Visiting Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Mossy Fence

It’s weekend getaways such as our recent visit to Point Reyes Lighthouse that have me excited about our travel plans for 2015. Richard and I have decided to stay close to home as much as possible again this year and continue exploring more of California. This sun-kissed part of the United States offers endless opportunities to fill up our calendar with small getaways from vineyards to National Parks, big city life to quaint coastal towns. We’ve penciled in places we’ve never been to before and a couple of areas we would like to explore further.

One of those areas we’ll re-visit in early Spring is Point Reyes National Seashore. We hope to catch a glimpse of the whales at the end of their migration season and the wildflowers at the start of their season. There are also more than 150 miles of hiking trails we need to take advantage of and beaches we need to walk.

On our recent visit, we spent most of the day exploring the lighthouse that stood as a beacon for more than 100 years to warn seamen of danger through the areas incredibly thick fog. Known as the second foggiest area on the North America Continent, you can expect to see the fog year around in Point Reyes with Spring and Fall being the clearest time of year to visit. Thankfully, as we made our way down the steps, the fog was beginning to lift offering a magnificent view of the lighthouse standing statuesque over the Pacific Ocean. We took our time soaking in the tremendous view while mentally preparing for the 300 plus step journey back up the stairs. The climb may have left us winded but it was worth it.

Point Reyes Walk in the Fog

Point Reyes Foggy Walk to Light House

Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center

Point Reyes Lighthouse through the fog

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Thee Getaway Gal at Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes 300 Steps into Fog

Point Reyes 300 Steps

After our slow ascent back into the fog, we were ready for a bite to eat. We decided to stop by Saltwater, a restaurant and Oyster bar we remembered passing on our drive out to the lighthouse in the small community of Inverness. When we arrived we bellied up to the bar {our new favorite thing to do} and decided to order a simple fare of oysters and bread. I had only tried oysters once before, and while I did not particularly care for them Richard was set on convincing me to try them again. I finally gave way to his plea and not only tried one but two. I have to admit they were pretty darn good and give credit to Saltwater’s signature hot sauce.

Bar at Saltwater near Point ReyesBar at Saltwater near Point Reyes

Saltwater Restaurant near Point Reyes

Saltwater Kitchen near Point Reyes

Oysters at Saltwater near Point Reyes

Be sure to visit the Point Reyes website by clicking HERE to learn interesting history about the lighthouse, view the calendar of events and check for closures due to high winds.  Because this area is the windiest point along the Pacific Coast you’ll want to dress in layers when you visit.

If you have plans to visit Point Reyes Lighthouse be sure to pull over and relax at Saltwater. Delish! Click HERE to view their hours and menu.

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  1. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Point Reyes has been on my California bucket list for the longest time. You’ve inspired me to make a better effort to make it up there this year. Your photos are beautiful. I’m drooling over those oysters and bread 🙂 You’re so right that there’s so much to the Golden State worth exploring. Looking forward to your adventures.
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  2. Shelley Wetton

    LOVED this! And loved seeing Saltwater! You’ve inspired us to be sure to visit Pt. Reyes soon. I can’t wait to see the whales moving! It’s so magical. Your pictures, Daidri, are stunning. Love that fog and those mossy close-ups and, well, those oysters. Yum! ~s

    1. Daidri

      Thanks a bunch!! Have you not been to Saltwater? Mmm, the oysters and they also make this incredible bread plate. Four different breads all made in-house and they were delicious! Great little stop that I know we’ll visit again. It’s almost always foggy out there so don’t let that stop you from visiting. When you walk down to the lighthouse the fog clears. It’s worth visiting.

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