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Coast Guard House Historic Inn
Point Arena, California

In 1901, the U.S. Life-Saving Service built what is now Coast Guard House Historic Inn. The facility was officially named the U.S. Coast Guard Life-Saving Station Number 319 at Arena Cove. March 23rd, it became home for Cruising America for the evening.

Nestled in an inlet, it is protected from the high winds that dominate the area and was a peaceful retreat. Mia and Kevin Gallagher made us feel completely at ease during our stay. The home consists of the main building and a separate cottage, The Boathouse. In keeping with it's original design, the lines of the home are clean and crisp and the furniture is from the period of its' inception and comfortable throughout the Inn. Photos and memorabilia from its time with the Coast Guard abound. There is also a newspaper article telling of the Great Earthquake of 1906, which didn't phase this solid structure.

Kevin let Cindy choose our room for the night (while I was off to the pier to take pictures of boats at sea). She chose The Boathouse because of the privacy and the spectacular view of the ocean. The cottage had tile floors with lots of area rugs, open beams, indirect lighting and baseboard heat, if the nights are cool. It had a king bed with down comforter, double jacuzzi and dining area with small wood stove, separate bath with walkin shower and a balcony facing the sea, where we watched a gorgeous Pacific sunset.

The grounds were beautiful as we walked around taking pictures and talking about the day's journey down Hwy. 1. Our mail delivery for the week had arrived shortly before we did, so we organized it and then took a leisurely break in our jacuzzi. We then retired and drifted off to the sounds of the surf hitting the rocks in the harbor below. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day on our Spring/Summer Tour.

The next morning, we drifted to the main house and were greeted with coffee and tea and we visited with the Gallaghers as they finished preparations for breakfast. We started off with orange juice, ginger pear muffins, fig and rasperberry preserves. Next came a cantaloupe quarter with strawberries and a local raspberry yogurt and granola. As we were finishing up our fruit, Kevin served up a spinach-potato souffle with salsa. Wonderful start to another day in California!

We can heartily recommend this as a great place to stop when visiting this section of the California coast, so see Coast Guard Historic House Inn website, make your reservations and be sure to tell Mia & Kevin that we said Hi! They are great people in the Bed & Breakfast industry.

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