Block Island, RI – Travel Guide

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary by spending the weekend in Block Island, Rhode Island.

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We visited this island one day last summer and took the ferry from my town an hour out to the island. When we got there, it was party central. The ferry drops you off basically at a beach bar (called Ballards) and we had to walk quite a ways down to avoid some of the drunker, party people.

Since we only went for one day, we didn’t get to explore much of the island, and since it is mostly a seasonal operation for the crowds of tourists and summer vacationers, I thought the end of April (our anniversary) might be a perfect time to visit the island off-season and see what it’s like.

FERRY LIFE

The ferry from New London (where I live) to Block Island isn’t running until the season starts, so we had to drive an hour away to Point Judith, RI where the only year-round ferry runs.

The ferries still run about 5 times a day off-season.

It was quite a windy day and the sea was SO choppy so our boat was bouncing up and down like a roller coaster. While at first, it was fun and we all oohed and aahed in delight as we felt our stomachs drop and hit the waves, a few minutes later, those oohs and aahs quickly turned into silence and our faces turned slightly green and people started running for the throw up bags.

It wasn’t long before people started retching into them and all I could do was sit there and take deep breaths and inhale my peppermint halo stick that I had luckily brought with me from my Saje Wellness kit.

It was definitely a ROUGH ride, but we made it through without any throw up from the both of us.

Pro Tip: If you have the tendency to get sea-sick, plan ahead! That peppermint essential oil saved me. Make sure you have something on hand to soothe your stomach (and your nerves)

ACCOMODATIONS

We stayed at 1661 Inn which has around 10 cottages around the island. It’s a very short walk up from the main street and where the ferry drops you off.

I can not speak highly enough of this place! It’s family run and as soon we got checked in, we felt so taken care of.

They offer a complimentary champagne breakfast which was one of the most DELUXE breakfast buffet spreads I’ve had in awhile.

Fruits, custom made omelets, sausages, full platters of salmon, muffins, salads, bottomless champagne with your choice of juice, bagels, english muffins, cranberry walnut bread…my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

They have a lovely dining room overlooking the ocean which was the perfect place to enjoy breakfast.

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If the deluxe champagne breakfast wasn’t enough, they also offer a complimentary “Wine and Nibbles” from 4-5 which again featured snacks like cheese, crackers, fruits, salmon dips, etc and unlimited wine.

Any accommodation that will offer me free food is already high up on my list and this one combined with the wonderful hospitality really gave it the 5 star rating it doesn’t even need.

We stayed at a cottage about half a mile away from the main property, which would have been about a 10-15 min walk, but we had rented a moped so it was really easy to get to and from the main hotel (where the food was) and our room.

Pro-Tip: 1661 Inn also has an exotic zoo which features camels, goats, a “ze-donk”, emus, turtles, alpacas, lemurs, and kangaroos.

(confused how these animals survive the winters, but that’s besides the point)

RESTAURANTS

Since we went off-season, only 5 restaurants were open, which actually made it kind of nice that there weren’t too many options to choose from.

We had lunch at the Mohegan Cafe and had delicious Jerk Chicken sandwiches that filled us up for the rest of the day so we didn’t even eat dinner.

We also heard that the Poor People’s Pub was really good.

On Sunday, we sat by this Old Bagel Cafe and tried their iced coffee and bagels. They were only open from 6 am to 12 pm so we took advantage of their late morning hours and enjoyed sitting underneath a blooming spring tree and people watching.

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Pro Tip: If you’re going to Block Island for the day, make sure to bring snacks & stuff with you on the ferry! They have one grocery store on the island, which we popped in to see what they had and oreos were $7 and bags of chips were $5. It’s nice if you need something in a pinch, but I ain’t trying to fux with them island grocery store prices.

TRANSPORTATION

The great thing about Block Island is the accessibility of it! It’s super small, so you can explore the whole island in one day.

We rented a moped as soon as we got there. We weren’t even planning on it, but walked by and saw that they were renting them for $60/day.

During the seasons, mopeds go for $60/hour so we though $60/day was pretty good and knew we had to take advantage.

I’m so glad we did, because otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to do as much exploring as we did.

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People also rented bikes and were biking all over the island which personally seemed tiring, but if you’re into that sort of thing, I’m sure you’d love it.

I wouldn’t recommend bringing a car with you during season since you really don’t need it and the traffic gets too crazy, but if you wanted to bring one off-season, there is plenty of room to park and zerooo traffic.

But 10/10 would recommend exploring by moped.

ISLAND LIFE

Honestly, I LOVED the island life. There was a deeply feminine energy to it in the way that it was super laid-back, relaxed, and go with the flow type energy.

There were no rules or structure, everything was slowed down and we were able to really take our time and savor in the moment.

I also kind of love the idea that you’re “trapped” there – am I the only one that dreams of getting stranded on an island?

There’s something so romantic & comforting thinking about the fact that you have no place else to be but there, and you can’t just get up and leave whenever you want since there is only one way in and one way out.

There is so much LIFE there. It’s all very marshy wetland like with so many birds, etc.

We almost got our eyes pecked out by seagulls by accidentally adventuring too close to their eggs.

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I also loved just sitting and watching the waves. We went to watch the sunset on Mohegan Bluffs (highly recommend this view) and just sat here for an hour just watching the waves in silence.

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It was too cold to swim, but just being surrounded by the ocean was so healing to my mermaid soul.

If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing, soul NOURISHING romantic vacation/adventure, I definitely recommend visiting Block Island off-season to see a much more quiet and friendly side of the island.

 

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