Sleep in a Lighthouse

Photo Courtesy of Rockwell Island

What’s better than watching the majesty of Alaska’s wildlife from your own front-row seat on a private island? Watching it from your own lighthouse tower on a private island. Rockwell Island off the coast of Sitka in Southeast Alaska has a vacation rental with a real lighthouse, and it’s only a five-minute water taxi ride from town.

The lighthouse on Rockwell Island isn’t a prop; it’s crowned with a real navigational beacon registered with the Coast Guard. And if a lighthouse tower doesn’t offer enough atmospheric drama, a catwalk extends from a deck out to a circular deck on a point above the waves. Rockwell Island offers a unique atmosphere, unmatched scenery and complete privacy.

The lighthouse sleeps six in two bedrooms and comes with a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room and 1.5 baths. Wraparound decks circle the structure to take advantage of the views, and, coupled with a hot tub, let guests get the most out of outdoor living. The top level of the lighthouse is ideal for yoga, meditation or just lounging while taking in the view and spotting whales. Amenities include four kayaks to let you explore the waters around the island.

To book a Rockwell Lighthouse vacation, go to sitkalighthouse.com. Find out more about Sitka at visitsitka.org.