Greeted outside by a waitress, guests then climb the 55 stairs through the hatch to the 8X8 sq. ft. glass enclosed dining room that yields incredible panoramic views of the Merrimack River Valley, Atlantic Ocean and Downtown Newburyport. Visitors get to choose their high-end, gourmet meal from several local restaurants that service the Newburyport Lighthouse. It's not cheap and you have to reserve several months in advance, but neither comes as a surprise -- where else can one dine in such a setting?
Yankee Magazine summed up the Lighthouse dining experience very nicely: "If you're romantically inclined, it doesn't get much better than this...the dining room at the top of the lighthouse is a glass-encased love nest...that feels like the top of the world."
The Lighthouse Preservation Society originally created this novel dining out idea as a fundraiser but the idea really took off and has remained wildly popular to this very day -- and open year-round. Profits from the dining experience help save and preserve the Lighthouse.
The Newburyport Lighthouse is located at 61 1/2 Water St., Newburyport, MA. Tel. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-727-BEAM