Saugerties Lighthouse with Bed & Breakfast
Saugerties, New York
Sleeping Quarters Two guest bedrooms in an 1869 red-brick lighthouse furnished with early 20th century designs, and set on a circular stone base in the Hudson River. What You Get A shared kitchen with a 1938 refrigerator; fishing and swimming in the river; and a picket fence inscribed with the names of former keepers. What to Bring Fishing tackle, a kayak or canoe, and a good book. 845-247-0656; www.saugertieslighthouse.com; doubles from $175.
Heceta Head Bed & Breakfast
Sleeping Quarters A Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House with six rooms set on a grassy cliff overlooking the Pacific. What You Get Queen-size beds with down duvets; a seven-course breakfast made with produce and herbs from the lighthouse garden, local meat and cheese, and the innkeeper’s own pastries; a yard for croquet, bocci ball, and kite flying; a path to the beach; and a sea lion cave a half-mile away. What to Bring Hiking boots for exploring the rocky Oregon coast. 866/547-3696; www.hecetalighthouse.com; doubles (which hold a maximum of three) from $215. Kids 10 and up only.
Rose Island Lighthouse
Newport, Rhode Island
Sleeping Quarters Two Keepers’ Bedrooms and a kids’ bunk room (which sleeps two) at this nonprofit museum on Narragansett Bay, restored to its 1912 appearance and operated by vacationing keepers. What You Get A bedside washbowl and pitcher, an outdoor solar shower, wind-powered electricity, bottled water, and a boat ride to the island on a 32-foot lobster boat. What to Bring Food, a cooler (there’s no refrigerator), and an alarm clock—you’ve got to have the place in ship shape when the museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. 401/847-4242; www.roseislandlighthouse.org; doubles from $185, Kid’s Bunk Room$30 per child, or $15 if you bring your own bedding. For more lighthouse stays, visit lighthouse.cc or www.cyberlights.com.
Grand Canyon West Ranch
Sleeping Quarters There are five tipis at this 106,000-acre working cattle ranch—14 miles from the western rim of the Grand Canyon. What You Get Three Western-style meals a day; a communal campfire with singing cowboys; and, for a fee, a horse-drawn wagon ride on the historic Joshua Tree-lined Mormon Trail and a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon. What to Bring Riding boots and 10-gallon hats. 800/359-8727; www.grandcanyonranch.com; adults from $89, children $49.
Sleeping Quarters Nineteen concrete-and-wooden tipis on Route 66—relics from America’s autocamping era. What You Get Motel-style quarters, each with a queen-size bed, a bathroom, WiFi, TV, refrigerator, and air conditioning. On the premises: a pool and palm trees. What to Bring Stamps to send out your official Wigwam Motel souvenir postcards. 909/875-3005; www.wigwammotel.com; tipis from $70.