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Newport Cliff Walk

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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Newport’s Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long trail that winds along the shoreline and passes through 64 private properties, many of which are mansions.  Most of Newport’s most famous estates, like Rosecliff and The Breakers are along this path (we actually toured Rosecliff in May ‘09 but were not allowed to take photos inside, hence it not being on the site). Cliff Walk is featured in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Along the way are also a few small tunnels and rocky sections.  We admittedly did not walk the entire trail but finished about 2/3 of it.  Again, most of the walkway runs over private property, so it’s recommended you stay on the path.  Our good friend PI is also quite common here; I think I’ve seen more poison ivy in Rhode Island than any other state I’ve been to.
Also, it’s called Cliff Walk for a reason; the ocean is a constant companion to one side, and it’s pretty far down.  So basically, don’t be an idiot.

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Mohegan Bluffs

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  Mohegan Bluffs, found on the southern end of Block Island, drop down nearly 200 feet to the beach below.  Centuries ago, much of the Mohegan tribe was forced over the cliffs by the Manisee tribe in a battle over control of the island.  Nowadays, the beach is an idyllic and somewhat secret tourist destination.

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There are over 100 steps that lead down to an overlook.  From there, it’s a bit of a challenge to reach the beach.  This is one of the few places I’ve been where a rope has been provided; there’s a piece of rope tied from near the bottom of the deck down to what looks like an old mast to help visitors get to the beach.

Also worth noting is that it’s somewhat of a popular custom to stack rocks or make things out of things washed ashore.

I admit, pictures do little justice; I’ve shot some videos and am hoping to post them sometime.

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Block Island Indian Cemetery

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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I read about this cemetery after my first trip to Block Island and decided to look for it on my second trip.  I had never been to an “Indian” cemetery before and was curious to see one.  This graveyard was used by the Manisee tribe who originally inhabited the island.  Upon the introduction of white settlers, it was also used to inter slaves.  The natives’ graves are simply marked with rocks, although there are a few more recent headstones to be found as well.

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Old Stone House Ruins in Scarborough State Park

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2009

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This place can be found along the water in Scarborough State Park.  We noticed it coming back from the Block Island Ferry.  Really not much to say, other than it’s impressive oceanfront ruins.  Poison ivy abounded here; luckily I managed to avoid it.

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Ocean View Hotel Ruins

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2009

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Not far from the port on Block Island can be found the ruins of the Ocean View Hotel, destroyed by fire in 1966.  Sections of the foundation and some rubble are all that remains of it today.  The area also had quite a bit of poison ivy, so needless to say, I had to tread very carefully.

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Part of the area has been maintained by schoolkids and is being used as a garden.  We didn’t see anything growing when we were there though.

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The above bluff is right by the hotel site.  A small plaque on the ground tells of a couple being married on this spot.

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Touro Park “Viking Tower”

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2009

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I had been meaning to get to this one for a number of years, but it was usually out of the way.  Since we were touring a mansion in Newport, I finally had a chance to get to the “Viking Tower” in Touro Park.  Nobody seems to be clearly sure of its age or who built it.  There are 2 major sides to the theory of this structure’s origin – some people think it’s the remains of some sort of mill from the 16-1700’s, while others feel it was built much earlier – around 1000 – by Vikings.

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The tower, windmill, or whatever it was sits in the middle of the park, surrounded by a small fence.  There are lights at its base, and a statue of William Ellery Channing – a prominent Unitarian from the 1800’s – is nearby.

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I found a 360-panoramic of Touro Park.  Kinda trippy.

…wow, ‘trippy’ isn’t in my spellchecker.

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