East Brother Light Station is a beautifully restored California Victorian Lighthouse that offers dinner and a bed & breakfast experience perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. We were lucky enough to have our entire West Coast family experience the historic spot, taking over the entire island for just 24 hours!
East Brother Light Station has been an active lighthouse since 1873. The Inn began operations in 1979 as a means of earning money for the upkeep of the restored lighthouse and facilities. Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, the lighthouse is close enough for a weekend jaunt or as a unique complement to a San Francisco or Northern California visit. Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn seems to be a world away from the lights of the nearby cities.
Once on the island, visitors take in the spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline. Guests can stay in one of five available rooms—and our family filled them all up while playing games, drinking wine, playing guitar and star gazing! Four of the rooms are located within the lighthouse itself and one room is located in the original Fog Signal Building.
A stay at the lighthouse includes champagne and hors-d’oeuvres upon arrival, a multi-course dinner with wine and a full gourmet breakfast the next morning. Guests are also provided with a full tour of the island taking in all of the buildings and being regaled with the history of the island and its life as a lighthouse up to the present day. We will surely return one day in the future, but for now, relive the trip with us and enjoy some pictures from our visit!
Stay tuned to see where we’re headed next! In the meantime, you can follow our adventures on Instagram. 🙂