Hey guys...I just wanted to post up a live journal to see who likes Block Island and possibly lives or vacations there. Anyone is welcome to post as long as you're not rude to the other members :) I don't know how many people if any will ever actually find this but I am hopeful lol.
In the roll call of New England islands, Block Island sometimes gets lost in the wake of, say, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. But this 7-mile-long isle off the Rhode Island coast is an unpretentious mix of wildlife preserves, old Victorian hotels and weathered gray houses, stone walls and inland moors, nature trails and freshwater ponds, and windswept bluffs and sandy beaches that sometimes, on a quiet day in spring or fall, seems more like a corner of Europe than New England.
While the island doesn’t take itself too seriously, it does take nature very seriously indeed. About one-third of it is protected from development, and the entire shoreline is open to the public. Most visitors arrive by ferry, and the best ways to get around are by bicycle or on foot. More than 30 miles of trails crisscross the island, including the Greenway, a series of paths that stretch from the center of the island to the southern shoreline.
One last touch of nautical romance? The island is home to a pair of classic lighthouses – the red-brick Southeast Light (1875), which was moved 200 feet back from its eroding cliffside site in 1993, and the North Light (1867), which now houses a maritime museum.
FISHING Bluefin and yellowfin tuna are the featured attractions offshore during the last half of the summer, but for surf-fishermen looking for bluefish and striped bass, the shores of Block Island have a siren’s call all their own. Both bluefish, the gamest of Atlantic gamefish, and stripers (some in the 40 pounds-plus range) run from about May through November. Depending on wind conditions, the western beaches, from Southwest Point to the Great Salt Pond.
NATURE More than 150 bird species – among them, peregrine falcons, tanagers, and warblers – have been recorded on the island, many of them younger birds passing through during their first fall and spring migrations on the eastern coast flyway. There are two Audubon sanctuaries on the island, but some of the best birding takes place on the bluffs at the northern and southern ends of the island.
HIKING Get a trail map from the Chamber of Commerce, and then, after exploring the Greenway, go north to Corn Neck Road, where a dirt road leads to the Clay Head Trails. The main path here along the northwest coast leads from the Clay Head Bluffs to Settler’s Rock, a stone that commemorates the arrival of the island’s first settlers in 1661. And the path itself is a favorite with birdwatchers during fall migrations.
*The Island's top Web Picks*
http://www.blockislandinfo.com/ (Official tourist board site) Easily the best visitor’s guide to the island, with background on the island, what to do, transportation options, and a little history (“In 1614, Adrian Block, a Dutch explorer, sailed to the Island and gave it his name”). Don’t miss the “Sample Itinerary” on the What to Do page; it’s a day-by-day guide to a week’s activities.
http://www.blockisland.com/ Don’t expect much in the way of general information, but the lengthy directory of links is quite useful, particularly for transportation (including ferries), lodgings, and dining.