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Heritage Lighthouse B+B in wetland location
Saugerties Lighthouse is located 42 miles from Albany NY. It is open year around as a bed & breakfast and contains a small museum, keeper's quarters, two bedrooms, kitchen and living room.
Lying off the Hudson River, the lighthouse offers a beautiful and unusual opportunity to step back to a less rushed pace and more traditional way of life.
This 1869 built lighthouse fell into disuse in the 1950's and 60's as a result of reducing traffic from local Saugerties. With the automation of the light, the original building fell into disrepair. A concerted campaign by the local villagers created a conservation trust who were able to purchase the buildings and associated wetland reserve for a nominal $1, in return for their agreement to restore this landmark. In 1990, the light was restored and the doors opened to the public to share this slice of history.
The lighthouse itself is constructed on an outlying spit of land, with a walk from where you leave your car.
Heritage property in a beautiful location
Two second floor rooms are provided for you to stay as a guest of the keeper, sharing bathroom and cooking facilities. Both offer views of the river and on sunny days, once the haze on the Hudson has lifted, you can see across to Albany and the distant Catskills mountain range. The only noise you'll hear is the comforting chugging of river traffic, or the distant ringing of the railroad bell as trains cross the Kingston/Rhinecliff bridge.
Breakfast is provided, and although you're welcome to use the cooking and barbeque facilities yourselves, most guests choose to eat in nearby Saugerties.
Saugerties Lighthouse is a little over 40 miles from Albany NY by car. It can also be reached by Amtrak to nearby Rhinecliff or Hudson with a taxi ride to the lighthouse path. By boat - check with the keeper direct for details. It is worth travelling light, as you need to carry your belongings on foot along the gentle 1 km (1/2 mile) trail. A backpack is recommended.
Wildlife is a central theme here, with walks to the wetlands for birdwatching and enjoying the fresh air. Riverside activities include kayaking, fishing and swimming in these calm waters. You can once again find time to think, however we recommend you exercise your brain first before venturing out onto the trails.
The wetlands are tidal, and some of the outlying tracks can be underwater for a few hours at extremes of high tide. Check the tide tables provided before you set out!