Unplugged on Block Island

Relaxed. Laid-back. Authentic. A 10-minute flight or an hour ferry ride feels light years away.

Too cool for sites like Expedia, Block Island's best rooms can only be booked direct with the hotels, inns and B&Bs. That’s also how you find the deals. Truly, this is your no-car, commune with nature happy place. More than half of the island is preserved, making it great for birding, biking and walking. Don't miss out on your chance to unplug this fall on Block Island, designated "one of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere" by The Nature Conservancy.

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Wander 28 miles of greenway trails and explore Rodman’s Hollow, a 230-acre glacial outwash plain with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Take the 16-mile self-guided Block Island Bicycle Tour (or opt for the shorter 7.5-mile leg) around the island, with 12 stops at major attractions and sights. Shoot the QR code on each signpost for a one-minute video of information and history. Keep your eyes peeled for glass floats hidden along the beaches and trails (Block Island Glass Float Project). It’s your chance to bring home a hand-blown, stamped and numbered keepsake – along with bragging rights.

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Through Columbus Day, you can get out on the water with a serene moonlight paddle on the ponds, pedal boarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. Or you can get a close-up look at America's only offshore wind farm on a tour or a fishing charter with Fish The World Charters through October. 

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Next up, check out Block Island’s fun, funky boutiques, like The Block Market, Glass Onion and Lazy Fish. There are no chains on the island, so each shop has carefully curated selections. And at North Light Fibers, located at the 1661 Farm, tour the mill that produces soft, beautiful yarn and meet the alpacas that help provide the fiber.

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Getting Here

If you’re in the northeast, drive or take Amtrak to Westerly, RI (3 hours from NYC), then take New England Airlines to Block Island. There are six flights a day, and a round-trip ticket costs just over $100, including parking. The airport is less than 10 minutes from the Amtrak station via taxi or rideshare.

If you prefer to take the ferry, drive to Point Judith, RI, or take Amtrak to Kingston, RI, and take a 15-minute Uber to the Point Judith ferry dock. Another ferry option through mid-October is the Fast Ferry out of Quonset Point, RI. Or take the train to New London, CT, and walk across the bridge to grab the Block Island Express ferry from there. (Note: the ferry from New London runs Friday through Sunday in September and October, and service ends mid-October).

From further afield, fly to the Providence Metro airport (PVD) and take a ride-sharing service to either Point Judith (30 minutes) for the ferry or Westerly (45 minutes) for the flight.

Where to Stay

Midweek hotel prices plunge after Labor Day, so you can get great deals pretty much everywhere! Here are six places, all a short walk from the ferry, shopping, and restaurants. Check out these to check into this fall. And remember, you won't find these places on sites like Expedia!

The Blue Dory Inn, at the top of Crescent Beach, features views of both the ocean and historic New Shoreham. A short path out the back door of this turn-of-the-century Victorian B&B leads to the beach. Guests enjoy Dory's romantic vibe, antique decor, and daily afternoon treats of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and cookies in the parlor. Avonlea is a serene B&B (no pets or kids under age 16), just 30 seconds from the beach. Newly renovated, it features a wraparound porch where you can relax and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean. The Atlantic Inn sits up on a hill above the town on six acres of gardens and rolling lawns with gorgeous ocean views. Opened in 1879, the Atlantic exudes an old-world vibe and offers great dining, creative cocktails, and stunning sunsets. Hotel Manisses is a newly renovated boutique hotel just steps from the ferry landing, galleries, restaurants, shopping, and Ballard's Beach. It offers pre-arrival concierge service, and modern luxuries including AC, sumptuous bedding, and acclaimed on-site dining. Built in 1852, the iconic Spring House Hotel is the oldest and largest on the island and features a wraparound veranda and ever-present Adirondack chairs on the lawn facing the ocean. All rooms are air-conditioned and either provide panoramic island views or magnificent ocean views. There are terrific onsite dining options, and a short walk leads to the ferry and shops.  

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More Places to Stay

The 1661 Inn

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Anchor House

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Ashley House

A 4-minute walk from the Block Island Ferry landing, this cozy Cape Cod-style guesthouse is flanked by cafes... Read More ›

Atlantic Inn

Set high on a hillside overlooking the village and the ocean beyond. This Victorian inn offers a unique & warm... Read More ›

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea

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Ballard Hall Real Estate

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Ballard's Beach Resort

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The Barrington Inn

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Beach Real Estate

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Block Island Beach House

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Block Island Inns Cottages & Suites

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Block Island Realty

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Block Island Reservations

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Blue Dory Inn

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Champlin's Hotel, Marina and Resort

Boasting 46 newly-renovated guest rooms, our Block Island hotel is the perfect home base for the ultimate... Read More ›

Crescent Cottage

Sleeps up to 5: Private path access to Crescent Beach and views of the Great Salt Pond and ocean from every... Read More ›

Darius Inn

Five apartments and eight rooms located across the street from Block Island's crescent beach. Walking distance... Read More ›

Dodge Cottage

This New England summer cottage, built circa 1900, is located at the bottom of High Street near the 1661 Inn... Read More ›

Gothic Inn

Restored Victorian inn offers guest rooms and three two-bedroom efficiency apartments. Wide veranda wraps two... Read More ›


Nestled behind the tall privet hedges sits the Harbourview Guest House and Cottages. Relax on the patio of... Read More ›

Hendrickson House

The Hendrickson House is located on Weldon’s Way and features six contemporary rooms with private bath and two... Read More ›

Hotel Manisses

Located Just Steps from the Ferry Landing and a 3 Minute Walk from Ballard’s Beach. There is nothing like an... Read More ›

The Inn at Old Harbor

Light continental breakfast and wine and cheese included in room rate. Walk to beach and ferry. The inn is in... Read More ›

Marchesi House

This five bedroom house has ocean views and sleeps 10 guests maximum. Marchesi House is located off of Spring... Read More ›

Meadow View House

The Meadow View House is a spacious condo within the peaceful meadows of the Rose Farm. The expansive 20 acres... Read More ›

Mitchell Cottage

The Mitchell Cottage is the most recent addition to our resort. It is located on the property of The 1661 Inn... Read More ›

Narragansett Inn

The Narragansett Inn stands on the shore of the Great Salt Pond with its marinas, restaurants and shops. Our... Read More ›

The National Hotel

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Neptune House Timeshare

Call a Neptune House vacation condo home for the week you're on the Block! We have hundreds and hundreds of... Read More ›

New Harbor House /Payne's Harbor...

A modern inn with a historic feel. On the water. Featuring whirlpool tubs, private decks and large bridal... Read More ›

New Shoreham House

The New Shoreham House is located in town across from the ferry landing. Most rooms here have shared bathrooms... Read More ›

Ocean View Penthouse

Vacation near the pulse of Block Island's entertainment! This condo situates you right in the middle of the... Read More ›

Old Bakery Inn

The Old Bakery is located in the down town area on Water Street overlooking scenic Old Harbor. There are two... Read More ›

Old Post Office Hideaway

Stay in town just steps from Crescent Beach and less than a block from the Old Harbor ferry landing. This... Read More ›

The Old Town Inn

Charming New England inn, renovated with first-class amenities and all private baths. Quiet, convenient... Read More ›

Perry Cottage

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Phillips Real Estate

Phillips Real Estate is an office made up of year-round, friendly personnel. We are a vibrant year round real... Read More ›

Rose Farm Inn

Nestled in a sea-and-country setting near beaches, town and ferries. Romantically furnished with antiques,... Read More ›

Seacrest Inn

This quaint guesthouse in the Old Harbor district is a 3-minute walk from the Block Island ferry terminal.... Read More ›

The Sheffield House

Queen Anne Victorian with wraparound porch and private garden in back. Five-minute walk from Old Harbor ferry,... Read More ›

Spring House Hotel

The Spring House Hotel is considered one of Block Island's most elegant historic landmarks. With its... Read More ›

Spring House Hotel

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The Sullivan House

A restored 1904 Victorian featuring a wraparound porch, short walk to beach, town and water views from each... Read More ›

Sullivan Sotheby's Real Estate

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The Sea Breeze

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Torrey Guest House

The Torrey House is located on Payne Road about a mile from town and the beaches. This property is owner... Read More ›

Water Street Inn

A charming ten room inn located in the heart of the historic district. Many of the rooms have breathtaking... Read More ›

Water Street Suites

The Water Street Suites are located behind the Water Street Inn convenient walking to the shops, restaurants... Read More ›