Block Island Celebrates 350
Block Island, Rhode Island, is nestled 12 miles off the coast. It’s a vacationer’s spot for sure, with thousands flocking to the Island each year for Race Week, a week away, a day trip with your bike or your dog, or just because. The Nature Conservancy listed it as one of the last great places. And for those you come back year after year, it is. You just can’t seem to get it out of your mind. This year celebrates the 350th anniversary of the settlement of the Island with much fanfare. For a full list of events, click here.
You never forget your first time on the Island.
Stepping off the ferry at Old Harbor and onto Block Island is always the same. The Harborside Hotel and Seaside Market look like they've been in a time capsule. A gust of sweet sea smell rises up to meet you—and like a first date with that guy you immediately know is the ONE, you feel like you’re home. That’s the way it was for me, so many years ago, and is still. I've been back many times since, sharing it with friends, boyfriends, with just my oldest, and now with my husband and little ones. Incredible things happened to me on the Island.
But you never forget your first time.
It was 1989, and I was a senior in college staying up for the summer to take a class, but mostly to maintain my freedom. A girl living off campus was doing the same thing, and we became fast friends on the prowl for fun. We were newly legal and single. Why not? So, when she suggested going to BI for a night, who was I turn a good idea down? There was a bunch of us staying up that summer, girls and guys, which made for many beach trips and a few bar closings.Continued on the next page