#AtoZ Stay Home! Wear a Mask! “B” is for BLOCK ISLAND


It seemed appropriate this year to feature a theme that kept me close to home, so I give you my A to Z within the small acreage that is Rhode Island. I tried to be creative (you’ll see!) but I hope you learn something about Little Rhody, too. Whether you’ve lived here all your life, grew up within the boundaries, or have never set foot on one of our many beaches, come along for a virtual tour.

photo by Martha Reynolds

No, we’re not there yet. I have a bonus post today! This is Blue Shutters beach in Charlestown, one of the prettiest beaches in the state. The parking lot is relatively small, so it fills up early. And the state-issued beach parking pass doesn’t include Blue Shutters, so it’ll cost you $20 to park on the weekends. Still, it’s an attractive stretch of shoreline.

photo by Martha Reynolds

Now, look at this photo. See that strip of land on the horizon? That’s Block Island, also known as New Shoreham. It sits about 10 miles from the mainland and was named after the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. Before Block arrived, the island was inhabited by Narragansett Indians, who had named the island “Manisses,” which translates to “island of the little god.” Packed with tourists in the summer, Block Island is a quiet island off-season.

photo by Martha Reynolds
photo by Martha Reynolds