Overplayed: Martha’s Vineyard
Alternative: Block Island, R.I.
When it comes to New England, everyone talks about the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, but the best ones on that A-list island are private and require residency or a pricey permit. The ones on Block Island, R.I., are just as lovely and much more accessible. Head to the quieter Mansion Beach over the more crowded State Beach—you won’t bump into Martha Stewart, but it’s free and open to the public. Read the whole story »