Essentially lighthouses are relics from bygone times, no longer needed to perform their original functions. So many sit empty or house nautical museums, but some have been reinvented as lodging and are about as romantic as it gets. Consider: They're usually small, secluded, and right on the water. What more could you want for your post-wedding getaway? Here, three amazing options that are ablaze with character.
The island's oldest lighthouse (dating to 1856) has been reimagined as a luxe boutique hotel with six suites, an infinity pool, and infinity views -- there's nothing out there but the big blue. And though it appears wildly remote, you'll find a sleepy fishing village about a mile away and some of the region's best beaches within walking distance.
This 1869 red-brick beacon on the Hudson River is a sweet bed and breakfast. Visit in fall once the trees have turned their fiery colors and when you drive through the area's forests, it's like passing through a halo of gold.
A look at the quaint kitchen -- breakfast is provided with your stay.
The original keeper's cottage, built in 1843, has recently been majorly updated with a gorgeous, modern addition called the Long House. And as you can see, everything -- both old and new -- is perched right on Ballydevlin Bay.