3 Days in Block Island
Three Days in Block Island
Block Island is an island 11 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. It is a huge tourist destination in the summer. Travelers come to the island by private boat, small plane, or more commonly the ferry services which leave from various locations.
Tourism on Block Island has boomed over the years, with an increasing amount of new visitors and travelers bringing tons of new energy to the Island. It is a great place to travel for a vacation with the family and the kids, a trip with friends, or even a great relaxing solo experience. The summer months are busy and bustling, so any reservations should be made as far in advance as possible (ferries, hotels, house rentals, etc.).
This day will begin on Water St. and stay close to this location all day.
Morning: Mornings are the best time to enjoy physical activities and be outdoors in the sun before the summer heat takes effect. The journey will start today with renting a moped hourly or for a half day. Water Street, the main road across from the ferry dock has many moped rental venues including The Moped Man, and Aldo’s Rentals. ‘’Remember’’ most rental places require the driver to be 21 and have a valid form of identification. Leave Water Street and head toward the Northern Light which is about 4 miles away (there is no exact location of the lighthouse but the locals here are friendly so ask around the best way to get there). On the way stop at 130 Weldon Way which, the site of the famous Aldo’s Bakery( http://www.aldosbakery.com/ ), known for their breakfast delivery by boat. A traditional pancake or egg breakfast will cost you about $7 dollars, or try something from the bakery which they are known for. After exploring the lighthouse return the moped back to Water Street.
Afternoon: Leaving the moped rental shop, take the short walk to Ballards Beach (http://www.ballardsinn.com/about/ ) also located on Water St. next to the ferry dock. This is a great beach for tanning, swimming and playing volleyball and they even have waitresses to deliver drinks to your towel. Talk about relaxing. Try a frozen cocktail and dance to the music on the patio. You don’t have to leave Ballard’s or lunch, they have a popular restaraunt on site. The menu is mostly seafood. ‘’Remember’’ this is one of the rowdier beaches and may not be the best place for young kids.
Night: Across from Ballard’s on Water St. is the National Hotel which is a great dinner location. The National serves mostly seafood and steaks and an entree will cost around $25 per person. You can look out on the ocean and people watch from the deck or enjoy a more formal dining experience from the inside. ‘’Remember’’ Block Island is busy on weekend nights so reservations are recommended.After dinner take the short walk to Corner Neck Road and head to McGovern’s Yellow Kitten Bar (http://www.mcgovernsyellowkittens.com/). Here you will find a great way to finish off your night with live entertainment, dancing, billiards, and drinks.
Sights and Sounds
Morning: The mornings in Block Island tend to stay nice and cool in the summer which provides an opportunity to get out and see the island's beautiful scenery without getting too hot. With over 30 miles in hiking trails throughout the island, many visitors and locals alike find themselves walking along the scenic paths that cut through nearly the entire island. The day will begin with a trip to the 1661 Inn for breakfast. Known for its breathtaking views fantastic breakfast, this is a great spot and only a short distance from the events planned for the rest of the day. You can expect to spend anywhere between $10 and $25 for your breakfast depending on how fancy you choose to get (a-la prime steak and eggs). After finishing breakfast you can head North on Spring St. towards Corn Neck Road, where you can find multiple hiking trails. There are two great trails that you could enjoy equally, but don't feel limited to only these choices as there are many more trails throughout the island! The first is Clayhead Trail – a fantastic trail because of its diverse options by choosing your route at a fork that will lead you to either the beach or you can also walk along what is referred to as “the maze” - an unmapped system of small trails that travel along the island's bluffs. To get there you will travel up Corn Neck Road about 2.6 miles until you come to post marker on the right-hand side. Turn right onto a dirt road and go straight about .3 miles until you reach a parking area where you will see the Clay Head Sign. The second is the Hodge Family Preserve – known for its great meadows and bird species that visit throughout the year this trail also boasts what some would call the best views on the northwestern side of the island. To get there you will travel north on Corn Neck Road 2.9 miles; on your left you will see a sign and parking area for the Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve.
Afternoon: Likely ready for lunch, there is a great farmer's market that operates on Saturdays where you could buy both fresh ingredients and prepared foods to eat. After returning back from your hike off Corn Neck Road you can begin to head south to get back towards town. You can take a right on to Beach Avenue and continue down the road until you reach Ocean Avenue on your left. Follow Ocean about halfway down and you will come onto the Block Island farmer's market – which operates only on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 so make sure you start your day early enough to get there in time! Filled with great locally produced goods such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, crafts, shellfish and the added ambiance of frequent live musicians. The farmer's market only operates between June 11th and Columbus day, so if your trip falls outside of these dates you can grab lunch at one of two great places to eat only a short distance from where the farmer's market is located. Both Mohegan Cafe (213 Water Street) and Atlantic Inn (359 High Street) are great options for a classic but tasty lunch. You can expect to spend between $10 and $25. Again, don't feel limited as these are only recommendations that are in close proximity!
Night: As the day turns to night the island begins to come alive with live music and activities in every which direction. Likely ready for dinner you can choose to make your own with fresh ingredients that you collected at the farmer's market earlier or head into town to grab some food. Hotel Manisses is a great choice for a fantastic – albeit a little pricy – dinner. At the Manisses you can expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $30 for your average dinner. You can also choose to head into Captain Nick's Rock and Roll Bar and grab something a little cheaper and quick ($10 to $20 range). Captain Nick's is also a great place to end up on a Saturday night in Block Island. Often boasting live music on Saturdays throughout the summer Captain Nick's draws people, bands, and their fans from all over to add to the bar's already terrific ambiance. Live bands can range from blues to rock to electronica so it's always best to check the schedule at (www.captainnicks.com) to make sure you'd be interested in the act!
A Relaxing Day