Words by Shelby Deering
We’re fans of lighthouses. (If that wasn’t obvious.) There’s something inherently beautiful about them – the calming rhythm of the beacon; the fact that, by design, they live on wave-lapped shores; the nostalgic charm… Sounds like a place you could get a pretty good night’s rest. And it turns out there are plenty of lighthouses where you can do just that. So here are 8 of our favorite beacons from all across the United States where you can catch some Zs.
Saugerties, New York
Saugerties Lighthouse is like a nautical version of a Brooklyn brownstone and surrounded by the waters of the Hudson River. Built in 1869, it’s now accepting reservations for 2018. The catch? It can only be reached by walking a half-mile trail, which experiences mild flooding at high tide. Bring your wellies. More info
image courtesy of Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy
Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse
This Boothbay Harbor lighthouse, named after exactly what you think it is, is reachable only by boat. It’s still running after 125 years and you can stay in one of two impeccably decorated suites. Or if you’re looking for some alone time, you can rent the entire island. Provided you don’t mind sharing your alone time with the innkeepers who’ll serve as your chef, concierge and bartender. And presumably, you don’t mind. More info
Image courtesy of Janet Reingold
Rose Island Lighthouse
Newport, Rhode Island
Situated on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, this lighthouse isn’t just a beautiful spot to stay. Before the lighthouse was built in 1868, the island was used as a fort during the American Revolution. In fact, the Barracks Room once housed soldiers quarantined during a cholera epidemic, which is a neat fact you can try not to think about while falling asleep. More info.
Image courtesy of Kate Grasso
East Brother Light Station
This lighthouse has a perfect view of the San Francisco skyline. When it was first built in 1874, it used a lard oil lamp that had to be watched all night in any condition. But don’t worry, times have changed, and instead of being asked to stand guard, you’ll get champagne and hors d’oeuvres served upon arrival and complimentary four-course gourmet dinners. More info.
Image courtesy of East Brother Light Station, Inc.
Two Harbors Light Station
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Perched on the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior, this fully-functioning lighthouse is one of the oldest in the state. Built back in 1892 in can’t-miss-it red brick, each of the four rooms have a view of the great lake. And if you’re looking to get involved, their “Light Keepers in Training” program will put you in charge of raising and lowering the flag and monitoring the weather and ship traffic. More info
Image by Peter Markham
Bakers Island Light Station
The second keeper of the original lighthouse here helped direct the USS Constitution to safety as it was being pursued by British ships in the War of 1812. The Assistant Keeper’s House, constructed in 1830, serves as a destination for overnight guests. The whole place is powered by solar panels and batteries and is entirely off the grid, which means no internet or TV. So you’ll have to do as our forefathers did and wait until Monday to email your boss back. More info
Image courtesy of Essex Heritage, Bakers Island Light Station
Goose Rocks Lighthouse
North Haven, Maine
This is about as close as you can get to sleeping on the water without being in the water. It’s the only offshore ocean lighthouse on the Eastern Seaboard that you can stay in. Climb a ladder to accommodations that are surprisingly comfortable with a large round couch, beautiful antiques and a four poster bed. More info
Image courtesy of Beacon Preservation
Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn
The largest lighthouse on the Great Lakes remained active until 1939 before the Coast Guard took over. It was even used as training grounds for soldiers during WWII. 23 years ago it was reborn as a B&B and now it serves up gourmet breakfasts, like flaky English muffins, and evening desserts, which can be savored during the keeper’s nightly performance playing a 114-year-old grand piano. More info
Image by Jjegers at English Wikipedia