Stay in a Lighthouse

rose-island-sunsetRose Island Lighthouse              Newport, RI


     Rose Island Light is a just a boat ride away from the tourists of Newport, Rhode Island! Set in the middle of Narragansett Bay, tiny Rose Island, invites visitors to stay overnight or for a week in the actual 1912 lighthouse! You will be given a short list of lighthouse keeper tasks. The light is no longer working, but it it has been restored through The Rose Island Foundation.
     Your stay will be semi-rustic with a water pump, generator for heat, solar outdoor shower, and of course out houses (with a creative shell system…you’ll see)! The entire island is actually a wildlife refuge for birds. Or stay where the soldiers slept in WWI bomb-proof barracks with brick, vaulted ceilings. There are even WWI and WWII magazines where explosives were stored during the island’s Navy Torpedo Station days.
     Here are some events they offer throughout the year: Island Dog Romp, Summer Solstice Celebration, and I strongly suggest staying on the Fourth of July! Over 100 people visited by boat for the 4th… live band, Becky’s BBQ Feast, and a perfect view across the bay of the Newport Fireworks at Fort Adams. I discovered that the best spot for fireworks is at the very top of the lighthouse! An unforgettable show!!

Rose Island Lighthouse Tips:
-dress for windy, chilly weather (even on a July evening)
-bring coffee grounds, milk, sugar and breakfast in a cooler (1912 coffee pot!)
-electricity in some rooms
-try to book the Foghorn Room . . . best view, but no bathroom
-try to stay till 10am to see the huge tanker ships sail by!
-don’t forget your camera!!img_0054

Other overnight lighthouses nearby. . .