Many find the incomparable view of Narragansett Bay and the romance of lighthouse keeping well worth the "no frills" aspects of this unique getaway. There's no running water -- guests use a pump to fill a washbasin with rainwater. Guests are required to change their beds and restore their quarters to ship-shape by 10 a.m., when tour groups arrive.
Seekers of light adventure might enjoy the "Keeper for a Week" program. A good program for families with older children and teens, this program requires guests to perform a couple of hours of chores and light duties each day, including raising the flag, recording the weather, polishing brass, making small repairs and performing housework and yard work. The "Keeper for a Week" program ranges from $750 per week (November through March) to $1,600 per week (July through August), and includes two adults and children under 18. Rose Island Lighthouse is open year-round. For more information, call (401) 847-4242 (9 a.m. to1 p.m., Monday through Friday only) or www.roseislandlighthouse.com.