People LOVE Point Arena, the Point Arena/Stornetta Public Lands and (of course!) the Point Arena Lighthouse!

Our visitors and lodging guests consistently give us great reviews, and we are also frequently featured in various news and tourism publications. Some examples of the great press we have received:

A Story Of Light

The Mendocino Travelers Guide Summer/Fall 2016 issue has a great article by author Carole Brodsky about the Point Arena Lighthouse and the Point Cabrillo Light Station.  Check out this informative and interesting article, and pick up a copy of the Guide starting in August at most local markets, inns, visitor centers and (of course!) the Lighthouse!

Revamped lighthouse cottage open to public

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat wrote a great article about the newly remodeled Assistant Keeper’s House 4 in its September 22, 2016 Outdoors section.  The article included interesting history of the Lighthouse and an invitation to visit the House 4 Heroes Open House on September 25, 2016.   

The Turtle Expedition Blog

Gary and Monika Wescott of The Turtle Expedition crossed off one of Monika’s bucket list items when she celebrated her birthday by staying in the Keeper’s Apartment at the Lighthouse.  You can read all about their stay and see some great pictures of the stormy weather they enjoyed by reading their blog entry.  It was such a treat to meet them and talk to them, and we look forward to their return – to coincide with a Night Tour!  

Lighthouse ZZZs

Website Weekend Sherpa wrote about their recent stay at the Point Arena Lighthouse, and includes some great photos.

25 Best Things to Do on the Mendocino Coast

This article rightfully lists visiting the Point Arena Lighthouse,  Fog Signal Building and Museum and 23 acres of grounds as one of the 25 best things to do on the Mendocino Coast!

Point Arena Lighthouse: A 115 Foot Tall Historic Lighthouse

This article features a wide variety of stunning pictures of the Lighthouse, the Fog Signal Building, Museum and grounds.

Getaways: Visit scenic Point Arena-Stornetta

This article features some beautiful pictures of and from the Lighthouse, and features information on our southern neighbor the Point Arena/Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument.

Travel: Point Arena is a gem along the Mendocino County coast

This article features wonderful details about the Lighthouse, its history and the views from the top of the tower.

Beat the rush to beautiful Point Arena

This article features pictures and information about the Lighthouse and its vacation cottages, wonderful details about the Lighthouse, its history and the views from the top of the tower. It also covers the Point Arena/Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument and the town of Point Arena.

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Visitor Comments & Reviews

Our guests include those who visit the Lighthouse Museum, climb the 145 steps to the top of the Lighthouse Tower, roam the 23 acres of beautiful grounds, shop in our unique Gift Store, and/or stay in one of our comfortable Vacation Cottages with unparalleled views. Here are some of the wonderful things our various guests have to say about their visits:

We had a great visit with you this weekend.  The Keeper’s Room is so nice and what great views.  We didn’t remember the door with the full length glass in it, so that we could see the lighthouse at night.  We were surprised by the half bottle of wine and the chocolates, what a nice touch.  Also, I didn’t expect a hair dryer in the bathroom.  You’ve done a very nice job making the place welcoming.  Thank you for a great stay (we really lucked out with the weather to boot!).  We’ll return, for sure.  I’ll be sure to give you a good review on TripAdvisor.

Nancy & Roger Thornburn, Fort Bragg, CA

My son, my niece, and I stayed in the Assistant Keepers House 4 for one night in early August. We were the first guests in the newly remodeled space. I’m stunned! I’ve stayed at many of the world’s finest hotels including the Ritz in Paris and several Four Seasons. They all live up to their standards. But, when a place charges you far less and way over delivers, then I must praise them. The Point Arena Lighthouse and our 3 bedroom home for the night was stunning. I’m still smiling and the kids are still giggling at the amazing fun time we had there. The house was amazing. The renovations are top of the line (I’m rather used to pretty nice places). If you’re debating on which of the several cottages to stay in, then debate no further. Number 4 and its fresh renovations are so very very worth it! Oh and the light house is really cool. Its a light house on the coast of California with crashing ocean waves and seals and amazing shorelines and how could you possibly get any better than that! The history is really fun to learn about it. The team of people who run the light house and cottages are wonderful and warm and kind. You gotta stay here!

Doug, Columbus OH

A great history lesson provided by Isaac atop the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast.

We stayed in their Asst. Keepers Quarters – a great cottage, right by the sea and lighthouse. A great value for the accommodations. The views can’t be beat – both from the ground and 100+ feet in the air (and it was foggy on the day we trekked up the 145 steps).


Some lighthouse guests use the Keepers’ Quarters as a base for exploring the local area. My wife and I explored on the way in and out, but stayed parked at the lighthouse for our entire three-day stay. As advised on the lighthouse website, we bought groceries before our arrival. The kitchen was well stocked with an eclectic set of pots, pans, dishes, tools, cups, glasses, and utensils. We had a nice view up the coast from the kitchen table and southward from the living room sectional couch. The three days were an appropriate mix of clear and sunny, foggy, and rainy coastal weather. The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters were a great place to relax near the end of a long and busy vacation.

RF_LVT, California

Had a great time! Was worried we would not have good weather, but our last day was sunny and bright. Loved the location and quiet nights … gave us a chance to unwind. Thanks for making our check-in/out process easy. Made for a fun weekend exploring up North. Thanks for putting everything together for us. We enjoyed staying in the Keeper’s Room. The small, cozy room was perfect for us. The gas stove made it feel warm and comfortable. Hope we can make it back soon.

Terry Anderson (Airbnb guest)

Every other year between Christmas and January 5, I always find the time to spend 3 nights here, Keepers Room. About the room: looking out the door you see the Tower and Museum changing colors and never ending scenery over each earth rotation; a small refrigerator for your white wine, cheese and candy for your ongoing munchies; a TV which was not used; a fun bed, and cool gas-temp controlled fireplace type; and an outside bench to peer into endless space. The daze are blurry, sounds intense, and colors vivid due to the intake of edibles and other treats for the senses; the ocean smells like an ocean, the greens are green and the many shades of blue constantly weave in and out of nothingness, the clouds you can watch for hours because clouds are clouds constantly changing shapes, or were my eyes closed? The wind chill will not prevent you from baking along the never ending fences along the rocky cliffs. The sounds of quiet, and waves crashing against the rocks and cliffs provides all the imagery you need for your eyelid trips! Oooo the singing birds, beam me up Scotty! I come here for the absolutes: winds, chills, make believe but real rain drops, lightening and sky shows, the fog, and to be left alone laughing, laughing and laughing, spinning in circles, skipping, and because doing nothing but enjoying your space is what life is all about. The whales migration – yeah, they do appear and watching them keeps a frozen smile on my face!

YC, California

Definitely an unexpected treasure. Never imagined being able to stay in a lighthouse keeper room. To have the view of a sunrise, sunset, and a lighthouse all from our porch or through the window. The price was unbelievable. If you are in the area this is a must do.


I stayed in the Keeper’s Room, the one single room, while the rest are apartments. This room is wonderful for one or two people: a comfy queen size bed, small refrigerator, microwave, small TV, good wi-fi connectivity, a welcome half bottle of good wine and some chocolate. But the VERY BEST PART is the location. This room is at the end of the short row of apartments, facing toward the lighthouse, with a view of the lighthouse through the front door. From a side window you can see the ocean and coast to the north. At night you hear the restful sound of the waves and nothing else. This is a special place! I’m so glad I had business in Pt. Arena and learned of a place I had never known about. I will certainly return again! Highly recommended.

James, California

We lucked out with the weather during our one day stay at the Point Arena Lighthouse. It is important you wear layers, it can get windy and cold at times. This small room is perfectly equipped: small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, TV, wi-fi, DVD player, and a gas stove that is extremely efficient. A half bottle of wine and two chocolates were a nice touch. The room faces the lighthouse and the window on the side faces the hiking grounds. If you stay on the grounds the museum fee ($7.50/ea) is waived. Make sure you spend time at the museum, there is a video playing which tells the history of the lighthouse and the efforts to maintain it. Don’t forget to climb the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse. For breakfast we went to the Rockville Cafe which is 2 miles away; the closest town is Point Arena — less than 10 min drive from the lighthouse.

FarmerRK, California

We just came back from an anniversary trip and loved it. We stayed in House #1. This is a two bedroom one bath home, not a motel unit, and was sparkling clean. Satellite TV, DVD/VCR, a wood burning stove with plenty of firewood, flannel sheets, cute quilts, and lots of “lighthouse” touches. The bathroom had great shower pressure and was spotless. It looks like the interior had been painted fairly recently. If you like privacy, peace, quiet, and the ocean, this provides it. I went outside several times at night to see the surf glow blue and hear the ocean. There are nice beaches nearby, and gasoline and some groceries are available in Pt. Arena, just a few minutes away. No daily “maid” service so if you are there for a few days, bring some extra towels. We had a Great Time. It can be quite cold and windy. You can also see the Lighthouse, day and night, from the second bedroom.

My husband and I selected this lighthouse to have our marriage ceremony and we can’t imagine a more perfect place! It has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The people there were absolutely so wonderful and accomodating. As one other person said previously, the views you have from your cottage are breathtaking and second to none. We stayed at the head keepers cottage (no#1). It does get cold and windy so bring warm clothes. There are wonderful restaurants in driving distance. We visited St. Orres and were very impressed with both the food and the service. I can highly recommend it to anyone wanted to really get away for a weekend!

My wife and I had an absolutely amazing and enjoyable stay at the Point Arena Lighthouse. The views from the rooms were most stunning: ocean to the north, to the south, AND to the west! Crashing waves all around us! We learned that this remote point that sticks far out into the wild, blue Pacific is the closest land-point to Hawaii (Aloha!).

Our 3 bedroom 2 bath house-accomodation was simple, but very comfortable and clean sleeping most comfortably to the sound of the wind and sea…What delighted us the most was that the lighthouse manager, Silvia Simpson, was most gracious and was kind enough to take us on a personal tour of the historic tower (115 feet high!)-best vantage-point to view the coast! This is definitely the place to stop if you are travelling up or down Hwy 1!

“One of your guests left very kind words about your services at the Point Arena Lighthouse. The bride said, ‘This was the perfect location for our wedding! It’s very affordable and they were great to work with. It was so beautiful, we rented all 4 of the lighthouse keeper homes and the honeymoon suite and made the perfect weekend out of it!!’ Continue the great work!!!”

Clifford Lau, Accounts Manager for

And to show you how long we’ve been getting great reviews:

April 15, 1882 ~ A Novel Wedding

A novel wedding took place at Point Arena last Sunday afternoon. Eugene W. Callnon, First Assistant Keeper of the Light, was married to Miss Florence W. Winfree, of Point Arena, in the lantern of the Point Arena Lighthouse. The occurrence was comical as well as novel. Those inside and outside were ridiculous, as they viewed each other through the magnifying prisms, and laughter could hardly be restrained, and, the officiating minister Rev. George Adams, could scarcely maintain sufficient gravity to complete the ceremony. After the knot was tied, the happy couple and their friends descended from their aerial altar and partook of a most bountiful repast.

Mendocino Beacon, April 15, 1882