Rose Island Lighthouse lies off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, just about a mile from shore. The lighthouse, which dates to 1870, was vandalized and badly neglected following its abandonment in 1971. In 1993, thanks to the efforts of the non-profit Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, the historic lighthouse was restored and relit.
Today, Rose Island Lighthouse is open to the public as a museum by day in the summertime. At night, those seeking a unique lodging experience can stay overnight on the island year-round in one of two keeper's bedrooms. During warm weather months, couples seeking a romantic getaway can also opt to book the separate 1912 Fog Horn Building on the island. This building, which once housed the steam-powered fog horn machinery, is quiet, cozy and furnished with a queen bed, but the nearest bathroom is 100 feet away outside.
If you're a true lighthouse fan who won't be satisfied with simply staying a night or two, you can contribute to the preservation of this historic lighthouse by applying to become "Keeper for the Week." The second-floor keeper's apartment houses two adults and up to four children, and volunteer keepers pay a fee in addition to performing work projects during their stay.
Ready to book your lighthouse getaway? Check the online availability calendar at the Rose Island Lighthouse Web site, then make reservations online or call 401-847-4242 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays for reservations. Gift certificates may be purchased if you would like to surprise someone with the unique gift of a lighthouse stay.