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Block Island, My Favorite Place on Earth

Updated on February 15, 2014

Block Island is my favorite place on earth, and I'm not exaggerating. Often called the Bahamas of New England it has been a vacation spot for tourists for many generations.

Although some call it the playground of the rich, it doesn't take a lot of money, just a thirst for adventure and a free spirit. The island is only two miles wide by 7 miles from north to south and located 12 miles off shore from Rhode Island.

Malcolm Greenaway is a legendary artist and his fine art photography of Block Island can not only be found in his gallery at the end of Water Street on Block Island but also in many restaurants and homes. His images are a gift of summer during a long winter and a brief vacation on a dreary weekend.

As I look at the many moods of the beaches, oceans and coves through the book I am instantly transported to my carefree days of high school when nothing mattered except the beach, boys, and the warm sun that delivered the tan worth bragging.

Day Trip Destination

I grew up in Connecticut, Block Island was my summer day trip destination. My high school friends and I would drive to Pt. Judith, Rhode Island and take the one hour ferry ride to Block Island for the day. Twenty dollars would put gas in the car, pay for the ferry and little else. We packed our lunches, drinks and anything else we needed.

If we took the 8:00 am ferry we would be able to hit Crescent beach at ten that morning and have all day to sit in the sun, cool off in the ocean waves, hang out with friends, and laugh the day away before getting on the seven o'clock ferry home that same night.

In all the years we spent the day on Block Island as teenagers we never left Crescent beach. What were we thinking? There was so much to explore,

Weekend Get Away

After high school, I returned with my family for short day trips, but my dream was to spend a weekend on Block Island in one of the many Inns or Bed and Breakfast resorts. My best friend Laura, who had shared a piece of sand with in high school, always said when our kids were grown and out of the house we would treat ourselves to a girls weekend and return for a weekend get away.

The dream came true in 2011 when we spent four days at the Narragansett Inn. We sat on the deck overlooking the Great Salt Pond, kicked our feet on and relaxed. It was almost like we were teenagers again, but a little bit wiser this time.

We rented bicycles that served as our main mode of transportation, hiked the wildlife conservation trails, ate amazing food at a different restaurant every day, and soaked up the sun until the weariness of the world melted away. We relaxed, but still found time to discover the Block Island in Malcolm Greenaways' book we had never seen.

What Is There To Do On Block Island

There are many things to do on Block Island and it would take an entire summer to complete them.

  • Hike down Mohegan Bluffs
  • People watch on Crescent Beach
  • Visit not one, but two Light Houses
  • Dine in fantastic restaurants
  • Go horseback riding
  • Rent a moped for the ultimate Block Island tour
  • Shop at local art studios
  • Eat a lobster roll on the boardwalk
  • Pet some camels at the petting zoo
  • Shop in unique gift shops
  • Have a campfire and picnic on the beach
  • Watch the boats in Old Harbor
  • Bike ride around the island (it would take the day, but what a trip)
  • Rent a kayak, a sailboat or take a fishing expedition
  • Fish for crabs with a string and hot dogs

A Few Photos From My Own Block Island Scrapbook

Photo Gallery

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The North Lighthouse on Block Island. This lighthouse is accessed via a one mile beach hike. In the evening you can see the sun set into the ocean.Stacked rock cairns dot the beaches around Block Island. Some say they are for good luck, others but regardless they are whimsical and fun.Sand dunes, sea grass and weather fences, where ever you turn is beauty.Cairns on Mohegan Bluffs.South Lighthouse on Block Island.Mac Phails cafe, great place for clam chowder and ice cream for dessert. You can sit under umbrellas and watch the boats come into Old Harbor.Renting a bike is the best way to get around the island, it's inexpensive and fun at the same time.My first time crabbing, imagine crabbing for the first time in my forties. The kids that taught me though it was a hoot.Rock cairn, or stack of rocks, who know what they mean, but the beaches were littered with them.Oh to have a beach house on Block Island, it would be my dream come true. I could totally live on Block Island for a summer season.The stairs going up the hill from Mohegan Bluffs, what a twalkBeaches of Block Island
The North Lighthouse on Block Island. This lighthouse is accessed via a one mile beach hike. In the evening you can see the sun set into the ocean.
The North Lighthouse on Block Island. This lighthouse is accessed via a one mile beach hike. In the evening you can see the sun set into the ocean.
Stacked rock cairns dot the beaches around Block Island. Some say they are for good luck, others but regardless they are whimsical and fun.
Stacked rock cairns dot the beaches around Block Island. Some say they are for good luck, others but regardless they are whimsical and fun.
Sand dunes, sea grass and weather fences, where ever you turn is beauty.
Sand dunes, sea grass and weather fences, where ever you turn is beauty.
Cairns on Mohegan Bluffs.
Cairns on Mohegan Bluffs.
South Lighthouse on Block Island.
South Lighthouse on Block Island.
Mac Phails cafe, great place for clam chowder and ice cream for dessert. You can sit under umbrellas and watch the boats come into Old Harbor.
Mac Phails cafe, great place for clam chowder and ice cream for dessert. You can sit under umbrellas and watch the boats come into Old Harbor.
Renting a bike is the best way to get around the island, it's inexpensive and fun at the same time.
Renting a bike is the best way to get around the island, it's inexpensive and fun at the same time.
My first time crabbing, imagine crabbing for the first time in my forties. The kids that taught me though it was a hoot.
My first time crabbing, imagine crabbing for the first time in my forties. The kids that taught me though it was a hoot.
Rock cairn, or stack of rocks, who know what they mean, but the beaches were littered with them.
Rock cairn, or stack of rocks, who know what they mean, but the beaches were littered with them.
Oh to have a beach house on Block Island, it would be my dream come true. I could totally live on Block Island for a summer season.
Oh to have a beach house on Block Island, it would be my dream come true. I could totally live on Block Island for a summer season.
The stairs going up the hill from Mohegan Bluffs, what a twalk
The stairs going up the hill from Mohegan Bluffs, what a twalk
Beaches of Block Island
Beaches of Block Island

Take A Memento Of Your Trip Home

I believe in bringing home souvenirs of places I've visited as a touchstone or talisman. Keepsakes to me hold a memory of the people you are with, feelings you had while there, and remind your of the journey you took.

14k Gold Charm Block Island, Ri On Round Frame With North Lighthouse
14k Gold Charm Block Island, Ri On Round Frame With North Lighthouse

This gold charm is a wonderful keepsake of Block Island and will remind you of fond memories.

Block Island is a wedding destination for many couples and this elegant gold charm would make a great wedding or anniversary gift for anyone who got married on the island.

 
Block Island Lighthouse (30in x 40in Art Print)
Block Island Lighthouse (30in x 40in Art Print)

Because of Block Island lighthouses are special to me.

I have hiked and biked up the hill to the South Lighthouse many times. That in itself is a feat for anyone who has conquered "the hill".

The view at the top over looking Mohegan Bluffs and the ocean is magnificent.

Being a land locked Nebraskan now, I really treasure my beach and ocean time.

Waves are endless, never failing, and faithful. Like God. Maybe that is why I connect with the ocean so much. It's as close to the power of God as you can become.

 

Discover Block Island For Yourself

Don't take my word for it purchase a copy of the book Block Island, the Jewel of Rhode Island for yourself and decide.

New Englands best kept secret isn't really a secret when Good Morning America does a story highlight on the island. Find out from those in the know why Block Island is called the Bahamas of New England.

Block Island is for lovers, and a perfect location for a wedding proposal and wedding.

If You Enjoyed This Taste of Block Island Let Me Know Let others know of your Block Island experience, or your review of Malcolm Galaways' art.

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This sounds like a great place to spend some time....and two lighthouses...what could be better than that? Thanks for sharing.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      My wife and I stumbled on Block Island by accident one cay while driving around, just discovering. It really is a magical place, sort of make-believe and real all at once, an escape from the mainland that you just have to wish was bigger and more accessible.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      How beautiful a spot. Can't wait to go there.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I would love to go there - this place is so beautiful - honestly, I had no idea it existed until this lens, amazingly pretty - am watching the video - thanks for the intro to it

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      Never been there, but it looks so beautiful, I heard great stuff about it, lovely lens! Greets, Joebeducci

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Tasty, for sure.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Ruthi: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. Riding a moped was phenomenal and I didn't hit anything either!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Not having heard of Block Island before this, I appreciate your story and the information about the island. It was great to hear you and your school chum managed the dream come true trip to the island and that you enjoyed more than the beach this time around!