more natural beauty regimen, check out Koru Eco Spa’s (232 Water Street, 401-466-2308) organic and ecofriendly products. The hair, body, skin and makeup lines available at the store are 100% organic and non-toxic, and were designed with the best ingredients found in nature.


Your Source For Summer Fun

Gift Stores For a wide selection of gifts, including pottery, the Vera Bradley collection and Maye Kelley’s decoupage collection stop into The Scarlet Begonia (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-5024). At 234 Water Gallery and Gift (234 Water Street, 401-466-8600) you can browse handmade works by American artists, assorted home accessories and island inspired gifts for everyone and anyone. The Bird’s Nest is a funky boutique that sells home goods like Swedish linens and furniture, along with jewelry and Thymes body products (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-5080). For your second favorite child – the dog – check out Islandog (104 Water Street, 401-466-5666) for a large selection of gift items for your dog and dog-themed gifts for humans. Right next to Islandog (in the same building) is Full Moon Tide, a funky gift shop offering clay-dyed hemp, unique jewelry, beanpod soy candles, handmade soap and much more. The Glass Onion (241 Water Street, 401-466-5161) offers apparel, bath & body, books, home & garden, kids, footwear and jewelry, in a cozy cottage atmosphere.

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Antiques For a tried and true selection of pre-loved treasures, stop into Eylandt Antiques (Beach Avenue, 401-466-9888), inside Payne’s Inn. It’s tiny but filled with unique finds. You’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques from Block Island at Blockshop Antiques and Cafe (Ocean Avenue, 477-4743). Browse antique prints, original art and vintage jewelry.

For the Epicurean If you need liquor, you need to go to Red Bird Liquor Store (233 Dodge Street, 401-466-2441). Established at the end of the Prohibition Era, this island fixture offers beer, wine, spirits, snacks, soda, ice and tobacco products. Block Island Cigar (90 Chapel Street, 401-466-5330) is the island’s best kept secret. Block Island Cigar provides a sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy premium cigars, tobacco and tobacco accessories. Indulge in a wide selection of Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars and try their exclusive hand-rolled Block Island Blend.

Eclectic mix of antiques from BI – Both small & large Antique Prints & Original Art Vintage Jewelry

Souvenirs Venture into the appropriately named Tourist Trap (224 Water Street, 401-466-3195) for unique t-shirts, sweats, beach toys and accessories. BIT’s, (26 Water Street, 401-466-5977) conveniently located under the National Hotel, has everything from stickers, mugs and magnets to t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts.

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Advertiser Index Accommodations

The Atlantic Inn Block Island Accommodations Block Island Reservations The Gothic Inn Payne’s Harbor View Inn The Narragansett Inn The National Hotel The Sea Breeze Inn

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Attractions Block Island Historical Society

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Bike & Moped Rentals Aldo’s Mopeds & Bikes Old Harbor Bike Shop

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Boat Charters G Willie Makit Charters

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Dining Aldo’s Italian Seafood Restaurant Dead Eye Dick’s Papa’s Pizzeria Poor People’s Pub Rebecca’s Seafood Takeout

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The Bird’s Nest Block Island Sport Shop Block Island Trading Company Block Shop Antiques Diamond Blue Surf Shop Full Moon Tide Island Outfitters Wags & Giggles Watercolors WaterSpot Showrooms*

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Souvenirs Ink It

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Block Island Cigar

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Transportation A Airline Express Limousine & Car Service 15 Block Island Express 8 Block Island Ferry 2 Block Island Taxi Tours 33 Little Rest Livery 13 New England Airlines 22

Block Island Parasailing & Watersports 19 Pond & Beyond Kayak Tours 25

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