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5 Ways to Enjoy Winter on Block Island

It’s been a busy few months and things are finally starting to get back to normal. After the hectic holidays and getting readjusted to the new year, it almost seems like you need a vacation from your vacation. If peace and quiet is something you’re looking for, look no further than a trip to Block Island this winter! It’s the same island you love with A LOT less people. It’s the perfect environment to just decompress.

Here are five ways that you can get the most out of a winter trip to the island:

Getting Over

You can catch our Traditional Ferry out of Point Judith a few times each day. Head below deck to enjoy our enclosed (i.e., heated) lounge area where you can grab a quick bite to eat and a hot beverage. The outside decks are also open for those of you who are not bothered by the cold and are inexplicably warm all the time. If hazardous weather is in the forecast, be sure to check our website for cancelations before you make your way down to Narragansett.

Take a Hike

It’s no secret that Block Island’s hiking trails are some of the best in the state. That being said, there’s something magical about traveling these paths in the winter months. Views are more expansive, and the sea breeze is more pervasive. Two of the major trails we suggest are the Clay Head Trail to the northeast and Rodman’s Hollow to the south. If substantial snow has fallen, you may want to consider bringing your snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Comb that Beach

A little-known fact is that the best time of year to beachcomber is in the winter, especially after a storm. With no summer beach crowds, it’s easy to walk the beaches looking for sea glass, shells, driftwood, weathered stones and more! Plan on doing your search 2-3 hours before a low tide or an hour after. Don’t forget some sensible, waterproof shoes! You don’t want to be caught with wet feet.

Warm Meals and Cold Beverages

Just because it’s off season, doesn’t mean everything’s shut down on the island. There are a handful of restaurants open to satisfy your palettes.

If you’re looking to grab breakfast, Odd Fellows Café has fresh local coffee as well as wide selection of breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and fresh bake goods to choose from. If you’re looking for lunch, head over to Old Island Pub for sandwiches, pizza, burgers, and their Taco Tuesday selections! If you’re on the island towards the weekend and looking for dinner, you have a few places to choose from: The Barn at The Spring House, Kimberly’s and McAloon’s. All boast some fantastic dishes that are worth the visit! We would suggest checking out each business’ websites for their most current hours of operation and specials.

Just Stay

Want to enjoy the peace and solitude without having to rush back and forth to the ferry? Luckily for you, a few hotels and rental properties are available for winter stays. You can book a room at the 1661 Inn, the Inn at the Spring House and Avonlea during the off season. Waverly Suite III is also open and pet friendly. Perhaps you’d like to rent a home for a small group? The Peaceful Cottage can accommodate four and offers your own kitchen. Be sure to check out their sites for availability.

The beauty of Block Island is that the joy of seclusion is literally just a few hours away. No canceled flights. No missing luggage. Just an easy boat ride and you’re there. Take a trip out of the ordinary and visit New Shoreham this season!

Get away and Sail Away…