Only a half hour ferry ride from the mainland, Block Island offers the state’s premier island lifestyle. This porkchop-shaped destination is an ideal weekend (or longer) getaway for anyone who’s looking to spend their time eating good seafood, enjoying the fresh air and/or searching for the perfect memento.
Get: Block Island-themed clothing, glassware, jewelry and more from Block Island Trading Company; beachy fashions and accessories from DiamondBlue Surf Shop; a comfy, coastal-inspired sweatshirt from the Salty Dog; classic, bestseller and indie novels from Island Bound; unique stone jewelry designs from Blvck Market; gifts for both pets and their humans from Islandog; natural bath and body products from Island Mist; and handmade artisan yarns from North Light Fibers.
Try: A stack of strawberry cream-filled pancakes at Bethany’s Airport Diner; your favorite lobster dish (the menu features thirteen different options) at Ballard’s Beach Resort; some Barbacoa tacos and a local brew at Mohegan Restaurant and Bar; take in breath-taking ocean views from the iconic front porch while enjoying a seafood dinner at the National Hotel Tap & Grille; a salumi board at the Barn at the Spring House Hotel; breakfast specials with gorgeous views at Ernie's Old Harbor Restaurant; pulled pork mac n’ cheese at the Poor People’s Pub; or experience the eclectic South East Asia inspired menu and unique cocktails at TigerFish.
Do: Explore the island with a rental from Island Moped and Bike; take to the sky with Block Island Parasail and Water Sports; take in the unbeatable views surrounding the Mohegan Bluffs; enjoy some fun in the sun at any one of the island’s fantastic beaches, including Ballard’s Beach, Mansion Beach and/or Fred Benson Town Beach; stop by and appreciate the artwork on display at the Spring Street Gallery;; admire the architectural gem that is Southeast Light.