It’s been about a week since our vacation out on Block Island, so I thought I would share a little post from our trip! I’ve grown up vacationing in New England since I was little, and I have to say, it is my favorite place in the world to spend my Summers. Growing up, Matthew’s family had a beach house on the Cape, so he spent his Summers there as well, and I think it’s so special we can share this with Ro. Between The Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Rhode Island, and Maine, it was hard to have a favorite till we came to Block Island last year. Block Island is just south of mainland Rhode Island (about one hour ferry ride) and it is pure magic. It’s turned into such a special place for us, I know we will make it a point to come yearly. It’s the perfect location for a family vacation, or a romantic getaway. The inlets on the Island make the surf not rough, and perfect for little toes to dip in. The water isn’t as frigid as it is on the Cape, and Maine, which is a huge pro. Tropical islands and palm trees are nice, but there is nothing that I love more than pine trees and beach. It is honestly my favorite smell in the world.
The past two years we have stayed at the Spring House, which indeed has spoiled us. Between the veranda with panoramic views of the ocean, the 164-year old charm of the building, the food (home of the best fish tacos and Bloody-Marys I have ever had), and the atmosphere, it is the perfect destination for our family, and we wish we could stay forever every time we go. Though I can never imagine taking a trip there without our littlest love, I would love to check it out during the “off season” for a long weekend to disconnect from the world and reconnect with M. I’m sure many of you who are parents will agree, it’s so important and rare to find time for just the two of you. With limited wifi and service, it is so refreshing to be present without all the distractions of our many devices and hectic lives.
When we're not at the beach you can find us exploring BI’s adorable little town. The Island itself is made up of boutiques and restaurants, not the commercial enterprises you find at other destinations, which I love. There is plenty to do without taking away from that quality family time we all desire. We always bring our car because it’s just easier with a child, but it’s such a small island you don’t need one! Almost everyone has bikes or a moped. And if you don’t have one, there are plenty to rent, making it such a fun way to explore.
BI is made up of charming weathered cedar houses, blue hydrangeas, and lots of open land. In fact, you will never find houses on top of one another as you often do in other beach towns. It’s not overpopulated because nearly half of the land is protected from development, making up all the reasons why this place is so special to us!
I’m sharing some of my favorite pictures from our trip below!
- Xo, G