New England has no shortage of summer island destinations. Though I’ve never voyaged to Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod (save once when I was too young to form lasting memories of the trip), Block Island, RI, has become my favorite spot for a midsummer getaway. Going to Block is almost meditative. Standing above the Mohegan Bluffs, watching the light cast mirrors of midnight blue on the crashing waves while sweet salty air fills your lungs, is an exercise in transcendence. Beyond the beaches lie marinas, small but well-stocked boutiques, hole-in-the-wall restaurants with handwritten signage, farmers’ markets with homemade jam and jewelry, classic New England shoreline architecture, and – most importantly, in my opinion – the small town charm that helps Block win over even the most crotchety traveler.
Yesterday my friends and I headed out to Block for a little day trip before our real lives start again in the coming weeks. Though we were only there for a few hours, we managed to take a joyride around the entire island and nab some ice cream before the ferry ride home. Life’s pretty sweet, huh?
Stormy skies before our ferry rideI’m thanking the weather gods for ensuring the menacing skies were all talk and no action. The sun reigned for the majority of our trip, coming out just as we landed on shore.
We hit the local farmers’ market and enjoyed a little ukelele play-in!The cutest couple (Jenn and Drew) … ever. I tried to stalk all of their adorable moments with my camera, but there were just too many to capture.The boys (Al & Drew) celebrating a new hat purchase.Irene taking in the sights on our drive around the island.I can’t wait to go back to Block next summer! Here’s to the little moments when the windows are rolled down, the sun is high, and your nail polish is (mostly) chip-free.