It must be said—summer in the city is an unpleasant business. Excessive heat, mystery smells, subway stations without A/C…all can test even the most patient of people. Mercifully, though, our headquarters on Madison Avenue is within four hours (as the crow flies) of the beaches of Long Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware. (What the East Coast lacks in year-round warmth, it more than makes up for in geographic proximity to stellar vacation spots.) So, when it came time for our editorial team to plan a summer weekend, we knew just who to call.
Bellport, Long Island’s favorite son and friend of Brooks Brothers, Howie Guja, is known for his eponymous Instagram account (@howieguja) chronicling his travels around the United States—and practically absurd quaintness of his hometown. Needless to say, when he mentioned an upcoming destination wedding on Block Island, a hidden gem just 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, we immediately began packing our bags. As our unofficial tour guide, Guja set out to show us the best of “BI,” capturing the essence of the island—from its windswept beaches to its dramatic rolling hills.
Howie Guja is an agent at Old Purchase Properties in Bellport, Long Island. To contact him, call 631.286.2424. Or, follow him on Instagram @howieguja for a daily dose of old homes, wooden boats, real estate (and more).