Unique holiday gift: Overnight at a lighthouse

Want to solve your shopping problem, quick and easy, with a gift that’s special, unique, and comes gift-wrapped and ready to present? 
Give an experience:  an Lighthouse Overnight!
Order instructions at the bottom of this post. 
So, what would a Lighthouse Overnight be like?
#1:  The lighthouse is built as a 2-3 story colonial home, not a tower, so the 2 bedrooms are on the 2nd floor.  There are no tall staircases to climb, unless you want to go up to the widow’s walk at the top to examine the light.
 #2:   The lighthouse is out on a point.  So, it requires a 1/2 mile walk from your car, through the tidal woods,  to the front door.  You’ll have to carry in everything you want for the night which – don’t worry –is not much (sleeping clothes and toiletries, change of clothes for next day, and dinner – read below). 
The trail is actually a highlight of the trip.  It runs right along the river bank and you often see deer or herons.   
#3:   In the warm months, you can arrive at the lighthouse by either foot or kayak.   In the winter, though, kayaking would not be safe, so plan to arrive on foot.
#4:  Because the lighthouse is in a tidal area, the path to the lighthouse floods during high tide.  This feels very romantic once you are out at the lighthouse (surrounded 360* by water!), but it means that check in/out is at very specific times, scheduled around high tide.   Be prepared to get check-in times like “1-3pm and 7-8pm”.
#5:  At the lighthouse, you’ll be joined by one other pair of guests and a lighthouse keeper.  He’ll give you an orientation, share the history, and help with any questions you have (like how to use the antique stove).   He makes a delicious – if not gourmet –  breakfast the next morning.
However, you’ll be responsible for your own dinner.    It’s nice to coze into the lighthouse once you arrive.  You can warm some cider or open a bottle of wine and enjoy the fireplace. Then, for dinner, I recommend bringing a pre-made lasagna or casserole that’s easy to warm.  If you want to cook something more elaborate, though, there’s a full kitchen at your disposal and even a modern gas grill outside (if you don’t think it’s too cold).  Or keep things super easy and enjoy a late lunch/dinner in town before you check in.  I would just discourage going out to a late dinner –  it’s hard to do the hike in and out, after dark, in the winter.    
#6:   Although you’re right on the water (with the river literally right outside your bedroom window), the lighthouse is cozy, heated by 2 gorgeous woodstoves.  

Wintertime at the lighthouse is a perfect time to read books, play games, peruse the guest book/comments, and enjoy the historical collection and restoration video in the 2nd floor museum. 

#7:  Just so you know… 

No pets.  No smoking.  No hairdryers.


RATE FOR PACKAGE
The rate for this Lighthouse Overnight is $399 for 2 people. 
Includes: 
*fully planned overnight with confirmed reservations including breakfast
*driving directions from home of recipient
*local dining and tourist info to enjoy enroute (like the famous Pedestrian Cross-Hudson bridge downriver or NY’s wine country)
*a souvenir coffee mug from the lighthouse 

Your LIghthouse Overnight gift arrives complete, in decorative packaging, ready to present!

Payment by personal check or any major credit card.

HOW TO ORDER
Call (609) 923-0304 or email Tough Love Travel here
Order by December 15th for Christmas delivery.

ON THE WEST COAST?
If you’d like to give a Lighthouse Overnight to someone on the West coast, I can do that!  I have 2 options near you, too!   Just call or email for info.
The gift of a Lighthouse Experience is special, unique.  With all the quirkiness of sleeping in a remote lighthouse, your Holiday 2013 experience with leave you with some great stories, and maybe even some bragging rights!   

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