Vacation in a Lighthouse
When it’s the time of year that you need a little relaxation, but you want something a bit different in a vacation, how about a vacation in a lighthouse? It’s one of the most unique experiences you will ever have. Where else can you go to sleep with the sound of the sea at night and waken to a breathtaking panoramic view in the morning? Not only that, but it’s romantic and adventurous at the same time.
Wings Neck Lighthouse
Wings Neck Lighthouse, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, first built in 1889, was completely renovated in 2003 to include sleeping accommodations for eight, with a full bath, half bath and an outdoor shower. Located on the tip of Wings Neck Point in the town of Pocasset on Cape Cod, the property provides spectacular views from every window in every room. A private gate makes the property available only to residents and their guests. For reservations go to this website: Wings Neck Lighthouse.
Different Facilities At Different Lighthouses
Some lighthouses are bed and breakfasts only, and some are full vacation paradise. I’ve picked a few to spotlight below, but there are many more available. If you are interested in a particular lighthouse that is not listed here, look for help at this website: Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts
or Lighthouses With Overnight Accommodations or pick up a copy of Staying at a Lighthouse: America’s Romantic and Historic Lighthouse Inns, by John Grant available at the bottom of this page..
Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon
Heceta Head Lighthouse is a working lighthouse located on the coast of Oregon at 92072 Hwy 101, South Yachats, Oregon. The lighthouse will be closed for 1 to 2 years for restoration, but the bed and breakfast is still open and boasts a seven-course gourmet breakfast. You can still see the gorgeous Oregon coast and Heceta Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse on the west coast. For Reservations telephone 1-(866)-547-3696 or go to the website provided here: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse, North Carolina
Ocracoke Lighthouse, North Carolina
The Ocracoke Lighthouse is not open for overnight stays, but the Cove Bed and Breakfast, located at 21 Loop Road, Ocracoke, North Carolina has plenty of room for guests, Activities available include kayaking, fishing, and visiting the Ocracoke lighthouse, built in 1823. Reservations may be made by calling 252-928-4192 or online at this link: http://thecovebb.com/rooms-rates/
Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties, New York
Located on the Hudson River, at 168 Lighthouse Drive in Saugerties, New York, this bed and breakfast lighthouse is booked for the remainder of 2014, but will be taking reservations for the 2015 season in June of 2014. There are trails to walk, sights to see, and fine restaurants in town. Reservations may ONLY be made by phone: (845) 247-0656 Thursday through Monday, 9AM to 5PM. It’s usually booked far in advance, so your best bet would be to make your reservations the year before you plan your stay.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, located north of Mendocino, California, at 45300 Litehouse Road, offers the former Keeper’s house and two adjoining cottages as vacation rental units. The Keeper’s house contains a modern kitchen, a dining room for eight, and four upstairs bedrooms, each with their own toilet and shower. Only the main floor is wheelchair accessible. For reservations (800) 262-7801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Robinson Lighthouse in Washington also offers weekly rental in two renovated keepers quarters. available for weekly rentals throughout the year with facilities for up to 6 adults. This lighthouse provides a way for people to enjoy the beach, the sounds of the sea and the nearby islands of Vashon and Maury. You can contact them for reservations here: (206)463-9602 or email the manager from this link: Point Robinson Lighthouse
There are other lighthouses which offer rentals, some better than others. If you plan on renting for a vacation in the state of Alaska, be aware that most of their lighthouses are working ones; so the amenities are not as luxurious as you may expect. They also tell you this in advance in any of their many online offers. These are: Five Finger Lighthouse, and Rockwell Lighthouse.
Some lighthouses are for sale and with much renovation they make a fine home. But that’s for another story, another time. Happy Vacation!!
This book, available from Amazon, tells of the romance of staying at a lighthouse. This is written by John Grant, a man who has traveled and stayed at many of them, so he knows them well.
I’ve listed other books below that you might find interesting and enjoyable about our American lighthouses. You’ll find stories and history in these books and if you visit some of the places mentioned, you’ll already have an idea of how and when they were built. You may also find information about which ones have bed and breakfasts, which have tours, and which ones you’re not allowed to enter. That would be a good thing to know before traveling to see them.