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A Last Great Place.

Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, offers the vacationer what does not seem possible anymore – simple relaxation in a startlingly beautiful place.  The Island is famous for its miles of free public beaches, sparkling clear waters, dramatic bluffs, preserved open spaces, and fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages.   Block Island has long been a haven for residents and visitors who have found here a quality of life that recalls the pleasures of a life that is simpler, slower, and somehow, more carefree.  It’s no wonder that the Nature Conservancy has designated Block Island “One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.”

For the Love of Long Summer Days

A beach trip to Block Island is the perfect option to enjoy a day or more away. As a frequent traveler to Block Island I have found some helpful packing tips that I’d like to share. Whether you are planning a day trip or a full week of Summer Vacation, this beach packing list has you covered.

If you’re worried about what to bring to the beach and what you’re likely to forget, prepare yourself for the ultimate list of beach essentials. From basics to extras, and from toiletries to luxury relaxation, you won’t forget a thing if you stick to these beach necessities. 

LIGHT LUGGAGE 

Your luggage should always be versatile and lightweight. Especially for a beach vacation, you want to make sure you don’t pack too much. The goal is to relieve stress, not add to it. 

GETTING ORGANIZED 

For vacations where you are planning lots of activities, you have a lot of supplies. From sandals and walking shoes to sunscreen and shades, you need to keep it all organized. 

Try saving space by compressing your clothing. And don’t forget to use packing organizers. You can then quickly slide organizers of any kind straight into the drawers of your hotel dresser, making unpacking simple. 

Let’s not forget, you’ll surely need to bring some food to the beach—and a way to keep it cool. Coolers are too bulky for a beach vacation, so instead pack a large lunch bag or insulated bag with your food essentials.

THE BASICS: BEACH PACKING CHECKLIST 

Even if you plan to lounge on the beach and do nothing else (my kinda vacation), there are some basic items you want to include in your beach packing list. 

  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bathing suit 
  • A good book 
  • Sandals 
  • Tank tops 
  • Shorts 
  • Hat 
  • Cell phone and portable charger 
  • Underwear 
  • Pajamas 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Soap 

 If you have room, some of my favorite fun things to take to the beach include: 

  • Frisbees and beach balls to start a friendly game
  • Goggles 
  • Snorkel
  • Towel 
  • Sarong
  • Beach umbrella

For entertainment purposes, you should consider packing the following items: 

  • Portable speaker
  • Laptop or tablet 
  • Headphones 
  • Camera
  • Electrical converters or travel adapters 
  • Journal and pen 
  • Book 
  • Chapstick 
  • Water bottle and bottle sling
  • Insulated tote bag or cooler

Vacation is supposed to be fun, so try not to spend time worrying about whether you forgot to lock up the house before you left. Use these lists of things to bring as a jumping off point for your own personalized beach packing list. Go through your itinerary day by day and make a list of things to take to the beach that you know you will need. Dress yourself (and any traveling little ones) from head to toe each day, considering all weather scenarios and other possible travel hiccups. 

Now it’s time to gather your friends, pack your bags, take a final pre-trip picture for social media, and enjoy your glorious beach vacation getaway on Block Island!

http://www.blockislandinfo.com for more!

A Summer Message from Block Island

As the sand spreads everywhere, the sun shines on our faces, and the salty air rejuvenates our souls, those of us who live and breath Block Island all year are getting excited about sharing our island and our businesses with those of you ready to start the Summer season.

We are committed to making your visit with us memorable. If you are spending an overnight, your room will be waiting for you, as will the comforts of outdoor sitting areas, fire-pits, play spaces, and more. You’ll see that several restaurants with old favorites and new options are opening up for the season. Let’s not forget the boutique shops supplying you with rare finds and souvenirs. They’re back at it as well!  You can walk, ride or drive everywhere on island!

To accommodate your need for adventure and the anticipated, well deserved, Island Time, the Block Island Ferry from Point Judith has extended their hours and the ferries are running more frequently. The New London ferry starts this weekend as does the Montauk ferry! Block Island Airlines is always an option for those of you who prefer the sky to the ocean. However you get here, just make sure to get here soon!

Don’t forget your sense of adventure, appetites, sunblock, flip flops and swimsuits. Let’s welcome back summer vacations, school breaks, and island time!

If you have questions about what to do or where to stay check us out on www.blockislandinfo.com

Daffodil Days and Spring Things!

Daffodil Days and Spring Things!

Any day now the daffodils at the maze will be in full bloom for all to enjoy! The island will be bustling in a few months but April is definitely the Shoulder, or quiet, season on Block Island . You want to visit now to experience the flowers in all their glory. These beauties are often the first sign of spring on the island, and they are a sight for sore eyes after a long winter. The famous display typically makes its presence mid April and lasts for about a month, delighting all who visit.

But daffodils are just the beginning! There are plenty of bulbs and blossoms you’ll spot over the coming weeks on the island. They will be accompanied by several types of our feathered friends singing a tune and flying the skies. Block Island is a favorite for all the birdwatchers out there. It’s actually recognized as one of the most important migratory bird habitats on the east coast.

Another fun Spring stop is the 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens. It is home to camels, llamas, goats, swans, a yak, a zebu, lemurs and even red kangaroos! Yes, the animals are there year round, but they are so energetic in the spring. It’s not too hot, not too cold. They look forward to meeting new people and feeding with friends.

Now you may ask how will you get to these magnificent places… take a hike, or a bike! There are many Greenway trails crisscrossing the island, across the more than 47% preserved open space on the island that you can walk. Biking is also a great way to get around and get those cardio muscles working, you can rent or bring your own – don’t forget your helmet!

And while you are exploring, don’t forget to look for those famous glass floats.

For more information on hiking, biking, float hunting and more check out blockislandinfo.com

Getting to Block Island

Getting to the island is part of the fun! The sights you will take in before you arrive on Block Island are breathless, whether in the sky or in the water.

To catch a wave:

The Block Island Traditional Ferry provides year-round service from Point Judith, RI.  This is the only Ferry that can take vehicles to the island and reservations for vehicles are required.  Passenger reservations are recommended. 

The Hi-Speed Ferry is a state-of-the-art High Speed Catamaran, it sails mid-May through mid-October.   The ferry departs from the State Pier in Point Judith, R.I.  and docks in Old Harbor in under 30 minutes. 

The “Islander” is a high-speed ferry that runs seasonally. The ferry runs from Downtown Newport (Perrotti Park) and Old Harbor, Block Island, and takes one hour. 

Please visit www.blockislandferry.com for schedules and information or call (401) 783-4613.

The Block Island Express connects New London, CT and Old Harbor, Block Island in just over one hour on a high-speed catamaran.  The terminal in New London is located next to the train station and limited parking is available with a municipal garage across the street.  This ferry runs May through September only.  Reservations are recommended. Visit  www.goblockisland.com for schedules and more information.

The Viking Fast Ferry connects Montauk, NY to New Harbor, Block Island in about one hour via high speed ferry.  Ferry runs Memorial Day through Labor Day only.  For schedule information and directions visit www.vikingfleet.com.

Upon arriving at any mainland ferry dock you will see lots used for parking. Rates are reasonable and vary by season and lot.

If you’d like to captain your own boat, you can call ahead for docking reservations at marinas on Block Island:

New Harbor Boat Basin. (401) 480-1429. Champlin’s Marina. (401) 466-7777
Payne’s Dock. (401) 466-5572.
Old Harbor Town Dock. (401) 466-3235

If you plan on being your own captain and picking up a mooring or anchoring in the private boat section you’ll need to know where to go:

New Harbor on the West Side of the Island, in the beautiful Great Salt Pond. New Harbor has 3 large marinas, 90 town moorings and a 75 acre anchorage for vessels. The Harbormaster’s Office is located at the New Harbor Boat Basin during the summer season.  The Harbormaster can be contacted on VHF CH 12 once you arrive in New Harbor.  . Reservations are not taken as they are first come first serve.  It is a 3 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk from New Harbor to town or to Crescent Beach.

Old Harbor on the East Side of the Island is a Harbor of Refuge protected by a breakwater.  There is limited space for anchoring, which  is restricted. Please call the Harbormaster with any questions.   Old Harbor is in the center of town and has a small 30 boat marina operated by the Town.  Dockage is first come first serve. The Commercial ferry landing is also located in Old Harbor.

For more information contact the Block Island Harbors Department at (401) 466-3204


To get some air:

New England Airlines has been providing daily scheduled air service to Block Island as a certificated Commuter Airline since 1970.   Air services, provided by New England Airlines, are offered daily (year round) from Westerly, RI.  Westerly, located just off Interstate 95 is an easy drive, or train ride from anywhere in New England. (AMTRAK serves Westerly with daily trains between Washington/New York and Boston).  Flight time between Westerly and Block Island is 12 minutes.  Parking at the Westerly airport is FREE!  New England Airlines also offers charter flights to airports throughout New England.
For more information and reservations please visit  www.blockislandsairline.com or call (800) 243-2460 or 401-596-2460.

Block Island Airport (BID)

Block Island state airport is a vacation destination for thousands of passengers each year arriving on New England airlines. The airport also serves the community’s critical needs by providing access for time-sensitive cargo and urgent medical transport. Bethany’s, the on-airport restaurant, is a popular destination for the new England GA community. The terminal has a welcoming atmosphere and is located within walking distance of downtown New Shoreham and Block Island’s free beaches.  Various local companies offer charter service to area airports, for information Contact the airport:  401-466-5511, https://www.pvdairport.com/corporate/general-aviation/block-island-bid

So whether you’ll be visiting by seas or skies, getting to the island is part of the adventure. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Happy 2022 Friends!

Block Island is a small island located 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island where you’ll mostly find 3 types of people. You have the locals, those full time-year round residents; then there are the vacationers, who simply can’t believe how far away from home they feel like they are right in Rhode Island’s backyard; and you have the regulars. After a few trips to the island, you’ll become a regular. These are visitors who travel to the island time and again and often daydream of being a local.

Whether you are a vacationer or a regular, Block Island is the perfect destination for your 2022 getaway. It is a well known but still hidden gem full of beaches, natural attractions, casual dining restaurants and bed and breakfast accommodations. The ambiance you’ll find when dining at the restaurants or staying at one of the inns will have you coming back for more. We can’t say it’ll become an annual tradition…more like a monthly dream. Whether you eat at the beach or at the bar, you’ll be breathing the salty air and viewing the beauty no matter where you turn.

Block Island has lots of activities to suit everyone’s needs. Many enjoy the walking trails found crisscrossing through the island. Some prefer biking the paved and dirt roads discovering the sights. You can experience nature and wildlife while getting a good workout on the island’s hills. Looking for a challenge? Try the 142 steps at Mohegan Bluffs!

Of course, a trip to the island is not complete until you’ve visited our beaches. From Surf to Mansion and beyond, you’ll put your toes in the white sand, soak in the sun, and breathe in the salty air (even in the off-season!).

From hikes and bike rides for those looking to stay fit on vacation, to beach days and refreshments for those looking for the meaning of relaxation, to boutique shopping for everyone looking to bring a piece of Block island home, there is something for everyone. We haven’t even scratched the surface of what Block Island offers here! Your getaway is what you make it. Your vacation time will be well spent when you choose Block Island.

2022 is your year. Where will you be?

http://www.blockislandinfo.com for more information and to get started planning your vacation.

Tis the Season!

The turkey has been bought. The trimmings have been planned. We are days away from the big event. If you don’t dry the bird, it promises to be a success! But what have you done to make sure the following weekend continues with the holiday spirit?

Have you given any thought to this year’s Holiday Stroll? This is an event not to be missed! The Block Island Holiday Stroll brings you the spirit of the holidays, something you can’t find online or in a big box store. Nothing says “I’ve given a lot of thought to your gift this year” like a unique present from one of the island’s boutique shops. Go ahead, get one for yourself too!

Pick up a friend or two, get on the ferry, head to the island, and be merry. And don’t forget to check out our famous Lobster Pot Tree! The sales and low key shopping event start on Friday November 26th and last all weekend. On Saturday, there will even be a Winter Market where many of your favorite Summer time vendors will be present to showcase their artwork and crafts.

So this year, instead of the traditional Black Friday shopping, we encourage you to make it a Block Friday. In fact, make it a weekend event. Check out these accommodations if a day of holiday fun isn’t enough: https://www.blockislandchamber.com/2021-block-island-annual-holiday-stroll

So what are you waiting for? Check out the ferry and plane schedules here and we’ll see you in a few days! As a bonus, the high speed ferry is running!

https://www.blockislandferry.com/schedules-fares/pt-judith-hi-speed-schedule

http://blockislandsairline.com/index.php/block-island-flights/

Save the Date for Block Island!

There is nothing more inspiring than Fall on Block Island.  It’s a time when locals and visitors walk along the island’s beautiful beaches without the crowds. It’s a time when everyone begins looking forward to the Fall seasonal festivities. It’s a time to get to the island.


SAVE these dates!

  • Get ready for some Halloween fun at the Yellow Kittens on October 30, 9pm- 1am.
    • “Nightclub of the Living Dead” featuring DJ Libre, Costume Contest with cash prizes and door proceeds benefiting the BIVFD
  • Poor People’s Pub Halloween Bash – Sunday, October 31st – 10pm – 1am.
    • “Kill the Kegs” 3$ draft beers and cash prizes for best costume.
  • Annual Block Island Holiday Stroll- Nov 26-28.
    • “Shop, Sip and Stroll” for 2021! Stores will be open, coffee will be on, lunch will be served, there are places open to stay and the famous Block Island Lobster Pot Tree will be lit! More info on participating stores and restaurants at http://www.blockislandchamber.com
  • New Year’s Eve on 12/31! New Year’s Eve is always a good time to be on Block Island! Restaurants are open and the Annual Lion’s Club Polar Plunge goes off at noon on the 1st. Stay tuned to http://www.blockislandinfo.com for information.

And don’t forget to take some time to connect with while you are on the island! The tranquility of the island is a perfect setting to curl up with a hot cocoa and a good book outdoors.  If you are looking for some activity on the island, take the bike tour or walk the grounds of the 2 Lighthouses on the island. The beauty and history you will experience is worth the trip. Who knows, you may also find some glass globes this year and say you conquered the “Float Project”. For more information visit https://www.blockislandinfo.com/

Fall for Fall on Block Island.

Photo: Ross Draper

Fall on the Island is considered by many to be Block Island’s best season.  It’s a time when everyone, locals and guests to our paradise alike, can walk along the island’s beautiful beaches without quite so many people. It’s a time to look forward to the seasonal festivities. You can find the farmers’ markets and the artisan’s markets, fall décor in the island’s boutique shops, a pumpkin coffee or cocktail on the area’s restaurant menus, and much more.

Block Island in the Fall is one of Rhode Island’s best-kept secrets. The water is still warm enough to swim, the businesses are open, the accommodations are at off-season rates and availability, the congestion in town is less and the sunsets are spectacular.

Block Island is the real-life New England island retreat authors love to write about. Complete with rolling hills, stone walls, tales of buried pirate treasure and vacation spots known for Kennedy sightings, Block Island is a vacation destination of choice.

At only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide, Block Island can be explored by foot, bicycle, moped, or taxi. There is magic in the exploration of the Island; finding a secret spot, a quiet bench, a secluded cove, the perfect sunset spot…..

A treasure to be seen for those willing to put in the effort is the Mohegan Bluffs. Let us talk you into trekking down the 142 steps to the rocky and secluded beach below. The 150-foot bluffs are a sight to be seen from the beach level below, never mind the view from the top.

There are plenty of Fall adventures to be had on the Island if you are so inclined. Kayak tours, Paddleboarding, marine life touch tanks at BIMI, fishing from shore or from a boat charter. You can also take a walk on the many trails the island has to offer, keeping your eyes peeled for a glass float. Maybe rent a bike and ride along the coast. All you really need is a sweatshirt and a camera to capture a good time.

Once you’ve explored the island’s natural majesties there are many wonderful and unique stores and restaurants that stay open through the fall. You’ll leave wanting to come back for more, and we will be here!

Visit www.blockislandinfo.com to find out more on what there is to do on island this Fall!