|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
Photo courtesy of East Brother Light Station
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.