Hey Jo, I lived out there from May to September in 2000 and worked at the old Harborside Inn (now Harbor Inn) then from May to October in 2001 and worked both there and at the National. I did my internship for college there and loved it so much I went back. I was out there on Sept 11th when the towers got hit.
One of my regrets was not staying full time when I had the opportunity. Being out there for months on end and then coming back to America (the mainland) it was like culture shock. Huge stores everywhere, fast highways, so many people. TV! That's part of the reason I barely watch it now was because of the time I spent out there and just didn't have it.
It was nothing to go a month and a half to two months without riding in a car. It was such a treat to ride in a car and be able to take your clothes to the laundry mat versus carrying them.
I've been back several times since I lived there. I've been to most nooks and crannies on the island.
Some of my favorite things to do on the island is to sit on the front porch bar of the national and drink a beer and eat a bowl their chowder. Which I have the recipe for, by the way! Mohegan cafe is nice and breakfast at the airport too.
I also love sitting on the front porch of the 1661 and eating their brunch and just looking out over the water, that's just a calm serene setting thats just burned into my mind. One thing about the island is that most photos are Kodak moments.
Ballard's beach, mansion beach. Dorries Cove, Gracies Cove. Walking to the point where the waters collide by the North lighthouse. The stone stockings!!!
NH Sailmaker, if you go to the Bluffs and walk down the large staircase that takes you all the way to the beach, take a left and walk out there a distance. There is a building that people have built set back into the Bluffs out of driftwood and broken parts of stuff that have washed up onto the shore. (You may have seen it during race week.) Everybody that goes there kind of adds something to that building, it's really cool. I know that it got damaged pretty hard with the hurricane several years ago, but I'm wouldn't doubt that people have rebuilt it. You should check it out next time you're there. The painted rock is also cool, I was up there two years ago and it is like three times the size of when I was first out there. Because it's painted almost every day.
If you walk out the jetty in front of the National, where the rocks turn the corner, there is a large section of rock that's kind of set lower than all the other rocks around it. We used to call that the hot tub. We would go out there and sit in the middle of the night and get ripped drunk. That was always fun.
Block island for me was one of the turning points in my career path. I lived in an eight bedroom two bathroom house and there were 16 of us living there. And we all paid rent. I remember thinking that holy cow, I have to get on the other side of these rent checks. I was 19 at the time.
The house we lived in was named Langdon and that is actually part of the name of one of my LLCs today. If you walk out the road that is between the Harborside inn and the Mohegan café to where it hits the stop sign. If you look to the right three sisters sandwich shop will be there and if you look to the left you'll see a house right on the hill that's on the right side of the road. That is the house that we lived in.
I wouldn't invest to do Airbnb here, but I would definitely buy a property out there to do it with. Except I d have to sell all my real estate here to be able to afford a down payment for a little shack out there.
Talking about it now is giving me the itch to go back.