Block Island-The Perfect Autumn Getaway

Aug 2013

 Block Island Autumn Getaway

What better way to say a bittersweet goodby to summer than with the planning of a fall getaway! Part of the appeal of Block Island lies in the fact that is is far less discovered and written about than nearby Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  I didn’t find lots of chic hotels and coffee shops scattered throughout the island.  Most of all, I noticed at this destination, visitors seemed to really unplug.  People weren’t crossing the streets sending out updates and reading their twitter feeds.  Wifi wasn’t a big concern.  And I LOVED it! Block Island was all about the outdoors.

Block Island Autumn Getaway New England simplicity takes hold and once you step off the Rhode Island ferry, you immediately start to unwind.  Although I know it must be beautiful during all the seasons, with summer coming to and end, it’s a great spot for an autumn retreat. Pull up a seat on one of the many porches of the Victorian inns filled with vintage flavor and take in the views of the Atlantic while having some refreshments.

  Block Island Hotel Grand Porch

STAY:There is a large selection of B&B’s, houses {many can be found on VRBO}, and inns to choose from. A large porch with rocking chairs is a perfect spot to watch the sun sets and sailboats.

Do: There is great hiking for all levels throughout the Island.  Just remember to bring some sturdy footwear, and when you go down, you ‘gotta come back up; your glutes will be feeling it! The Clayhead trail is an eight mile coastal hike that will give you a great overview of the cliffs and bluffs.  Rodman’s Hollow, considered to be the birthplace of conservation on block Island,  is a 230 acre nature lover’s paradise that features much of the islands natural beauty. My favorite-and will be for anyone who likes to collect rocks like I do, was the Mohegan Bluffs.  Here there were hundreds of carefully balanced cairns as far as the eye could see.  The beaches are all beautiful-just take your pick.

Clay Head Trail Hike entrance

North Light Fibers is an animal farm and weaving studio producing it’s own handcrafted yarns, finished goods and felted pieces.  They also offer classes.

I was fascinated to get so up close and personal with the ostrich and llamas.  They were curious creatures, each with their own personality and interesting faces.

North Light Fibers Block Island Autumn Getaway

Shopping is aplenty, but I was there to enjoy the outdoors, so didn’t spend much time indulging.  Two of my favorite spots were the Lightburne Cottage Gallery.  I thought I recognized the owner and indeed we did know each other in a past life of trade shows.  The Lazy Fish caught my eye as well with many of their recycled treasures and fabulous jewelry made from plastic the designer finds on beaches.

EAT:  Wake up and head to Aldo’s Bakery, a family run business serving a breakfast buffet and Italian pastries.  Something more simple can be found at Ernie’s and Three Sisters has great sandwiches for a picnic lunch.

The Oar Block Island Rhode Island

The Oar is a fun spot with outdoor deck where hundreds of colorful painted paddles hang from the ceiling.  With a full sushi bar and unusual cocktails, it’s a good spot to take in the scenery.  Dead Eye Dicks is known for the signature swordfish on the menu and is quite popular.  Make sure to request an outside table if the weather’s good-you Come for the food and stay for the view.
For a Farm to Table experience, head to  the Spring House Hotel.  The hotel’s garden serves as a source for  most of the vegetable dishes on the menu, featuring heirloom tomatoes, squash blossoms, herbs, berries  and varietal potatoes. Following a sustainable philosophy and a belief that organic is the healthiest way to cook, the restaurant cooperates with Farm Fresh Rhode Island.  Regional dishes sourced from local suppliers is the focus of the menu.  The atmosphere reflects the wonderful Victorian style of the hotel.

If you’re on island on the weekend, be sure to stop by the farmer’s market.  Along with the artists and craftspeople exhibiting their work, you’ll find some scones to load up on, local jams and jellies and honey that will remind you of your visit from the scent down to the last fragrant drop.

Every night during my stay, there was an amazing sunset.  Be sure to plan to finish your day in a spot where you can savor every minute of it.  Take a deep breath, close your eyes and record the memory that will bring you back to The Block every time you think of it.

Have you ever been to a Block Island Autumn Getaway ? Where is your favorite fall escape to stretch out the summer season one more weekend?
  1. I enjoyed this post as I spent Memorial Day weekend on Block Island for a couple years when I lived in Boston. It’s much less touristy and crowded than Nantucket or the Vineyard and just feels like a return to an earlier time in American. Thanks for the memories!

  2. Julie says:

    I love Block Island for the peace and nature. Your pictures brought back happy memories of biking, hiking, and lazing on that beautiful island. Now I have to plan a trip back!

  3. I was not familiar with Block Island before I read your lovely and informative post. I would LOVE to go!

  4. anna parker says:

    another friend of mine recommended Block Island for a visit over and above the more well known places and your photos and words sell it home. It is picture perfect and looks like it is still its own little culture too

  5. Sounds like a wonderful place for a break with long coastal walks and lovely sunsets.

    I love your photos from the animal farm. The llama’s hairdo looks like a through back to a cheesy eighties pop band! So funny.

  6. Haven’t heard of Block Island, but I like that seems so mellow but still with things to see and to do

  7. I haven’t heard of Block Island, but I do like the look of it. I would definitely want to go to the animal farm and just wander around in nature, on Block Island, as much as possible.

  8. Patti Morrow says:

    I always loved going to Block Island when I lived in Rhode Island. Great place to chill for a weekend or even just a day.

  9. Wow, never even heard of Block Island before. Certainly looks like a gem! We’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.