If you’ve ever wondered about the life of a lighthouse keeper, falling asleep to the sound of waves under a blanket of stars and waking to unparalleled views, you’ve come to the right state. Michigan leads the nation in number of lighthouses with more than 115 dotting the shores of the Great Lakes Huron, Superior, Erie and Michigan. Many of them are accessible to the public as museums and some welcome overnight guests as Bed & Breakfast inns.
Others offer “pay to play” Lighthouse Keeper programs, meaning you pay for the privilege of a working vacation for a weekend, a week, or more. No two lighthouses are alike and so the tasks and accommodations vary by site, but typical duties include greeting visitors, offering tours or information about the lighthouse, tending the gift shop, light cleaning and maintenance, and providing for your own meals and tidying-up.
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