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About The Best Lighthouse Vacations

Learn about lighthouse vacations and what they mean for the entire family. They are a great way to spend time together. Going on vacation can provide some much needed rest and relaxation for the entire family. Learn how to get the best out of your holiday.

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The Best Lighthouse Vacations

Very popular as romantic getaway destinations, a vacation at a lighthouse gives you an experience that is truly different and enjoyable. Mainly, it is said that, lighthouses bring out a certain unique feeling, a feeling of a time gone by when life was simpler and more peaceful. So if you feel like retreating to this type of vacation, a lighthouse getaway is perfect for you. Coupled with nature’s offerings such as, waves crashing on a deserted beach and a view second to none, these modern lighthouse inns offer all of the modern amenities in hotels such as in room telephones and TV. But if you want to avoid such modern luxuries, then you can do that too, since these are on option.

If you think this is the type of getaway for you, the following paragraphs will be very useful for you since they provide the best locations of lighthouse inns around the country and the world.

Keeper's House Inn, Maine, USA

Located in Isle au Haut, Maine, this lighthouse gives you the historic feeling from the point you approach the destination. This 1907 lighthouse located in the midst of a spruce forest, can only be reached with a 40 minute ride on mail boat to the island of Isle au Haut. Four guest rooms with double beds can be found in the keeper’s building while wood stoves provide the heat. Also, you are rid of the telephone ringing menace since there aren’t any here.

Cape Otway Lightstation, Australia

Considered to be a great lighthouse with respect to many aspects, this lightstation, is in the heart of the Great Ocean Walk, and is the oldest surviving mainland lighthouse in Australia. And you have your choice of three types of accomodations, ranging from the Head Keeper’s House (up to 16 people) or the two Beds and Breakfast buildings, the Head Lightkeeper’s Bed and Breakfast or the newer Manager’s House Bed and Breakfast. The food is homemade at the lightstation by Greek and French chefs.

East Brother Light Station

A Victorian island inn, located at Point Richmond, California, this light station is less than an hour away from the city of San Francisco. You can reach this wonderful property only after a 10 minute ride in a boat from the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. After the ride, the guests will have to climb a vertical ladder of 4 to 12 feet depending on the tide level, to reach the place. There are four rooms with queen beds in the lighthouse and one room with a full-size bed in the fog signal building. Rainwater is collected in a cistern for use on the island, and only guests staying more than one night are permitted to use the showers. Rates include a lighthouse tour, hors d'oeuvres and champagne, a four-course dinner, a full breakfast, harbor parking, and a boat ride to and from the island.

Rose Island Lighthouse

Registered in the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Island Lighthouse was originally built in 1870. However, by 1971, it was abandoned and over the next 13 years was neglected and vandalized. The nonprofit Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation was formed to restore the building, and in 1993 the lighthouse's beacon was relit. Today, 90 percent of the lighthouse's electricity is provided by an on-site wind generator. Overnight guests arrive at the 18-acre Rose Island, located a mile offshore and serving primarily as a wildlife refuge, by boat and stay in the 1912 Lighthouse Museum keeper's quarters, which offers two bedrooms, each with an extra-long double bed.

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