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  Castaway for a Day at East Brother Light Station
June 23, 2010

Jet Blue recently carried the following story in their flight magazine:

Castaway for a Day at East Brother Light Station

By Jeanne Storck
June 03, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Photo courtesy of East Brother Light Station
If you've ever dreamed of being a castaway on a remote island, plan a trip to East Brother Light Station (get directions). Perched atop a tiny bit of rock on the northeastern tip of San Francisco Bay, this Victorian lighthouse-turned-inn welcomes guests to stay a spell, watch the waves and fall asleep to the mellow rolling cry of the island's foghorn.

Fantasy Island

Built in 1874, the lighthouse fell into disrepair in the 1970s until a nonprofit historical society snapped it up and converted it into a working bed and breakfast. Today, all proceeds go toward keeping the property shipshape.

Lightkeepers Ed and Anne Witts ferry visitors to and fro, giving them a tour of the grounds and feeding them with a hearty dinner and breakfast. Getting to the lighthouse makes for half the fun. The innkeeper transports you on a 10-minute ride to the rocky island where you climb from a bobbing boat up a vertical ladder onto the landing. Safely ashore, take in the sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline.

With five rooms, up to 10 guests can stay at one time and you'll share cocktails and meals with your fellow castaways. If you want privacy, go for The Walter's Quarters which sit about 100 feet from the main building. One note to shower-loving visitors: the lightkeepers have a very limited water supply in their cistern, so guests staying only one night are requested to forego a shower. But this minor inconvenience should only add to the desert island ambiance, right? So sit back, relax and enjoy being blissfully stranded. The shuttle to shore arrives promptly every morning at 11:00 to rescue you from your seafaring idyll.