The Block Island Beach House: Smoked Meats for Dinner on the Back Deck

The Block Island Beach House is one of my favorite places for food. I might be a little biased, the poke is what I eat for dinner at least twice a week. And I did grow up summering on the property. That said, the food is consistently fresh, delicious and exactly as you remembered it.

overlooking the harbor at the Block Island Beach House

The Block Island Beach House is perfectly located downtown, walking distance to everything in town from restaurants to beaches. Snuggle up on the beach after a beautiful dinner down the street before heading up to bed. The hotel is a beautiful spot for a baby moon, an elopement, or a full wedding.

The Block Island Beach House

What was originally the Surf Hotel has been transformed into the Block Island Beach House. The big grey Victorian you’ll see as the Block Island ferry lands just to your right is a historic gem on the island. The updates that Lark Hotels have done to this place have shaved this rough diamond into a cherished property on the island.

With private baths, brand new rooms, the hotel is the perfect getaway location for you and your besties or just yourself. Open May to October, the prime spot in town means you don’t need to bring your car, or bike. It’s easy to enjoy all the island has to offer just walking distance from the hotel — or do what I like to do and just lounge on the porch your whole vacation.

the front porch at the Surf Hotel
the back lounge at the Surf Hotel
the back lounge at the Block Island Beach House

The Food at the New Surf Hotel

Although this place boosts the fastest internet on the island (112 mb/s) and easily the best view, it also has some of the best food. Try the tuna poke or the mac and cheese — you can’t get fresher on the island. Trading Sysco staples for home cooking, the restaurant has given itself a face lift that was very welcomed for this tiny island.

smoked chickens at the Block Island Beach House

Smoking chicken, ribs, brisket and pork out back is one of my favorite things to catch at the Beach House. The smell is outrageous and it’s one of the most mouthwatering sights you’ll get.

The tuna poke is a welcome dish any day of the week — with brown rice and mango, a little avocado on top, it’s a well-rounded dinner, even though it’s an appetizer.

The Hotel Rooms at the Block Island Beach House

The hotel is a small boutique hotel managed and owned by Lark Hotels. The Block Island Beach House was purchased within the last five years, with a full renovation. Each room is uniquely decorated, and curated, with modern fixtures reflective of the Block Island flora.

The hotel is a three story boutique inn, with under 50 rooms. Each room has it’s own private bathroom, and either ocean front views, or street front — overlooking the harbor. It’s hard to find an ugly view at the Block Island Beach House given that both sides of the hotel overlook Crescent Beach or the harbor.

In 2020, the hotel also purchased the Gables Inn, and have fully renovated it. The new Gables will have large suites, with an in ground pool in the back portion of the hotel. Some of the suites will have full kitchens.

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