Lighthouses conjure a certain romance, the comforting feeling of a time gone by when life was simpler and more peaceful. The lighthouses listed here are now open to the public as bed and breakfasts.
If you think you're interested in staying at one of these historic structures, be prepared -- many take the "time gone by" feeling to heart and eschew such amenities as televisions and in-room telephones. Some also have strict restrictions on what kinds of electric appliances can be used.
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Point Richmond, California. This Victorian island inn, located less than an hour outside of San Francisco, offers overnight accommodations Thursday through Sunday. After a 10-minute boat ride from Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor, guests climb a vertical ladder 4 to 12 feet, depending on the tide level. 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.
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Montara, California. Established in 1875, this lighthouse now serves as a hostel and is situated 25 miles south of San Francisco between Montara and Moss Beach. There are 45 beds, including five private rooms, and facilities include a kitchen, laundry, meeting room, storage area, lockers, and limited on-site parking.
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Pescadero, California. This 115-foot-tall lighthouse-turned-hostel was constructed in 1872 on a cliff about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Fifty-two beds, including four private rooms, are available in the keeper's housing, and facilities include a kitchen, meeting room, storage area, and limited on-site parking.
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Yachats, Oregon. The circa 1894 Queen Anne keeper's quarters and lighthouse are perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests of this central Oregon coast inn, located a half mile from Sea Lion Caves, can choose from five rooms, most with queen beds. Mornings begin with a seven-course gourmet breakfast.