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Block Island Ferry

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Block Island Ferry

Sail away on the Block Island Ferry! Take a high-speed ferry to Block Island from Pt. Judith, downtown Newport AND now Fall River State Pier. Step off the boat to sandy beaches, historic sites and unique shops. Come for a day or stay longer at Victorian-era hotels. All ferries have

Block Island Greenway Trails

This is merely one potential scenario in a trail system that comprises 28 miles—on an island of 10 square miles a dozen miles out in the Atlantic. With its undulating topography and green hills rolling toward an azure sea, Block Island has been called “the Bermuda of the North.” Indeed,

Bristol Harbor Inn

Bristol Harbor Inn

Lloyd Adams is your host at this elegant, boutique-style 1997 waterfront Federal inn, located at Thames Street Landing. Many rooms offer spectacular views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay, ranging from queen- or king-size with fireplace to suites. Thames Street Landing houses a variety of on-site shops, including a day

Charlestown Breachway

A family-friendly strip of sand that’s known for sweet swells, beautiful views of Block Island, and—best of all—smaller crowds. If you’re staying a while, on the east side is a camping area for self-contained RVs. You’ll find some of the best saltwater fishing in South County, too. Voted Best Low-Key

Clay Head Trail

Block Island’s pristine beauty comes into full bloom on this 1.5-mile walk along high bluffs. Migratory birds, seal sightings, and blooming shadbush will have you coming back for seconds. Begins off the north end of Corn Neck Road, about 2 miles from town.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

East Beach State Beach

This three-mile barrier beach on Block Island Sound is adjacent to Ninigret Pond, renowned for windsurfing. Trek through the deep sand to an unpeopled stretch just waiting for you to claim it.

Mansion Beach

We’ve walked, biked, or driven to the northern stretch of Corn Neck Road on Block Island, then trekked a bit through the dunes, to reach the best body-surfing spot on the island. On the sandy bluff above is the foundation of Edward Searles’s mansion—hence the name Mansion Beach. Like gamblers,

North Light

North Light

The North Light sits amid gentle dunes at the end of Corn Neck Road. The handsome granite building is about a 10 minute walk from the parking area (where there is a stone memorial to Block Island’s original settlers). The walk feels longer though because the sand on this spit

Southeast Light

Southeast Light

Built in 1874 to thwart shipwrecks, today the iconic red-brick Southeast Light is a beacon attracting visitors from near and far. Moved back from its precarious perch on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs in 1993, this National Historic Landmark promises one of the best island vantages; if the guided

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel

Spring House Hotel has the best ocean breezes on Block Island. And it is considered one of the Island’s most elegant historic landmarks. Sitting up on a 15-acre promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island foothills, the Hotel has a wraparound veranda where you can relax for hours with

The Darius Inn

Dogs travel free on the Block Island Ferry, and island beaches are open to leashed puppies. But where will you stay? Easy! Vibrant, casual, energetic, fun—all describe can-do sisters Christy and Becca Zendt and the centrally located, shabby-chic beach house they run, where five first-floor suites are pet-friendly. Rates: from

The Hygeia House

The setting is poetic: an 1883 sunshine-yellow 10-room inn perched atop a hill on Block Island. So it’s only fitting that Lisa Starr, the state’s poet laureate from 2008 to 2013 and the founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, is the always-welcoming innkeeper here. BEST INN FOR THE LITERARY

The Oar

Mudslides may have reached their pinnacle of popularity during the Reagan years, but this blended boozy concoction is still Block Island’s de facto signature drink. Those in the know get their Kahlua fix at the Oar’s outside bar, where the blender (not a frozen-drink machine) reigns supreme. BEST MUDSLIDE.

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