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09-11-2013 12:13 PM
Dharmabum
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

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Originally Posted by cthoops View Post
Great suggestions, everyone. Thanks!
Check out the Seamans Church right in downtown Newport.

Aloha Cafe
09-11-2013 07:32 AM
cthoops
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Great suggestions, everyone. Thanks!
09-10-2013 10:53 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

One of my fav local Newport inexpensive casual places is Mudville's on the north end of town. Just get to the main drag from the water and make a left. You'll come upon it, just outside the hussle of town. Easy walk. It is a pub connected to the local baseball field. The back porch of the pub is in right field, so you can actually watch the game, if they're playing. Good burgers, etc.
09-10-2013 10:08 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Not super cheap but the Clark Good House and the Landing are usually decent and easy to get to. Last time I was at the landing there was a reallly good band and were people tying dingys next to the bar.
09-10-2013 10:08 PM
HUGOSALT
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Just read you have been to Newport many times and were looking
for a more budget friendly/off the beaten path location.
Maybe a stop for lunch in Newport and then short sail North to Bristol for the night, great town and the Herreshoff Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame on the water is a spectacular must see.
09-10-2013 09:14 PM
cthoops
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

Minnewaska, thanks for the info on the Oar's new showers. A colleague of mine compared them, perhaps only slightly tongue-in-cheek, to that which you would find in third world countries. Good to hear that's not the case. As for Newport, we've enjoyed The Mooring a few times and will likely go again, but do you have any suggestions for places that are a bit more budget-friendly? Off the beaten path (if there is such a thing in Newport) would be great.

Any idea whether moorings in Newport (either later in the day during the week or on the weekend) will be difficult to get?

Thanks again!
09-09-2013 10:52 PM
HUGOSALT
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Can recommend Matunuck Oyster Bar when in Pt. Judith,
is actually inside Pt. Judith pond west of Snug Harbor Marina.
Thinking you can access with dinghy if you go west just before
the marina. Oyster Bar is owned by fisherman who also has
oyster farm in Potter's pond behind the restaurant.
09-09-2013 07:19 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Showers at the Oar are brand new this year. Totally needed, but great now. The Oar itself should not be missed. You can reference the Block NOAA buoy, but it only gives wave height and period. You should check them all around for a trend, remembering that the buoy system is a current victim of the sequester and are not being maintained, so beware.

I would love to be as helpful as I can. Give me an idea of what you're looking for and I can point you in the right direction. Other than the Oar, right there in New Harbor, Eli's is one of our favs near Old Harbor. Newport has too many to list, narrow me down a bit.
09-09-2013 06:51 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Pretty sure the town beach pavilion on Block will be closed. And moorings should not be a problem that time of year. You'll probably be right in front of the docks.
09-09-2013 06:29 PM
ACKward
Re: Advice re: September trip to Block Island and Newport

Acknowledging Capta's astute word of caution, September is a terrific month for cruising the waters of RI & MA -- so long as Mother Nature doesn't send any unpleasantness barreling up the eastern seaboard.

We made our maiden voyage to Block in August of 2011; I hope we get back sooner rather than later. The harbor master directed us to the showers at the beach that Tempest describes. Pretty primative -- what one would expect for showers at a public beach -- but got the job done. Tokens were something like $3 each. Didn't know about the Oar showers; wonder if they'd have been better, worse, or the same. Will have to check 'em out next time.

Ate dinner al fresco at Hotel Manisses. I confess I don't remember it being as fancy or expensive as their website makes it look, but I guess perhaps it was. The food was spectactular though, as was the setting. Even more importantly though, avail yourself of whatever treats Aldo's brings around by boat in the morning. Just listen for the sounds of "Andiamo!" echoing through Great Salt Pond and wave 'em over!

Have a terrific week. . .
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