summer fridays snapshots: block island

we’re kicking off our column with a coastal getaway
July 12, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

back by popular demand, our summer friday series, where we tag along with staffers on their half-day fridays (and luxuriously longer weekends). for our inaugural post we took a jaunt to block island with our digital marketing guru, kristina…

who: kristina d.

job: digital marketing manager

where: block island, rhode island

why: “some good friends gathered for bachelorette party. we wanted amazing cocktails and great beaches, and since most of us are rhode island natives (including myself), block island was a natural place to celebrate.”

trip motto: “what happens in block island really stays in block island!”

1. sail away: “a short ferry ride takes you to the island, which is just twelve miles off the rhode island coast. i love it for the dramatic, picturesque bluffs, charming inns and amazing beaches (there are seventeen miles of them!). these rock piles are a familiar site at the harbor.”

2. all aboard: “this colorfully painted school bus greets visitors as they get off the ferry. i’m not sure if it’s actually used anymore but, it’s become a sort of mascot for the island, since you can always see it in the distance when you arrive and as you leave.”

3. the look: “flip flops and boat shoes are the shoes of choice for island-goers.”

4. buoy up: “a wall of bright buoys makes you quickly realize you’re not in new york city anymore! the island popular with fishermen, who use the colorful floating markers to remind them where they’ve left their traps at sea.”

5. getting around: “you can transport your car to the island via the ferry, but mopeds are the quickest (and definitely the most fun) way to get around.”

6. have a seat: “these salmon-colored adirondack chairs are the perfect place to relax after an afternoon of cocktails and snacks on the national hotel’s wrap-around deck (their mussels, clam chowder and calamari are my personal favorites).”

7. happy feet: “the bride-to-be puts up her feet for a moment at the amazing house where we stayed. it had sweeping views of the atlantic ocean and a firepit in the backyard.”

8. a sweet treat: “no trip to block island is complete without a visit to the ice cream place. (insider tip: get the turtle sundae.)”


heading for block island? here are a few favorite stops:

ballards inn

“it has a great restaurant and bar right on the beach. you’ll find plenty of locals and visitors, and on most nights you can catch some great live music. they also make a yummy citron-spiked version of rhode island’s famous del’s lemonade (a slushy, lemonade served in the classic green and yellow del’s cup).”

the oar

“order the local beer of choice, narragansett summer ale, then enjoy the views, grassy lawn and yummy outdoor eats. afterwards, enjoy a game of cornhole.”

yellow kittens tavern

with its huge outdoor deck, this is the perfect place to dance away those summer nights (and keep tabs on the score of the game, if you’re interested).

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