Wanna Get Away? Glamping: Rose Island Style

October 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm 5 comments

ImageWhen you live in a place as beautiful as Newport, “staycations” are an easy sell. Appreciating the best the City by the Sea has to offer is a treasure, and one of the best places to feel far away—while still in the same zip code—is by staying at the Rose Island Lighthouse. I’ve pitched the “stay in a lighthouse” story idea to media for years, but never actually stayed there Imageuntil a year ago. Since then, it’s turned into a late summer tradition with a fabulous group of friends.

There are a few options—you can stay for a night, a weekend or a full week, the latter of which requires you be the official lighthouse keeper and perform related keeper chores, much like the keepers did a century ago. Alas, we’ve opted for single night stays, though if you saw the amount of coolers and provisions we collectively brought, you’d think we were moving in for the month. We didn’t exactly “rough it.” Veuve, bold reds, crisp whites, Dark n’ Stormies, steaks, sliders, summer salads, s’mores…it’s called “glamping,” if you haven’t heard the term, and it’s like camping, only with the creature comforts of home (like plumbing…and gourmet eats). By day, explore the 18-acre island, full of one-of-a-kind views. By night, fire up the grill, and bring some firewood for a bonfire. Take in the twinkling Newport skyline in the distance, the glow of Fort Adams and the slowly moving lights of boats passing by. Whether you stay in the lighthouse itself (restored to a 1912 appearance), in the Fog Horn building (the best digs on the island, in my opinion, perched upon the rocks next to the lighthouse) or in the newly restored Barracks building (huge), it’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget.





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  • 1. Stephanie Kay (@stephmommybrain)  |  October 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    How fun!! Wish we could do this!

    • 2. Andrea McHugh  |  October 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Definitely out it on the wish list–you really do feel far away and “unplugged” from it all:)

  • 3. Sharon - MomGenerations.com  |  October 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

    OK. Now officially on my Bucket List! This is wonderful and thank you, thank you for sharing this about one of my most fave cities in the world – right in our own back yard!

    • 4. Andrea McHugh  |  October 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Sharon!!

  • […] Stay at the Rose Island Lighthouse. I’ve been venturing out on a Rose Island getaway with friends in what has now become an annual tradition. Grilling, cocktailing and countless s’mores and laughs around the bonfire all while in the middle of Narragansett Bay? Doesn’t get much better than that. (READ MY STORY HERE) […]


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