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 by a noted architect as a remodel of an existing hippie cabin-in-the-woods. It has a queen size bed in the bedroom (downstairs) and one twin mattress for an extra guest* in the loft upstairs. There are soaring 18 foot butterfly walls. The guesthouse is separated by an acre of redwood forest from nearest neighbors and has a working garden just outside, in season. The guest house is perfect for one or two guests. Distant ocean view from the loft window. Downstairs also features a fire view wood stove in the living room, a small, fully equipped kitchen, and tiled bath with shower/tub.
The 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 perhaps 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 bright 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 http://(email 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.
We interacted with Carolyn's husband, Randall, since Carolyn was out of town. He has a nice, welcoming personality. He let me see the inside of his house, several hundred feet up the road, which was interesting and unique. The guest house truly does sit in a beautiful redwood grove and the air smells incredibly fresh and clean. We loved the wood-burning stove fireplace, the awesome water-pressure in the shower and the foosball table. The cabin feels remote from other properties in the area so you do get a good sense of privacy. On a separate note, I just ordered Carolyn's book through my local bookstore, as I realized she is a legit, published author.
Second time we've been to Carolyn's: wonderful. The location in the redwoods is quiet and beautiful, and the cabin itself is fascinating. The rooms are excellent and there are windows in all the right places. Waking up in the forest is an absolute treat! Carolyn is incredibly responsive and a great host.
We had an amazing stay at Carolyn's cabin. The place exceeded our already very high expectations. The drive in was scenic and when it got dark the detailed directions we had were extremely helpful. I can't wait to stay again because this place and Carolyn as a host were both wonderful!
Love this place! This is our second time staying with at Carolyn's guest house. Even though there was lots of rain this weekend, we had a very relaxing time in our cozy little cabin. If you are in the Point Arena area and would like to escape the stresses of big city life, this is a great place to recharge one's qi.
We had such a fun time in Carolyn's guest house in Point Arena! It makes a cozy home base from which you can explore a beautiful stretch of the coast of California. The house is private and quiet and there are plenty of things to keep you entertained including a great selection of books, a foosball table, a cd player, board games, and a wood burning furnace. The small kitchen was equipped enough for us to make breakfast and dinner.
Carolyn was an incredibly helpful and accommodating host. She provided a great list of things to do and places to see during our stay.
If you live in Northern California or are visiting, I highly recommend planning a stay at Carolyn's guest house.
We had an amazing time at this beautiful cabin by Point Arena. It really felt like we were sleeping in the woods. The kitchen was enough to make chili at night and eggs the next morning, and the wood-burning stove kept us warm throughout our stay (despite it being January). Very reasonable price for such a pretty place. Would love to visit again :)
Absolutely amazing get away from the matrix! Away from the chaos into another calm, beautiful serene world for the perfect escape. Looking out the windows into the beautiful forest, sitting by the fire and even playing foosball up on the loft was so much fun! We were in hysterics laughing at how much fun we were having. We even used the mushroom book to look for mushrooms. I hope to enjoy again someday! Great provisions, driving directions and plenty of room to do yoga in the living room. It was exactly what I was looking for! Just make sure you download the driving directions before loosing reception, we were in such a rush we almost forgot before Carolyn kindly reminded us.
We had a wonderful (but too short) stay at Carolyn's cabin. The surrounding nature is beautiful, the cabin is quite special, very cozy (it was a cold night but the fireplace warmed us up) and fun (great foosball table!). Would definitely stay there again and for more than one night!
The cabin feels very remote without being that far from Point Arena. Bed was comfy and the living area very big and airy.