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Block Island, Rhode Island

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, August 02 07:00 AM

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Block Island celebrates its semiseptcentennial (that's a 350th anniversary) this year, which means the old gal is livelier than ever. A season-long party is in full swing, including vintage ship displays, concerts, and festivals, such as the Taste of Block Island weekend (September 23-25). And you're invited.

Stay here:
The Atlantic Inn
Built in 1879 on a hilltop just outside the main town of New Shoreham--the smallest U.S. state's smallest town--the Atlantic Inn is a gracious place to enjoy life's little pleasures. Antiques and a ban on TVs and radios lend the 21 individually styled guest rooms a Victorian sensibility. You'll wake each morning to warm pastries and house-made granola served on a wraparound veranda. Children play tetherball in the backyard; a sunny garden provides a relaxation spot for parents. Among all this yesteryear charm, it's easy to unplug and soak up the island's timeless natural beauty.

Eat here:
Three Sisters
Three Sisters, a one-room wooden cottage on Old Town Road, is the sandwich shop of choice for beach picnic-bound islanders with coolers to fill. Favorites such as the Hippie Sister (a roasted vegetable and hummus wrap) and the Twisted Sister (turkey, bacon, Cheddar, avocado, and romaine) are scrawled on a chalkboard. Too lazy to head to the beach? You can chill at the picnic tables outside--or in a hammock--while the kids play with gratis hula hoops and spoil their dinner with gooey chocolate-chip cookies.

Drink here:
The Porch at the National Hotel
Most of Block Island ends up at the National Hotel's scenic wraparound porch at one point or another. Mostly for the postcard-perfect view of sailboats in Block Island Sound silhouetted against sunset-pink skies. But also to throw back a few ice-cold lagers and catch up on the local gossip.

Photo: Courtesy of Block Island Tourism Council

Guest Regattas at Jumby Bay, St. John's, Antigua

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, June 22 07:00 AM

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Fore and aft and jib and jibe all sound like jibber-jabber to you. Still, a turn at the wheel of a mighty yacht--the wind tousling your hair, the salty spray tickling your lips--sounds appealing, doesn't it? Thanks to a new yacht offer at the private 300-acre island resort of Jumby Bay, two miles off Antigua's coast, you can now go from landlubber to regatta racer faster than you can say "sea legs."

The two-hour program allows guests at the 40-room/11-villa, British colonial-style resort to sail 40-foot racing yachts in Jumby Bay's exclusive regattas. Perfect for groups with various skill levels; newbies can get their feet wet, while more seasoned sailors can sharpen their skills. If pulling ropes and climbing rigging sounds like too much hard work for a vacation, you can opt for a smoother sail--just leave it to the professionals as you lounge on deck and watch the Caribbean sunset.

Photo: Courtesy of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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