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Top Choice Lighthouse in Point Arena

Point Arena Lighthouse

This 1908 lighthouse (the tallest on the US West Coast) stands 10 stories high and is the only lighthouse in California you can ascend. Check in at the museum, then climb 145 steps to the top and see the Fresnel len…
Bakery in Point Arena

Franny's Cup & Saucer

The cutest patisserie on this stretch of coast is run by Franny and her mother, Barbara (a veteran of Chez Panisse in Berkeley). The fresh berry tarts and creative housemade chocolates seem too beautiful to eat, unt…
Californian in Point Arena


The owners are serious about food, they travel the world sourcing recipes and have a catering business as well as a food truck. The menu changes nightly depending on what is fresh in the market that day, but is alwa…
Nature Reserve in Point Arena

Stornetta Public Lands

For fabulous bird-watching, hiking on terraced rock past sea caves and access to hidden coves, head 1 mile down Lighthouse Rd from Hwy 1 and look for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signs on the left indicating …
Organic in Point Arena

Arena Market

The deli at this fully stocked organic co-op makes excellent to-go veg and gluten-free options, including sandwiches, with ingredients generally sourced from local farms. The serve-yourself soup is delicious; you ca…
Cinema in Point Arena

Arena Theater

Shows mainstream, foreign and art films in a beautifully restored movie house. Sue, the ticket seller, has been in that booth for 40 years. Got a question about Point Arena? Ask Sue.
Bar in Point Arena

215 Main

Head to this open, renovated historic building to drink local beer and wine. There’s jazz on the weekends.