Saturday, August 4, 2012

Block Island 2012

These photos are from a recent trip we took to Block Island for a little weekend getaway. Our friends, who vacation there every Summer, were gracious enough to invite us again this year and each time we visit I fall more in love with the place. 
If you've been, then you know how beautiful it is. If not, its unlike any vacation town I've visited in the Northeast. For me, what sets it apart is how far away from it all I feel there. There are no strip malls, bars lining the beaches, or row after row of beach homes crowding every square inch of available space. Instead, it's sparse - many homes are tucked away, accessible only by traveling down a long, unpaved driveway. Those that are close to the main roads have what seems like acres of bright green land surrounding them. Each one a little treasured slice of paradise.
Most of the land is preserved and therefore cannot be built upon. This promises an abundance of wildlife and paired with a wet island climate, rolling hills of lush green foliage, which makes it feel more like the countryside of Ireland than New England.
I did my best to capture how green the island is, but we had a few overcast days on our trip, and it didn't help that my camera's been on the fritz for several weeks now, so I was using my iPhone camera a majority of the time. On the most gorgeous day I shot a few rolls of film with my new La Sardina camera, but I won't have those for a while considering it's incredibly difficult to find a place that processes film anymore - at least in a timely fashion. However, over the years I've accumulated a few posts about our visits to Block Island - if you're interested in seeing more, you can find them here, here, and here.
Better yet, I highly recommend you check it out in person for yourself - the little 7 mile long island is perfect for day trips too. Just be warned, you may not want to come home, and if it wasn't for an upcoming vacation to Cape Cod we have planned I may not have! {I promise - I'll try my best to get a recipe post up at some point in between and I hope to make some of my favorite beach vacation dinners on the Cape!}
I'm always interested in hearing about other possible Summer vacation destinations - do you have any favorites you'd like to share? Did you take a vacation yet this year, or will you? Or was your Summer made up of "stay-cations" like mine was last year?

6 comments:

Suzy said...

I love it! The pics are great!

Nina Bille said...

Such a charmig place & lovely picures - specially those with the jeep & kite flying - the children must have loved it!

Joanne said...

I'm so glad to hear you had such a lovely time! I went to block island once...what feels like a lifetime ago. I was too young to remember much but I would love to go back!

Lauren Brown said...

Beautiful pictures. Looks like you all had a great time.

Kari Lindsay said...

I love any where that you have to take a ferry to get to. We live in South FLA, so our vacations are to see our families out west. My family lives in Victoria B.C. one of the most scenic and friendly cities in the world, not to mention most people take a ferry to get there. My inlaws are in Bigfork MT, a small picturesque town surrounded by mountains, on the Flat Head lake. Loads of summer fun!

kate said...

@Kari -
I've been to Montana (Flat Head Lake + Glacier Nat. Park). It's one of the most beautiful places I've been too! How lucky to have family living there and get to visit :)

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