Coast Guard House Historic Inn and Cottages

695 Arena Cove , Point Arena, CA 95468 USA (Show map)


Point Arena's best bed and breakfast inn and lodging establishment:In 1901, the U.S. Life-Saving Service built what is now the Coast Guard House Historic Inn. The facility was officially named the U.S. Coast Guard Life-Saving Station Number 314, at Arena Cove. Today, the two-story Cape Cod style Coast Guard House stands proudly restored as a steadfast symbol of the honorable service performed here for over 50 years. The furnishings and decor chosen for the inn reflect the classic lines and directness of purpose which characterized the American Arts and Crafts period. Designs of the era stressed a return to fine craftsmanship and promoted simple, uncluttered interiors in rebellion against the Victorian excesses popular at the same time. In the tradition of these turn-of-the-century craftsmen, we have decorated the Coast Guard House with comfortable furnishings, quality linens, the work of local artists and craftspeople, as well as mementos of the inns maritime history. Our mission is to provide personalized attention in a rejuvenating environment. We strive to offer you a peaceful night after an active day and in the morning present you with a tempting, full course breakfast. From dinner reservations to arranging a delightful massage, we can help you put together the perfect Life-Saving getaway on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. We look forward to hosting you in our special hideaway. Come see why we chose this place as our permanent escape to paradise.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining5

A nice two nights

4.0 on August 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Coast Guard House in the Surfman Cove room for two nights. The room was very clean and comfortable. I would not recommend this particular room for people with mobility issues, especially because the tub/shower has a two foot high step to exit the soaking tub. The presence of a gas fireplace was very nice, and would be especially useful during the winter. Breakfast was very good. We recieved fresh fruit bowls each morning, followed by delicious oatmeal pancakes one morning (and a quiche the next), along with coffee, tea and orange juice. The young lady that served us was very polite, and made sure we had everything we needed. One downside to staying at the house is that when doors slam, they can be heard throughout the whole house. The second night, most of the rooms were occupied, one with small children. Doors were being opened and closed constantly, with the noise reverberating throughout the entire house. I would definitely recommend staying here if you have activities planned around the Point Arena area, but there really isn't a whole lot to do around the town itself. The pier is within walking distance, and the lighthouse is only about 10 minutes away (if it's not too foggy).

Quaint Seaside B&B

4.6 on June 05, 2012

Wonderfully private, quiet seaside B&B, located steps from the pacific. Well maintained and charming room with excellent service and wonderful breakfast.

WOW- The Coast Guard House Historic Inn completely exceeded our expectations

4.8 on November 19, 2010

My wife and I got away for a little "down" time on the NoCal Mendicino Coast - we picked The Coast Guard House Inn as a lovely getaway on Route 1 tucked overlooking Point Arena Cove. The rooms are charmingly decorated in the style perfect to the history of the house - no frilly victorian prints here - and the beds are exceptionally comfortable. We've stayed in most of the rooms there and love the fact that you can lie in bed and hear only the harbor sounds. Its amazingly quiet at night. Equally amazing is the amount of stars you see in the night sky. We're used to "big" sky in the Sierras and were surprised to find the same here on the coast. We liked sitting at the window, enjoying a glass of wine and listening/watching the evening sky. Breakfast is always scrumptious - Mia is an excellent cook - and the meals never dissappoint. Nor did I ever leave the table hungry as there is plenty what with the fruit, muffins, granola/yogurt, and the main dish. Everything is made from scratch and the consistently high quality is impressive. The hosts Mia and Kevin make the place even more special: friendly, funny, smart, and accomodating, they are open with suggestions of where to go or info on area history. It is a real treat to engage in an after-breakfast conversation with them on a myriad of subjects. And we can't forget Winston the awesome dog who is always up for a scritch or a walk if you seem the obliging type. This place is a real find and we will be coming back soon!


4.4 on October 16, 2010

Great hospitality and friendly staff. Room needed to be a bit more clean for our liking but otherwise very nice peaceful stay.

Long time visitor

5 on April 25, 2008

Just booked or 8th visit. This is a wonderful location with fantastic hosts, Kevin and Mia. Mia's breakfasts are worth the visit alone but Kevin's local insights are not to be missed. Rooms and cottages are just what you want for rest and comfort each with its own character.

Same time again next year!

5 on April 16, 2008

My first visit to the Coast Guard House was to celebrate my birthday. I had gone on line and the web site immediately caught my eye because it was just what I wanted: a B&B that looked really cozy and comfortable, was located away from foot and car traffic and, as an added bonus, had a historical past, a working Coast Guard Station. That weekend was the beginning of a tradition, the yearly trip to the coast for Art in the Redwoods and a weekend's stay with Mia and Kevin for my birthday. Mia's breakfast's are the best, they are yummy and healthy!!! Don't worry, they'll ask if you have any dietary restrictions. The decorative flowers from the garden add to the delightful presentation and every meal seems to last forever as we seem to linger and chat with the other guests long after the plates are empty and have been whisked back into the kitchen. Kevin makes sure we have reservations for dinner, even when we have made very last minute requests. He always has a fire ready in the free standing stove when we come in after dark, a warm invitation to sit and talk with good friends or a chance to read a good book. Although we have been there many times now, we are still exploring the Point Arena area. Every trip brings new adventures, walks along the many beaches, catching a movie at the beautifully restored movie theater in Point Arena, huffing and puffing up the stairs at the Point Arena Lighthouse, exploring the shops and the local hardware store in Gualala, visiting the wonderful botanical gardens in Fort Bragg and walking up and down the pier at Point Arena Cove to watch all the local fishermen as they lower/raise their boats, weigh and mark their fish before delivery to restaurants and markets and watching people dinghy to and from to their anchored boats in the cove, there is always something interesting to watch. AND don't forget there's always the sunset if the fog hasn't rolled in!!!

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Rooms & Rates

Oceanview Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Deluxe Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Ultimate Luxury

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Honeymoon Cottage

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Surfmen Cove

A spacious room in the finest Arts and Crafts style featuring a deep Japanese-style soaking bathtub with shower, wonderful fireplace, California king-size bed and lovely sitting area. Gaze at the magnificent view of the Pacific and historic Arena Cove.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Flag's queen size captain's bed is built into an alcove, surrounded by windows on three sides with an impressive view of the ocean and the pier. The private bath features a large old-fashioned tub with a hand-held shower. The refined nautical interior makes you feel as though you are aboard ship!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Keeper's Canyon

Two charming rooms, the larger of which has a cozy fireplace and queen size bed, the other has a double bed and a view of the cypress trees. For ultimate luxury, this suite boasts a spacious spa bathroom with claw-foot whirlpool tub and tiled shower. Keeper's Canyon can accommodate more than two people traveling together.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


Awake to the rising sun in this bright and beautiful room with a sublime view of the circling birds in the canyon and watercolors by a famous local artist on the walls. Enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the soapstone stove. Sunrise has a comfortable queen size bed and a private bath with tiled shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

The Boathouse

This intimate cottage is a replica of the original boathouse from which Surfmen launched their lifeboats. The cottage features a fabulous ocean view, whirlpool spa for two, wood-burning fireplace, queen size bed and sunny, private patio. Breakfast is delivered to your door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Cypress Cottage

Cypress is a spacious and romantic cottage. It features an ocean view from every room facing west and a peaceful canyon view to the east. The cottage has a tremendous whirlpool spa for two nestled next to a gas fireplace; a comfortable living room plus dining area with a wood burning stove; and a redwood galley with refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Upstairs, the sleeping quarters feature an ocean view captain's bed overlooking Arena Cove and a cozy library room. Enjoy breakfast delivered to your cottage.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Guest Rooms

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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Location Type



Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan)

Directions to property:

Take Golden Gate Bridge and continue north on Hwy 101 to Petaluma. Take E. Washington Street/Bodega Bay exit, turn left when off the exit and proceed west to Bodega Bay. From Bodega Bay travel north on Hwy 1 to Point Arena. Once you spot the Point Arena City Limits sign (pop 440 elev 220) you will see in about 20 yards the brown COASTAL ACCESS sign. Make that left onto Iversen Avenue and go a mile west to the wharf. Before arriving to the pier you will see the Coast Guard House on your right high upon a hill. Go around a red structure and up our driveway. -From the East Bay take the Richmond bridge to San Rafael and 101 North and continue to Petaluma then proceed as described above.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, California grey whale, Manchester State Beach, Point Arena Lighthouse, Anderson Valley Wineries, Hendy Woods State Park- Redwoods, Bowling Ball Beach, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Lighthouse

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Telephone

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Charter boats , Diving expeditions, Fishing parties , Surfing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: most weekends:2 nights; most holiday weekends:3 nights;call just in case
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your reservation is confirmed with receipt of your deposit equal to one nights stay plus tax.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit will be gladly refunded, less a $25.00 fee, if a cancellation is made more than seven days prior to your reservation date. Your deposit will not be refunded if a cancellation is made less than seven days prior to your reservation date.



Mia and Kevin Gallagher

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About the innkeepers

Kevin an Mia enjoy providing personalized attention to their guests and arranging a delightful Life-Saving getaway on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. (Our permanent escape to paradise).

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