Sleeping in a lighthouse? √
If I had list of things to do before I die, that would have totally made the list. Maybe I should write one, and begin with a head start! 🙂
Last night was definitely one of the most different nights I’ve ever had. Recently I fell in love with lighthouses. In New England we have tons, and I’ve been lucky enough to have a wonderful husband that has the patience of driving around with me to explore them. Friday is going to be our 3 years wedding anniversary so I thought why not doing something special? Let’s see if there’s a lighthouse where you can actually sleep in! Sure enough there is, so that’s what we did!
Couple of months ago I started googling and very easily I found Rose Island Lighthouse, a beautiful place right off the coast of Newport, in Rhode Island. I thought I was dreaming. I had found not only a lighthouse that welcomes people overnight, but on an island. Needless to say, I booked right away.
You can find Rose Island in the middle of Narragansett Bay. The lighthouse was established between 1868 and 1870 and unfortunately it stopped being used around the 1960’s, when the Newport Bridge was built. Luckily, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation has been taking care of the lighthouse and the Island, restoring them and giving them those unique features that makes you feel like you’re traveling back in time.
Our trip to the lighthouse started at 10am when we met Capt. Chris who brought us to the Island on his boat Starfish. On the Island he explained the whole history, from the main use of the grounds, to the construction and the way everything functions. What adds to the awesomeness of the place is that it’s pretty much self sufficient. There are water pumps for the outdoor bathrooms and shower, and the room we stayed in had no electricity, so we had to use portable solar lamps at night. It was a very cool experience, especially for me that I have pretty much never gone camping, other than one time when I was 6 or 7 years old. And I believe this is probably the closets I’d get to a camping trip, at least for the neat future.
We spent 24 hours on the Island and I have to say, it was really relaxing. Back at home I am always busy between work and running errands on my days off, so it was a good temporary change of scenery. We walked on the beach and read a lot, which is something I definitely don’t do enough. We met nice people who were occupying the other few rooms and had a bonfire together after sunset. I am always amazed at how nice Americans are. Even though we didn’t have anything to share, they were awesome and gave us s’mores and brownies to enjoy.
The only downside of the trip was that most of the Island was closed off because of bird’s nestling. Of course it was no one’s fault other than Mother Nature, but if we’ll ever go back to the Island, we’ll definitely go off bird nestling’s season (especially because at some point I almost got attacked by a seagull LOL. It was scary but pretty hilarious).
Overall this weekend gateway has been amazing, and it’s something I definitely recommend to do at least once in a lifetime!
This is all for now, but stay tuned for more adventures!