My wife's company held their annual summer outing on Block Island. Lynne and I had never been. Some notes and observations of our weekend
- Take the slow ferry... Unless you're in a medical emergency, take the slow boat out of Point Judith. 55 minutes of something you don't get to do everyday.
- Monica's taxi tour; worth it for $75 plus tip. Lasted 1.5 hours. Fourth or fifth generation islander. Monica Shea- Hull; a spit fire, living legend, she'll be missed when she's gone.
- Finns seafood. On the Old Harbor. Allegedly freshest seafood on the Island. Lobster roll was great. Lynne's lobster club looked very good. Cold beer.
- Oars restaurant up in New Harbor: nice bar inside. Fish taco's blackened were delicious. Outside there is corn hole and picknick tables with umbrellas. You get a nice cross breeze outside from the inlet to the harbor. Mudslides are dangerously good. I left feeling great.
- Easy to walk about to most of the commercial stuff either in Old Harbor or New Harbor. On a hot day, a taxi is worth it between harbors. Otherwise 1.5 mike or so walk. Mostly staying on one harbor or the other walking is easy.
- Paynes Deadly Doughnuts... Good. Indulgent. Sits like a brick after you eat one. Get them warm. New Harbor.
- The National Hotel was nice. Antique traditional not Gilded or country. Warm and toasty in the rooms. No A/C. Come to find out on the last day Lynne read the Block Island newspapers, BI has one of the highest power rates in the country. Drawing the conclusion to no A/C. Bar is nice for an afternoon cocktail. Breeze comes in off the harbor nicely and seeps through the open doors of the front porch.
- Company dinners at the National on the porch and Ballard's. Both were nice takes. The food is good at both. They handled a big party with ease. Food was good at Ballard's. Not high end but not bar food.
- Over all worth your time to take a little trip.