Reserve you spot for a week or two at one of America’s most lovely and distinctive places, at the tip of Leelanau County, in the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. The lighthouse’s preservation group offers a lighthousekeepers program that allows you to stay for one or two weeks so long as you are willing to contribute a little sweat equity along with your residence fee. Duties can include keeping the place tidy, greeting visitors who can tour the lighthouse during specified hours, and studying up on enough lighthouse history to answer basic questions that visitors are likely to ask. It’s all a small price to pay for your stunning lighthouse perch on the edge of Lake Michigan, that great big blue spreading to the horizon.
The group says, “The greatest benefit of becoming a Keeper at Grand Traverse Lighthouse is the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the restoration and preservation of an irreplaceable part of Michigan’s history.” But you might think the greatest benefit is you, sitting up in the lighthouse tower as evening descends and dusk over the water merges from peach to turquoise and on into that blue-black night.
The program program begins April 1st and goes through December 15th. The cost is $150 per person per week fo members. Applications and a handbook the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum office, 231.386.7195. grandtraverselighthouse.com.