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Haunted Lighthouses - Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels and Hostels


Haunted Lighthouses
The Haunted Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in Toronto, Ontario  -  Local legend purports the The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of the first keeper, John Paul Radelmüller was murdered. It was thought to have been drunken soldiers from Fort York who were looking for bootlegged beer. They chased him up the stairs and knocked him unconscious. They chopped up the body and buried him.

Lighthouse Inns and Bed & Breakfast across the United States

Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast - Two Harbors, Minnesota
The Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn offers a restful escape, embellished by incomparable sunrises and sunsets over Lake Superior's North Shore and a close-up view of harbor activity. You can bask in the historic flavor of this turn of the century building then explore the diverse recreational opportunities and wealth of year-round natural beauty the North Shore has to offer. Built in 1892, the Two Harbors Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a working Lighthouse. Guests become assistant lighthouse keepers and in the tradition become registered keepers of the light during their stay. As Assistant Lighthouse Keepers, guests contribute to the preservation of this historic lighthouse. Guests learn about the history of the Lighthouse and can participate in helping to maintain the Light Station. All proceeds are applied to the restoration and maintenance of the lighthouse.

Saugerties Lighthouse - Saugerties, NY
A landmark beacon on the Hudson River, the Saugerties Lighthouse is a venerable red-brick lighthouse built in 1869 at the mouth of the Esopus Creek. The Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy maintains the lighthouse and adjacent lands for the enjoyment of the public.  Experience a bygone era. Enjoy swimming, picnicking and bird-watching. The Lighthouse can be reached by boat or via the half mile nature trail at the end of Lighthouse Drive in the village of Saugerties, New York.
Sand Hills Lighthouse - Ahmeek, Michigan
Discover Michigan's best kept secret. Newly renovated as a bed and breakfast on the magnificent Keweenaw Peninsula, Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn now welcomes you to a memorable experience. Furnished in Victorian charm, this historic building summons you with an original lens and nautical lighthouse artifacts, as well as many antiques, oil paintings and photographs.

Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn - Annapolis Maryland
Direct Chesapeake Bay-frontage. Stay in a real working lighthouse, the Sharps Point Light (Coast Guard sanctioned and N.O.A.A. charted) a full size replica of a typical 1875 cottage style lighthouse. 300' pier. Located just 6 miles east of the historic district and US Naval Academy.  Three luxurious bed and breakfast queen-bed rooms with in-room full private baths. Individually controlled climate control, and expansive Bay views. Includes continental plus breakfast.

Blackthorne Inn - Inverness, California
Near the San Francisco Bay area towns of Point Reyes Station and Inverness, providing romantic lodging in a luxurious tree house located near the Point Reyes National Seashore and Lighthouse, one hour from San Francisco and the California Wine Country.


Other Lighthouses Where You Can Spend The Night

The Lighthouse Inn - on Cape Cod, MA, picturesquely situated along the shore of Nantucket Sound.

Popham Beach Bed and Breakfast - Not a lighthouse, but a converted lifesaving station. With views of the mouth of the Kennebec River, and Seguin and Pond Island lighthouses.

Race Point Lighthouse - At Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod, recently restored by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. 
Borden Flats Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Taunton River and maybe rented out but beware that the lighthouse maybe be haunted with 3 ghosts., Borden Flats Lighthouse has protected the waters of Mt. Hope Bay and Fall River for well over a century. On October, 1 1881 the lighthouse became active with a fixed red light from a 5th order Fresnel Lens.

Cape Ann Light Station - Thacher Island ,Massachusetts
This famous twin light station off Rockport, MA offers stays at an apartment in one of the keeper's houses.


Wings Neck Lighthouse - Pocasset, Massachusetts

This pretty lighthouse in Pocasset on Cape Cod is available for rent. You can find information on bed and breakfasts in Newport County, Rhode Island, at the website of the Newport County Bed and Breakfast Association. 
Rhode Island

Rose Island Lighthouse - Newport, R.I.
"The folks here like to make it clear that Rose Island is not a B&B. Located on a rocky island in Narragansett Bay, this lighthouse offers visitors a chance to play lighthouse keeper by doing simple chores and duties. Says executive director Charlotte Johnson: 'We let everyone take care of, not only themselves, but the lighthouse while they're here.' " 401-847-4242


New York
Selkirk Lighthouse  -  Pulaski, N.Y.
Located near the mouth of the Salmon River at the southeastern corner of Lake Ontario, "this rustic lighthouse, which holds up to eight people, is located in a popular fishing destination. The birdcage lantern room is one of the few of its kind remaining in North America." 315-298-6688
Sebasco Harbor Resort - Part of this resort on the Casco Bay is modeled to look like a lighthouse, with rooms inside.

Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse - Golden Hill State Park, NY
30 miles east of the Niagara River on the shore of Lake Ontario in Golden Hill State Park. The three-bedroom apartment in the former keeper's house is available for rental year-round. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-456-CAMP or by visiting
Great Lakes & Mid West

Lighthouse Valleyview Bed and Breakfast - Dubuque, Iowa
A unique country inn, located 3 miles NW of historic Dubuque, Iowa, perched high on a hill overlooking the rolling hills and valleys of the Tri-State area (Iowa,Wisconsin and Illinois) and the Mississippi River, with miles and miles of views by climbing to the top our 61 foot, full scale, authentic Lighthouse. A four seasons inn offering charm, nature, hospitality and a quiet nights rest. Partake of the inn's many amenities or just relax in front of a crackling fire with a good book from our library(1200 volumes). 


Big Bay Point Lighthouse - A unique bed & breakfast in Michigan.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse - You can sign up to be a "keeper" for two weeks at this Michigan lighthouse.

DeTour Reef Lighthouse - The DeTour Reef Light (Michigan) Preservation Society's Keeper's Program is a wonderful, unique opportunity to experience life as a lighthouse keeper on a 1931 offshore historic lighthouse.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse - At the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula near Northport, Michigan. Volunteer "keepers" spend two weeks at the lighthouse, greeting visitors and providing tours of the museum.

Jacobsville Lighthouse Inn - The Portage River Light Station in Michigan on Keweenaw Bay, Lake Superior, is now a bed and breakfast inn.

Lighthouse Inn Hotel & Restaurant - On Lake Michigan in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. A replica lighthouse is attached to the inn; the real Two Rivers Lighthouse is nearby at the Roger's Street Fishing Village.

Sand Hills Lighthouse - Located midway between Ahmeek and Eagle River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse - Cape Vincent, New York. Operated as a hostel.

Two Harbors Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast - In Minnesota. All revenue generated by the inn is used for the restoration of the lighthouse.

Shipwreck Coast Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station - Located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Point is the oldest, still operational lighthouse on Lake Superior. Stay at the newly remodeled Crew's Quarters! 


New Dungeness Lighthouse  - Sequim, WA
This is "one of four lighthouses built along the northern coastline of Washington state to guide ships through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Guests serve as part-time lighthouse keepers and are asked to do light maintenance chores. It is spectacular isolation at the tip of the nearly 5-mile-long Dungeness Spit." 

Browns Point Light - Browns Point, WA
The Points Northeast Historical Society runs a Keeper's Cottage Program for those who would like to serve as "keeper." Located in a park in Tacoma, Washington.

The Point No Point Lighthouse - Hansville, WA
The Point No Point Lighthouse, built in 1879, is considered to be the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. Now, with the cooperation of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, Kitsap County Parks and the Friends of Point No Point, the historic lighthouse Keeper's home has opened as a vacation rental.


North Head Lighthouse - Ilwaco, Washington

Located in Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, Washington. Two of the keeper's residences are available as vacation rentals.

Point Robinson Lighthouse - The Keepers of Point Robinson Lighthouse have opened one of the keepers' houses for weekly rental. In the Vashon-Maury Island Park & Recreation District, Puget Sound, Washington. Email for more information.

East Brother Light Station - Point Richmond, CA

A bed and breakfast inn perched atop an island in the straits that separate San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. 

Pigeon Point Lighthouse - 27 miles north of Santa Cruz, CA
Perched on the California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco and next to Highway 1. Operated as a hostel.


Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum - Point Arena, CA, the first steel-reinforced concrete lighthouse in the United States.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse - A keeper's dwelling and work sheds here have been transformed into B&B cottages.

Point Montara Lighthouse - Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, preserved and restored by Hosteling International / American Youth Hostels and California Department of Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Cordova Rose Lodge - Cordova, Alaska

On the shore of Orca Inlet in Cordova, Alaska -- a barge with its very own lighthouse and a bed and breakfast inn.

Sentinel Island Lighthouse - Sentinel Island, AK
A six-acre island in Alaska; a great place to watch eagles and whales. For information contact the Gastineau Channel Historical Society at 907-586-5338 or by email at 

Rockwell Lighthouse - A privately-built lighthouse on the north side of Sitka Harbor, Alaska. Operated as a bed and breakfast; see this page for more information. 


North Carolina

Captain Charlie's Station - These three former keeper's houses were once part of the Cape Fear Lighthouse Station on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Their name is in honor of Keeper Charles Norton Swan, who lived at the station for over 30 years. The lighthouse no longer stands. When you go to the website click on "vacation rentals," then click "browse homes," then look in the list for "Captain Charlie's" 1, 2, and 3.

The Cove Bed and Breakfast - Relaxing getaway offering lodging in six rooms with private baths, balconies and views of the 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse and Pamlico Sound. Ideal for weddings, parties, retreats, and business meetings.

Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast - Located just 6 short miles from historic Annapolis, a full size replica of a typical cottage style lighthouse.

Lighthouse Club Hotel - Suites in a lighthouse replica in Ocean City, Maryland.

Faro Blanco Marine Resort - The accommodations at this resort in Marathon, Florida, include rooms in a lighthouse replica.

Katie's Light - A replica of a Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse on Amelia Island, Florida.

Smithfield Station Lighthouse Suites - The lighthouse is a reproduction of the lighthouse from Hoopers Strait in Maryland and that is now a part of the Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, Maryland.  As far as we know, it is the only Lighthouse in Virginia where you can spend the night.  There were several lighthouses similar to ours in the James River, but they have all been destroyed.  We used the Maryland lighthouse as a model because we could touch and measure it to make sure of certain exterior details.  It was completed and occupied in December of 1994.


Lighthouse Links
New England Lighthouses - A Virtual Guide
History, original photography, tour information, and much more. Featuring nearly 200 of New England's beautiful and historic beacons

Ken's Lighthouse Links
Links to popular lighthouse websites around the world. History, locations, photos, lighthouse keepers, artwork, collectibles, and more! Some of these sites include more extensive lists of links that will keep you glued to your computer for hours!
Lighthouse by Don Uvick
I began photographing these guardians of the coast around 1986. I am a member of many lighthouse societies and organizations whose main objectives are to preserve and restore the lights of the United States and other countries. One of my goals is to capture and preserve as many as possible on film so that they can be shared by all.

Split Rock Lighthouse
Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.

Sea the Lights
In the pages that follow, you will have the opportunity to see what I have seen. These pages include pictures of the lighthouses I have visited, as well as some background information regarding the lights. But don't settle for just looking at these pictures. See for yourself these magnificent structures that stand to protect against the dangers man has faced upon the waters.



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