Block Island is a small New England island situated 13 miles off the tip of Montauk and 14 miles from the coast of Rhode Island. It’s less well-known than it’s counterparts, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and that’s partly on purpose. Block Island is modest. You won’t find expensive shopping, fine dining (although there are some excellent restaurants) or scenesters. There’s no golf course. And while there is a small airport, it’s not big enough for commercial jets.
Block Island’s values center on the land. 44.7% and growing of the island is protected land, thanks to the Block Island Conservancy, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, set up in 1972. Greenways (hiking trails (see above)) weave across the island. And the first offshore wind farm in the United States is currently being built 3 miles off the coast of the island.
Block Island also happens to be my place of residence many weekends of the year and is a major source of inspiration behind Eenvoud. There is something about the island that can only truly be understood by being there — a palpable appreciation for nature, simplicity and time spent well with each other. If there’s any place that truly values “the little things”, it is Block Island.
On that note, I want to leave you with a quote I stumbled on recently and that I think so perfectly embodies a way of living that so many of us are chasing after in life…
“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly; await occasions, hurry never; in a word: to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – that is my symphony.”
-William Henry Channing
Have a wonderful weekend. Hurry never.