Day-tripping Block Island

While it’s estimated that millions of Americans are traveling this Labor Day weekend, I was one of them. I took an impromptu day trip to Block Island. New Shoreham is considered to be the smallest town in Rhode Island.

In the early afternoon, we took a high speed ferry from New London, Connecticut. When we reached the island, we started our hike to the Southeast Lighthouse and the Mohegan Bluffs. We took Spring Street, which offers dramatic views of the Atlantic coastline and the many New England style homes and hotels along the hills. The walk from the Old Harbor is shy of 2 miles, and takes about 30 minutes.


First we stopped to admire the Southeast Lighthouse, which is nearly 150 year old.

Next we ventured down Payne’s staircase, which has over 100 wooden stairs built into the cliffs. The lookout from the staircase is a popular attraction.


Although the winding staircase is about a 2 person width, some of the wooden stairs are loose. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend trying it to go up or down 2 people at a time. Oftentimes, we needed to courteously wait to the side when people were coming from the opposing direction.

Afterwards, we returned to the Old Harbor area to roam the cute shops, walk the coastline, and enjoy a drink at a beachfront restaurant. If we had a little more time, we would have visited the New Harbor area.

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