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Block Island Is Lively, Not Lonely

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Solitude can be tough to find on the beautiful, busy beaches of Miami, Los Angeles or Cancun. But that’s not so at Block Island, 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island. There are no lack of tourist-friendly amenities: grand Victorian seaside inns and cozy little bed-and-breakfasts; cute shops offering ocean-themed trinkets and treasures; bustling beaches just steps from the central Old Harbor commercial district.

Visiting Block Island

But Block Island RI has a prominent natural side, too. The Island has a wide-open feel, despite the throngs of visitors arriving every summer day. More than 40 percent of the island remains undeveloped, thanks in part to national and local conservation organizations that have helped preserve large tracts.

Visitors can rent cars on the island, although bicycles are a popular option. Mopeds are another choice, although they (but not cars) are banned from the many dirt roads, making a bike the best vehicle for a leisurely exploration of the island’s more natural side. Block Island (like Big and Little Darby creeks in central Ohio) was named a “Last Great Place” by the Island’s Nature Conservancy office.

Although the first white settlers landed in 1661, the island outpost was extremely sleepy for a couple of centuries, until a breakwater was built at Old Harbor in 1870, allowing boats to safely dock. The island’s other commercial center, New Harbor, was established in 1895 after a large channel was cut from the open ocean into Great Salt Pond, the large saltwater lake at the center of the island. Although the harbor entrances are on opposite sides of the island, New Harbor is only about a mile from Old Harbor as the crow flies or the hiker walks.

New Harbor is smaller than Old but has several popular attractions such as Payne’s Dock, a center of activity for both boaters and landlubbers. It’s a good spot to rent a kayak and explore the Great Salt Pond or the channels and quiet connecting bodies such as Harbor Pond and Trim’s Pond.

Although it’s simple to find solitude, the friendly denizens also make it easy to make new acquaintances.You can see huge yachts and spectacular summer homes, but Block Island also is comfortably scruffy around the edges, in contrast to local mainland resort towns such as Newport. In addition to the trails, the island is ringed by 17 miles of beach and dotted with dozens (local legend says hundreds) of small freshwater ponds.

Those who are willing to make a long trek, or have a wheeled vehicle, might also want to explore historic lighthouses at both the north and south ends of the island. Because, as nice as finding solitude can be, sometimes a traveler likes to hear the friendly voices of his fellow humans. Fortunately, a Block Island vacation is a great place for both.

Block Island Travel Guide

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Looking into visiting the East Coast for your next vacation? Look no further than Block Island, Rhode Island. We may be small, but there is certainly no shortage of activities to experience on the island! Looking for some tips? Keep reading our quick Block Island travel guide!

Your Block Island Travel Guide

About 12 miles off of Rhode Island’s southern coast, Block Island is the smallest state’s answer to nearby bigger and ritzier Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. With 17 miles of beaches that—unlike many of those on its Massachusetts sister islands—are open to everyone, it has been a vacation destination since the 19th century. Despite the number of summer visitors and thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, the island’s beauty remains intact (more than 43% of the land is preserved); its 365 freshwater ponds support thousands of species of birds that migrate seasonally along the Atlantic Flyway.

The original inhabitants of the island were Native Americans who called it Manisses, or “isle of the little god.” Following a 1614 visit by Dutch explorer Adrian Block, the island was given the name Adrian’s Eyelant, and later Block Island. In 1661 it was settled by farmers and fishermen from Massachusetts Bay Colony, who established its second official name, the Town of New Shoreham, when it became part of Rhode Island in 1672.

Block Island RI, with 950 year-round residents, is a laid-back community. You can dine at any of the island’s establishments in shorts and a T-shirt. The busiest season, when the population explodes to about 15,000, is between May and Columbus Day—at other times most restaurants, inns, stores, and visitor services close down. If you plan to stay overnight in summer, make reservations well in advance (try one of our many vacation rentals!); for weekends in July and August, March is not too early.

Block Island Race Week 2015

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Each year, the biggest, longest-running boat regatta on this side of the Atlantic takes place this time of year: Block Island Race Week 2015. This year’s events run from June 21 to June 26 with plenty to offer in what you can do. This year is the 50th anniversary of the events, making it the biggest ever! Book your Rhode Island vacation so that you can attend this magnificent event this year or next.

What You Can Do at Race Week

The Storm Trysail Club puts this event together each year and create multiple events to attend. Race Week 2015 will consist of days with multiple races, shore side activities, and a Round the Island Race. New initiatives will be added with new classes of boats that will be invited to race. An emphasis on environmental awareness and the youth will start, block island ri being a good place to start these activities. This year’s Race Week will include another first for the Storm Trysail Club. Their goal is to make this regatta more environmentally sustainable event. In doing so, they will follow protocols outlined by the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta.

Saturday is when you can go in and get yourself and your boat weighed-in and ready to go at Narragansett Inn. Sunday is when practice starts and races begin. At the end, there will be a welcoming party at the Race Week Tent. You can purchase raffle tickets and on Thursday, June 25, they will do the drawings. Each day consists of a sponsors race day:

  • Monday: Caithness Energy Race Day
  • Tuesday: Vineyard Vines Race Day
  • Wednesday: North Sails Race Day
  • Thursday: Mount Gay Race Day
  • Friday: Deepwater Wind Race Day

Each day during Block Island Race Week, you are sure to find events for families and boaters alike. If you choose to stay within the Block Island Rentals you will get a great view of the boats in the harbor and the ones racing around the island. It’s a view you can’t get anywhere else!

Block Island Tourism: Rodman’s Hollow

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There is a lot that can be accomplished or seen on Block Island RI when you visit or take a relaxing, fun-filled vacation. There are plenty of nature trails and beaches to explore. One of the most popular spots on the island is Rodman’s Hollow. It’s easy to access and provides a wonderful view.

Rodman’s Hollow Tops Block Island Tourism

While on the Greenway Trail on Block Island you’ll usually come to this little spot first. This spot is actually a nature preserve and is quite a popular spot. The main trail runs south and will eventually take you to the bluffs and provide an ocean view. While on your Rhode Island vacation this should definitely be a spot to check out and hike on. This piece of land on Block Island has been preserved for over 30 years now and was one of the first spots to start conservation on the island.

While in this area of land you will get to see the natural beauty of the island. There is a state endangered plant call the Bushy Rockrose and you can find the largest population of this plant on Block Island. If you visit in mid-May, you’ll get to see these beautiful flowers bloom. You’ll get to see the Northern Harrier in this area too. They feed and nest in this area of the island. Next time you plan your vacation, consider our Block Island rentals so that you can be close to nature!

Your Guide to Traveling on Block Island

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Block Island is a gem sometimes left out. However, this island can offer so much to you and your family during your stay. It’s not hard to get a place to stay, how to get to the island, and there’s plenty to do on the island. Planning your trip won’t be too hard and with this guide you’ll be able to plan the perfect vacation for you and your family!

 

Planning Your Perfect Block Island Trip

 

First, you need to book where you will be staying while on your vacation. We offer many lovely Block Island rentals that range in size and are sure to be enough for your family. One of our accommodations is the Leone house. It’s a bed and breakfast with plenty of room and extra amenities. Cleaning, linens, and garbage removal are provided with our accommodations so you have one less thing to worry about on your vacation. With a large deck on back, a large yard, and a private pond there’s a lot to view. The Bellevue house is one of our largest bed and breakfasts with plenty to offer you. The house is on the very top of High Street and is perfect for romantic getaways or family reunions. You can also take a short walk and access a beach. All of our homes are perfectly located on the Island, and each offers a one of a kind experience. The ocean views combined with the luxury of an island getaway come with each home. So, whether you’re traveling with the family or with your significant other, one of our homes will fit your style, preference, and your budget1

 

A short ferry ride is all it takes to get to Block Island RI. You can drive up into Rhode Island and park in a lot until you come back from your vacation. The ferry will take you over to Block Island and from there, everything is within walking distance. Your car can even come to Block Island with you on the ferry if you need it. It’s not hard to get to the island once you travel up to Rhode Island. While on Block Island your experiences can vary. There are beach walks, nature trails, boating, and you can even go parasailing! If you’re looking for something new and fun to do then this could be something good for you. The BEST part about renting with us? We have a ton of special packages jam packed with activities. That way, if you’re not sure what you want to do, we can plan it for you!

 

In the end, no matter what you decide to do on your Rhode Island vacation, you are sure to find something you like whether it’s just relaxing on the beach or going on new adventures.

Block Island Recreation

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There’s plenty to do on Block Island besides going to the beach. You want to have fun while on vacation along with relaxing. Here are a few ideas for what you can do at Block Island RI while you are on vacation and enjoying your time.

Get the most out of Block Island

1. Biking

Block Island consists of multiple trails to bike on as well as hike on. If you reserve your Block Island rentals with us you’ll receive a couch upon arrival for bicycle pick up! And, it’s only 5 minutes away in town! Biking on Block Island is the best way to experience and see Block Island as it’s meant to be. You can start a trail in town and go up to the Southeast Light and travel around the Mohegan Bluffs before coming back to town.

2. Skydiving

Want to try something completely new and bold? Try skydiving over Block Island. The view will be so worth it and it will be a chance taken in a beautiful place. Skydive over one of the most unique skydiving spots on your Rhode Island vacation!

3. Kayaking

There’s no better way to see the island than by kayaking around it. Kayaking is good for anyone- those who have never done it to the kayaking experts. It’s a new way to see the bluffs of the island and explore the beauty on the water. If you’re trying to also keep up your exercise regimen this is a good way to do it. It’s a calming experience and you still get to be in the ocean. It offers a new perspective to those looking for an adventerous taste of Block Island.

Your vacation can be full of daring and new experiences. With all the Block Island has to offer, it’s hard to pass up a getaway with us!

Block Island Vacations: 4 Seasons of Fun

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Block Island RI is one of the best vacation destinations because no matter the season, there’s always fun to be had. Whether you visit us in the warm days of summer or the chilly nights of fall, we have endless activities to offer.

 

What to expect from Block Island Vacations

 

Summer

Of course summer is the ideal time for a vacation. You and the kids have time to get away from everyday life, which is why Block Island has a ton of popular activities such as:

  • 4th of July annual celebration
  • August triathlon
  • Blues on the Beach concerts
  • Art and music festivals

Fall

Since fall is considered to be vacation down time, you’ll be able to experience more fun at less cost. Fall is a beautiful season on Block Island, where you can participate in things like:

  • September’s 15k Run Around the Block
  • The Motoring Event
  • Soapbox Derby
  • Glass Floats Treasure Hunt

Winter

Although it’s cold and the weather may not be to your liking, the winter has its own offerings on Block Island, including:

  • Christmas Shopping Stroll over Thanksgiving weekend
  • The Polar Plunge on New Year’s day
  • The Groundhog Day census

 

Spring

Much like fall, spring is a quieter time, but no less exciting! There are plenty of perks to taking a Block Island vacation during this season:

  • A Taste of Block Island weekends
  • The Shad Bloom Race
  • Food festivals

 

Not to mention the unplanned adventures you’ll get into during your stay with our Block Island rentals!