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Step back in time...

and discover Michigan's best kept secret. Newly renovated as a bed and breakfast on the magnificent Keweenaw Peninsula, Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn now welcomes you to a memorable experience. Furnished in Victorian charm, this historic building summons you with an original lens and nautical lighthouse artifacts, as well as many antiques, oil paintings and photographs.

Sand Hills Lighthouse, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is the largest and last manned lighthouse built on the great lakes. Built in 1917 to house three lightkeepers and their families, it remained active until 1939. At that time, the Coast Guard took over and automated the station, and 200 men lived there when the grounds were used as a training site during World War II. The property then stood vacant until it was sold in 1958 by government auction. In 1961, Bill Frabotta purchased Sand Hills Lighthouse and the entire station.

From the Moment...

you arrive at Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn, Bill & Mary Frabotta welcome you to the home of their dreams. The property's Fog Signal Station served as their summer cottage for more than thirty years. The seemingly impossible task of renovating the lighthouse began in 1992. After years of tremendous effort, in 1995, Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn was ready to welcome its first guests.

Capturing a Victorian spirit, the common-room and dining areas will invite you to cozy up by the fireplace with a good book, or linger on the rich leather couches for some old-fashioned conversation or piano music. From its ornate crown mouldings to the hand-tooled walls and staircase balustrade, no detail for beauty and comfort is spared. Air conditioning and hydronic heat are just two of the many updated luxuries. A trip to the top of the lighthouse tower is certain to be a highlight of your stay at Sand Hills.

Each of the eight lovely rooms features a king or queen-sized bed and private bathroom. Two rooms have whirlpool bathtubs and a balcony overlooking Lake Superior.

The romantic King Room features a canopied king-sized bed, a fireplace, and a fabulous view of Lake Superior.

Early morning risers enjoy a spectacular sunrise from the rocky shore, front porch, private balcony, or the tower, while the rich aroma of specially blended coffee and our sumptuous gourmet breakfast lure others who are sleeping in, awaiting the 9:30 serving time.

(For early departures) For those guests who must leave the inn earlier than our regular 9:30 AM breakfast, juice, coffee, and pastries will be provided. (Please Note: We must be informed of this at check-in.)

During your stay you may catch the sun both rising and setting over Lake Superior, or see Mother Nature's other light show -the spectacular Northern Lights.

The magical majesty of a starlit Keweenaw night, once experienced, will be a memory forever cherished.

Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn offers a perfect getaway for anyone wanting to unwind and be pampered, and it has become a favorite among honeymooners and anniversary couples. But whatever the reason, you will be sure to treasure the memories of treating yourself to a few days at Sand Hills.

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