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A Cottage near Wild Animals

January 13th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman


(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

I really enjoyed the attractions of Point Arena, a small town in northern California.  This vacation was very different because I stayed in a cabin at the B. Bryan Preserve near the zebras and antelopes!  

Their guests and the public join the Preserve’s animal feeding tour once each day with reservations.  


Before or after the exciting tour, there was plenty of time to walk around and discover the 110 acre Preserve and the sights of the area.  Their accommodations are like small houses. The Chapel Cottage had beautiful stained-glass windows, antiques, outside hot tub, and a spectacular location facing the lake. Other accommodations included the Carriage House with a mix of antiques, 60’s rock posters and local collections. The Bridge Cottage, also on the pond, seemed to be hidden by the trees. All accommodations have fully-equipped kitchens.


Pirate's Cove Restaurant, Point Arena, California


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A Cottage Near Wild Animals (Continued)

#2-of 2 feature articles, please also see "Stay on a Wildlife Preserve"


Pirate Cove Restaurant

Instead of cooking in my Chapel cabin's kitchen, I followed the local's recommendation and ate at the Pirate Cove Restaurant.  

The menu included Mexican and American cuisine along with appetizers, sandwiches and desserts.

 They served the biggest burrito I have ever seen! The burrito included a choice of meat with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and Mozzarella cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla. Of course the restaurant served other Mexican favorites. 

If you are really hungry, try Bistec Ranchero, a grilled steak topped with a mild red sauce served with rice, beans and warm tortillas. 

Although the spicy prawns are not too spicy, Jorje, the manager, will bring more spices to make it hotter!  He wants you to specify your "heat" preference- mild, spicy or muy picoso. The spicy prawns are prepared with onions in a smoked chipotle sauce and served over Spanish rice. 

The Al Pastor Meal consists of marinated pork shoulder served with rice, beans and warm tortillas.

Pirate's Cove Restaurant, 405 School Street, Point Arena, (707)-882-4105.


Things To See

 Around Point



In Point Arena, visit the authentic light house where you can walk up to the top.

Point Arena is only one mile from the coast for surfing, fishing and sightseeing. 




There is so much to see in California!  

You can visit 10-20 times and still not see everything. 

If you want info regarding unique settings for weddings and honeymoons, family fun, couple's hideaways, animal wildlife tours, adventure, hiking, wineries, luxury and reasonable accommodations, nightlife, restaurants, attractions, movie studio's tours, California-style cooking lessons, museums, hot air balloon rides, spas, health retreats, locations for meetings or other interests, see their website:




Rollerville Cafe, near the Lighthouse, Point Arena: (707)-882-2077.

The Farmhouse Inn, near Napa and Sonoma:

Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, Travel Journalist, Photographer, and Talk Show Host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials.