Friday we drove up to Saugerties, NY to spend the night at the Saugerties Lighthouse. This was Katherine’s Christmas present to me. The Lighthouse was originally built in 1869. In 1954 the Coast Guard automated the light and the building closed and slowly decayed. In 1978, the decaying Lighthouse was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and in 1986 the building and land were sold to the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy who immediately began raising money for the restoration of the building. It reopened in 1990 and the Coast Guard installed a solar powered beacon and recommissioned it as an aid to navigation.
The Bed and Breakfast in the lighthouse consists of two rooms upstairs. They are furnished much as if it was 1920 with a coal burning stove for heat (very effective) and amazing views. As a guest you have access to the Lighthouse platform at any time, as well as the boat shaped “porch/swimming dock” and 24 hour access to the trail which closes to the public from dusk until dawn. You must plan your arrival and departure carefully as you park a half mile from the house and walk in. The trail floods at high tide.
The current Lighthouse Keepers and hosts are Patrick Landewe and Anna Berkheiser, a lovely couple who greet you warmly and make a very nice breakfast. Reservations are hard to come by but if you can stay there, I strongly recommend that you do so.