Road Trip: Block Island, RI

by Kimberly Hickok

We spent the last weekend of June on Block Island, Rhode Island. Friends of ours own two inns there – The Inn at Block Island and The Barrington. The last time we went, we chartered a small plane and flew out. We stayed at The Barrington Inn. This time we drove to Point Judith, Rhode Island, took the ferry and stayed at The Inn at Block Island.

Boarding the hi-speed ferry in Point Judith.

The high speed ferry takes less than half an hour to make the trip from the mainland to the island. We boarded at 12:30. We walked from the ferry to the National Hotel right around the corner. By 1:15 we were enjoying lunch and cocktails! You can’t beat that!

The Inn at Block Island is less than a 10-minute walk from the center of town. After checking in, we walked to the beach. The day was absolutely beautiful. From our spot on the beach we could enjoy the beach or enjoy the ferries and boats coming into the Old Harbor.

My friend L enjoying the beach.

After a few hours, it was time to get ready for dinner. We showered, and relaxed on the porch before dinner.

A view of the Inn at Block Island. The porch is awesome! I can’t think of a better place to enjoy breakfast in the morning, a book in the afternoon or cocktails in the evening!

Block Island is full of history. It was settled in 1661. There’s plenty to explore. We rented mopeds for two hours and did a more indepth tour of the island. We visited the southern lighthouse and got a special surprise. A wedding was in progress. We got there just as the bagpiper was playing the processional. We got to see the bridal party as they made their way across grounds from the lighthouse to the wedding site. Neat!


The ring bearer and flower girl. She was barefoot. So cute!

The lighthouse is being restored. The building and its location are absolutely gorgeous.

The lighthouse.

After our jaunt around the island, my friend L and I went to the beach, her husband took a nap and my husband went clamming. We spent the evening with our hosts and a group of friends eating clams, drinking wine that our host made, singing and listening to music. The weekend went much too quickly.

If you’re located anywhere near New York City, Long Island, Boston or upstate New York, you should definitely put Block Island on the list of places you should visit.

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Janice Doty June 30, 2010 - 10:56 am

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I would definitely consider as an alternate to the Cape.

Kim June 30, 2010 - 8:04 pm

It’s especially nice if you’re looking for something that’s not as ‘touristy’.

Heather June 30, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Sounds and looks great!!

Carrie Marie June 30, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Wow!!! Block Island looks beautiful! I’m glad to hear that you had a nice trip!

Tom Dyer July 1, 2010 - 10:33 am

Sounds like a must visit place. Great write up.



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