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!
Spotlight On Our Next Lecture
Saturday, August 25 at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, August 25, at 5 p.m. author Jeanne A. Jackson will present “Nature Sightings at the Point Arena Lighthouse” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series. Jeanne will present a slideshow of what you might see in late August and early September, from whales to wildflowers.
More information is available by calling the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or 707-882-2809, ext 1.
Special Event – Chowder Under the Full Moon Dinner
Followed by the (almost) Full Harvest Moon Night Tour
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Gates open 5:30 p.m., Chowder Dinner at 6 p.m., Tour starts around 7 p.m.
Join us for the first Chowder Under the Full Moon! Enjoy a dinner of rich and creamy clam chowder, fresh organic and locally sourced salad and locally baked bread in the Fog Signal Building Museum. This delicious clam chowder is lovingly made by Lisa Giacomini of Baby Tomato using only the finest ingredients. After enjoying your dinner you will be treated to a special presentation about the Lighthouse, and then the Lighthouse Guide will lead you to the top of the Tower under the (almost) Full Buck Moon.
The evening will still feature champagne, sparkling juice and sweet and savory snacks and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience. Tickets for this unique dinner and tour experience are $60 per person or $100 for 2 people.
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!
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.