Escape to Northern California Coast – Lighthouse Pointe Resort

Are you tired of the California Summer Heat?

 

Our pit stop…Aquatica Cafe, Jenner California

Escape to Northern California Coast and stay at the Lighthouse Pointe Resort in Point Arena

 

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Have you heard of Point Arena? I haven’t until recently as I was browsing for coastal cities to visit. Point Arena is a very small city. In fact, it is one of the smallest city in the United States, located along the coast of Northern California, in Mendocino County. The 2015 estimated population is only 452. Point Arena is about 131 miles from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge if you take the scenic drive North bound along Highway 1.

 

Pictures can not do justice to this natural beauty!

 

Highway 1 is a picturesque drive, mostly winding road with cliffs and coastal view on the one side, and blind curves and hills on the other side. Drivers must follow the speed limit because as beautiful as the views are, it is a dangerous drive, sometimes up to the point of scary dangerous!

 

 

We stopped at this little cafe to have a quick bite and to break up the long drive. It is called Cafe Aquatica, located in the small town of Jenner, California.

 

All the staff at Cafe Aquatica are friendly and helpful.

 

The menu was limited and healthy, and boy! It was delicious!

 

…got to eat this delish with this view! its like a little heaven on earth!

 

The restaurant is by the side of the road, with a beautiful view on a foggy day.We couldn’t resist staying longer than we intended…after all, the journey matters as much as the destination.

 

 

There is Kayak rental just next to the restaurant. It was so very tempting, but it was late and we had to be on our way.

 

 

In the middle of July, the coastal weather is an escape from the Central Valley California heat. The temperature is a refreshing mid 50s to mid 60s.  Make sure to bring a light sweater or a wrap when you go up there in the summer time. Their winter weather is mild also, mostly in mid 40s to mid 50s.


GEVC at Lighthouse Pointe, also called Lighthouse Pointe Resort is a timeshare property located in this quiet and quaint town of Point Arena. This charming place has plenty of beautiful Cypress trees and is only minutes to the Pacific Ocean. It is at the corner of Shoreline Highway 1 and Lighthouse Road.

 

 

All units are small manufactured villas and each unit has a parking space which makes it very convenient to unload and load your luggage and… kids! The porch with chairs and a table is good for hanging out any time of the day.

 

Ours and my brother’s family side by side unit. It was very convenient with our parking in between the units.

 

The units are small but well appointed. The living room has a double sofa bed, gas fireplace and a 42 inch flat screen TV.

 

There is enough space to stretch out and hang out for the whole family.

Troy trying to melt his marshmallow using the heat from the fireplace

 

The small kitchen has a microwave oven, stove, a full size refrigerator and a small dishwasher. They also supply the coffee,tea, sugar, salt and pepper. I think that was thoughtful of them! There is a small dining area too.

 

 

Since this is a very small city with very few restaurant choices, it is better to get groceries and cook quick meals for breakfast or dinner. Lunch can be anywhere as you explore the nearby attractions.

 

Jorge and me with my sister in law Meriam and my brother Dodong. Cheers!

 

 

The bedroom is small, with a queen bed and a small old TV. Nothing fancy but will provide a good rest for the night after a fun day.

 

 

My only complaint was the pillows. There were only a total of 4 pillows per unit, quite stingy I should say. And the pillows are small and does not provide good neck support. If you are staying longer than 2 nights, you may want to bring extra pillows from home.

 

That is an ancient looking TV but it works anyway. They do have limited cable channels.

 

The bathroom is dated but clean, I like the towel racks above the good size counter.

 

 

The resort has barbecue and picnic area also. This really is a charming little place.

 

 

The kids wanted to go swimming in the pool one afternoon so we headed out to the pool and spa area. We were disappointed because the pool was dirty and cold. We were told that the heater went out and that they were in the process of replacing it.

 

Troy, Domer and Treigv were looking forward to swimming in the pool.

 

You can rent books, DVDs and board games from the clubhouse. There is a little gift shop too for souvenir needs. You can also buy some drinks, wine and snacks.

 

This is the front desk. The lady staff was very helpful and gave me extra toiletries and towels when I asked for it, even if she was already closed for the day.

 

Rollerville Cafe is the onsite restaurant. We did not eat there at all and that I cannot tell you much about it. But they do serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

 

This resort was our perfect base for day trips to nearby beaches like Schooner Gulch State Beach and Bowling Ball Beach located a few miles South in Gualala town. Manchester Beach is only a few miles North located in a small town of Manchester. Then there is the famous Lighthouse of Point Arena which is only 2 miles away. The city of Fort Bragg is about 30 miles North and it is where Glass Beach is located.

 

 

What do you do to keep cool in this scorching summer?

 

Please stay tuned for my follow up posts of the places we visited while staying at the Lighthouse Pointe Resort in Point Arena.

 

Price:

 

This is a timeshare resort and that most guests use their resort exchange. We used RCI exchange and we had to pay a $50 cleaning fee for each unit. You can rent though through Airbnb starting at $89 per night plus fees and taxes.

 

It was an excellent stay. I would definitely recommend this resort!
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Summary

This is a nice base camp for your daily excursions to nearby beaches and attractions. This is a secluded area in a tiny town, so there is very little to do in town or at the property.But it provides a nice rest for the night and for families with a lot of children like me, this is a perfect accommodation. You can save a lot if you make breakfast and dinner. And you don’t worry about kids disturbing other guests as much as in hotels since the units are separate.This property is very good for a quick family getaway or a week long family retreat. It could also be a perfect couple’s escape.

 




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