Lighthouse on Island in San Francisco Bay
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East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored California Victorian Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.
Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, CA, the lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is close enough for a weekend jaunt or as a unique complement to your San Francisco/Northern California visit. Once on the island, visitors take in the spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline.
East Brother LIght Station has been an active lighthouse for more than 133 years. The Inn began operations over 26 years ago as a means of earning money for upkeep of the restored lighthouse and facilities.
The lighthouse offers the rare combination of both a “lighthouse bed & breakfast” and an “island B&B,” and is a unique California destination. 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.
Guests of East Brother Light Station have a direct impact upon its preservation. Funds earned by the Inn, through its non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, pay for ongoing restoration and maintenance costs of the buildings and equipment of the island.
Access: Visiting East Brother Island is an adventuresome outdoor experience. Accessing the island requires the physical stamina and strength to climb from a bobbing boat up a vertical ladder 4 to 12 feet in height, depending on tides.
Boat: Travel to the island takes about 10 minutes. The Coast Guard rated capacity of the boat is 6 passengers. All required safety gear is maintained on board. Infrequently, the weather may be too rough to allow safe crossing, requiring cancellations on very short notice. If this occurs, you will receive a full refund.
Pick-up and Check-out time: For overnightguests, pickup time is 4:00 p.m PROMPTLY at Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. Checkout and return to the mainland is by 11:00 a.m.
Activities: There is plenty of reading material, including an illustrated history of the restoration project. Guests may wish to bring a camera with a telephoto lens or binoculars to observe the wildlife in the surrounding waters and on West Brother Island. Guests who wish to fish should bring their own licenses, gear, and bait.
Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodations are available Thursday through Sunday nights. All meals are taken together by all guests. Dinner, with choice of wine, and breakfast are served in the dining room. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne are served upon arrival in the upstairs sitting room. Bedrooms in the main house are furnished with queen-size beds and period furnishings. “Walter’s Quarters room” is located in the Fog Signal Building, less than 100 feet from the lighthouse building, features a full-sized bed and a nautical motif. All rooms have bay views. The keepers provide a tour of the island, including history, restoration effort, and, when functioning, a demonstration of the old diaphone fog horns.
Day Use: Day use is available on Saturday, only during the summer months and depending on other scheduled events. This use includes boat transportation and a guided tour, for those who want to enjoy the Island’s pleasures. Visitors must make reservations in advance and should bring all required supplies for picnics, fishing, or other activities. No food or beverage service is available on the island for day use activities. Day use visitors have access to the lighthouse only during the tour. For groups of 1 to 6 persons, the rate is $20 per person. Day use visitors are picked up at the Galley Cafe (currently closed) at approximately 11:15 am and returned to the Harbor at approximately 3:30 PM. Please visit the Day Use page for details and to make reservations.
Lunches: Lunches are available only to guests staying two or more nights or by prior arrangement.
Special Events: Special events, such as weddings and corporate retreats are available on inquiry.
Boats: It is not practical for guests to moor boats at the island’s dock. Those who wish to come in their own boat may arrange to leave their boat at nearby Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor, where they will be picked up and returned in East Brother’s boat.
Clothing: Even during the warm summer months, it is possible that wind-driven swells will spray water on the boat’s occupants, so it is advised that all passengers wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Sturdy shoes should be worn for climbing the ladder; sandals are not appropriate. Dress is casual, and luggage should be kept to a minimum.
Children: Children are welcome for day-use activities only and must be under the supervision of parents at all times. Parents with small children are encouraged to bring or plan activities for the 4-1/2 hour stay. Minimum age of overnight guests is 18 years unless special arrangements are made.
Pets: We’re sorry, but pets are not allowed.
Water and Showers: Water is in extremely short supply; showers are available ONLY for guests staying more than one night. There is always plenty of bottled drinking water available for all guests.
Why is water in short supply? The only fresh water available on the island is collected in a cistern. Officially a cistern is defined as: A receptacle for holding water or other liquid, especially a tank for catching and storing rainwater. The cistern itself is located underneath the concrete surface between the lighthouse and the fog signal building. What you will see of the cistern is a large white dome which actually covers the opening of the cistern.
Keywords: Historic landmark lighthouse complex on island in San Francisco Bay
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Wood Stove
- East Brother Lighthouse (technically, "Light Station.'" is a 136-year-old lighthouse complex that is a Califoria Historical Landmark, on its own island in San Francisco Bay. It is available for dinner, bed and breakfast room rentals 4 nights a week (www.ebls.org), but the entire island can be rented by a at a discount for a group, family reunion or special occasion, and includes boat transportation, dinner, bed and breakfast. It is about a 30-minute drive from downtown San Francisco and features unique history, views and gourmet meals. It is located near Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park....moreless
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- Outdoor Grill
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- East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored California Victorian Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, CA, the lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is close enough for a weekend jaunt or as a unique complement to your San Francisco/Northern California visit. Once on the island, visitors take in the spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline. East Brother LIght Station has been an active lighthouse for more than 133 years. The Inn began operations over 26 years ago as a means of earning money for upkeep of the restored lighthouse and facilities. The lighthouse offers the rare combination of both a “lighthouse bed & breakfast” and an “island B&B,” and is a unique California destination. Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn seems to be ...moreless
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Rent entire island, 5 rooms with dinner, bed and breakfast for $1,700, a $1,895 Individual rooms range $355 to $415 must be booked through www.ebls.org Weddings and other special occasions available - ask for details 510-233-2385
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Year Purchased: 1873
About: Dina Kashou and Peter Berkhout Peter and Dina just completed a cruise on the HMS Bounty as crew, first mate and chef, on the HMS Bounty, one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Peter has roots in the Bay Area, having graduated from Dominican University of CA, obtaining a teaching credential and teaching math and science at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley for five years until 2009. Prior to that, he was1st mate and engineer for the S/V Hawaiian Chieftain, a 103' ketch-rig sailboat. Peter also was the captain of the Tiburon-Angel Island ferry. Dina has a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and has worked in a number of food service positions in addition to the HMS Bounty, including Roots Restaurant & Cellar in Milwaukee, WI, and chef on the West Island College/Class Afloat (S/V Concordia). She has traveled extensively, including a transatlantic sailing voyage from Nova Scotia to West Africa, cooking for 65. She is excited to share her passion for world cuisine and artfully works it into classical dishes. Please join us in welcoming them both.
Why Other San Francisco Properties:
East Brother Light Station was built in 1873 as an aid to mariners in the San Pablo/San Francisco Bays. After many years as an automated station, and under threat of destruction and replacement with a light on a pole in the middle of the island, the facility was taken over by a non-profit 501 c3 California Corporation under license from the US Coast Guard. Saving East Brother Light Station and making it accessible for the public to enjoy was a labor of love for many people. They, as well as the hundreds of others who also supported the project in smaller ways, can be justifiably proud of what their labors and donations have achieved.This book was commissioned by the Board of Directors of East Brother Light Station, Inc., as a tribute to all who worked to make the project possible. But particularly, I would like to recognize the contributions of a few very special people: Lucretia Edwards and the women of the Contra Costa Shoreline Parks Committee who initially saved East Brother from destruction by successfully nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places; Commander Joseph Blackett and Wayne Wheeler of the Coast Guard who encouraged us and trusted us with government property; The Monday Morning Gang who continue to maintain and improve the island's facilities; and finally to Walter Fanning, engineer, carpenter, innkeeper, machinist, and skipper, who can do almost anything better than anyone I have ever known. His talents and dedication continue to be an inspiration to us all. Thomas K. Butt President, East Brother Light Station, Inc.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Romantic Getaways Want a secluded, romantic location to take a special retreat with your loved one? East Brother Lighthouse Station offers vintage furnishing, gourmet food and spectacular scenery for your romantic getaway. Lighthouse History Buffs Enjoy your history hobby by treating yourself to a stay at the historic East Brother Light Station. Fully restored, this landmark is open for you to visit and tour the facility. Learn more about EBLS at our History area and read our online book "East Brother History Of An Island Light Station." Getting Married What better place than at an historic Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn? What could be more romantic for your big day? East Brother Lighthouse and the surrounding hills, with views to San Francisco, provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. Contact us at for more information. Family Reunions or Anniversary Parties The entire island may be reserved for overnight parties of 10 people in 5 rooms. Special requests will be honored where possible to provide a customized experience to enhance your important event. Business or Social Meetings / Retreats With advance reservations, we are able to accommodate groups for various meeting activities for either an overnight and/or a day-use basis. Film Shoots – Advertising Backgrounds Available by special arrangement.
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East Brother Lighthouse at sundown
Two Sisters Room - Wood Burning Stove
East Brother Island
San Francisco Room
West Brother Room
East Brother Island
USS Iowa passes East Brother
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