The Rose Island Lighthouse may be the best value getaway in New England in November. Rates drop by as much as 50% and you lose none of the ambience. It's easy to book - just call the number on the website. There are several rooms to choose from - we stayed on the ground floor in the lighthouse itself - which has the gresatest period feel and had the floor to ourselves. (There are two bedrooms, so you might have to share common areas.) The interior is filled with period pieces and bits of history The beds are surprisingly sturdy and very comfortable. The kitchen is fully stocked, with utensils but you are limited to the outside grill or a single large propane burner if you want to actually cook. (A little creativity can go a long way - for the perfect lunch get Portugese fish chowder from Anthoy's on Aquidneck Road, some crisp grapes and crusty bread from a local supermarket.) There's a fire pit for pleasant evening and even a working lobster pot - just ask your guide/boat captain for the particulars. In the early portion of a warm November you can kayak or snorkel/swim - but bring you own gear for snorkeling. Fishing is permitted, just bring your gear and bait.The island is a treat for beachcombers and glass collectors, with spectacular views, interesting rocks to scramble up and some interesting abandonded military installations. There is even supposed to be a ghost or two. Post August 15th you can roam the entire island - not possible during much of the summer due to nesting season. A perfect excursion for couples and families - especially if your kids are old enough to be trusted on their own.
- 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