5 WAYS BLOCK ISLAND LETS YOU ESCAPE THIS WINTER
Back in in the winter of 2008, local Providence band The Low Anthem made a trip to Block Island to record their second album. The “ghostly stillness of a Block Island Winter” inspired the band to create their nationally acclaimed, breakout album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.
Whether you’re looking for a reason to disconnect from the newscycle (at least for a little bit) or want a little peace and quiet to get those creative juices flowing, a Block Island winter is a perfect time to plan your escape. Here are 5 tips to enjoy a stay on the Island off-season.
IT ALL STARTS WITH THE FERRY
Between February and April, there are anywhere from 1-3 departures from Point Judith on the traditional ferry each day. That number gets bumped up to 4 starting April 15. Enjoy a hot coffee, tea, or Bloody Mary from the concession booth in our comfortable seating area. For those adventurous types that like the feel of a cold winter wind on their cheeks, our outdoor areas are open as well.
WHERE TO STAY
It’s true that quite a few places close up for the season, but that’s not to say you can’t find accommodations on the Island. The Block Island Resorts Group has vacancies in their various properties (such as the 1661 Inn) and the Spring House Hotel is also taking reservations. If you’re looking for something more independent, there are AirBnbs and VRBO’s available to rent during the winter season.
When your stomach is rumbling and you’re looking for something to dig into, Block Island has got you covered. The Cracked Mug and Odd Fellows Café can set you up with a nice hot beverage and some bone-warming eats in the morning. Breakfast and lunch are on the menu over at Bethany’s Airport Diner. For dinner and drinks, Kimberly’s and The Barn at Spring House will be more than happy to accommodate you.
Not staying in a hotel and like to stick closer to home? You have options as well! Block Island Grocery has the ingredients to satisfy your culinary needs. Perhaps you’re looking for some adult beverages? Check out Red Bird Package Store for a fine selection of beers, wines and liquor.
AND OF COURSE, ENJOY NATURE!
It can be argued that Block Island is one of the most beautiful places in the area to take in the winter scenery. Whether strolling on one of 16 beaches or taking advantage of the 28 miles of hiking trails, the Island offers plenty of opportunity to take in the sites, get back to nature and clear your mind.
If you plan on joining us on the Island, be sure to check with the ferry and local businesses regarding delays, cancelations and closings. Barring any major nor’easters, we look forward to seeing you on Block Island this winter! Sail away…
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