The Atlantic crashes into a shore strewn with windswept beaches, rocky coastlines, and beautiful Victorian mansions on Block Island, RI. The area's green and dramatic topography is reminiscent of Ireland and begs for hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, and meandering through grassy meadows and woodlands. Block Island is known for its array of antique lighthouses and breathtaking natural beauty. In fact, the Nature Conservatory has included Block Island on its list of "The Last Great Places" since one fifth of the island has been reserved for conservation. However, there are still plenty of things for visitors to enjoy including tours of historic sites, excellent dining, and diverse shopping.
Some of the sights you will definitely want to see include:
-Mohegan Bluffs: Enjoy the area's beauty while visiting this natural wonder. The stunning 200-foot cliffs provide breathtaking views of the ocean below. Dubbed by many as one of the most beautiful sites in New England, the Bluffs offer picturesque views and are one of the area's best-kept secrets.
-Roadman's Hollow: Those looking to get a glimpse of Block Island's wildlife should head to this 230-acre outwash basin formed by glaciers and nestled in the southwest corner of the island. Known as the birthplace of conservation, the preserve is home to northern harriers and other types of birds and mammals.
-Southeast Lighthouse: This lighthouse, dating back to the 19th century, was used to warn sailors of dangerous weather conditions. It was originally constructed as a showpiece for the U.S. Lighthouse Bureau, and thus was among the most sophisticated of its time. The view looks out over the Mohegan Bluffs.
-Greenway Walking Trails: For hikers, these trails are the best way to tour the island, covering some of the most secluded and beautiful areas around.
-Block Island Ferry: This ferry takes runs between Block Island and Port Judith. It also offers spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding area.
-Crescent Beach: This beach area begins at Baby Beach and stretches out to Mansion Beach. The sand is exquisite, and the waters are calm and clear, making it an ideal spot for swimming and relaxing in the sun.
On this beautiful New England retreat, your vacation rental will be a short distance to the water no matter where you stay. A summer rental is ideal for swimming, sailing, boating, or simply relaxing along the shore. You can spend your evenings looking for blinking lighthouses from the balcony of your rental home or beach rental then stroll along the coastline and absorb all that is New England.
A Block Island getaway will provide a vacation full of memories to cherish for a long time to come. Book a vacation rental for your stay and make the most of your time on this charming island. Block Island weddings are also very popular among couples looking to have an oceanside ceremony.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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