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Close To Home, A World Away
Block Island: Close To Home, A World Away
is produced jointly by the Block Island Tourism
Council and
The Block Island Times.
The Block Island Tourism Council
Center Road, Box 356, Block Island, RI 02807
President Zena Clark
Vice President Steve Filippi
2nd Vice President John Cullen
Secretary Sven Risom
Treasurer Julie Fuller
Members Julie Kiley, Logan Mott Chase
Executive Director Jessica K. Willi
Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807
Phone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804
Publisher Michael Schroeder
Editor Kari Curtis
Writers Brent Lang, Judy Tierney, Jessica K. Willi,
Susan Gibbons
Photographer K. Curtis
Contributing Photographers
Jillian Katz, Peter Mannka, Mark Heiss, Sue Pranulis,
Lisa Sprague, Brian Drivdahl, Reneé Meyer,
Thea Monje, Ross Draper
Production John Barry of Macsperts
© 2017 Block Island Tourism Council &
The Block Island Times
Cover photo by Jillian Katz
Table Of Contents
Block Island Beckons!
You're Closer
Than You Think!
B.I. Basics
Endless Beaches
A Natural Beauty
Rest, Relaxation, Recreation
New England's Boating and
Fishing Paradise
The Goods
Living History
Keeping It Green
A Room With A View
Good Eats
Favorite Times and Happenings
Our Island Community
The Perfect Place For A Wedding
Group Tours
The 1661 Inn, Block Island Reservations, Spring House Hotel, The Atlantic Inn,
Ballard Hall Real Estate, Beach Real Estate, Block Island Conservancy,
Block Island Express, Block Island Fishworks, Interstate Navigation, Lila Delman Real Estate,
New England Airlines, Newport Convention & Visitors Bureau, Payne's Harbor View Inn,
Poor People's Pub, Tigerfish, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau,
Sullivan Real Estate, The Surf Hotel, Kimberly's
Sachem Pond Photo by Brian Drivdahl
About the Cover Photo: Our cover photo this year was taken by Jillian Katz. Jillian, who is from NY, took the photo while on vacation with
her fiancé and sent it in after seeing a call-out for island photos on our Facebook page. Jillian writes "Block Island was the first vacation my
fiancé and I ever took together. Christian surprised me with a trip to Block Island for my birthday in late October. We were lucky enough
to visit our favorite places on the island with weather that made it feel like June, proving that it's always a good time to visit Block Island.
We continue to visit the island whenever we can, and look forward to getting married here in 2018." We are glad that she took the time
to share her photos with us. Thank you, Jillian!
The Block Island Tourism Council is always on the lookout for photography of Block Island for these pages, so feel free to post on our
Facebook Page ( or email us at We look forward to seeing the island
through your eyes.