Cove Point Lighthouse opens its doors for overnight guests

The Cove Point Lighthouse in Calvert County is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. It was built in 1828. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
One of the two kitchens in the lighthouse keeper's home features brand new fixtures and cabinets, but it also has an authentic channel marker (the orange sign on the wall) and the table is made from the wood of another lighthouse nearby that was dismantled. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The Cove Point Lighthouse in Calvert County is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. It was built in 1828. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The bedrooms are cozy and offer great views of the bay. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A view from inside the keeper's house. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
An inviting upstairs corner. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
This bedroom is perfect for kids. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
This downstairs living area on one side of the keeper's house is a fun mix of old and new furnishings. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
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Michelle Basch, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – If area residents are looking for a unique vacation destination close to home, there’s one place that will always leave the light on.

The Cove Point Lighthouse sits on a beautiful spit of land in Lusby, Md.

“It’s the longest continuously operating lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay since 1828,” says Vanessa Gill, development director at the Calvert Marine Museum, which operates the site.

Right next to the lighthouse, the former lighthouse keeper’s home has been completely renovated and will be available soon as a vacation or wedding rental.

“You can come down here in an hour and a half from D.C. or Virginia [and] be a million miles away,” Gill says.

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