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Posts Tagged ‘Pottery Cove’

A Point Cabrillo Christmas

Posted by Jody on December 20, 2012

Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino County, California

Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino County, California

Years ago Greg and I spent a few days immersed in the rich history and natural beauty of the Point Cabrillo Light Station in Northern California’s scenic Mendocino County. At that time, the head light keeper’s house was a charming little bed and breakfast with just a few guest rooms upstairs. We were fortunate enough to visit during the Christmas season when the whole house was decorated in a very tasteful holiday style. In the evenings, it was as if we had the entire coastline to ourselves. We could wander the property and enjoy the serenity that seems to encompass this portion of Northern California’s rugged coast.

Head Light Keeper's House, Point Cabrillo Light Station

Head Light Keeper’s House, Point Cabrillo Light Station

We were told by the inn keeper that if you stood in a specific spot near the lighthouse during the dark of night you could catch sight of the four beacons of its rotating light heading out in all the different directions at the same time. He was absolutely right, of course. It was a pretty amazing perspective!

Greg and I had the opportunity to explore the historic light house on a personal tour for the inn’s guests one evening, and in the daytime, we headed to the tiny, sheltered beach at Frolic Cove (aka: Pottery Cove), named for the clipper brig that lies shipwrecked just off shore. Our entire stay was one unique and fascinating experience after another!

Cristmas at the Head Light Keeper's House

Christmastime at the Head Light Keeper’s House

The Beautiful View from the Head Light Keeper's House

Lighthouse View from the Sitting Room, Head Light Keeper’s House

View from the Lane

View of the Keepers’ Quarters from the Lane

Sunset at Point Cabrillo

Sunset at Point Cabrillo

Does the scenery look familiar to you? The point on which the lighthouse stands sentinel is the sight of the fictional town of Lawson’s welcome home celebration for Luke Trimble in The Majestic starring Jim Carry.

Today, the Point Cabrillo Light Station no longer hosts a quaint bed and breakfast. The head light keeper’s house is now available as a four-bedroom vacation home rental, instead. Two additional cottages are also available for overnight stays.

*State Park website: Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

*Here’s a wonderful reference:

*Dillon the Docent Dog spends a lot of time at Point Cabrillo Light Station and the surrounding area.  You may want to check out his personal blog!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!



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Frolic Cove (aka: Pottery Cove), Northern California

Posted by Jody on November 11, 2011

Frolic Cove is one of our all time favorite Pacific Coast finds.  Simply put: It’s an amazing, peaceful, rocky cove bordered by very small patch of sand, nestled within the  beautiful steep bluffs of the Northern California coast. In the cold waters off shore rest the remains of the Frolic. The Frolic shipwreck site is “one of the best preserved mid-nineteenth-century shipwrecks in California.” (CA State Parks)

Frolic Cove, Northern California (©Jody Diehl)

Frolic Cove, aka: Pottery Cove, Northern California (©Jody Diehl)

The brig Frolic ran aground on a submerged reef and sank off the Mendocino County coast on July 25, 1850. It was on the final leg of its trip to San Francisco, having sailed all the way from China with 135 tons of cargo. The ship and its cargo of Chinese goods destined for the market in San Francisco were lost beneath the turbulent seas. The Frolic wreck now lies in Pottery Cove just northeast of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. The Frolic is a unique gold rush era cultural resource, and its sinking is a particularly interesting story that involves many of the major events of mid-nineteenth-century California. The Frolic site was nominated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.” (California State Parks)

Sadly, it appears that this beautiful, secluded spot may soon be unavailable to the public, as Frolic Cove lies within the boundary of the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park (map). This historic park, an absolute coastal treasure, is scheduled for closure by the State of California no later than July 1, 2012.  Be sure to visit Frolic Cove if you can, while you still can!

We’re going to keep our fingers crossed!

A Good News Update on December 2012: This coastal treasure remains open to the public with limited facilities and reduced services.  Please check the park’s website for further updates.

Click here for more on the Frolic and the Frolic Cove Project from California State Parks.

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