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Close To Home, A World Away
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It was 1989 when my dad announced
to my family that he was purchasing a
hotel on Block Island. Back then, the is-
land was nowhere near as popular as it
is today. I heard stories of people calling
him crazy, but his vision for success has
always been one of his strongest quali-
ties as a person. You could say he fell in
love at fi rst sight. Built in 1852, stand-
ing 164 years old, you can only imagine
how much hard work, time, dedication,
and money it takes to revive and oper-
ate such a historic piece of real estate. I
was only three years old at the time and
the hotel was under receivership. It was
run-down and vacant. That is when his
journey and our future on Block Island
began.
When I was about 16, I started work-
ing for my dad and staff at the Spring
House. Every summer I worked in differ-
ent departments of the hotel. One sum-
mer I would bus tables, another prep in
the kitchen. At the age of 18, I started
bartending and to this day, it is still my
favorite part of the business. I love the
fast-paced environment, great conver-
sations, and the opportunity of meeting
new people.
Today, 26 years later, with my father's
vision and with the help of loyal manage-
ment such as David Houseman, who
has been by my family's side since the
beginning of this amazing journey, our
business has grown to be open year-
round featuring our popular restaurant,
The Barn. In addition to the Spring
House Hotel, we now own and oper-
ate 11 rental homes, apartments and a
brand new 10-room inn called the Inn at
Spring House. Today my obligations are
managing the day-to-day operations of
the hotel and restaurant with the help of
an amazing staff.
My personal mission is to help create
the same warm and inviting environment
for new and returning guests, giving
them the chance to experience Block
Island the way I did growing up. Not only
do I enjoy working hard all summer, I
also make it a point to take the time and
enjoy the simplistic beauty and cherish
every moment our beautiful island has
to offer.
Whether you enjoy the award winning
beaches, the beautiful hiking trails, some
of the best fi shing on the East coast or
even taking part in Block Island's Music
Festival at Captain Nick's, Block Island
is known for bringing families and friends
together from all over the world. It allows
us to create memories and traditions
that last a lifetime. The Block Island com-
munity is fi lled with so much happiness,
it really highlights the simplicity of life.
The Nature Conservancy and Historic
District Commission do a wonderful job
on preserving Block Island's beauty. The
Nature Conservancy doesn't call Block
Island "One of the last great places" for
nothing.
Thank you Block Island for bringing us
all together!
Frank DiBiase III, Hospitality Manager, The Spring House Hotel
My Block Island
The Inn at Block Island
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New rooms at the 1661 Inn
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Frank DiBiase III in front of The Spring House Hotel.