Welcome to Block Island!

Block Island sign in nature

If you caught any of my Instagram stories a few weekends back, you’ll know that Dan and I were celebrating our sixth anniversary on Block Island, our favorite place in the world! Unless you’re a New Englander, you probably haven’t heard of Block Island because it’s a tiny dot of land off the coast of Rhode Island. The nearby larger islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, receive much more attention and hype. Although, there’s still a ton of natural beauty, sightseeing, coastal shops and beaches worth visiting on Block Island.

Related Read: Our fifth anniversary on Block Island (2016).

Driving on Block Island

To make the best use of our time, we took Friday off work and readied ourselves for the 8:05am ferry ride from New London, CT to Block Island, RI. The trip took 1 hour and 15 minutes to ride across Long Island Sound. If you depart from Point Judith, RI, then you can take a shorter ferry ride of 45 minutes.

Block Island nature

A weekend stay on Block Island could easily cost an arm and a leg, however we were lucky enough to stay with family in exchange for a bottle of wine and our warmest hugs. Assuming that you don’t have family on the island, there are still plenty of ways to visit Block Island on a budget.

Dan looking out on Block IslandBlock Island backyard and home

After we settled in, we ventured out to see the most popular sights on the island, the Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse. Usually these sights on Block Island are crowded on the weekends, so first, we chose to visit a lesser known viewpoint between the two.

Kim at Block Island overlook wearing gingham Kim at Block Island overlook wearing gingham Kim at Block Island overlook with Southeast Lighthouse

See the Southeast Lighthouse off in the distance? We’ll give you a closer look, if you keep scrolling!

Kim at Block Island overlook wearing gingham

July weather can be so unpredictable in the Northeast! We packed mostly shorts and beach clothes thinking that it would be warm and sunny. In fact, I hadn’t even consider bringing a sweatshirt! But as you can tell from the pictures, we had to wear long sleeves and pants all day.

Dan at the Block Island overlook

Either way, the views were amazing. Block Island is worth the visit, rain or shine! Just be sure to bring layers.

Block Island overlooking Mohegan BluffsBlock Island overlooking Mohegan Bluffs Block Island overlooking beach and bluffs Block Island ocean beach

Afterwards, we hopped over to the Mohegan Bluffs. To fully experience the bluffs, you have to descend several stairs down to the beach.

Kim at the stairs of Mohegan Bluff, Block Island

Going down is no problem, but remember, you have to climb back up! For reference, the picture above was taken about two-thirds of the way down.

Kim and Dan at Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island

Someone offered to take our picture, but it happened so quickly, that we didn’t even realize that we were facing the wrong direction of the bluffs (they are behind the camera). What a fail!

Mohegan Bluffs on Block IslandMohegan Bluffs beach on Block Island

Next stop, the renown Southeast Lighthouse. You can pay a small fee to scale up the lighthouse or just hang out at the grounds and stretch your legs after the ferry ride. There were a few kids doing cartwheels and playing tag behind us.

Kim and Dan at the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

Decided to let my hair loose in this picture. Man, do I have a lot of hair!

Kim at the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

There is a small gift shop inside the Southeast Lighthouse, however the best souvenir shopping will be on Water Street in the town center.

America's First Offshore Wind Turbine on Block Island

The Southeast Lighthouse is a great place to view America’s first offshore wind farm! The new wind turbines were installed in the ocean in 2016 and are truly fascinating to watch as small boats jet past them.

These two neighboring sites, the Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse are a must-see on your first day trip to Block Island. You can walk 1.6 miles from the ferry terminal, bike, moped over, or drive. Feel free to leave questions in the comments below!

More on Block Island will be shared throughout this week, so stay tuned for more!

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31 Comments

  1. August 13, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I absolutely love your photos and stories from Block Island! I had never heard of it prior to reading your previous post, but it sounds like such a gorgeous place to explore! I’d love to visit Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, too! All of them look amazing! I didn’t even realise New London was a place, what a great name! Ha!

    Thanks a bit of weekend wanderlust guys – this place looks perfect to celebrate! Happy anniversary, here’s to many more!

    I hope you have a lovely Sunday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  2. August 13, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    What a gorgeous place!! Seems like very special island to visit. You look very happy in all the pictures, makes a reader (like me) feel super positive too 🙂

  3. August 13, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    It looks like such a lovely place, not surprised it is your favourite place! Your hair looks so healthy and thick. Is that the maximum length it can grow to or you wanting it to grow longer?

    nat // dignifiable

  4. August 13, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Block island is so beautiful! I only heard about it yesterday from my cousin, but now I really want to go. It looks like you two had a lovely time there xx

  5. August 14, 2017 / 9:01 am

    It looks like such a beautiful and peaceful place! 🙂

  6. August 14, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Oh how beautiful!! I need to make a trip out there! Many congratulations on your anniversary. Cheers to many more years of happiness 🙂

    Erica
    http://www.eggcanvas.me

  7. August 14, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Such an interesting place, the turbines in the water are fascinating. You look good together in gingham shirts. Nice to find your blog!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  8. August 14, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    You guys are too cute! And this looks like such a fun little place to visit – the lighthouse is so old school romantic!

  9. August 15, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Brock Island looks super exciting! Even more that it’s a place where you can actually feel like you’re not crowded with other tourists. It’s great that you got to stay without paying much $$. Glad to see you two enjoying your time out there because the area looks super neat.

    https://exquisitely.me

  10. August 16, 2017 / 2:01 am

    Did you go to Block Island or heaven? I’m convinced it’s the latter because this place looks like a calm, beautiful dream. I would’ve LOVED that staircase! The bluffs are particularly breathtaking.

    Also, definitely a lot of hair. Common problem with us Asian girls, right? 😉

  11. miri
    August 16, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Block Island looks so peaceful. I can imagine living at a place like this. It has this serene and relaxed feeling to it.
    X
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

  12. August 16, 2017 / 7:21 am

    A bike ride around this island sounds magical!! (Definitely not taking the bike down all those stairs though!). Also, your hair is gorgeous!!!

    🍓 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  13. August 16, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Hey Kim!

    Didn’t get the chance to read this post when you first shared on your instastory. Finally, I did and I’m so glad that I did.
    The photographs are just so lovely!!!

    X❤X❤,
    Dimito Michiyo

    http://dimitomichiyo.blogspot.sg/

  14. August 16, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Wow this place is so dreamy, thanks for showing this lovely island to us!
    Emmy.xx

  15. August 16, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Wow, these photos are gorgeous! It looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I love the last photo of the wind turbines in the water…very cool!

    http://roadesque.com

  16. August 17, 2017 / 1:55 am

    Your trip to Block Island looks so peaceful and relaxing! Makes me excited for an upcoming getaway I have with my hubby. We leave for Hawaii on Friday and I couldn’t be happier. We need some alone time to just be together <3

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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