I love boat trips. There’s something wonderful about getting out onto the open sea or a river and taking the pace down a notch or two. Travel is obviously much slower and it gives you a chance to reflect on the journey and increases the anticipation of arrival at your destination. If there is water near where I am, chances are I’ll want to to expore it.
On a recent trip to visit friends on Long Island earlier this month, we took the ferry to Block Island. Technically in Rhode Island, it’s also accessible by ferry from Montauk, the easterly-most point of Long Island. It made for a great day trip.
It’s quite touristy and not exactly cheap, but it has a wonderfully relaxed vibe and some great old clapboard houses dotted around town, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels. But the star attraction for me was the Mohegan Bluffs. You can walk to the top of these cliffs which have wonderful views and there are also steps down to an unspoilt beach, although the steps run out towards the bottom and you have to scramble down the rocks to reach the sand. You are, however, rewarded by a beautiful stretch of sand and a chance to take a dip in the ocean.