It is said Captain Kidd visited the Island prior to his final capture in
Since no treasure could be found upon his arrest where else could it be
but upon Block Island? Whether the treasure exists or not I don’t
know, but I do know that it costs a pirates’ booty to enjoy the area.
The shore is lined with grand old hotels standing vigil over the bay. The National Hotel is the most dominant and has been keeping watch since 1888. Other lodging choices are available and range from small inns to quaint bed and breakfasts. In fact it would appear that most homes are no more than vacation rentals.
We started out on Ballard’s Beach. An area mostly comprised of the younger crowd that has come for sun and fun. I thought it would be nice to enjoy a sandwich and watch the water. However, after downing a very bland $19 plate of fish and chips I was ready to venture on.
Cars are allowed, but the best way to explore the whole island is by scooter or moped. Our rate was $40 for a half day rental which gave us ample time to circumvent the isle.
Light houses bookend Block on the north and south sides. Other popular attractions are Settlers Rock,
and the Block Island Historical
Society. At the latter you will learn
the island remained neutral during the Revolutionary War, trading with both
sides. Also that during President
Grant’s administration he met here with the Supreme Court. For the present day, those whom are star
struck amongst us will be happy to know that Christopher Watkins keeps a
vacation house here. Mansion Beach
My favorite site by far was the coast line below Mohegan Trail. Mostly deserted, the wave’s crash upon sandy rock covered beaches. For those so enthralled, nude sun bathing is allowed along this strand.
Based upon locals’ recommendation we chose to have our dinner at Winfield’s. The menu was awash in local catches and the entrees were excellent. Be prepared to drop in excess of $100 for dinner if you are dining with a friend.