Hawaiian Banana Bread Recipe

For those of you who have stayed with us before here at the inn know, we take great pride in offering a wide-array of breakfast offerings to hopefully please anyone visiting with us.  Morning starts with many guests being enticed by the heavenly aroma of our fresh brewed New England coffee and then, there might be the mouth-watering smells of brown-sugar-cinnamon topping on a baked entrée, or that get you every time smell of sizzling bacon or sausage.  Any given morning you can count on something being prepared with aromas wafting through the air suitable to make any palate happy.  Perhaps you will be met in the dining room with a beautiful baked Challah French Toast bursting with cinnamon-brown-sugar and pecans or a beautifully puffed egg strata bursting with fresh veggies, bacon and cheese.

No matter what the preference, we’re sure that there will always be something on our buffet that will appeal to the early morning diner.  One of the all-time favorites for that first-bite-nibble in the morning is our Hawaiian Banana Bread.  Breakfast for many starts with that first cup of coffee with ‘something sweet’ albeit a scone, a slice of coffee cake or fresh-baked muffin.  However, one baked goodie we make that gets many positive comments is our Hawaiian Banana Bread.  This recipe is extremely moist because it calls for a can of crushed pineapple and even if you add the optional nuts or chocolate chips it still remains as moist.  Are you getting the picture?  A steaming cup of our aromatic New England coffee and a bite of heaven – and the day just keeps getting better.

The beauty of this banana bread recipe is you don’t need a fancy mixer! A fork to whisk the eggs and a sturdy spoon to mix the batter with is all you’ll need. The sugar amount is flexible so adjust to your own personal liking. You can toss in a cup of chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips if you want, or put the batter into muffin tins and make muffins instead. Here at the inn, we like making mini muffins or small loaves in mini-loaf pans.

Hawaiian Banana Bread
An unusual combination ~ so moist & delicious!
Not just for breakfast…

Hawaiian Banana Bread Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:
3 Cups all-purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Cup Nuts or Chocolate Chips (optional)

Wet Ingredients:
3 Eggs (beaten)
1½ Cups Canola Oil
2 Very Ripe Bananas (mashed)
1 8-oz can Crushed Pineapple, well drained
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl combine the remaining wet ingredients.
Add the liquid mixture (wet ingredients) to the dry ingredients and
mix using a spoon (not an electric mixer) until just blended.
Pour batter into 5 greased mini-loaf pans (or mini-muffin pans).

Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in the center comes out clean.
Adjust bake time for mini-muffins (approx 16-18 minutes)
Cool on a rack and loosen sides of loaves to remove from pans.

ENJOY
note: if you try this recipe and/or have questions about it, we would love to hear from you so please contact us at info@innharborhill.com with your feedback.

Hawaiian Banana Bread Baked Marti

 

 

Come Getaway and visit our local Connecticut Wineries

Let’s face it, when you think of good wine and beautiful wineries, Connecticut wouldn’t necessarily be at the top of your list.  However, you just may be surprised to learn that CT does have beautiful wineries that produce very good wines.  While there are nearly 30 wineries here in Connecticut, we are particularly fond of several local wineries located just minutes from our inn.

The award-winning wine industry of southeastern CT is relatively new considering the history of many California wineries; however, they should not be overlooked for that reason. Located in a unique micro-climate these vineyards benefit from close proximity to Long Island Sound. This maritime climate influences longer, milder growing seasons creating benefits like those of a European vineyard. All of these vineyards mix new technology with time honored brewing secrets to create fine wines and open for tastings and some for tours. Bring a picnic and enjoy dining by the vines – there is nothing quite like sitting out on the land that grew the grapes and enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.

CT Wine Trail

In Ledyard CT (just 20 minutes from our inn) is Maugle Sierra Vineyards (est. 2002). This vineyard is primarily known for their St. Croix grapes, producing intensely fruit forward red and dessert wines. Watch the seasonal changes at the winery in the harvesting of the grapes and the production of the vineyards many fine selections. Visitors can enjoy a bottle or glass of wine when they come for a wine tasting and are welcome to bring a picnic to the wine patio, sit back, take a deep breath and relax amidst the vines. We especially like that Maugle Sierra Vineyards offers live entertainment on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. We often recommend that our guests shop at our local market and pick-up a brick of cheese, a baguette of bread and maybe some olives, deli meats, etc., and enjoy everything with your wine.
Maugle Sierra Winery

The Jonathan Edwards Winery (just 30 minutes from our inn) is a beautiful vineyard set on a hill with panoramic views in North Stonington, CT (est. 2001). This winery is a historic dairy barn that has been completely renovated to accommodate the wine making, barrel aging and final bottling and distribution process. The winery handcrafts Estate Connecticut wines as well as premium Napa Valley managing to capture the flavors of both the east and the west winemaking industry. Enjoy a tour of the winemaking and taste all of the special blends offered in the tasting room and relax out on the patio with a picnic and your chosen favorite wine. Watch for summer entertainment under the stars – there’s nothing quite like it. Aside from their great red wines (Merlot and Zinfandel are our favorites) we especially like the summer concerts that Jonathan Edwards offers. Generally on Thursday nights, and only in July and August, these inexpensive, low key concerts are no more than a blanket on the lawn, and picnic dinner and sunset watching all while listening to great local bands. We don’t let a summer go by without catching at least one or two of these wonderful concerts.
Jonathan Edwards Winery

In Stonington CT, a trip to Stonington Vineyards (est. 1987) (just 30 minutes from our inn) will find the vineyard well known for many of their award- winning blends and a commitment “to create wines both pleasing to the soul and palette.” Winery tours can be booked in advance and tastings of their quality, European-style wines is encouraged. Perhaps picnic on the vineyard and enjoy any one of its barrel fermented Chardonnays or proprietary blends… their Seaport White named for Mystic Seaport is a good choice if you enjoy a nice glass of white wine.
Stonington VineyardsLastly, In Clinton CT, Chamard Vineyards (est. 1983) (just 30 minutes from our inn, and immediately next door to the Clinton Crossing Outlet Shops) has a winery building crafted in an old New England design which includes old field-stone and wooden beams taken from the land of the vineyard. The winery has an underground wine cellar, production and barrel aging rooms enjoy a cool stable environment perfect for making their many fine Cabernet’s and Pinot Noir’s. Stay for wine tasting and enjoy your pick of their wines while sitting out on the deck or at the custom built tasting bar while viewing the vineyards or perhaps watching a spectacular sunset.
Chamard Vineyards

So, if you have never visited our inn or the southeastern corner of Connecticut and would like to experience a local CT winery and have everything planned for you, you may want to consider our very popular Wine & Dine Package.  For details on this and other packages we offer, visit our Specials and Packages page.  So as you can see, there are several options for you wine lovers, and best of all, these wineries are open year-round.
Wine is better at the Beach

 

Spring Getaway and Lobster?

Needless to say, we’ve all had more than our fill of winter this year. . .
SNOW, ICE and bitterly COLD . . . in amounts large enough to wear down even the most die-hard winter loving enthusiast. And it’s been so cold of late; even the local lobsters have taken on a different color. Blue Lobster

Can we get you to agree, it’s now time for a change!
Spring – WHERE ARE YOU HIDING?

We’d like to think that spring is just around the corner – and if history teaches us anything, we will begin to see and feel spring right here in southern New England before we know it. As a matter of fact, spring officially begins in just a few short weeks (4 to be exact) on March 20th. We can hardly contain our excitement as the days are already getting longer and March 8th which marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, is always a good sign that spring can’t be far behind. Even though we’ve been averaging a snow storm a week of late, we can take comfort in knowing that this cold, brutal winter can’t and won’t last forever!

Spring Lobster Lovers Getaway Package

Lobster – you know you want it.

Okay, so here at the inn our thoughts are turning from freezing cold winter weather to warmer and brighter spring days, and from staying indoors snuggled by the fireplaces to getting out and walking our local Boardwalk taking in spring’s rays of sunshine. So, let’s shift our thoughts from soups, chowders and hearty beef stews to something so many people seek in the early days of spring … LOBSTER ! ! !

Before we know it the chill of winter will begin to diminish, the grass will begin to green, the crocus will begin to pop, the birds will begin to sing and we all will begin to thaw! Warmer weather is a time when so many people are drawn out to the seashore to shake off some of the winter blues by walking on the beach, skipping a few stones across the waves, scavenging the shores for a few treasures and dining out on seafood. Any kind of seafood works, but we think Lobster is particularly attractive because of the many ways it can be served. Here along the shoreline we have as many great places to get and eat lobster as we do lobster dishes to eat. We eat it baked stuffed, broiled, hot or cold on a roll, mixed in eggs or added to mac & cheese, Alfredo, in grilled cheese sandwiches, bisque and chowder, just to name a few. YUM! In keeping with these thoughts of spring and lobster, we offer our Sail, Sale into Spring Lobster Lovers Getaway Package or what we sometimes refer to as “the perfect crustacean vacation”!!!

y Baked Stuffed Lobster Dinner

Baked Stuffed Lobster dinner!!!

Our Lobster Lover’s Spring Getaway Package includes all you may want and need for that perfect springtime getaway, and after the winter we had, we are sure it’s bound to be a great and busy spring here on the CT shoreline.

We’d love to have you visit and hope to see you, and spring, very, very soon!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, and all of the romance we can possibly devote a day to, is the order of the day. Have you ever wondered what started this yearly declaration of devotion to the one(s) we love —interesting and surprising…

Truly, there are as many stories about St. Valentine as there are chocolates out there dipped and all ready for delivery. Most of these include stories of martyrdom and Christian saints named Valentinus. The one that strikes a chord with us is that of Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to these persecuted under the Roman Empire. What a guy our St. Valentine… in order to be sure that true love prevailed he performed these marriages and was persecuted, jailed and eventually executed all in the name of love. However, it is believed that this day did not truly take on the importance of celebrating romantic love until Chaucer associated it in the Middle Ages and the tradition of courtly love flourished. So then in the 1300’s the idea of love and romance on this day is established. From here the Europeans began exchanging cards in the 1600’s and in 1840 the first mass produced Valentine cards were distributed in the United States. Through the years many symbols for love have emerged to include hearts, cherubs, flowers, chocolates and sugary confections, ribbon and lace greetings, love songs and poetry, romantic dinners and getaways, jewelry and champagne, these often lavish gifts are given by both sexes to the ones that they love the most.

Valentines at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

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Here are a couple of interesting pieces of Valentine trivia … 62% of all adults celebrate Valentine’s Day spending approximately $448 million on 58 million pounds of chocolate, 36 million of which are delivered in heart shaped gift boxes. But, the biggest seller at Valentine’s Day is sweethearts! Yes those little heart-shaped colored candy confections that all contain a sentiment appropriate to the day. “Be Mine”, “I Love You”, “Sweetest”, etc. are all written on the approximately 8 billion candies that are sold and could stretch from Rome Italy to Valentine, Arizona by way of Niantic, CT – 20 times over!

Valentine Chocolates

Here at the inn, we like to celebrate this special day throughout February… actually, throughout the entire year! Anytime and all the time is Valentine’s Day and perfect to celebrate with the one you love! There’s a lot of love going on here at the inn. We see guests arrive and fall in love with the sea, the views, the area, the beaches and the inn. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to share some very special memories with the folks that make them right here at the inn. We’re proud to say that more than one couple has chosen to become engaged here at the inn, most recently on New Year’s Eve. Guests come to us for so many reasons be it visiting family or romantic getaways for couples sharing a celebration of life, an anniversary, a special holiday or occasion and those that need to find a place to rest, relax and recharge their minds. Whatever the reason, we are always happy that you are here.

We love our guests – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina ~
   Chosen a Top 10 US Inn

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is honored to announce that we have been chosen as a Top Ten Inn in the U.S. by BedandBreakfast.com.

We are so proud to be recognized as one of the tops in the country providing the best travel experience in this category.

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is also a proud member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, Select Registry and DINE (Distinctive Inns of New England). All the above are exclusive groups of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inn organizations offering the finest lodging accommodations found anywhere.

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For those who may not be aware, BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 75,000 rooms. To be recognized as a Top Ten B&B/inn in this vast collection of properties is a huge honor for all of us here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. “These award-winning inns, including the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become a destination to discover, and not just a place to stay,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

It’s a true honor to have been chosen for the Top 10 US B&Bs award, and we are thrilled that our hard work has set us apart on such a grand scale. This is the kind of recognition that brings guests to us from within New England, but literally throughout the entire country and abroad. This newest award and accolade also reinforces that who we are and what we do is recognized, valued and worthwhile, and want to thank the many guests who have visited with us over the years.  Our sincerest and heartfelt thanks to the folks at BedandBreakfast.com and all those who took the time to review their visit here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.

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Winter Escapes and Sleighrides

Yes, this year’s early Winter season has been a delight to many of us warm weather lovers with temperatures hovering in the 40’s and 50’s since Winter officially began back on December, 21st, but as we New Englander’s know, things change quickly and winter’s chill is just around the corner.

While we’re primarily known for our warmer weather getaways, don’t count us out as a winter getaway destination during the winter season. Chill and all, it’s still beautiful here in southern New England during the winter season and particularly by the seashore where you’ll see sights not seen at other times during the year. (Photo below is that looking up the Niantic River from our 3rd floor Balcony room #7  in the Main Inn)
01 Winter Niantic River Jan 2011

For instance, the ocean doesn’t freeze (LOL) so the beach and the waves and the gulls and all of the other shoreline accouterments never go away. There’s still beach combing/walking and some of the greatest things we’ve found while beach scavenging have been in the winter. Unusual driftwood and shells that are brought to our shores from faraway places during out to sea storms are aplenty. It’s just an entirely different experience to walk the boardwalk or feel the solitude of the docks with the boats safely tucked away in the marinas.

Additionally, we have warm rooms just waiting to envelop you as you sink into a steamy tub or cushy bed with a glass of wine, a good book or some wandering seasonal thoughts. Think back to a time long gone to days when the main form of transport was horse and carriage or sleigh as the season might warrant. Within a half hour drive from the inn we have wonderful Allegra Farms where your fantasy can become reality. Listen for … the clomping of heavy hooves as you’re squired around the farm in a beautiful winter carriage or snow permitting, a sleigh with all of the tinkling bells and comforts of furry warm lap robes as you are swooshed along the countryside in your grand historic splendor perhaps to stop for a wintry bonfire along your way. John Allegra is the owner and curator of the historic coach and sleigh museum on his farm and a wealth of knowledge on the subject. His historic transports have been used in many movies and for many more special occasions. John is the quintessential New England livery driver, guardian of historic time and his museum keeps those times and memories alive for all of us.

Horse Drawn Sleighride DINE

So, just because it is winter time don’t count us out for a winter destination getaway! The wineries remain open, the movie theaters begin showing some of the best films of the year and simple walks along the beach are just as beautiful as they are in the summer albeit with a lot less heat! And oh yea, when the last time you and your honey took a private horse-drawn sleigh ride together? So, think about coming for a winter visit. We are here and the possible adventures are only limited by your imagination!

Lantern Light Tours
   at Mystic Seaport

As we turn our calendars to November, we begin thinking about the upcoming holiday season. During our many years as innkeepers we are always amazed at just how many people getaway to celebrate special occasions during November and December. We often ask ourselves, just how do they/you do it with all the decorating, shopping, planning and hosting that goes on over a 6-7 week period. Just how are people able to getaway and enjoy themselves?

What so many of our guests find as a surprise, is just how many fun-filled things there are to do in our Mystic Country region during November and December. And one of our favorite things to do, and one of our best recommendations during the holiday season is the Lantern Light Tour at Mystic Seaport.

Lantern Light Tour1

The Lantern Light Tours transform Mystic Seaport into holiday splendor and you find yourself transported back in time. Actors in period costume greet and take you through the seaport while a seaside holiday story unravels. Each year the story is different and it’s always a lot of fun. This years story is set to portray Christmas Eve in 1876 and as the story unfolds you are brought through five scenes in exhibits around the Museums 19th-century maritime village. The original script has been written by acclaimed playwright Jacques Lamarre. Inspired by the traditional carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, the story is filled with seasonal hilarity as the citizens of Greenmanville attempt to deliver some unexpected Christmas gifts. Be prepared to walk through darkened streets with just a few kerosene lamps lighting the way while young and old alike will enjoy the seasonal delights that include a horse-drawn carriage ride, a spirited holiday dance, the beautiful glow of lanterns, and just perhaps, a visit with old St. Nick!

Small groups are escorted thru Mystic Seaport via Lantern Lights.

Small groups are escorted thru Mystic Seaport via Lantern Lights.

Each Lantern Light Tour is a 70-minute progressive performance that covers approximately half a mile of uneven terrain (including cobblestone, wood planking, grass, gravel, and stairs) and is performed in all weather conditions. Audience members walk or stand for the majority of the performance, so all are cautioned to wear appropriate footwear and dress for the seasonal weather conditions. To provide the best experience for the audience, each tour is limited to 16 people.
Lantern Light Tour 2

If you thought we were only a summertime getaway destination, think again. There is much to see and do here in Niantic and along the CT shoreline throughout the year. So, if you looking for a quick pre-holiday getaway to get into the holiday spirit or do some serious shopping or a place to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special occasion during November or December, give us a call. As we like to say here at the inn, another season – another reason to come and visit.

CTs Quiet Corner ~
    the perfect autumn day trip

About an hour north of our inn, in the Northeastern corner of Connecticut, is what is known as the Quiet Corner. The Quiet Corner is much more rural and country-like than our inns southeastern CT waterfront location and is especially noted for its rural and rustic small towns, great antiquing, unique dining options, boutique shopping and vistas like no others. Getting there is just one of the highlights as we send our guests up Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway which runs north-and-south through the region.

Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway

Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway

The Quiet Corner has been written about as a great place to visit by numerous travel writers in several well know publications such as Yankee Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Connecticut Magazine, Worcester Living and more. While that part of our state is beautiful all year long, it is most popular during fall foliage season when blazing autumn colors draw leaf peepers from all over the world.

Why visit the Quiet Corner you ask? Well, we personally think it is as beautiful as any place one could visit during the autumn season, and one of the best places anywhere to view the beauty of autumns fall foliage. With its winding and stonewall flanked scenic roads, rolling hills, old faded red barns and farmhouses amid fields of corn and hay, well simply put, its the quintessential New England setting. Without a doubt, it is one of our most recommended Day Trips during the autumn foliage season (i.e., from late September thru October).

Beauty surrounds you

Beauty surrounds you heading to the Quiet Corner of CT.

As you head up to the northeast hills of Connecticut via Route 169, it becomes very clear why this corner of our state is called the Quiet Corner. Few visitors to Connecticut ever get to experience the old-fashioned ways of the state’s “Quiet Corner” where sparsely populated towns seem a world away from the rest of the state. The Quiet Corner has a reclusive allure: people who use to leave New York City for the Litchfield Hills; now seek the uninterrupted tranquility of the Quiet Corner.

As you begin your day trip passing through the town of Lisbon you cant help but notice weathered-clapboard homesteads around every bend. Continuing up Rt. 169 youll see tons of stone walls and never ending fields as you come into Canterbury. Here youll find the Prudence Crandall Museum that honors a courageous white woman named Prudence Crandall who was ahead of her time when she educated African American girls from 1833 to 1834 before a club-wielding mob brought an end to her school.

The  Prudence Crandall Museum

The Prudence Crandall Museum

Continuing your journey you will eventually come to Brooklyn, CT, which was settled in the 1600s and is known for their famous Brooklyn Fairgrounds, site of the oldest agricultural fair in the country. For a special treat, visit The Golden Lamb Buttery, a 1,000-acre estate just off Route 169. Enjoy a late-afternoon hayride or relax with a cocktail while sitting on their deck overlooking the lake, and their roaming and meandering stone walls. In our opinion, they are one of the most unique restaurants in the state, and if you can get a reservation, try their roast duckling, a house specialty thats so tender it falls off the bone. Even if you dont feel like visiting for lunch or dinner, do stop by just to see this gorgeous setting and take a few pictures; we guarantee you wont regret it.

The Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant

The Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant

As you travel on, a stunning path of giant trees cast long shadows as you pass faded red barns, orchards thick with apples and picked out cornfields, rolling hills, farm houses and ancient stone walls all set with breathtaking beauty as autumns colors surround you. Another place you may want to visit is the Vanilla Bean Caf, voted Connecticuts Best Country Caf by Yankee Magazine. The Vanilla Bean opened in 1989 with a seating capacity of 16, but today seats 90 inside and 40 outside! It is located in a restored, early 19th century barn in scenic town of Pomfret and features home-made soups, sandwiches and decadent desserts. This small country town is also home to Sharp Hill Winery and Celebrations Gift Shoppe and Tea Room ~ both worth more than a casual stop!

Celebrations Gift Shoppe, Gallery and Tea Room

Celebrations Gift Shoppe, Gallery and Tea Room

As your day trip continues through the country side you will enter the antiquing capital of Connecticut, and maybe all of New England ~ historic Putnam, CT. Putnam is home to the largest antiques market in the state, the Antiques Marketplace. While perusing their 350 showcases and booths, 22,000 square feet on four levels, you will most certainly find a treasure that you must have for your own! Finally, if at this point youre feeling a bit fatigued from your travels this is the place to take a stop to refuel. Try the 85 Main Bistro, The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub, Bellas Italian Bistro or The Courthouse Bar & Grille where you will find some wonderful food in this small town location.

The Crossings Brew Pub

The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub

Finally and sadly, were onto our last little town on this autumn adventure. Woodstock is just twenty-six miles from the start of your trip and is host to a historic huge annual country fair every Labor Day weekend. Stop and visit Taylor Brook Winery for a relaxing glass of wine and continue through this little town to historic Roseland Cottage, a beautiful raspberry colored Gothic Revival house built by a local boy who struck it rich. He and his family returned to the cottage every summer and their original furnishings are still on display here.

As we end, we hope the above adventure is something you get to experience one day, and hopefully during one of the most beautiful times of the year ~ Autumn in New England!

A Visit and Day Trip
   to Block Island

If you have every stayed at our inn, you know that we are big fans of sending our guests to places throughout the region via our “custom itineraries”. Our custom itineraries provide our guests a brief summary of the place of interest and our personal recommendations on how to get there as well as what to see or do once you are there. Well, one of the places we love to recommend for a summer day trip is Block Island.

Welcome to Block Island

Welcome to Block Island

Why visit Block Island? Well, just like our inn and our village of Niantic, we like the laid back atmosphere and casual mode of life on Block. Block Island is probably unlike anywhere you have ever visited with ferry boats that bring you into Old Harbor where most of the shopping, restaurants and beaches are located. We personally take the relaxing trip each summer to just browse the shops, people watch, have lunch and maybe, just maybe, have an early afternoon libation.

One interesting note about Block Island; you will not come across a single traffic light or a big chain business, but you will be blown away by the natural landscape with stone wall-lined rolling hills, breathtaking bluffs, and pristine beaches. To us, its a place that time seems to have forgotten.

Many of our guests and people who visit Block Island will rent a moped or bicycle to tour some of the island lighthouses, bluffs and beaches. A couple of must-sees, at least in our opinion, are the Southeast Lighthouse and the Mohegan Bluffs.

Scenic view of the cliffside Southeast Lighthouse. Block Island, Rhode Island.

The Southeast Lighthouse

Block Island Bluffs1

Block Island Bluffs

Walk down the Bluff steps to the Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do we recommend when you get hungry and/or thirsty? Well, Daves most favorite place for lunch is the Mohegan Caf & Brewery or the National Hotel which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both are located right on Water St. and a short 5 minute walk from the ferry boats. The Mohegan Caf offers a nice variety of craft and bottled beers, a very good Pan Blackened Mahi-Mahi sandwich, burgers, fish & chips, salads, sandwiches and tex-mex favorites.

5 Mohegan Cafe

One of our favorites ~The Mohegan Cafe

The National Hotel also offers pretty good food and breathtaking views with tables on their big shaded porch overlooking scenic Old Harbor. Its no wonder why this place is so popular with visitors. We also like Aldos for a cup of coffee and pastry if we arrive early in the day or we stop in for a mid-afternoon cup of Gelato.

What many people don’t realize is just how easy it is to get to Block Island from our inn. Only 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, we personally like taking the ferry out of Point Judith, Rhode Island which is an hour drive from our inn. The reason we like taking the 55 minute ferry ride from Point Judith, is the quintessential look and feel of the classic New England commercial fishing community that also resides in Point Judith.

3 Block Island Ferry Sign

4 BI Ferry Boat

We also like that you can sit outside on the Pt. Judith ferry boats and catch the beautiful Rhode Island and Connecticut coastlines as you cruise to Block Island. For those who dont want to take an hour drive to get to Point Judith, you can take a high-speed ferry from New London, Connecticut which is just 15 minutes from our inn. The Block Island Express gets you to Old Harbor in just over an hour on a high-speed catamaran which runs from May thru September.

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The Hi-Speed Ferry from New London

You can relax, renew and refresh at our inn and head out to where we go to do the same – on Block Island. And oh yea, September is one of the best months to visit Block Island. Be sure to ask us about Block Island and other great day trips when visiting with us.