Has this ever happened to you? You had a late lunch in Newport, your wife wants a light dinner, but your buddy is looking forward to a great 3 course meal! If so, I have the place for you – Fluke. Like pretty much all of the dinner spots I’ve reviewed in Newport, Fluke is very centrally located for boaters. It’s near the entrance to Bowens … Continue reading Fluke – Newport
My new favorite marina in Newport is Bowens. I love it because it’s right in the center of the action on the Newport Waterfront. I also love the fact that you dock east-west which allows you to dock stern out and get a view of Newport Harbor without being blocked by mega yachts that require the deeper water. We first docked and dined at Bowens … Continue reading 22 Bowens – Newport Rhode Island
As you know from my past reports, I’m a huge fan of Mattapoisett Boat Yard. I did a lengthy report in 2017 and I have them listed at my #1 partner. It turns out that 2017 was a big year for my favorite boatyard. Art McLean passed the reins to Dave Kaiser. Ned Kaiser fully matured as the yard boss while getting married. On top … Continue reading Look What’s New at The Mattapoisett Boatyard!
The original goal for My Buzzards Bay was to showcase every Dock and Dine venue near the bay for a boating day trip. While not yet perfect, I do think it’s the most comprehensive directory anywhere! As we rack up more hours cruising New England in Vigilant, we’re also collecting a lot of inside tips for overnight cruising to major destinations. So far, I’ve reported … Continue reading Destination – Block Island
Our last night on Block Island we stumbled onto a secret gem – the restaurant at The Surf Hotel. Yep, that’s it’s name. It’s a great restaurant that doesn’t even have a name! A Little History I was struck by The Surf Hotel when we first visited Block Island on Tenacity in 2016. It’s right on the beach and such a cool old place. My … Continue reading The Surf Hotel – Block Island
After a day of dealing with a tropical gale 50 miles to our south, the wind finally died down, the sun came out, and we headed to town for dinner. During our morning walk, we’d checked out the menus in front of restaurants and decided to give The Tap and Grille at the National Hotel a try. The National Hotel is without a doubt the … Continue reading The National Hotel Tap and Grille – Block Island
When we arrived at Ballard’s Marina, we asked Breezy (the Dockmaster) for some local restaurant recommendations and one of the first she mentioned was Calaveras, a Mexican establishment. You have to understand, Mrs. Horne and I spend our winters in the desert of Southern California about 75 miles north of the border. Not only do we have many Mexican neighbors, but we’re also surrounded by … Continue reading Calaveras – Block Island
In 2016 we made our first trip to Block Island and we stayed at The Block Island Boat Basin in New Harbor. We had planned to stay for 3 days, but ended up getting bumped by an incoming tropical storm. Fortunately, we ate at The Oar the first night! That Beach Club Feel It’s funny how the restaurants on Block Island vary wildly in atmosphere. … Continue reading The Oar – Block Island
One of the nicest aspects to acquiring our first cruising boat Tenacity has been visiting Block Island at the same time my cousin Sharon and her family are there at her home. We never know how many cousins will be there, but in 2017, it was a dozen so we ate at the only place on Block Island that would take a reservation for 12 … Continue reading Dead Eye Dick’s – Block Island
It’s a fair question to ask! Tenacity was our first overnight cruiser. Our maiden cruise was to Sakonnet Point where we stayed at the Brewers Marina and dined at the Sakonnet Point Club. One of Mrs. Horne’s favorite ways to spend an evening is watching a good movie with her G&T. While the Back Cove Downeast 37 did have a TV, it was in the … Continue reading Who watches TV on a boat?
Our quick overnight trip to Oak Bluffs became an adventure when we woke up Wednesday morning to near zero visibility in the fog. I was hoping it would burn off like it did on Tuesday but it looked darker. Still, it was a little erie and beautiful at the same time. Dock Building in the Fog Oak Bluffs seems to have become a major recipient … Continue reading Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard
After cancelling a couple of trips early this month due to nearby hurricanes, Mrs. Horne and I decided to take a spur of the moment overnight cruise on Tuesday. She was arriving that morning after caring for her dear mother Doris and I had no idea exactly where we were going until she arrived. I was determined to go somewhere we hadn’t visited this summer … Continue reading Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination
Today I’ll be continuing my series of reviews on the various attractions on Block Island with my review of Ernie’s restaurant. Like Ballard’s Inn, Ernie’s is a mere 1,000 feet from Ballard’s Marina. And much as ending our days listening to John Brazile at Ballard’s Inn became a daily routine, breakfast at Ernie’s was our go-to breakfast spot. As you may know, I love going … Continue reading Ernie’s Block Island Breakfast
This summer we made our second trip to Block Island. Last year we took Tenacity and based on numerous recommendations, we stayed in New Harbor at the Block Island Boat Basin. We chose the BIBB because of all the reports saying they were the only marina on the island with slips on a floating dock. It was nice, but it was kind of isolated from … Continue reading Ballard’s Marina – Block Island
Truth be told, it occurred to me a few weeks ago that our 5 night trip to Boothbay Maine was fraught with risk. It involved three 80 mile legs. No problem with mimimal waves, but how often do we see 6 days of minimal waves along the northeast coast of New England? The funny thing is that the marine forecast was showing just that up … Continue reading What are we doing in Plymouth?
Our dear friends Kay and Steve came to visit Thursday morning. When I say morning, I mean 4:38 AM touchdown at Boston Logan! My red eye days have come and gone, but they’re still world travellers so they didn’t think anything of it. The original plan was to enjoy a liesurely day at Peases Point and then head over to Newport for Friday night. If … Continue reading A Newport Thursday
All good things come to an end! Our fabulous 6 day vacation on Block Island ended Wednesday. We awoke to “Sabre corner” with a beautiful 54 in the prime spot at Ballards Marina and a 42 tugged up next to Vigilant. We returned to Ernies for our last breakfast on the Island and everyone but Mrs. Horne feasted on their award winning Corned Beef Hash. … Continue reading Leaving Block Island
Day 4 turned out to be scooter day. Mrs. Horne says “they’re not scooters, they’re mopeds”. But I pointed out that they don’t have any pedals! Although Ballards Marina doesn’t have any of the typical marina facilities, they do have a car, scooter, and bike rental center. Breezy set us up and told me to “keep taking lefts and you’ll see the whole Island.” She … Continue reading Circumnavigating Block Island by Scooter!
I’m on Day 2 of our Block Island vacation. It should have been Day 1, but we left a day early to avoid an incoming tropical storm. The trip on Friday was interesting to say the very least. When I got up, it was perfect, Unfortunately, we weren’t leaving then. Mrs. Horne, Gail, and Rudy weren’t going to be arriving from Fitchburg until later, … Continue reading Block Island – Getting Here
As overnight cruising venues go, this spot is clearly my #1 favorite. Since staying her for the first time last June, we’ve returned 3 other times. I’d also say it’s our preferred destination for showing our friends Newport. We’ve been here with Gail & Rudy, Peter & Mary Lee, and Gary & Amy. The last time we even brought our Westie Daisy. It’s just very … Continue reading The Newport Yachting Center (401-846-1600 Ch. 9)