Happy Friday! Today sounds like a good day for a little trip…even if it’s just down memory lane.
But when you DO decide to take one, I highly, highly recommend Block Island during the spring or fall, in the off season.
Here’s what I suggest:
- South Light – gorgeous lighthouse with sweeping ocean views.
- Mohegan Bluffs- after you check out the lighthouse,you’ll see these huge and beautiful steps, which lead down to the water, where you can walk along the beach and admire everything around you.
- Block Island Airport- bike over to the airport around lunchtime and eat at Bethany’s Airport diner while you watch small planes land and take off!
- Manisses Animal Farm- This little zoo is the best! They have some interesting animals, including camels, a Scottish Highland Steer, and a yak. There are also some fainting goats and even kangaroos. They’re all people-friendly so you can get very close!
- Eli’s (dinner)
- Mohegan Cafe (Brewpub – good for lunch and dinner)
- Poor People’s Pub (for a quick lunch or a drink)
*Since we went during the off season, in the spring, several places that I know are great were still closed. The choices were still plentiful, but a couple of good spots were unfortunately closed. I’d still recommend skipping the summer rush and getting the island all to yourself!
You can have a drink at any spot on the island, but one of the nicest options is having your own bottle of wine and enjoying it on the porch/backyard of your inn. I highly recommend bringing your own wine, too, because the store on the island is extremely expensive since everything gets delivered from the mainland.
- Biking from one end of the island to the other- there are almost no cars on the road and when you get to the island, you can rent a bike or a scooter. We went with bikes for a more earth-friendly option, and it’s great exercise!
- Pre-dinner drinks and appetizers at The National, where I haven’t personally been but which comes highly recommended by most people and does look beautiful. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset!
- Wine and Nibbles- This is something the inn we stayed at (The Avonlea) and others on the island do in the late afternoon. There’s free wine, delicious homemade cookies, small bites, and a chance to either sit on the porch or by the fireplace, and enjoy the company of other visitors at your inn.
- Leave your car at home, because the only way to get it here is via ferry and once you’re there, the last thing you feel like doing is driving.
- Rent a bike to get around. All inns have bike parking for the night.
- There are no hotels or chains here! It’s all adorable, privately owned inns.
- Bring your own wine.
- Take an Amtrak to Kingston, Rhode Island, and ask someone at the info booth for the phone number of a cab company. You’ll get a ride to Port Judith, RI, where you can buy a ferry ticket straight to the island. The trip from the mainland is about 1 hour.
Enjoy! Block Island is one of the BEST places when you just want to get away from it all and relax.