FAQs

  1. Can we build a campfire on the beach?  To protect the wildlife refuge and bird nesting habitat, campfires are limited to the fire pit located on the beach along the pathway from the dock. that you are welcome to use on the property. Guests provide their own firewood or to purchase a bundle from the gift shop. Please use safety precautions when using the fire pit.

  2. Can we walk around the entire island?  During bird nesting season  (March 1 through August 14) walking around the island is limited to the 2 acre lighthouse reservation including the 2 beaches and the barracks. Kayaks available (and life jackets) for overnight guests. Landing is limited to the lighthouse beaches. Please respect the harbor seals by keeping your distance from them!

  3. Medical Emergencies: Please call 911

  4. Non-Medical Emergencies:  Captain Brian Tefft (401)932-8065,  Director of Island Operations, or Office Manager during business hours at 401(847)-4242.

  5. Does the lighthouse have electricity?  Rose Island is powered by solar panels through a 110v service which runs the beacon and household lights. You can charge your phone, laptop and other small devices. Please refrain from using hair dryers or other such high-demand electrical devices. CPAP machines are permitted.

  6. Is there WIFI or can I charge my phone?  Cellular data coverage is available. You may ask one of the staff or the captain how to charge your phone if you are staying in one of the outside buildings.

  7. Is smoking permitted?  THERE IS NO SMOKING INSIDE ANY OF THE BUILDINGS!  The further away from the buildings, the better, if you are a smoker. DO NOT LEAVE CIGARETTE BUTTS ANYWHERE, including the beach, around the property or in the trash.

  8. Can I drive to Rose Island? No. The foundation’s 32’ foot lobster boat “STARFISH” provides transportation to the island.

  9. Check-in FOR ALL GUESTS is 12 PM. Check-out time FOR ALL GUESTS is 10:00 AM. 

  10. Can we go into Newport for dinner and sightseeing? We recommend staying in Newport the night before or the night after your stay on Rose Island to visit downtown for sightseeing, shopping, etc. Call Jamestown Ferry (401-423-9200) to make special arrangements for trips to Newport.

  11. What do you provide for overnight guests?   We provide bed linens, pillows, bath towels (for all rooms), paper towels and cleaning supplies, pots & pans for cooking (Lighthouse rooms only), and propane for the outdoor grills.  All guests are required to bring their food in a cooler with ice

  12. What is the checkout process? Please take all your trash, linens and recyclables to the boat when you leave. Please make the bed with fresh linens and leave the room as it was found.

  13. Is fishing allowed?  Yes, there are fishing poles, but you may want to bring your own rods and bait. Don't forget to check with the City of Newport for a fishing license.

  14. Will we be alone on the island?  Unless you reserve both of the (downstairs) museum bedrooms, you will be sharing the common / bath areas with other guests. The outside bathrooms and property are shared. NOTE: The lighthouse museum is open from 10am – 4pm from Memorial - Labor Day so please keep your  room tidy and valuables tucked away.

  15. Do you have a coffee maker? The rooms in the lighthouse only, have coffee makers and filters, just bring your own coffee.

  16. What is the policy on candles?  Please do not burn candles or oil lamps (you may use birthday candles!) There are compact fluorescent lights and solar powered lanterns for your use.

  17. Are there binoculars that we can use?  Yes, but you may want to bring your own if you are a serious hobbyist.

  18. Can we keep any shells or glass treasures we find?  Yes, and please always pick up any trash or items that may cause harm to marine animals and wildlife. Your stewardship is always appreciated!

  19. Is it safe to swim?  Yes, but remember the weather and currents can be unpredictable, so use your own discretion. Guests are responsible for bringing their own beach towels.

  20. What if the weather is bad – can we cancel our reservation? The captain will make a decision whether or not to cancel due to high seas / winds / severe weather and Coast Guard advisory. If we need to reschedule - please do so within a few weeks time to avoid any seasonal rate changes or availability issues. ALL reservations cancelled by the guest directly, are non-refundable inside 60 days from date of stay.

  21. Are children allowed as overnight guests?  Children under 5 are not allowed to stay overnight on Rose Island.

  22. What is the pet policy?  Pets are not permitted to stay overnight in the Lighthouse, the Foghorn room or the Ft Hamilton Barracks room.

  23. Do we bring our own dishes?  The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, but we advise bringing paper products to help with water conservation.  There are dishes / drinkware / silverware provided for the downstairs lighthouse rooms as well. Please bring your food in a cooler with ice, as there is no refrigeration (with the exception of the apartment). No styrofoam of any kind please!

  24. Are there bathrooms in the lighthouse?  Yes, for guests of the lighthouse only.

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KUDOS:

My wife Pat and I have been overnight at Rose Island Lighthouse 5 times. We stayed in the Curt Bunting Room, the Keepers Apartment and the Foghorn Room.  We stayed in April, July, November and February.  We enjoyed our stays there tremendously.  Every season, every room has been a joy and we never once felt crowded. We always had the sense of isolation (in a good way), knowing we could enjoy the rich history of Rose Island, and "go back in time" for a day or two, yet we were minutes from Newport.  Whether we stayed in the museum section, Foghorn or Apartment, we always felt like we had the island to ourselves, even when other guests were staying in other rooms.  

It is a unique place and a great place to sit back and take a breath.  The Newport Bridge lit up at night, the great ships and sailboats floating by, the bird life, the history, it's so much for so little.  If we could stay more than a night at a time, we would; our schedule at home allows a night here and there.  Our daughter and son-in-law, our niece and her husband, our sister and niece have all stayed a night at Rose Island on our recommendation and all want to stay again.  Don't be scared of the idea that you are "roughing" it.  All the amenities you need are there.  Step out of your comfort zone for 24 hours and truly relax. There really is no place in southern New England that compares as far as quality of the experience and staff and the more than fair price to stay. 

~Steve, Dayville, CT.

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