Since the days of horse-drawn carriages, my husband’s family has vacationed on Block Island – a tiny pear-shaped island off the coast of New England. At first they came for the therapeutic benefits of fresh salty air; later it was for the primitive beauty of the island itself (44% of the land is preserved open space).
We were engaged on Block Island – near the edge of some very steep bluffs, so saying “no” was not really an option. Now our kids look forward to their time on the island: long days at the beach, flying free with a flock of cousins.
I call it a pear, but some people call it a pork chop. Either way, the island’s distinctive shape is everywhere. It’s like a secret symbol for Island initiates – only those who’ve been to Block Island will have any idea what the mysterious shape represents.
With 17 miles of beaches, there’s something for every person or mood. Kids love the section between Town Beach and Mansion Beach, for the ideal boogie boarding waves and proximity to the snack stand.
For DIY natural clay spa treatments, climb down past Mohegan Bluffs. For extra Zen points, make a stacked rock tower.
To truly get away from it all, set out for the beaches on the remote west side of the island – by car, bike or horseback.
Here are some sights from in and around the Old Harbor (aka Town):
More island signts:
The second week in August is almost always prime season for Block Island wild blackberries – which can be found all over the island. We discovered a particularly bountiful patch near our rental house one afternoon, and in no time had enough berries for a streusel-topped crisp. This is what I call living off the land!
Until next summer, Block Island!
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