Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip
A few hours from NYC, this getaway will transport you to more wholesome times past.
If you’re looking to escape the city for a relaxing vacation and are yearning for the charm of a classic New England seaside town, consider a trip to Block Island, R.I. A mere 14 miles east of Montauk and 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, it’s an easily accessible alternative to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket for a weekend getaway.
A Quick Trip from Montauk, NY or Newport, RI
Having spent more than a few weekends in the Hamptons and Montauk on the south fork of Long Island, N.Y, my boyfriend and I decided to take a weekend trip to Block Island for a change of pace. After a quick breakfast at a local pancake house, we boarded one of the daily high-speed ferries from Montauk.
Once underway, we enjoyed a picturesque harbor view dotted with fishing boats, the Montauk Yacht Club and an array of local bars & restaurants, including one of my new favorites in the area, Swallow East. With a newly redone interior, live music on the weekends, and a menu that showcases local, fresh ingredients, this former fisherman’s haunt embodies a laid-back yet beachy-chic atmosphere. Like its nearby contemporary, Surf Lodge, Swallow East is part-owned by tech entrepreneur, Michael Walrath; what truly sets it apart is the outdoor deck framed against the scenic, nautical backdrop.
Arriving on Block Island an hour later, we felt a world away from New York. New Harbor, where the Montauk ferry docks, was bustling with private boats and yachts complete with their own Vineyard Vines-branded harbor service. In search of a simple yet elegant weekend by the seashore, we had a friend recommend booking a room at Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea, one of two properties on the island owned by Ann Law.