Have you ever thought of what it would be like to stay at a lighthouse – even for just one night, escape the hustle & bustle of life for a little while? If so, then we have just the best kept secret island get-away for you!
Rose Island Lighthouse and Fort Hamilton Trust invites you to stay with us for a night, or two, or a full week! This 18-acre island paradise possesses many charming qualities, but one of its finest is the quiet solitude found along our walking trails that meander through the property.
Greet the dawn of each day while sipping hot coffee or tea and bask in the beauty of spectacular sunrises seen along the coast of Newport. Then just before sunset, take in the day’s golden radiance as the sun sinks below the horizon creating silhouettes of the homes, boats and working wharves of Newport.
During your stay, be sure to “walk in the steps of the lightkeeper” by making the journey to the top of the lighthouse – up to a place where magnificent seascapes surround you.
As part of your booking, you will be taken over by the Island’s boat. Rose Island’s dock is not open to the public, nor can it be used as a docking space for guests.
Visitors are welcomes to the island from 10 AM – 4 PM each day, but to ensure safety and to preserve the peace of the island, overnight guests can not throw parties or events as part of a booking. Only those that are registered and booked for a stay, can enjoy picnics and barbecues on the island. Enjoy the use of the firepit, but we do not allow the use of candles in the Lighthouse for fire precautions. Before proceeding with a booking, we encourage you to review our overnight Frequently Asked Questions.
Overnight island accommodations are available April 1 – October 31. Please check availability. **NOTE: The island is closed for bookings on Tuesdays, except for multi-night bookings not originating on Tuesdays or ending on Wednesdays.
**Reservations for 2024 will open in mid-November 2023.**
Countless twinkling stars take its place in the night sky and with no city lights, buildings or smog to obscure your view, you have the best seat in the house to take in the brilliance of the stars against a black velvet sky – a setting like you have never seen before.
How do you get to this amazing place?
The historic light station, with its fully restored 1870 keeper’s lighthouse, is nestled on Narragansett Bay, just minutes by ferry from the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Our Captain of the boat, and our launch service the Rose, will meet you at the boat ramp in Fort Adams, take you and your guests on a 15 minute boat ride to this one-of-a-kind paradise – a place where Rose Island Lighthouse memories are waiting to be treasured.
Options for making a reservation include:
– Check general availability by date
– Check availability by specific room
– Or call (401) 847-4242.
More information on our 4 accommodations is below. We also encourage you to review our overnight Frequently Asked Questions.
Lighthouse Museum – First Floor
For those looking for rooms with history and character, our first floor Curt Bunting and Wanton Chase Museum rooms are available to rent as a package for up to four guests. These rooms are in the first floor lighthouse museum showcasing many interesting historical photos and memorabilia and the common areas are open to the public from 10 AM – 4 PM each day. The rooms offer magnificent water views – Curt Bunting offers views of the northern part of the island and the Newport Bridge, while the Wanton Chase room shows views of the East Passage and Jamestown. It is equipped with a small kitchen pantry.
Lighthouse Keeper’s Apartment – Second Floor
Located on the second floor of the Rose Island Lighthouse, the Keeper’s Apartment is the most spacious accommodation on the island. It offers spectacular panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. The apartment features a queen size bed, dresser, and a love seat in the bedroom, a full size pull out sofa in the living room and a round table with four chairs in the dining room. It accommodates up to four guests comfortably and with the adjacent bunk room, an additional two children may be accommodated. Two night minimum required.
This room sits on a rock outcropping in front of the Rose Island Lighthouse where it housed the engine that powered the Foghorn which was used to help ships navigate in the fog. The Foghorn is now gone so guests can enjoy the peace and quiet this room offers. A staircase allows guests to climb up or down from this secluded hideaway. Sitting on a cliff with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, this charming 1912 building features a queen size bed, a small dining table and a working wood stove. There is no electricity in this accommodation.
Fort Hamilton Barracks
Step back in time and stay in our historic Fort Hamilton Barracks room. Fort Hamilton is a first system US fort built by the government in 1798 as a barracks for soldiers. Just steps away from the curtain wall of the old fort and beach front, the fortified barracks room features newly restored windows and mahogany doors that open to a small patio, lawn area and Adirondack chairs. Sleep in the restored bomb-proof barracks room but in the comfort of a queen-size bed instead of a bunk. This room is suitable for up to four guests with two sleeping cots available to accommodate children or young adults. There is no electricity in this accommodation.