Once guardians of the seashore, lighthouses stood tall against wind and storm, guiding ships of yore to safety along America's coastline.
Romantic? Sure, but no longer a reality. Today, most lighthouses are automated, and most ships are guided by satellites, radar and computers rather than lights, horns and bells from a distant tower.
That's why many old lighthouses are finding new life as charming bed-and-breakfasts and rental homes.