Polly Bannister first went to Block Island in 1970, and has returned many times since. Take her advice for dining and shopping and you will want to return many times, too.
See the outstanding photography of Block Island photographer Malcolm Greenaway before you take your trip.
The Atlantic Inn Restaurant, High St. Elegant dining inside, or tapas and cocktails on the porch with great water views. (The Clintons ate here when visiting the island.) 401-466-5883; atlanticinn.com
Hotel Manisses, Spring St. One of the island’s most interesting Victorian buildings has been restored and features a romantic setting for local seafood and seasonal vegetable dishes. 401-466-2836; blockislandresorts.com
Finn’s Seafood Restaurant, Water St. Lunch and dinner menus include chowder, burgers, lobster, and steak. Eat outside and enjoy the bustle of Old Harbor as passengers disembark from the ferries and fishermen bring in the catch. 401-466-2473, 401-466-2102. Finn’s Seafood Restaurant
The 1661 Inn, Spring St. Famous for a summer breakfast buffet that includes homemade pastry, an omelette station, and baked bluefish. 401-466-2836. blockislandresorts.com
Star Department Store, Water St. Buy saltwater taffy, souvenirs, beach gear, and T-shirts as the island’s longest-running gift shop. 401-466-5541.
The Boatworks & BI Kite Co., Corn Neck Rd. Colorful selections of kites and toys. 401-466-2033.
The Scarlett Begonia, Dodge St. Fun jewelry, imports, and gifts. 401-466-5024.
Island Bound Bookstore, Post Office Building, Water St. From shipwreck lore to nature guides and best sellers, this is the place to find your beach reading. 401-466-8878; islandboundbookstore.com