Where Can I Stay at a Lighthouse?
Are there any lighthouses where I can be a volunteer keeper? Are there lighthouses where you can rent the keeper's quarters for a vacation? Many lighthouse enthusiasts often wish to know where they can experience the life of a lighthouse keeper, even if just for a short time. Fortunately, there are a variety of opportunities in 15 different states. Please contact the organizations directly for current information and available opportunities.
Opportunities to stay at a lighthouse include:
Bed & Breakfast
A former lighthouse or keeper's quarters which has been converted into a traditional B&B providing overnight accommodations and breakfast. Some may include dinner (e.g.. East Brothers Lighthouse).
Available for short term or longer stays. Normally includes everything except food. No keeper duties or responsibilities.
Inexpensive, shared facilities.
Lighthouse Keeper for a Fee
Stay for a nightly or weekly rate in a vacation type facility. Commonly requires the performance of some keeper type duties such as guiding tours or light maintenance. Often require membership in the local lighthouse association.
Volunteer Host Keeper
Perform keeper duties in return for cost free accommodations; usually an RV hookup or small apartment type housing. Duties are normally more extensive than Lighthouse Keeper for a Fee programs. Some require membership in the local lighthouse association.
Coast Guard Recreational Lodging
Coast Guard Recreational Lodging facilities are open to all authorized MWR patrons. Active duty military members and their family have first priority. A complete list of authorized patrons is contained in the Coast Guard MWR Manual, COMDTINST M1710.13 (series). All information concerning a particular lodging facility may not be posted in this guide and it is therefore recommended that you ask for additional information when making reservations. www.uscg.mil/mwr/lodging/lodging.asp
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