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Guide to Block Island, RI

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Photo: Whitney Lawson

Thirteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island, “the Block,” as locals call it, is a fraction of the size of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard—and far less discovered. There are no hotels with Frette linens and flat-screen TV’s. The appeal lies in its simplicity.

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Destinations: Block Island

Hotels (1)

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    Hotel Manisses

    The 137-year-old hotel has been in the same family since 1969. The 16 rooms are decorated with antique furniture, and some have vaulted wood-beamed

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    Oar Restaurant

    The wide veranda at this casual restaurant has the best tableside view of New Harbor, which fills up with moored sailboats at dusk.

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    Three Sisters, Block Island

    Founding sibling Brigid Price whips up signature sandwiches for worn-out cyclists at this pint-size Old Harbor institution.

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    Eli's Restaurant

    The 12-table restaurant is named after the original owner's black Lab. The bar buzzes after dark in this low-lit gray clapboarad cottage, decorated

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    Attwood Real Estate

    There are plenty of houses to rent on Block Island, from renovated country barns to contemporary cottages with wide wooden decks and ocean views.

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    Aldo's Mopeds and Bikes

    Rent bikes near the ferry and then explore the stretches of flat terrain that run along the shore.

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