Up and down New England’s rugged coastline, lighthouses stand as picturesque symbols of the region’s rich maritime history. These structures harbor stories of daring rescues and sunken ships, epic storms, and safe havens. For a unique summer escape, why not stay in one? Accommodations range from plush stays with plenty of amenities to rustic, glamping-style digs perfect for more adventurous travelers. Whichever you choose, these special getaways provide a rare opportunity to embrace New England’s seafaring heritage while supporting the preservation of these magical structures, many of which have become obsolete.
Be sure to plan ahead—these sought-after spots book well in advance. And although you won’t be filling lamps with whale oil or polishing the glass Fresnel lenses, your stint as a lighthouse keeper is sure to be memorable, with panoramic ocean views, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and an endless soundtrack of crashing surf. Here are six of the best New England lighthouses where you can spend the night.