The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales. Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo. With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?
Our Mission Statement
To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.
The Reason The Light Will Always Be On
Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?” The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light. We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!
March Whale Special!
Looking for a great place to stay while visiting the Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals?
Stay with us from March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018 and you will receive a 20% discount for booking two or more consecutive nights of lodging. To take advantage of our Special Offer, simply mention Promo Code MWS20.
See the details on our Lodging Specials page or call our Lodging desk at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or 707-882-2809, ext. 1 and ask for details on all our lodging specials.
(Cannot be combined with Member discounts)
Point Arena Lighthouse Featured in Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air December 2017 In Flight Magazine “Beyond”
Margaret Lindgren of Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours was a key part of getting an article about “Explore Marvelous Mendocino” in the latest issue of Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air in flight magazine, Beyond. It features a great photo of the Lighthouse, and author Matt Villano covers many of the beautiful adventures available from Fort Bragg to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. Thanks for the support, Margaret!
SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!
SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West. Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!
Cruise the Coast was Sunday, July 16, 2017 and it was GREAT!
We had 10 of the beautiful cars that particpated in the Gualala Arts Auto Show stop by the sunny and clear Light Station for Cruise the Coast on Sunday. Visit our Cruise the Coast 2017 page or click on the photo on the left to see a slideshow of these great cars at the spectacular Lighthouse!
Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!
The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals! This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more. Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.