Hotels in Block Island, Rhode Island

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Just south of the Rhode Island shore; Block Island is a popular vacation spot for those who want to enjoy long, quiet beaches, and a pleasant small town atmosphere. With historic buildings from the earliest days of the USA, the island has an interesting past with struggles between Native Americans and European settlers, and old homes with whitewashed fences. Along the golden sandy beaches you'll find perfect spots for surfing and bodyboarding, with plenty of secluded spots to be discovered by hikers.

Things to see

The Block Island Historical Society Museum is a great place for first time visitors to start to learn about the island, and inside this traditional white clapboard home with its red tile roof, you'll find a nicely curated local museum which covers the island's Native American, revolutionary war, and victorian era history through artifacts and fascinating displays. An important icon of the island; the Southeast Light House is also worth a visit, and this late 19th century, red bricked structure hosts a charming small museum where you can see the original Fresnel lens. Mansion Beach is a popular spot in the north of the island which can be hard to find, but is worth seeking out for its isolated feel. Bring a picnic, or just enjoy lying in the soft, golden sands, listening to the clear blue waves crashing on the shore. It's also a popular spot for surfers, and there are many trails through the soft green sand dunes that can be explored.

Hotels in Block Island

There are many cozy inns and independently owned accommodation options in the area, so if you're looking for Block Island hotels you'll no doubt be pleased with the available choices. Many properties have individually designed guestrooms, with suites and adjoining rooms for those traveling as a family. You'll also enjoy amenities such as complimentary WiFi, satellite television, and communal kitchens. There are also plenty of hotel features to help you enjoy your stay, and these can include complimentary breakfasts, gardens, barbecue grills, picnic areas, free coffee and tea in the lobby, and patio areas where you can enjoy the sunshine.

Where to stay

New Shoreham is technically the only town on the island, and overlooks the Old Harbor where many of the ferries come in. You'll find charming souvenir shops, cozy inns, and clapboard houses overlooking the waterfront with a classic Rhode Island look. There are plenty of small, intimate restaurants, many of them specializing in seafood, with the catch of the day freshly prepared and sent to your table. You'll find buildings dating back to the late 17th century pioneer times, with lots of whitewashed wood accents, and walk further up the coast away from the busier beaches and you'll find long stretches of cliffs with rockier seas and isolated spots.

How to get to Block Island

Block Island State Airport has seasonal flights to Providence and White Plains, as well as year-round services to Westerly, and this small, centrally based airport is just a short taxi drive of less than 10 minutes to many popular hotels. There are also car and bike rental facilities on the island, and walking is a popular way to get around. Most visitors arrive via ferry, and there are services from Newport, New London, and Fall River. The service from Newport offers one of the fastest connections, with the crossing taking just under an hour and taking you to the Old Harbor area.

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