I have a huge obsession with lighthouses – specifically living in a lighthouse. When I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my dad was a lighthouse keeper on Lake Superior with the U.S. Coast Guard. The first item on our Big Sur itinerary was a tour of Point Sur Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1889. The former lighthouse keeper apartments and out buildings are maintained entirely by volunteers who have been restoring the property.

The view on the way up the former volcano that was leveled to build the lighthouse. In the cove we spotted sea lions and sea otters playing in the kelp. You could hear them barking the whole hike up.

We climbed to the top of the tower. It was so windy, we had to brace ourselves to see an amazing view of the pristine beaches below.

The lighthouse now houses several antique fresnel lenses (like this one) that were used over the years. 

The view from inside the tower. All the building materials were brought up a steep hill by a tiny train in the late 1800’s. There was only one lighthouse manufacturer who made every single piece for the structure. This included the spiral staircase pictured. Each piece bears an individual number so the workers knew which one to install next.

The beach below.

These are the two residential buildings which house a total of four apartments for keepers and their families.

The inside of the three-bedroom apartment, staged as it looked in the 1950’s.

We stopped by Bixby Bridge on the way back to capture one of the most iconic structures in Big Sur. The rest of the day was spent resting at our cabin and enjoying the river in front of it. Thanks for stopping by!

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