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{2010 Favorites} Vacation in a Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse, Washington
We originally shared this article with you during the Summer of 2010 and we still love this idea and have put it on our "bucket list". 

Have you ever thought about staying somewhere a bit different than the normal hotel, motel or beach cottage for your vacation? Lighthouses around North America are available for rental for your vacation! This is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation option that you'll soon not forget. Our first stop is in my home state of Washington...

The New Dungeness Light Station is the gem of the Pacific Northwest. The location is remote, in fact it is unaccessible unless it is low tide. As you approach the Light Station there is a sign which states, “Welcome to Serenity. Reality 5 Miles Back.” This is a working vacation as you learn to provide visitors with a tour; raise and lower the flag each day but you won't soon forget this experience...and the views.

>> Learn more about this option >> New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse, Washington

View from New Dungeness Lighthouse, Washington

The Jacobsville Lighthouse, on Lake Superior on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was opened as a Bed and Breakfast in 2005. There are five unique guest rooms and the lighthouse is near the east entrance to the canal (called the Portage River) that runs through the Keweenaw Peninsula. Ships up to 700 feet in length come through to escape gales on the lake and to deliver road salt and gravel.

>> Learn more about this option >> Jacobsville Lighthouse

Jacobsville Lighthouse B & B ~ Michigan

How about Maine? Stay overnight at the Goose Rocks Lighthouse, an offshore Maine lighthouse, in the Fox Islands Thorofare in Maine. The lighthouse is the only offshore "sparkplug" type lighthouse in the U.S. that is available for overnight stays.

>> Learn more about this option >> Beacon Preservation

Goose Rocks Lighthouse, Maine

Wake to the lapping of waves in Ontario, Canada. Here's an opportunity to be a Keeper of the Light at the 1907 McKay Island Lighthouse on Lake Huron. It is one of the few lighthouses in Ontario offering accommodations and is open all season. Watch the freighters in summer, enjoy the fall colours, listen to the November gales and snowmobile the trails of the North Channel in winter.

>> Learn more about this option >> Bruce Bay Cottages

McKay Island Lighthouse

View from Beacon Bay
If this post has sparked your interest in exploring a Vacation in a Lighthouse (and if you do, we want to see pictures!) then we highly recommend you visit: Stay at a Lighthouse - for News, stories, photos, and video from around the world featuring lighthouses with guest accommodations.


  1. I love the idea! I just love lighthouses and think it would be so romantic and by that I mean all the history and beauty that each lighthouse has. My goal one year is to go to Maine and visit at least one of the lighthouses there!

    Thank you for this info!!

  2. That first one reminds me of the lighthouse in the movie Forever Young. Different style, but the pretty setting's very similar. We only have a handful left in our state now.


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