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East Brother Light Station

117 Park Place
Richmond CA 94801
(510) 233-2385
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Innkeepers: Peter Berkhout and Dina Kashou

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Historical East Brother Lighthouse, an active lighthouse since 1874, is operated as a bed and breakfast inn on an island in San Francisco Bay. It is a California Historical Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The inn operates Thursday through Sunday nights.

Choose from five rooms, four are former keeper’s quarters located in the historic lighthouse itself. Each room, named for its view, is unique in decor and has a queen-sized bed. A smaller, more rustic room, known as Walter’s Quarters, is located in the fog signal building. Away from the main building, it offers a unique sense of privacy.

Included in the overnight package is the boat ride to and from the mainland, champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the parlor, a multi-course gourmet dinner and a full breakfast.
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Bird Watching Boating Fishing Foghorn/Diaphone
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Boat Docks (nearby) Fireplace in Room Gardens (at inn) Hors d'oeuvres and champagne
King Bed Parking Private Baths Queen Bed
Shared Baths
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Dutch English French Spanish
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Dinner included in rate Full Breakfast Lunch Available
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Check In Policy:
Check in time is 4pm.
Check Out Policy:
Check out time is 11am.
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations for overnight visits are subject to a $30 service charge. Overnight cancellations made with less than 30 days notice will be refunded, at 90% of the cost paid, less a $30 service charge, only if the reservation can be rebooked. If the reservation cannot be re-booked, the entire amount is non-refundable. Day use payments are non-refundable unless the visit is cancelled by East Brother Light Station, in which event, full refund will be made.
Children: Children ages 16+
Sorry, accommodations are not suitable for children.
Childcare: No
Deposit Policy:
Reservation confirmation is upon receipt of payment only. Payment is required, either by credit card or check, at the time the reservation is made
No Pets Allowed
Pets Living At Inn: No
Smoking: Outside
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Posted By Blake on 12/24/2011
I have always wanted to stay in a light house. I had high expectations of how it would be. It exceeded my wildest expectations! Peter and Dina are fantastic hosts. Peter sat with us by the fire burning in the stove and told us all about the history of the East Brother Light Station. The ambiance of the common areas and the rooms took me back in time as if we were living in those times. There are old pictures all around that show what it was like back in the hay day of light houses. There's plenty of reading material for those that love to study light house history. Dina is young and beautiful and a fantastic cook. She along with Peter as our server made our dining experience unforgettable. The food was great and was presented artistically. We especially liked that she and Peter came out of the kitchen after they served the last course and sat at the table and chatted with us. We felt like we were family and they were welcoming us into their home. We slept in the San Francisco room which had a beautiful view of San Francisco, the San Rafael Bridge, and a distant view of the Bay Bridge. But they let us see all of the rooms and any one of them would have been a good one to stay in. To me the grand finale was when Peter demonstrated the old fog horn. It is still in good working order and he let her rip twice! Bring some extra cash (preferred) to spend in the gift shop. You won't want to leave without something to take with you as a reminder of one of the best B&B's you've ever stayed at. We bought three bags of Dina's homemade granola that she served with breakfast (yes it was that good! We bought some to give away too). She also sells her homemade orange marmalade and cranberry orange marmalade. I’d have to say that if I was only going to rate the overall experience a 9, Peter and Dina bumped it up to a 10. They are part of the experience and it wouldn’t have been the same without them
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Posted By HUGH on 09/27/2011
My wife and I truly enjoyed our time at EBLS. We stayed in the least expensive room (one day package price of $325 before tax). Since we stayed only one night, we were not entitled to take a shower (a two night stay is the minimum stay for a shower due to the lack of water on the little island), but that was not a factor for us (we showered right before we drove there). We had sunny weather the afternoon we arrived, so we were able to take some good photos of the general area on our drive to meet the EBLS boat at the San Pablo Yacht Harbor at 4 PM on Saturday (The directions to the pick up point were perfect). It was just about exactly low tide when we reached EBLS but the ~10 steps up the metal ladder from the boat to the island's landing were pretty easy. Captain/Host Peter picked us up right on time in the EBLS boat and gave us a history lesson on EBLS between our arrival time and sparkling wine + hors-d'oeuvres outside at cluster of chairs around a table at 5 PM. Immediately following, we had a really good full dinner served by Dina, Peter's fiancee (wedding in late October 2011) accompanied by two wines - a reasonable California Chardonnay and a very nice Argentinian red (all you wanted to drink). Unless you specify a special meal (vegetarian, dietary restriction, etc.), you have no meal options at dinner or breakfast. During the evening at EBLA before we turned in, we enjoyed viewing the birds and seals on West Brother Island, about 75-100 meters away, a wide variety of passing ships (sail boats, high speed ferries, barges being pushed, small refined petroleum product tankers, etc.) as well as great views of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge about three miles to the south. It was clear enough that night and the next morning to see the skyline of San Francisco and the western span of the Bay Bridge, about 11 miles away. We had a camera with a good telephoto lens and had brought our own binoculars, but EBLS has plenty of binoculars available for those who would like to use them. The modern automated fog horn does not sound until October-April, so our room was totally quiet for sleeping (ear plugs available if you need them when if the fog horn is blowing at night -- the modern fog horn is apparently a LOT less noisy than the traditional one). We got up a few minutes before sunrise to take some more photos and movies of EBLS and its surroundings. Sunday morning we had an excellent full breakfast -- eggs, ham, homemade muffins, fruit cup, yogurt, home made grranola, two kinds of juice, two kinds of homemade jam, coffees and teas, both meals being served family style for the guests (four of the fice rooms were filled on Saturday night). There was no quality or quantity issue with either meal (Chocolate Chip cookies were in a big jar for anyone still hungry after the dinner desert). After breakfast, Peter activated the original two-tone fog horn for the guests -- a very impressive fog horn, both the machines and the sounds they produced! -- and gave us a tour of the separate building housing the antique fog horns. The trip to/from EBLS from the San Pablo Yacht harbor is a short few minutes (sea very calm in our case); you spend about as much time clearing the yacht basin as you do on San Pablo Bay itself. We rode the EBLA boat back to the yacht harbor with Peter shortly after 11 AM on Sunday. There are five guest rooms (ten guests) available as well as a number of common rooms of various sorts. We climbed to the top of the lighthouse structure itself (the light operates at night of course) several times. All in all, a very enjoyable stay and worth it for the fixed one night price we paid when everything that the charge covered was taken into account. I was a ship driver and diver when I was in the service some 40 years ago, so I got a special kick out of my stay at EBLS, but I think anyone who thinks s/he might be interested in staying at EBLS will end up really enjoying it.
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Posted By Bruce Lowry on 07/11/2011
A very unique experience. We had the Marin room, with an incredible view out over West Brother Island to Mount Tamalpais. Foods was great. Highly recommended.
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Posted By Beanspics on 05/02/2011
Loved the history, the view, the food- basically everything about staying at East Brothers Lighthouse. Was disappointed when it was time to go. I will be back some day!
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Posted By Dave4Cal on 04/25/2011
Such a fantastic experience! The venue is unique, the hospitality could not have been better. The food was just wonderful, the rooms nice and clean - no down-side to this adventure!
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Posted By Doyost on 04/12/2011
Fantastic food. I would go for the food alone. Hosts were great
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Posted By brad on 02/25/2011
A truly unique experience. We were taken to the island by boat. Met three other very interesting couples and our wonderful hosts. Shown around the clean and historically remodeled lighthouse station and the lighthouse itself. We were fed with local produce and wines, interesting cheeses and tasty gourmet meals. Slept in beautiful rooms with views of the Bay and headlands and could listen to the sound of the rushing tides and the low moaning foghorn. We found ourselves wishing for more time!
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Posted By Julie on 08/11/2010
The East Brother Light Station will bring you fond memories and the need to return. The food was extra bonus with first class exquisite dining. The lighthouse keepers were so friendly, knowledgeable, and were quite the hosts. We stayed in the San Francisco Room and the sites were beautiful especially at night with the Bay Bridge and th
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Posted By Debby on 08/03/2010
Overall, a first-rate experience. Anne and Ed were most accommodating hosts, expert at making guests feel right at home, while at the same time, conveying an appreciation of the uniqueness and history of this B & B. The food (hors d'oeuvres, dinner and breakfast) was creative and delicious. Our room was clean, comfortable and authentic.
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Posted By Jim & Cindy on 07/19/2010
This was one of the most memorable places we have ever stayed - and we've traveled extensively around the world. Everything was perfect! The hosts, Ed and Ann, worked tirelessly and graciously for our enjoyment the entire visit. We took our 80+ year old parents and they are still carrying the pictures to show family and friends! I highly recommend the East Brother Light Station for a fun, relaxing, beautiful experience.
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Rooms: 5
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