New York City

Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip

A few hours from NYC, this getaway will transport you to more wholesome times past.


Gracious Hospitality and Breathtaking Views

Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea sits on a hill with a wraparound porch and gardens overlooking Crescent Beach. Built at the turn of the century, this renovated ten-room inn offers sweeping views of the shoreline and nearby harbor.

Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip

Avonlea Room at Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea

Without a doubt, this inn offers one of the most stunning views on island.  From sunrise to sunset, guests can often be found either reclining on lounge chairs set at the edge of the hillside or relaxing on the beach, which is a mere 30 second walk down a sand dune. Most of the rooms offer dramatic ocean views, and several have separate entrances or private patios, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or play a game provided by the hosts. Like most guests, we were looking for a quiet, stress-free weekend and were pleased to hear that Avonlea does not permit pets or children under the age of sixteen.

The Blue Dory, Ms. Law’s second property is only a stone’s throw away from Avonlea and lies at the head of Crescent Beach. It’s a short distance to Old Harbor, where you can find the ferry from Newport, nightlife and island shops.

Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip

The Blue Dory

The Blue Dory has been featured in Patricia Schultz’s “1000 Places to See Before You Die” and has been profiled on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”- among other publications. It offers eleven spacious guestrooms (some of which are charming cottages alongside the main house) with views of either the ocean or the historic town.

Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip

The ‘Cupid’s Corner’ suite at Blue Dory

Upon check-in, we were greeted by Ms. Law, were introduced to the staff and shown to our room. We were pleased to find a spacious room with plush bedding, an immaculate bathroom and a drop-dead gorgeous view.

Both properties host guests to a hearty breakfast as well as afternoon wine and hor d’oeuvres. Additionally, with such close proximity to the beach, they conveniently offer beach chairs and towels.

Pages: 1 2 3

Reader Discussion: 6 Comments

  1. Avatar of Geneva Walton

    Geneva Walton

    To be this close to NYC and not be crowded is just baffling to me. This place looks great, Maybe i’ll visit this weekend. Thank’s for this.

  2. Avatar of Lyndsi LaRose

    I’ll forward this to some of my friends who live in NYC. Looks like a really fun getaway. I love that your articles lay out a full itinerary with everything to do, which makes it really easy to book everything and know what to do.

  3. Avatar of Sarah Evanston

    Sarah Evanston

    The Blue Dory looks super cute. I’m going to do this trip this summer and visit/stay at all the places you recommended. Please write more articles like this — with the entire trip planned out!

  4. Avatar of Auriane Desombre

    It's always nice to escape the city for short trips during the year! Block Island looks like a really fun and pretty getaway 🙂

  5. Avatar of Zenab Bello-Osagie

    It's nice to get away from the city for awhile to visit a somewhere calm and relaxing. Looks very pleasant.

  6. Avatar of Jen Spillane

    Jen Spillane

    Awesome! It's nice to learn about some getaways that aren't too far from the NYC area. There are plenty of vacation hotspots that aren't too far out of reach.

Join in the Conversation! Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Urbanette moderates and edits comments for grammar and to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Please use your full name. Moderators can only approve comments written in English.

All content is strictly copyright. Contact us for permission.