About This Listing
Authentic, rustic, retreat for 1 or 2 occasionally a 3rd guest can be accommodated. Surrounded by young redwood forest, with privacy and a fire view wood stove. Unplug for the week/weekend or stay glued to the mad pace with screaming fast wifi!
Dramatic one bedroom, rustic/contemporary, guest house surrounded by forest, above the tiny coastal city of Point Arena – 3 hours north of San Francisco. This small home was designed as a remodel of an existing hippie cabin-in-the-woods. It has a queen size bed in the bedroom (downstairs) and one, exposed, twin mattress for an extra guest* in the loft upstairs. Soaring 18 foot butterfly walls, separated by an acre of redwood forest from nearest neighbors. It has a garden just outside. No cell phone reception but a landline provided for your use and VERY fast wifi . Filtered ocean view. Also features a fire view wood stove in the living room, a small, nicely equipped kitchen, Fußball in the tiny loft, and a tiled bath with shower/tub.
Two other dwellings on the property, each on its own private acre in the woods can be found listed on airbnb. Our "Thoreau cabin/woods/write your book" is a one room cabin tucked away with distant coastal views from 3 windows. Our "Jewel box house w/ wide ocean view" has panoramic views of 5 miles of coastline and comfortably sleeps up to 4.
Property is down a mile and a half of dirt road on a steep mountainside, accessible year-round. It is set back on the ridge above historic Point Arena and the Point Arena lighthouse, circa 1868. At this spot, it is possibly 300 meters above and 3.5 kilometers away from the ocean with naked green hills and deep forests of redwood, Doug Fir and pine all around. At night there are no lights to be seen from the guest house, outside of its own small illumination. Tranquil and set in spectacular nature -- excellent for bird watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts looking for deer, wild rabbits, and other small, harmless, creatures.
Point Arena is the second western-most spot in the continental U.S. and is one of six locations around the globe selected by NASA for clean air quality samples. In addition to the lighthouse museum (website hidden) our tiny city has an epicurean French Bakery noted by several national magazines, a coop market with locally produced, organic produce in summer, an excellent 3 star restaurant, bread clubs
featuring organic artisan breads AND a first-rate cinema (website hidden) with a new (usually independent) film each week and live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. The tiny city is located an hour south of the popular village of Mendocino -- another destination for spas and artisanal goods. Local sports include kayaking, hiking and biking along the coast, fishing, diving and and surfing off the pier. Inland, a 1.25 hour drive from our residence, is Mendocino's famous wine country (website hidden) which boasts the only still-free wine tastings in the Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino region.
Guesthouse, private driveway, garden area.
Interaction with Guests
We check in beforehand and on arrival and are happy to offer as much privacy as guests like during their visit.
Pristine and nationally recognized coastline with hiking trails and forest.
Daily RT bus service to village of Mendocino, one hour to the north. Also one-way and RT bike rentals for coastal trails on America's newest National Monument, "The Stornetta Lands."
Other Things to Note
Guesthouse located in the middle of a young redwood forest, down a mile-and-a-half of dirt road.
• Golden rule
• Leave it as you found it
• Tranquil and considerate use of house and the surrounds, or forfeit security deposit
I am so happy to have stumbled upon this cabin in my search for unique places to stay up the coast. It is so charming and peaceful and the hosts have thought of everything one might need to shut off and enjoy the magic of the surroundings. My pup and I slept like babies and I loved wandering around the forest early in the morning. The bakery in town is a must. Wish I had had more time to sit by the fire and do crossword puzzles. Such a treat. Thank you so much Carolyn and Randall. I hope to back again soon
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Point Arena. Carolyn and Randall gave us many valuable suggestions including hiking at Stornetta Public Lands which was amazing and grabbing some sweets at Franny's Cup and Saucer. We were really impressed by the quality of food in such a small town! So fresh! And the cabin was delightful. The trek was slightly anxiety inducing for me but it was distractingly beautiful and the cabin was just so perfectly secluded. Waking up and looking through all the windows full of beautiful greenery was definitely my fave part of each day.
Our stay at Carolyn and Randall's guest house was restful and quiet. It is a bit of a drive to get there from the coast but once there it is very comfortable and cozy. We were glad to have brought food stuffs for the weekend. The fireplace was great and the cabin had all we needed.
House is in a lovely secluded area. Great communication, with Randall making a point to check in with us on the landline when we arrived. And though it can be a little tricky navigating there the first time, Carolyn and Randall provided very clear and thorough directions.
Our second stay was just as pleasant as our first. Always enjoy the wood burning fireplace and being surrounded by nature.
About the Host, Carolyn
I'm a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Born in Bar Harbor, Maine, I've lived for the past twenty years in Northern California, where I direct the MFA programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. My husband, Randall Babtkis, is also a writer. Point Arena is one of my top three favorite places on the planet.
Beautiful wine bar featuring Mendocino wines and beers.
A totally over the top French bakery. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Arena Theater opened in 1929 as a vaudeville playhouse. State-of-the-art digital projection, first-run movies and live shows. Gorgeous building.
One of the westermost points in the continental U.S.Check out the original Fresnel lens - over 600 prisms - and the charming museum.
Gorgeous, wild eight mile stretch of beach. Ask us for directions to the Alder Creek entrance, where the San Andreas Faultline runs out to the ocean.
If you take a day trip to Orr, don't miss the hike through several of the ten tallest trees on earth. Lie on your back on the ground for maximum effect.
Highly recommended day trip, if a clothing-optional hot springs is your cup of tea. Secluded, gorgeous, private.