Block Island is the Perfect Weekend Trip
A few hours from NYC, this getaway will transport you to more wholesome times past.
Gracious Hospitality and Breathtaking Views
Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea sits on a hill with a wraparound porch and gardens overlooking Crescent Beach. Built at the turn of the century, this renovated ten-room inn offers sweeping views of the shoreline and nearby harbor.
Without a doubt, this inn offers one of the most stunning views on island. From sunrise to sunset, guests can often be found either reclining on lounge chairs set at the edge of the hillside or relaxing on the beach, which is a mere 30 second walk down a sand dune. Most of the rooms offer dramatic ocean views, and several have separate entrances or private patios, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or play a game provided by the hosts. Like most guests, we were looking for a quiet, stress-free weekend and were pleased to hear that Avonlea does not permit pets or children under the age of sixteen.
The Blue Dory, Ms. Law’s second property is only a stone’s throw away from Avonlea and lies at the head of Crescent Beach. It’s a short distance to Old Harbor, where you can find the ferry from Newport, nightlife and island shops.
The Blue Dory has been featured in Patricia Schultz’s “1000 Places to See Before You Die” and has been profiled on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”- among other publications. It offers eleven spacious guestrooms (some of which are charming cottages alongside the main house) with views of either the ocean or the historic town.
Upon check-in, we were greeted by Ms. Law, were introduced to the staff and shown to our room. We were pleased to find a spacious room with plush bedding, an immaculate bathroom and a drop-dead gorgeous view.
Both properties host guests to a hearty breakfast as well as afternoon wine and hor d’oeuvres. Additionally, with such close proximity to the beach, they conveniently offer beach chairs and towels.