Keeping the Light on in Saugerties

Saugerties Lighthouse

Saugerties Lighthouse

Saugerties Lighthouse


How fortuitous that our overnight stay should coincide with a waxing gibbous. It might be cold outside but the nearly full moon helped guide us on the half-mile nature walk to our magical destination – the Saugerties Lighthouse! As we neared the building, it too became the beacon of light we needed to guide us along the Hudson.

Perched on a sandy marsh on the mouth of the Esopus Creek, this historic B&B has been accommodating overnight guests for 15 years but the structure has been here far longer, since 1869. Vintage collector items abound like an old gas stove that runs on propane, kerosene lamps, a vintage 1938 Monitor-Top GE refrigerator and a toasty coal stove in the parlor.

Those were just a few antiques that caught our eye the first few minutes inside – there was still an entire museum on the second floor to explore.

Our lighthouse keeper Patrick is the consummate host. He’s extremely knowledgeable, not just about the lighthouse but ‘all things Hudson Valley.’ His passion for preserving the past is what keeps him and his housemate Anna giving daily tours, making breakfasts and cleaning up after visitors for 7 years now.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis and our stay took nearly a year, a wait well worth it now that we’re here.