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Block Island, RI: Eat, Play, Stay

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Block Island is an adorable fall getaway for the nautical and nature inclined. Nestles 13 miles off the the south of Rhode Island coast, this tiny island is accessible by ferry from Montauk, NY or Point Judith, RI. Featuring 17 miles of pristine beaches this small community offers more than it's historical buildings. Armed with a bicycle, sweater and over night bag I tackled its rocky coasts to see where to eat, stay and play.

EAT: There are several cute cafes that offer sensational ocean fare with a view to match. If you're in the mood for a fresh seafood on the beach head over to Ballard's where steamed lobsters are served with delectable sides. Rebecca's is a local take out spot where the Clam cakes and lobster roll are all the rage. In the mood for a more sophisticated meal, The National is noteworthy alternative to eating standing up. Tuck into a Spinach & Steak salad or Fresh Fish tacos with cucumber sour cream. In the mood for a classic bar food, the spring rolls stuffed with crab and shrimp will be sure to hit the spot.

PLAY: There are few better ways to explore the nautical town of Block Island, Rhode Island than on a bicycle. Most on island vendors offer a range of bikes from beach cruisers to petal pushers with baskets. An over night rental will set you back a mere $40. Armed with a bottle of water, sunnies, bikini and sunscreen Block island will be your oyster. The steep incline of Spring street will be well worth the workout as one is gliding along the serene coast line. A quick stop at SecondEast Lighthouse to admire the landmark that was built in 1873 before trekking down the stairs to stroll the rocky beach at Mohegan Point. Not in the mood to practice for the tour de france? Several adorable stores line the main street. Cool to be Kind is a beachy boutique with a moral conscious. Besides the usual summer frocks they carry cool jewelry lines and cosmetic cases made from recycled materials.

STAY: The historical island boats quite a few inns and bed & breakfast options. Spring House Hotel is perched on top of a hill that overlooks the expansive bay. A mere 5 minute bike ride into the center of town this hotel stays true to its colonial roots but with nicer decor. What the inn lacks in amenities it makes up for in home spun kindness. A few days here breathing in the salty fresh air & watching the mesmerizing sunsets will rejuvenate even the weariest soul.

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