The East Coast is undeniably a bustling place. Cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia serve as international centers for business and culture. In addition to being home to world class restaurants, museums, and towering skyscrapers, the East Coast is also home to numerous naturally beautifully spaces where city dwellers go to recharge. Block Island, Rhode Island—which is 9 miles south of Rhode Island proper, and 14 miles east of Long Island, New York—features pristine beaches, protected wild spaces, and charming vintage architecture that never fails to calm the nerves of overworked urbanites.
Block Island features family-friendly beaches, beaches where surfers can catch a wave, and remote, rocky beaches where visitors can birdwatch and view colorful sunsets. Nature lovers rave about Cooneymus Cove Beach. Cooneymus Cove is a secluded beach that isn’t ideal for swimming or sunbathing due to the rocky terrain, but offers ample opportunities for hiking, exploring, viewing wildlife, and watching the sun set.
The 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens offers bright, modern accommodations with a charming vintage exterior. The 1661 Inn is adjacent to a farm which is home to several exotic animals, including a camel, a family of kangaroos, and a giant tortoise. There is also a garden with rows of vibrant blooming flowers and edible crops such as kale. The 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens is a popular destination for weddings, family reunions, and travelers who are simply looking to relax next to the seashore surrounded by exotic animals.
If hunting for Easter eggs is one of your favorite activities, Block Island hosts an ongoing Glass Float Project where glass orbs handmade by local artists are hidden throughout the island. Visitors are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled while hiking, beachcombing, and strolling around the island. Any person who comes across a glass orb is welcome to keep it. Each glass orb is numbered and features a stamp which identifies that it originated in Block Island.
Over 40 percent of Block Island is a protected natural space. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, spa treatments, and a self-guided bike tour while visiting the more populated areas of the island. Block Island’s true appeal is the untamed natural spaces where travelers can enjoy blue skies, crashing waves, and rocky beaches without any of the distractions of the modern world. If a busy work schedule is sapping all of your vital energy, consider booking a serene Block Island getaway.