When we had our first Misty, our “maiden” voyage included a stop at Block Island. On July 4th weekend, at the super crowded, and pretty awful Champlin’s Marina. However, we loved Block Island and have always wanted to come back (and stay someplace else!). This time it was very quiet, and we could enjoy the island without the crowds of our first visit.
After a 6-hour run in some pretty foggy weather from Martha’s Vineyard, we were thrilled to grab a mooring ball and relax! We arrived at Great Salt Pond at 2:45 pm with more fog closing in.
We took the dinghy over to the Boat Basin so we could go ashore and stretch our legs after a somewhat tense day on the water. Block is so lovely, with it’s natural shingled homes, some great old Victorian architecture, all nestled in rolling green hills, with ponds and stone walls scattered about. In fact, there are 300 – 400 miles of stone walls on the island, 32 miles of hiking trails, and 43 percent of the island is preserved open space.
It’s not a long walk from the Boat Basin before you reach the ocean!
After having so much fun exploring Nantucket on a moped, we decided to do the same in Block. We had a blast! It was warm and sunny, and it’s the best way to explore the island, as some of it is pretty hilly for bikes. We rented mopeds from a little store at the Boat Basin, and they drove us over to Old Harbor to pick them up.
The beautiful Spring House Hotel sits majestically overlooking the ocean just outside of Old Harbor. They were setting up for a wedding on the front lawn when we were there. What an incredible backdrop for a wedding!
Spring House Hotel
There are some really beautiful old Victorian Hotels and homes along the way.
After exploring Old Harbor a bit, we headed out to Sachem Pond. The road ends at the pond and you can hike out to the now dormant North Lighthouse at Sandy Point. Just across from Sachem Pond, Settler’s Rock commemorates the landing of the 16 European families who purchased the island and first came ashore in 1661.
We then headed down to the southern part of the island to visit Southeast Light.
There was a food truck at the lighthouse, and we were both happy with our snacks…Rob had a milkshake (vanilla, of course) and I had a Dell’s!
Just down the road from Southeast Light is Mohegan Bluffs. The beach below is accessed by a sturdy set of stairs that zig-zag down the side of the cliffs.
For our last night on the island, we moved over to Payne’s Marina so we could explore a bit on our bikes 🚲, hook up to electricity to charge phones, iPad and the computer. Although we had other recommendations for dinner, we decided to revisit The Oar over at the Boat Basin. The food is average, but the place is fun, with games and Adirondack chairs on the lawn overlooking Great Salt Pond, and a covered, but open deck for dining, and signed oars all over the walls and ceiling of the restaurant and bar. And, they make a mean mudslide, which they’re known for! Plus, we had been here with Justin and Bryan on our family’s first boat trip to Block, so nostagia won out!
We had a somewhat leisurely morning, leaving Payne’s Marina around 9 am. It was a beautiful day, in the low 70’s with little wind and clear skies.
Good-bye for now Block Island! ❤️