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.
Carolyn & Randall were wonderful hosts, and it began from the moment we booked their cozy retreat in the woods. I received, literally 20 minutes later, a letter from Carolyn with great directions, and a very thoughtful, and cool list of things to do on the way up to their house (all of which we did), and things to do in Pt. Arena (most of which we did) All of it was great and really reflected their great sense of aesthetic that we also found in their house which was really charming & (website hidden) is the perfect escape house to shut down and just reconnect . We could have stayed a week easily.
We stayed at Carolyn's guest house for one night and it was perfect! I wish we could have stayed longer. It's a gorgeous space perfect for 2-3 people. The warm fire and surrounding redwoods provided such a tranquil experience. We loved Carolyn's recommendations for things to do - she really knows her stuff. We really appreciated her attentiveness (made sure we had all details and that we got in OK.) Wonderful, highly recommended!
Beautiful cabin – I loved my stay!
Keeping a fire alive is such a nice, calming activity as a break from city life. Same with waking up and looking out in the woods.
Thank you Carolyn and Randall for being so responsive to my last minute request, and for providing all the detailed roadmaps and tips.
Next time, I'm bringing a friend and staying longer!
We loved staying at Carolyn's place in the woods. We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it!
We had a wonderful trip to Point Arena. The cabin was beautiful, well-appointed, and comfortable, and in a great location. Carolyn was extremely helpful and gave me plenty of advice on things to do in the area and on the way up the coast. She also very kindly left us flowers all over the cabin. This was a very special trip for us, as we got engaged in the cabin, and it was a perfect setting in which to do so! Highly recommended.
Carolyn also recommended Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, where we had a lovely meal. It's about an hour further north but is well worth the trip.
We had a great time at Carolyn's guest house in Point Arena. This beautiful house in the middle of the forest is ideal for a relaxing weekend close to nature. It has all the conditions. We highly recommend it!
Carolyn and Randall are the sweetest hosts. They had awesome suggestions on sights to see. The guest cottage was very private and cozy! They had a neat selection of CD's and books to enjoy. Great location, unique architecture and surrounded by peaceful redwoods. Loved visiting all the cities along the coast, gorgeous views. I will definitely be back!
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!
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