Although there are so many AirBnb’s, Block Island hotels have a special kind of quintessential New England magic. The island is a beautiful setting for a wedding or a mini-moon (before that epic European honeymoon). One of the most beautiful locations in the Northeast, if not the US, Block Island is predominantly conservatory land surrounded by water.
Hotels in Block Island are a little different than the mainland — many are historic buildings protected by numerous restrictions set by the town and other organizations to maintain the history and preserve the beauty of the island.
With a focus on simple living, your days on island will be monopolized by late sleeping, eating fresh, local seafood, and long stretches on the beach. Staying at the Spring House Block Island is a perfect way to enjoy the week before or after your wedding day. Off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island is a 3 by 7 mile island, at its widest points, and offers so many opportunities to reset, relax and reconnect.
Our Favorite Block Island Hotels: The Spring House Hotel, the Block Island Beach House, and the Narragansett Inn
Stay at the Spring House Hotel up on the hill just walking distance to the ferry. With harbor view and ocean view rooms, the Hotel is an iconic building overlooking the harbor. Walking into the Spring House you’ll be greeted by the original front desk, and an attendant who will assist you. The hotel is a historic victorian hotel with two favorite Block Island restaurants onsite, the Barn and Victoria’s Lounge.
The Surf Hotel recently underwent renovations and new ownership — becoming the Block Island Beach House. One of the only hotels owned by a mainland company, Lark Hotels renovated the building bringing a touch of modern beauty to the historic building. The large grey hotel you’ll see from the Block Island ferry, the Beach House has a wrap around porch on the first floor — one of our favorite locations to hang out and people watch on the island.
The Narragansett Inn is a historic New Harbor hotel overlooking the harbor, and fishing boats. Host a wedding on the lawns at the Narragansett overlooking the harbor, and head down to Payne’s for the after party.
Block Island Inns with Charm: the Darius Inn, the 1661 Inn, Inn at Spring House
The Darius Inn is one of our favorite small hotels on the island. An eclectic hotel situated just across from the Block Island Beach House and just behind the National Hotel, the Darius has unique rooms, and a unique sense of character. The perfect location for Bachelorette parties, the Darius offers traditional rooms and suites.
The 1661 Inn overlooks the beaches to the north of the harbor where the ferry lands. Recently renovated, the Inn boasts infinity drains, and spa tubs in their bathrooms, with hard wood floors, and ocean view balconies. Our favorite part of the 1661 Inn happens to be the farm across the street — a perfect oasis to unwind and jump into a yoga class, or pet some alpacas…
The Inn at Springhouse is just down the hill from the Spring House and boasts an updated, recently constructed building. The Inn at Springhouse is another Spring House property, and has gorgeous gardens with harbor views for micro-weddings and elopements.
Historic Island Venues: the National Hotel, the Atlantic Inn, and the Hotel Manisses
The National Hotel is the large white victorian hotel in downtown New Shoreham. When you step off the ferry look to your right for the large wrap around porch that hosts the restaurant and bar for the National. With a prime location and amenities like fire pits, and a full-service restaurant onsite, the National Hotel is one of our favorite downtown New Shoreham locations.
Up on the hill from the harbor is the Atlantic Inn, a prime Block Island wedding venue. Overlooking the harbor and Crescent Beach, the Atlantic Inn hosts a large portion of the island’s weddings annually. Open seasonally, the Atlantic Inn has a few rental properties on location as well as the restaurant — a perfect location for tapas, before walking through the gardens to the Spring House for dinner.
The Hotel Manisses has had new ownership in the past few years, bringing with it renovations and refreshing change. One of the prime locations for an anniversary dinner or a romantic night out, it’s become an incredible location for elopements and micro-weddings on island. The Hotel Manisses has incredible hydrangea gardens behind the Hotel, just walking distance ot the downtown New Shoreham area.
Keep in mind that local taxes and fees are a little different than mainland businesses so check the terms and conditions of any reservation. Block Island is one of our favorite locations and easily one of the best hidden gems in New England for an elopement or micro-wedding.
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