Block Island Travel Guide

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  • Block Island
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  • Block Island
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Block Island Things to Do

  • Mohegan Bluffs

    The bluffs of Block Island have been in the news quite a bit because of the erosion problems of an island. In fact there is a famous light house that had to be moved back inland a number of feet in order to save it from falling into the ocean. The bluffs and lighthouse are popular destinations if you are renting a moped or a bicycle...or if you...

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  • Are you a fisherman?

    You can find the Block Island Fishworks for bait & tackle....466-5392 on Ocean Av in New Harborwww.bifishworks.comor...How about a fishing charter? Linesider Fishing Charters call Capt. Eric Gustafson at 401/439-5386 or www.linesiderfishing.comthere are others ... some of which specialize in children and their parents... whatever you are looking...

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  • Try Parasailing....if you dare

    A couple of us said we'd probably we'd probably be too chicken to take this ride....while a couple of others in the group have done it in Key West and loved it. Then there are those of us who would rather jump out of an airplane..... I won't tell you which members have each of these choices. Can you guess?You must get fabulous views up there.

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  • Find the bluffs

    The bluffs of Block Island have been in the news quite a bit because of the erosion problems of an island. In fact there is a famous light house that had to be moved back inland a number of feet in order to save it from falling into the ocean. The bluffs and lighthouse are popular destinations if you are renting a moped or a bicycle...or if you...

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  • Enjoy the ocean beach!

    Of course there are many beaches on the island. I always prefer the quiet ones tucked away, but in my younger days I would have loved the beach at the Ballard's Restaurant and Bar. The bar is a hot spot for the younger set....and the beach is a spit of land jutting out into the ocean. What a spot for a sun lover and no doubt a great spot to find...

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  • Enjoy the veggie and flower gardens

    There is a wonderful vegetable garden out behind the Manaseese Hotel. Veggies are often used in the restaurant. This trip we found a fabulous little garden in front of a sweet gift shop. The store owner is from NYC but opted for a quieter life where she now designs and produces great gift items made from vintage fabrics. It's worth a stop. Garden...

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Block Island Restaurants

  • Horrendus food two seasons in a row!

    Aldo's Bakery which is located next to Aldo's Italian Restaurant is not bad. The Restaurant however is truly horrendous. I am sorry to report that I forgave them for the tasteless food I ate there in 2007. I just visited the restaurant again in Late September 2008 and I remembered why I did not care for their food. Plain and simply, the ingrediant...

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  • Great porch dining

    Have lunch on the porch overlooking Great Salt Pond. We haven't tried this one yet....but all these old porches are fun to sit on if only long enough to enjoy tipping a cold one.

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  • Lunch or ice cream overlooking the...

    As the sun was starting to fall, we began to wish for ice cream or iced coffee and a place to sit and relax. We ventured over to the Water St. Cafe where there is a Ben & Jerry's at the back side of it with some outdoor tables and umbrellas to sit and watch the action at the intersection in one direction ... or out toward the harbour looking north....

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  • My favorite place for dinner on BI

    We had stopped here on our last visit and was pleasantly surprised to find it open in the off season. My daughter was could not stop talking about her dinner, the seafood trio(mussels, shrimp, scallops). Our party of 5 selected 5 different dinners and all were satisfied.

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  • Dining Al Fresco on the Beach

    The woman at the CoC in Narragansett recommended Ballard's for lunch - and although we had no idea where to find it, we instinctively turned left off the ferry and followed the road to the end - right to Ballard's Inn. It looked dark and bar-ry inside - not baby friendly - but happily we followed the hostess back outside to the patio, where there...

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  • Clam Chowder!

    Everyone thinks their clam chowder is the best, but in regards to the Harborside Inn I would have to agree with them. A bowl of this stuff is a filling meal in itself. Sit on the Porch and take in the sights and sounds of the busiest street (and block) on Block Island with a beeline view of the ferry dock.

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Block Island Nightlife

  • Clubs & plenty of partying

    I'm not a nightlife fan...but I can tell you my youngest son has had some memorable weekends out there in his youth. Many young folks go out to work the bars and restaurants for the summer and party like crazy at night. It's a fun spot if you are into that sort of thing. Ask around when you get there, and you'll discover whatever is hot at the...

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  • Flaming Coffees

    Menu is rather expensive so we ate elsewere and then sprung for the flaming coffee. They have about 8 to 10 different coffees with liquors that the waiter mixes in front of you. Quite a show! Coffee will set you back about $9.

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Block Island Transportation

  • Enjoy the ferry to Block Island

    It's a great ride... blustery, but you can go below deck if you get chilly. My father used to love to take the ferry to Block Island and back... didn't care about the island... just the ride.Folks stand at the rail in the beginning and ending of the ride, but settle into reading or snoozing or snacking during the one hour ride on the traditional...

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  • slow or fast ferry

    There is a large traditional ferry which we used on our way to the island this time, and then there is a fast ferry, which we used on our way home. It takes half the time (1/2 hr). Coming into the harbour on the ferry is such a beautiful sight.At the end of the day trip or weekend...travellers line up for the ferry ride home. Pretty long lines in...

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  • The "Slow" Ferry

    We went to BI on a perfect day and the ferry ride was very smooth. We took the "slow" ferry - about an hour ride from Point Judith, at $19.45 per person roundtrip (same day) (quite a bit more than the $15.15 quoted in the brochure). This ferry comes into the Old Harbor area of Block Island. There is also at least one high speed ferry that comes...

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Block Island Local Customs

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    by GotTheScoop Written Nov 19, 2007

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    Did you know that Block Island has a custom that says "No Hats Allowed Behind the Bar?" You might notice that whenever a restaurant worker walks behind a bar, he/she always removes his/her hat. You'll see this done when some one comes out of the kitchen with a baseball hat on and goes behind the bar.

    If anyone walks behind a Bar on Block Island with a hat on, he must buy a round for the entire bar.

    I do not know how this originated but ask any bartender and they will tell you that it's true.

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Block Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by frankcanfly Updated Sep 30, 2002

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    Everyone spoke of "Blockitus", a contagious disease you catch after visiting the island.
    Symptoms include: never wanting to leave.

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Block Island Off The Beaten Path

  • the round about

    The statue of Rebecca (named for the biblical Rebekah-at-the-well), stands proudly at the intersection of four Old Harbor roads. she was erected in 1896 by the local Women's Christian Temperance Movement, which hoped to curb the consumption of alcahol on Block Island. Ironically, restoration experts have concluded that Rebecca is in fact Hebe,...

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  • Touring Block Island

    Views like this are common along the way... Hop on your bike, or rent one... motor along on a moped... or take a hike away from town.

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  • Secluded beaches on BLOCK ISLAND

    We aren't into big beaches with hundreds of people, so we choose the more secluded areas just below one of the hotels in town.You would have to click on the photo to see the people on the beach below the porch.

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Block Island Favorites

  • play with your camera...plenty of...

    his sepia tone photo was taken behind the Manatese Hotel, pictured in the background. There is a quiet path with sunflowers and an old rail fence which takes you out to the garden and the area where the animals are kept. They have a llama, amongst other interesting things. Early morning is pure and precious here.This photo was a B&W which I...

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  • Beach side turn of the century...

    BLOCK ISLAND The architecture of the buildings in town is pretty classic Victorian/at the shore kind of styling. Lots of porches to relax with a drink.

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  • Bring your bike to BLOCK ISLAND !!

    The island is very rural and sparsely populated...so biking is pretty safe. Some choose to rent motor skooters, which we have tried...but when on your bike, you tend to enjoy the scenery more.

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