The cozy dinner table for two or four--a popular spot for marriage proposals and special occasions--is yours for up to six hours, and your waitress will deliver any food and beverages you wish to order from three local restaurants: Joseph's Winter Street Cafe, Starboard Galley Restaurant and Mission Oak Grill. All food purchases are above and beyond the tax-deductible donation to the Lighthouse Preservation Society.
We joined Lighthouse Preservation Society president Jay Hyland for a lighthouse lunch of chowder, salad, burgers and grilled cheese for the little one and had an opportunity to learn about what a wonderful fundraiser lighthouse dining has proven to be for the non-profit organization, which has made remarkable strides in saving America's lighthouses. Most dates are booked far in advance, so it's important to plan ahead if you hope to enjoy this one-of-a-kind dining experience while visiting the Massachusetts North Shore. For reservations and details, call toll free, 800-727-2326.
A few words of caution: You'll need to climb steep steps and a metal-rung ladder to reach the top of the lighthouse, and there are no bathrooms up there.