Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Point Reyes Lighthouse

I recently took some guests to Point Reyes National Seashore, one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area. We drove all the way out to the Point where we visited the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Opened in 1870, this lighthouse is home to a first order Fresnel lens.

The lighthouse is open Thursday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To get to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, visitors must walk a quarter of a mile from the parking lot and then down (and back up) 308 steps. So the walk is not for the faint hearted. There are benches along the way if you want to rest while climbing back up the steps. Also, be warned that this is perhaps the windiest spot in California. Winds in excess of 40 mph are not uncommon.

If you do visit the lighthouse, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Pacific and exhibits on Pacific maritime history. During the late fall and late winter/early spring, you may sea gray whales on the way between Alaska and Baja California. During whale watching season, you will need to take a shuttle bus to the Point on weekends and holidays.

To learn more about Point Reyes and West Marin County, visit the Blue Heron website and read "Rick's Tips" Numbers 11 and 12.

If you want to take a private tour to Point Reyes National seashore, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Major Changes in Alcatraz Tours

Effective September 25, 2006, a new vendor will provide ferry service between San Francisco and Alcatraz. Hornblower Cruises and Events through its affiliate; Alcatraz Cruises, LLC; will be the sole provider of tours to Alcatraz. All tours will depart from Pier 33, rather than the current location. Prices for daytime tours will be $18.75 for adults and juniors. Seniors 62 and over will pay $17.25. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 will pay $10.75. Toddlers under the age of five are free. All of these prices include the cellblock audio tour. More information is available at the new website for Alcatraz tours:

The Blue and Gold Fleet continues to provide tours to Alcatraz through September 24, 2006. Tour information for these dates is available at

Combine a tour of Alcatraz with a private tour of San Francisco. Tour San Francisco in the morning and we'll end the tour at the Alcatraz ferry terminal. Or tour Alcatraz in the morning, have lunch near the ferry terminal, and we'll pick you up for a city tour when you are finished eating. To book a private tour of San Francisco, call (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.