A Day on Block Island- Rhode Island's Best Kept Secret

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A Day on Block Island- Rhode Island's Best Kept Secret It is the escape anyone might be looking Leaving Galilee RIfor...stress free, full of sun and beaches, great food at the restaurants, boating haven for sure and yes so much more- that is right I am talking about RI's best kept secret Block Island.

Pristine in landscape, rolling hills (really on this small island of 17 miles of beaches), high bluffs and precipices, it captivates the soul to be spending time here and that is what I did a week ago with friends. 

Old Harbor Block Island RIScooting away aboard the Block Island ferry from Galilee RI, it is a 50 minute ferry ride to Old Harbor which is where the town is. We're going to BI we shout out as we pull away from the dock!  It is a smooth sail over and pulling into Old Harbor where the marinas are as well as New Harbor, motoring or sailing your boat into this picturesque 'Bermuda of the North' island is on a first come, first served placement.  So be early!

Most people will bring their bikes over from the mainland to pedal the roadways or rent mopeds to explore theBlock Island RI View Block Island.  Either way BI drivers are very tolerant in sharing the roadways with the tourists.  This island is here to be explored by all who come from the lighthouses to the beach pathways, there is a full day's worth of exploration to be had.  Don't forget about Southeast Light - it almost went into the ocean before this historic lighthouse was moved back from the edge of the Bluffs.

Block Island RI beachYou will want to shop a bit and pick up a Block Island souvenir or just decide to eat up a storm at the many great restaurants that line the roadway in town.  We hit 'sushi Bob' s place up and it was, as I have heard, the best place to get sushi I have been to!  The lines were long and take a number and hope he doesn't run out of spicy tuna rolls before my number is called.

Live music flows through the air as you wander down to BI's Crescent Beach which is part of the town beach and yes, it is free to all.  Woo hoo! Nothing like the salt water and waves to set you at ease and ponder the beautiful creation of simple enjoyment at hand.  Relaxation was the order of the day and I was feeling like jello for sure.

A day in the life of a North Kingstown realtor is to explore and appreciate the landscapes of one's state evenSoutheast Lighthouse when busy - for how else can you sell it?!  You will find 95% of the BI real estate here over $1 million up to nearly $8 million so it is high priced real estate and deep pockets are required especially since most of the homes are summer homes for out of state dwellers.  If you have the dollars, I can find the BI real estate to match your needs...with 40 Block Island homes for sale on the small island there is a diverse selection to choose from. 

Catching the last ferry was unfortunately a must for me.  Yet there are plenty of nice hotels and B & B's to stay in on BI.  One thing you will not find is any hotel chains or restaurant chains on BI...it is kept that way for a reason.  So come and enjoy southern Rhode Island's best kept secret Block Island. A
 Day on Block Island- Rhode Island's Best Kept Secret. 


Ginny Lacey Gorman is a North Kingstown Realtor who works and knows the RI geographic area of homes for sale, schools, happenings, important tidbits of information and businesses well.  Waterfront, water view, ocean front, luxury and coastal RI real estate are her specialty, so call Ginny for your buying and selling home needs. As North Kingstown short sale agents, she and her team helps clients navigate successfully the rough short sale waters throughout RI, contact Ginny if you are having trouble paying your mortgage.  When you are in need of an internet savvy RI realtor® who sells homes in this real estate market, call Ginny today at 401.529.7849.

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Comments (18)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Ginny, Have always heard great things about Block Island, but never made it out there when we lived in Newport, funding was a little tight for excursions as newlyweds in the mid-80s :)  Bill

Sep 13, 2011 11:18 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Ginny -love Block Island, we rented houses for (seemingly) the whole summer when I was growing up in NJ!  It is so magical, and although I have not been back in many years, I have been to Nantucket recently, which (seems) very similar. Thanks for the fabulous post!

Sep 13, 2011 11:41 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh yes, that's a great area.  We stayed at the Ocean House a couple of times and then took a day trip there.

Sep 13, 2011 11:46 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Ginny,

Looks like a great place to spend the summer.

I love the shot og the stone home witht he widows walk on top of it.

Looks like there is a whols lot of fun going on in your area.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 14, 2011 12:02 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Bliz, that is a shame because it is an incredible place to visit and enjoy...it is worth a day's trip for the $20 roundtrip ferry ride.  You need to come back!

Carol, how cool for you...i spent 2 summer months in high school as a mother's helper here on the island and absolutely fell in love with it...led me to go to school in RI...

Debbie, aah Ocean House is wonderful and they have summer concerts out there in the summer...i need to go more often for sure.

Sep 14, 2011 12:03 AM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Ginny - Block Island reminds me of a town I visited in Northern Germany this summer.  I really love it and I just wish that one day I will visit Block Island.  Thanks for sharing your very informative post about Block Island. 

A Northern Town in Germany  Northern Town In Germany

Sep 14, 2011 01:18 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Ginny, we've been put to the Island a few times, taking the ferry out of New London. It is a nice day trip as well.

Sep 14, 2011 01:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, this does look like the destination when you need a stress-free day of enjoyment!      Block Island should be on my bucket list!  Great post!

Sep 14, 2011 02:02 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.  Love Block Island.    Took the ferry once and went to "Ballard's" on the beach.      They had music there and all.   Great time.    Flew into their airport once too and enjoyed looking at the island from the air even more!  

Sep 14, 2011 02:54 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Ginny - I love Block Island and my parents use to take us there all the time when we were kids. We'd always stay at the 1661 Inn and I remember playing badminton on the grounds and going to wine and cheese hour. We'd go to Ballards for dinner some nights and I order a whole half of chicken - it was the best. The whole Island is so quaint and charming and I hope to go back some day soon!

Sep 14, 2011 03:38 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Ginny, as long as the menus include lobster omelettes, lobster fajitas, and filet mignon stuffed with lobster I think I can twist a few arms to get there someday.  Oh yeah, and lobster bisque of course!

Sep 14, 2011 03:56 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Ginny:  I have never heard of Block Island but it looks like a pretty popular place.  Very good local post...suggested.

Sep 14, 2011 05:07 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I could see myself spending a day, maybe a week, ah what the heck, a lifetime on Block Island!

Love that lighthouse. It's beautiful.

Sep 14, 2011 07:19 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Petra, what gorgeous pics of Germany...must have been a great trip

Ed, btw i'm seeing you twice today once on AR & once in person...lol  ...now i get the $100 check!

Carol, ballards is a blast...

Kristine, what great memories & ones you want to treasure for sure...

Kevin, believe me they have it all if you can eat it..

Joan, you need to come out here & see it

Anita, thanks...BI is a great vacation spot for all...

Russel, the lighthouse ...boy you'd have pictures every which way on it..

Sep 14, 2011 10:57 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

We enjoyed our trip to the beach so much with my nieces and nephew earlier this week that we are taking them down again tomorrow.

Sep 14, 2011 07:04 PM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Ginny -- We were supposed to have gone to Block Island a few weeks back, but could not pull it together due to schedules. I have been there many times since I was a kid. I absolutely LOVE the island. Those cliffs are awesome. Have spent many an afternoon at Ballards and on the beach. I have a lot of BI T-shirts to prove it. I used to always go out of Galilee as it was such a short distance.  Now New London has the high speed ferry, but I have not even been on it yet!  You are lucky to be so close to such a fabulous spot!

Sep 16, 2011 03:14 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Ginny- I just suggested this but it might be too late. I love this post and your photos are great. I would make them a bit larger for my eyes. It makes me want to visit Block Island! Katerina 

Sep 17, 2011 08:06 AM
Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572
CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents - Monument, CO
Angel Realty, LLC
The photos are awesome and the beaches look wonderful - makes me wish I was there! Thanks for sharing, Laurie
Sep 18, 2011 03:37 PM