Paradise Found: Block Island, Rhode Island
Long-distance doppelganger: Ireland
Drive from Boston: 1.5 hours to the Point Judith ferry, followed by a half-hour ferry ride
Hop off the ferry and youâ€™ll find yourself right in the middle Block Islandâ€™s buzzy downtown. But venture farther inland and youâ€˜ll glimpse rolling hills, stone walls, and weathered, shingled cottages that are reminiscent of the Emerald Isle. Thanks to conservation efforts and strict zoning laws, no chains or franchises are allowed on the 10-square-mile island, leaving room only for Victorian-style inns, indie restaurants, and wide open spaces with sweeping panoramas of the horizon.
Where to Stay
The Spring House hotel, the oldest hotel on the island, has made up beds for Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. Woo your new bride (or groom) with the deluxe roomâ€™s ocean views. Set on 20 acres of farmland, the Rose Farm Inn (pictured) is a peaceful respite, with honeymooner-friendly first-floor rooms in the Captainâ€™s Rose House that offer front and back decks and whirlpool tubs. If itâ€™s a downtown retreat youâ€™re after, rent a quiet cottage at the Blue Dory Innâ€”the Dollhouse and the Tea House are ideal for lovebirdsâ€”and take in the scene from your porch.
What to Do
Hit the islandâ€™s popular sitesâ€”such as Rodmanâ€™s Hollow (pictured), a nature preserve off Coooneymus Road, and Mohegan Bluffs, where the clay cliffs spill diagonally into the oceanâ€”in a ride from Island Moped and Bike Rentals. Then get your daily dose of vitamin D at Mansion BeachÂ or the more secluded Doryâ€™s Cove.
Where to Eat
Grab a drink on the lawn of the Spring House hotel (pictured), then tuck into selections from the raw bar at the hotelâ€™s Veranda CafÃ©. Unwind after a day of exploring the island at Eliâ€™s, where the Asian-inspired fare draws a crowd most nights. Top off the evening with an ice-cold Guinness at McGovernâ€™s Yellow Kittens.
A sunset cruise on Ruling Passionâ€”wine and cheese includedâ€”will set the mood.
Save the Date
Snag a button for the annual Taste of Block Island event (5/30â€“6/1; 9/26â€“9/28) for discounts at restaurants and stores, and on activities like kayaking and horseback riding.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/weddings/article/2014/01/07/honeymoon-block-island-rhode-island/