Where to go and what to do on Rhode Island’s most beloved isle.

By Travel + Leisure
June 01, 2012
© Tara Donne

Thirteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island, the Block.

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.

Three Sisters, Block Island

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

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 with paintings by local artists. Come for the seafood dishes such as steamed crab and Maine lobster over fresh casarecce pasta.

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.

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 ceilings and canopy beds.

Aldo's Mopeds and Bikes

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