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? Absolutely! There are a variety of options/experiences in 14 states and Canada. Many travelers and lighthouse enthusiasts are looking for a unique and special experience. 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.
USLHS-Operated Lighthouse Accommodations