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With 360-degree views of the English Channel, Beachy Head’s Belle Tout Lighthouse is the king of cliffside accommodations. Originally built in 1832, the structure was partly destroyed during World War II but has since been lovingly restored. Rooms are outfitted with a beach-cottage vibe and bear maritime themes like the Captain’s Cabin, Old England and Keeper’s Loft. $244 to $360 per night
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The 19th-century Victorian-style East Brother Light Station sits on a remote island in the San Francisco Bay, accessible only via 10-minute boat ride from Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. Upon arrival, you’re met with a Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception before being whisked away to your room with a view. Take the innkeeper’s guided tour of the island and then settle in for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. $315 to $425 per night
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Molja Lighthouse is the most requested room in Norway?s Hotel Brosundet. The 150-year-old light station is still operational today, and because of its location at the tip of the harbor?s pier, guests here will enjoy complete solitude. The modern minimalist aesthetic was designed by the lauded Norwegian architecture firm known for the Oslo Opera House, NYC?s National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the redesigned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From $550 per night
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Guess what? The Wings Neck Lighthouse once belonged to the U.S. Coast Guard! Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point on Cape Cod, the traditional New England structure offers views of the Cape Cod Canal and comes with a private outdoor shower, private beach and full-sized lobster pot. (You are in Cape Cod, after all.) $550 per night; $4,500 per week
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Overlooking the Bristol Channel in the Welsh countryside, West Usk Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1922 and renovated into a bed-and-breakfast in 1987. A stone spiral staircase leads to four wedge-shaped rooms, all with en suite bathrooms. With fun amenities like a rooftop hot tub, therapeutic flotation tank and infrared sauna, this B&B makes for a tranquil winter getaway. $243 to $293 per night
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Perched 205 feet above the Pacific, Heceta Head Lighthouse still guides seamen through the rocky, shallow waters between Coos Bay and Newport. The Queen Anne-style tower and light keeper’s cottage houses up to 15 people, and guests can walk to the light station at night to see the Fresnel lens in action. A seven-course breakfast showcases Oregon’s cheeses, fruits, vegetables and freshly caught fish. $133 to $315 per night
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In the 19th century, many ships crashed into the steep cliffs off Melbourne. Built in 1848, the Cape Otway Lightstation, the oldest in Australia, sought to remedy this problem. Guests can stay in the light keeper’s original cottages on the dramatic Great Ocean Road, and maybe catch a view of migrating whales (May through October). From $450 per night
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The ability to stay at Goose Rocks Lighthouse, located near North Haven in mid-coast Maine, is the result of a recent preservation project. Thanks to generous donations, this offshore light station now has a self-sustaining solar-powered electrical system and reverse-osmosis water-desalinization system for dishwashing and showers. Once the innkeeper drops you off via boat and hauls up your belongings, you’ll enjoy a stay of solitude on the open water. That’s some privacy. From $600 per night for up to six people
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Harlingen Lighthouse, 70 miles northeast of Amsterdam, kind of has to be a couple?s retreat, since the tiny art deco quarters can accommodate only two people. The highlight is the Lantern Room on the third level, which is outfitted with a table for two under the lighthouse?s original copper dome. $428 per night
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A redbrick landmark on a posh stretch of the Hudson River, the working Saugerties Lighthouse doubles as a hot-ticket bed-and-breakfast. Cozy guest rooms are complemented by a quaint parlor, kitchen, museum and gift shop. Some legwork is required to shack up here, as the light station is accessible only via a half-mile nature trail bordering a wetlands preserve. But whatever you do, don’t wait to book--this coveted spot fills up as much as a year in advance. $225 per night
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A functioning light station since 1815, Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel also bills itself as a luxury resort. There are five plush rooms in the original structure and four multi-room suites in cottages scattered around the grounds. Wake up to a full Scottish breakfast, and then rent bikes for a ride along the shoreline. $134 to $671 per night
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Waves crashing against ocean bluffs. A moonlit evening full of stars. The beaming prism of a Fresnel lens. There’s something rugged yet romantic about a lighthouse.
Now you can indulge that fantasy at the many hotels and rentals that cater to oceangoing travelers.
From plush seaside accommodations to rustic weatherworn quarters, check out our slideshow of crazy-cool lighthouses you can actually stay in.
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