Set in one of the most spectacular, yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top!
Climb to the top of one of the tallest Pacific Coast Lighthouses as Keepers have done for over 100 years! Guided tours of the light station as well as self-guided tours of the grounds are available daily. Afterward, spend some time browsing through our Lighthouse Gift shop featuring unique souvenirs, interesting gifts, custom made abalone jewelry, beautiful collectibles, and lighthouse clothing.
During the Whale & Jazz Festival, docents will be giving talks on the Gray Whale migration, and the Lighthouse and surrounding grounds are one of the best places to view whales on the Mendonoma coast.
Other great spots to watch whales are: Gualala Point Regional Park, Gualala's Bluff Top Trail, Vista Point near Schooner Gulch State Beach, Arena Cove and Stornetta Ranch Preserve. See detailed information about our
Redwood "Mendonoma" Coast beaches and parks.
Gray whale cow and calf heading north
This gray whale spout makes rainbows!
Gray whale flipping its flukes
Thar' she blows!
Local 'resident' oblivious to
the gray whale spout offshore
On Saturday evening, the
Main Event Jazz Concert at Gualala Arts Center features the Montclair Women's Jazz Ensemble, with vocalist Rhonda Benin selected from the Montclair
Women's Big Band, and 11-year-old jazz flute sensation, Elena Pinderhughes.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for beer, wine and a martini bar along with savory and sweet tapas plates available for purchase. Limited open cabaret seating at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 the day of the event. Call Gualala Arts at (707) 884-1138 weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Visa and MC accepted.
Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival
runs four days and kicks off Thursday, April 5 evening at Point Arena CityArt for
Poetry & Jazz,
with a jazz ensemble accompanying both local and guest artist poets. The
Dinner & Jazz,
Brunch & Jazz and
Sunset & Jazz
events hosted by local restaurants are returning by popular demand, along with
Chowder & Jazz and the Whale and Jazz Festival
Main Event, both
at the Gualala Arts Center.
And what about the whales? There will be plenty of opportunities around the
jazz events to observe the gray whale migration that passes Gualala heading
north at this time of year.
Point Arena Lighthouse
offers exceptional spots
to view the whales, as does Gualala Point Regional Park,
and the film,
Whales: An Unforgettable Journey,
will be shown on Saturday, April 7.
The Whale and Jazz Festival is produced by Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce and Gualala Arts, Inc.
More information about festival events is available
in Gualala Arts' monthly newsletter,
and at whaleandjazzfestival.com.
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.