Even though summer is (unfortunately) winding down, Block Island, Rhode Island, is staying hot.
With its nice beaches, plethora of restaurants, and exciting island activities, this small island still makes a fun getaway before the fall grind grabs hold.
If you find yourself hoping on the Block Island Ferry and heading to this nautical locale, here is what you can expect.
Hanging out at Ballard’s Beach is the main attraction
Ballard’s Beach is truly more than you think it is. Besides being a place to sit back and relax on (with extremely comfortable chairs and a big umbrella, no less), it has a huge restaurant with amazing seafood options, a big outdoor bar and two stages for live music. You can truly spend the entire day at Ballard’s and never feel a pang of boredom.
There are a lot of cute places to stay on the island
The Block Island Ferry will likely drop you off in the Old Harbor area of the island, which is home to hotspots like Ballard’s and a plethora of great restaurants. This means that if you’re looking for a place to stay on this island, you’ve found your spot. You’ll find that most hotels in this area look like the Inn at Old Harbor: quaint, Victorian-style bed and breakfasts with a homey feel few on the mainland have.
Mopeds are the best way to see the island
Riding a moped–whether it’s on Block Island or anywhere else–is an absolute must in life. I learned that after my family and I rented them and cruised around the island for almost two hours. On BI, everyone and their mother believes “it’s the only way to see the island,” and I quickly realized that it’s true.
Good food is not hard to find here
Take one step off the ferry, and you’ll be bombarded with places to chow down in. Unsurprisingly, BI is noted for its incredible seafood selection, with almost every restaurant serving up lobster and crab in some form (or forms). One popular pick is Beachhead: a quaint surf n’ turf restaurant that features a pretty wrap-around porch and homey decor on a first rate spot upon the Atlantic.
Other solid choices include Poor People’s Pub for savory pub bites and Three Sisters for classic sandwiches.
BI is a place where baked goods and candy thrive
In the Old Harbor district of BI, walk a little of the main streets and wander behind the buildings to find where all the sugar is hiding out. Located pretty centrally in Old Harbor is Aldo’s Bakery, which is a mini mecca of all things sugar, including pastries, ice cream, chocolates a more. If that’s not enough, there are two separate fudge and candy shops nearby, along with an ice cream shop on every block (I kid you not). My sweet tooth was very, very happy here.
All and all: if you’re looking for a Nantucket escape, but not willing to pay the Nantucket prices, Block Island is definitely a vacay worth checking into.