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Summer may drawing to a close, but there’s still time to plan another getaway. If you’re looking for a place with stunning water views (the quintessential ingredient for a memorable summer vacation), we’ve found five that are unique and charming. From historic lighthouses with easy ocean access to luxury houseboats that put you right on the water, here are some of the most gorgeous properties available for rent now:
Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouse, this light tower and fully functional three bedroom keeper’s home is just feet from the Atlantic Ocean, making it a prime spot for viewing the water and New England shore.
Guests can cozy up by the fieldstone fireplace in the living room or enjoy a delicious feast in the large open kitchen (and yes, there is a lobster pot for your convenience). The home, which can sleep up to eight people, also features two bathrooms and laundry. The listing says that many guests have reported “life changing moments” after staying on this beautiful property — sounds pretty promising to us!
Located in a quaint fishing village, this private lighthouse in Maine once made an appearance on the big screen in the movie "Cider House Rules." The adjacent home, which features four bedrooms and two and a half baths, can sleep up to eight people, making it perfect for a large family or group gathering. It features a famous lobster buoy wall on the side of the home, as well as a flower and zen garden.
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This detached home used to host the head keeper of the lighthouse, but now it’s available to rent for up to four guests at a time. Featuring one bedroom and one bath, the home boasts gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. According to the listing, house guests also get free unlimited tours of the Lighthouse Museum and Tower, a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolates and free run of the 22 acre grounds.
This charming houseboat has a full kitchen, living area, bathroom and shower, as well as three wall heaters to keep cozy at night. The most exciting feature is the small rooftop deck that gives you views of downtown Seattle and Lake Union. Four guests can fit in the boat comfortably — six if you’re okay with being snug. There are also kayaks and bicycles available for guests to use.
Just a few miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, this tugboat from 1908 can accommodate up to three guests, but it’s really ideal for a romantic getaway for two. The bedroom sits in the bow of the boat, and there’s a galley down below along with a sofa, bathroom and mini kitchen. The listing says it has plenty of headroom but you will have to use the shower facilities a couple of hundred feet away. But after you’re ready for the day, there’s a cute French bistro nearby that serves coffee and croissants in the morning. Sounds magnifique!