Because we visited in mid-March, there was no ferry. We were picked up by Chris, the caretaker, tour-guide and light-house guru. The trip was magical from the moment my kids stepped into the boat and strapped on their life vests. We had a beautiful view of the harbor as we approached the island and the views just kept on improving! The Rose Island Lighthouse is on the top of a rock, so it looks quite dramatic as we approach the dock. Upon arrival, Chris helped us settle in and then gave us a comprehensive explanation of the history of the building and future plans. The apartment had everything we needed. We had brought our own food, water and firewood. The kids were fascinated by the antiques like typewriters, old books and tools. Previous guests had added to the decor with their island finds like shells and rocks. The views from every window are stunning. We loved to look out and track the height of the tide throughout the day. The climb up to the lighthouse itself is rewarded by 360 views of the bridge and nearby towns. We were very lucky to have a full moon that night. We bundled up in our coats and sat outside marveling at the river of moonlight reflected on the water and the constellations above. My husband enjoyed using the wood burning stove inside, it kept us warm until sunrise. In the morning, we had our last round of shell hunting, checked on the latest tidal activity, and said good by to the birds. It was my older child's birthday and memorable for all. We can't wait to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stay at a 19-century lighthouse on Rose Island - be willing to rough it and pitch in with the chores. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rose Island Lighthouse Hotel Newport