Moon Shine in Big Sur

The lighthouse on the rock welcomes visitors at night. Seen one lighthouse, seen them all? That might ring true to those who’ve been dragged along the coast by their lighthouse-ophile relatives or friends. But Point Sur Lightstation is different.

Point-Sur-sunsetPhoto: Kim Smith via Flickr

It’s not just that the 1889-building is perched on a volcanic rock 360 feet above one of the most beautiful coastlines on earth—a good vantage point, mind you, for migrating gray, blue and humpbacks. Or that it houses a few recovered parts from a dirigible three times the size of a Boeing 747 (!) that sunk here in 1935. Or that the number of people admitted on the rock is limited to preserve a ghostly feel.

No, the real magic is the moonlight tours that recount stories of lightkeepers past. They start April 4. The winds are fierce, so dress like you mean business.

fromabovePhoto: Charles Jackson via Flickr

fromabove2Photo: Robert Schwemmer via NOAA
Hero image: Christopher Michel via Flickr

If you're not already a member, sign up now to start earning points toward incredible Joie de Vivre experiences and free air miles with your very next stay at one of our boutique hotels, each with its own unique brand and personality.