7 Charming Lighthouse Inns

Play keeper at one of these eclectic beacons by the sea and discover the joys of old-time lighthouse life.

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Rose Island Lighthouse
Photographer: Kindra Clineff

Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
A tidy building with an octagonal light tower rising from its mansard roof, Rose Island Lighthouse sits in Narragansett Bay, about a mile offshore and accessible via private vessel or ferry. Volunteers restored it to its circa-1912 state, complete with pitcher pump at the pantry sink. (All water comes from rain collected in a 3,000-gallon cistern. The building has some windmill- generated electrical power.)

Day visitors and regular overnight guests in the two first-floor bedrooms get just a taste of old-time lighthouse life. Volunteer keepers get the full experience—and the use of the second-floor apartment for the week. Duties—cleaning, managing the wind- powered electrical system, routine maintenance—can fill several hours a day. But the satisfaction lingers long after any muscle soreness has faded from memory.

Tip: Pack a cooler with food, beverages, and ice—there are no refrigerators here.

Book it: Rates start at $195; 401/847-4242 or roseislandlighthouse.org

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