Block Island’s Iconic Atlantic Inn Seeks to Change Hands for the First Time in 25 Years

The Atlantic Inn is a well-known part of life on Block Island, delighting tourists and locals alike summer after summer. Owned and operated by the Marthens family for the last 25 years, the charming inn and restaurant is now ready to change hands. It listed recently for $7.5 million, but just has a price adjustment bringing the ask to $5.8 million.

Built in 1879 on six acres, the property has been run as an inn or boarding house ever since. Hospitality is in its DNA. Perhaps the most notable part of the inn is Restaurant 1879, paying homage to the estate’s beginnings. The restaurant is known for its delicious cuisine and picturesque dining experience, where tapas on the lawn is a daily occurrence.

In the 6,000-square-foot Victorian main building, each of the 21 rooms is furnished and decorated in 19th-century style. Colorful wallpapers and antique furniture wrap all the spaces together. Additionally on the property are the 3,000-square-foot Atlantic Annex for guests, as well as the Rose House and Pigeon Coop for housing staff.

While the property itself is the main highlight, the rest of Block Island is at your fingertips. Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the water from its perch atop a hill. Darling shops and restaurants are also just a quick walk away.

Whether someone is looking to carry on the Marthens’ traditions or take the inn in a new direction, it’s a catch. Simply looking to move on from the business, the sellers will maintain their residences neighboring the Inn. So, don’t be surprised if you see them stopping by.

Rosemary Tobin and Ariel Marthens of Lila Delman Real Estate hold the unique listing.