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Point Arena: Hotels, Restaurants and Things to Do

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Be prepared to be impressed when you pay a visit to Point Arena. You’ll find an array of pleasing options when it comes to things to do, lodging and dining. And all are within close proximity of our beautiful forest.


Lodging in Point Arena

Charming Mendocino County inns, cottages, and motels delivering all the comforts of home along with hospitable hosts await your arrival.

  • Wildflower Motel  Modern lodging option right on South Main St in Point Arena. Provides electric car charging stations (Tesla and Universal).
  • Wharf Master’s Inn: Enjoy inviting rooms with four-poster beds, private balconies with ocean or garden views, and eco-friendly fireplaces.
  • Whale Watch Inn: Individual suites with ocean views make this quintessential bed and breakfast a perfect place to relax.
  • Mar Vista Cottages: Twelve quaint cottages boast kitchens stocked with produce from an organic garden and fresh eggs from local hens.
  • The Surf Motel: You’ll have your choice of suites plus rooms with ocean views and full kitchens, all with hypoallergenic feather beds and comforters.

Dining in Point Arena

There is no shortage of excellent food in the greater Point Arena area. The following restaurants will not disappoint your taste buds.

  • Point Arena Pizza: Awesome wood-fired pizza to-go down at the cove.
  • Bird Supper Club: Local treasure and available curbside right on Main St. 
  • Thai Kitchen: Authentic Thai cuisine, offers to go, limited outdoor seating, and a local favorite
  • Vue Kitchen: Seafood, short ribs, fish and chips and a variety of hard-to-resist comfort food, like meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs, are on the menu.
  • St. Orres: North Coast Cuisine is served in the main dining room, from fresh seafood to wild game, while lighter fare can be enjoyed in The Seaside Bar.

Things To Do in Point Arena

There is something for everyone to enjoy no matter if you’re staying for a few hours or a few days. Take advantage of our unique historic and natural sites.

  • Point Arena Lighthouse: Located 2 miles from our forest, the 150-year-old lighthouse features a museum, tours, and incredible views of the Pacific Coast.
  • B. Bryan Preserve: This private preserve that’s home to various species of zebras, giraffes, and antelopes—all of which are endangered—is just 1 mile away.
  • Bowling Ball Beach: A 3-mile drive from our forest, Schooner Gulch State Beach features huge stones that look like oversized bowling balls.
  • Stornetta Lands National Monument: View the incredible sea rocks and islands that comprise this coastal treasure, which sits 3 miles from our forest.
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