NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If your dream has always been to be marooned on a deserted island or rocky point of land near the sea, acting as a 19th century lighthouse keeper, you’re not alone.
In an effort to preserve crumbling lighthouses in the 1970s and '80s, historical societies began refurbishing them and financing the effort by selling nightly stays.
There's plenty of takers. As technology encroaches on our everyday lives, vacationers are getting back to basics and realizing that staying in a lighthouse is still one of the quieter and more relaxing getaways one can find.
Here are 10 lighthouses around the world that will shine their beams and welcome you for a night, weekend or longer stay:
1. East Brother Light Station, Richmond, Calif.: This lighthouse, in operation since 1874, is on an island in San Francisco Bay. Since you can only reach it by boat and you’re not allowed off of the island until your stay is over, this could be the perfect way to unplug. Guests are picked up at 4 p.m. and taken off of the island at checkout time, 11 a.m. the next day. Reading materials are provided to help you relax, but you can also bring your own. Operates Thursday-Sunday nights. $325-$415 per night.
2. Grebeni Lighthouse, Dbrovnik, Croatia: When Americans think of lighthouses, they most likely do not think of Croatia, but the country does have several lighthouses in which vacationers can stay. Grebeni is on the islet of Grebeni only some 300 meters from the Babin Kuk tourist resort in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik, a Unesco Heritage Site, is Croatia's most well-known summer destination. $159-$299 per night.
3. Rose Island Lighthouse, R.I.: If you want a real 19th century lighthouse-keeper experience, you can stay here either overnight or do the lighthouse-keeper-for-a-week program. Guests can take a boat to the lighthouse from Jamestown or Newport, R.I.; it is a mile offshore in Narragansett Bay. The lighthouse was restored in 1912. $100-$225 a night.