The Wharf Masters Inn
785 Port Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
More about Point Arena
Goodies of the day
Bakery in Point Arena
The Record Cafe
Travel Tips for Point Arena
Tides are the center of the world .....
When visiting this coastal area, knowing the tides is important to your experience. For example, you can only see the wonderful rock formations of Bowling Ball beach during low tide ..... High tide is not a good time to tidepool either :)
Pick up a copy of the Independent Coast Observer (ICO). The ICO is a local paper that will help you with the tide watch, as well as let you know what is occuring locally - picnics, Druid Hall abalone b-fasts, parades, etc ...... think of it as your paper based internet while on vacation in Point Arena :)
Pt Arena Lighthouse Keepers .....
In 1984, a nonprofit organization called the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers acquired the light station as part of a 25-year land lease from the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation. In November of 2000, the nonprofit group became the official owners of the property due to their diligent historic preservation and educational efforts. Daily visitation, gift store sales, memberships and the rental of the historic Keeper's homes on the property as vacation houses, all provide desperately needed income for ongoing preservation, facility upgrades and educational endeavors. My family has been integral to Lighthouse Preservation for several generations – this is a group that deeply touches my heart …….
For more information on lighthouses around the world, contact The United States Lighthouse Society, located in San Francisco, California.
Because my family lived in this area for so long, they were integral to the Lighthouse preservation effort ... one year in the 4th of July parade, they built a small replicat of the lighthouse and put it in the back of a pickup truck as a float. This was followed by 4 generations of my family treking down Main St ... It was quite a memory :)
This picture is of a few very special folks who heped save the Point Arena Lighthouse over the years ... my Aunti Grace, Aunt Dorothy, her husband Uncle Joe, and though not directly involved in the Lighthouse - my Dad :) When these folks moved inland as they aged, the area lost very special people who cared and are samples of multigenerational history of the region ......
Point Arena Lighthouse History ... pt2
Cont'd from part 1:
Prior to the introduction of electricity, the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism. The Keepers, or "wickies" as they were called, had to hand crank a 160 pound weight up the center shaft of the lighthouse every 75 minutes to keep the lens turning. Light was produced by a "Funks" hydraulic oil lamp, that needed to be refueled every four hours, and whose wicks would have to be trimmed regularly. Later, two 1,000-watt electric lamps were installed to replace the oil lamp, and a 1/8 horsepower electric motor was installed to replace the clockworks.
June of 1977 brought the installation of an automated aircraft-type beacon on the balcony tower, and the historic 1st Order Fresnel Lens was discontinued. In 1978, the fog signal at the station was silenced, and a bell buoy was placed nearby. The 400-pound aircraft beacon has recently been replaced by a 40-pound modern rotating light source. There is a battery powered emergency system in case of a power failure. In addition, a radio beacon, with a 50-mile signal that originates from the station, also assists seafarers. The original oil lamp was visible for approximately 18 miles, the 1st Order Fresnel Lens for 20 miles, and the current modern rotating light can be seen for 16 miles.
This whole area is already off the beaten path :)
As you read my Point Arena page, and my travel tips, you will see how much I LOVE this area ... I feel lost when I don't visit more that once every year or so ..... Though my family is no longer living here, so my travel time to California needs to include locations where my elders are living, this part of the country brings a spiritual peacefullness into my soul - so yes, it IS out of the way - but it is soooooo very worth the effort to center my life .......
Mendocino County is noted for its wild Pacific Ocean coast and the independent nature of its population and is located on California's north coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. As of 2000, the population was 86,265. The county seat is Ukiah. Point Arena is a small coastal city located within this County.
Mendonoma begins on the north coast of Sonoma County and includes the south coast of Mendocino County. Hence the name we have adopted for the coastal area, "Mendo" for one county and "Noma" for the other. This picturesque region features breathtaking scenery and includes the historical towns of Gualala, Anchor Bay, Point Arena, Manchester and Elk.
Some visitors say it is a bit like Ireland, others like a part of Portugal, others say it is much like Scotland. But anyone visiting Mendonoma for the first time will find that it has charms of its own. I grew up visiting my family members in this region; it is obvious my ancestors chose this location because of its similarity to their Scottish homeland. Take time to discover this area for yourself.
The section of Highway 1 that travels through the south Mendonoma coast is one of the most scenic routes in California; it skirts ocean bluffs and winds among rolling hills.
Most of the towns on the Mendonoma coast were once logging towns that supplied redwood lumber to the booming city of San Francisco during the days of the California Gold Rush. Many of these towns had "doghole ports," tiny bays barely large enough for schooners to be loaded with lumber via a system of slings from the shore. Today, the towns of the south coast still have connections to the logging industry, but most also cater to the thousands of visitors who arrive every year to marvel at the great beauty of the Mendocino coast.
Popular Hotels in Point Arena
View all Point Arena hotels
View all Point Arena hotels
The Wharf Masters Inn
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- The Wharf Master`s Hotel Point Arena
Address: 785 Port Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468