My World #122: Pt. Molate & East Brother Lighthouse

06 Jun

The 413-acre former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot (NFD) contains about 290 acres of land above high tide elevation. Located on Richmond’s shoreline about 1- 1/2 miles north of the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge this unique site contains:
1.4 miles of unoccupied shoreline
A 400 foot high ridge line with sweeping views of two bays, a Victorian island lighthouse, Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. St. Helena
A 1400 foot long pier providing deep water access
A 41-acre National Register Historic District
A Rhineland-style castle that was the largest winery in the U.S. prior to Prohibition
Extensive inter tidal eel grass beds and
Rare coastal prairie and coastal bluff native plant communities.

East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored Victorian Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, the lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is close enough for a weekend jaunt or as a unique complement to your San Francisco/Northern California visit. Once on the island, visitors take in the spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin coastline.

East Brother LIght Station has been an active lighthouse for more than 133 years. The Inn began operations over 26 years ago as a means of earning money for upkeep of the restored lighthouse and facilities. It offers the rare combination of both a “lighthouse bed & breakfast” and an “island B&B,” and is a unique destination. Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn seems to be a world away from the lights of the nearby cities. Guests of East Brother Light Station have a direct impact upon its preservation. Funds earned by the Inn, through its non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, pay for ongoing restoration and maintenance costs of the buildings and equipment of the island.


There is a minimal fee for day use of the island for fishing or picknicking – I plan to do that someday.

There is a small marina out back.

This stretch of the bay is popular for sailing and boating and fishing.

I am linking this post to MY WORLD.


Posted by on June 6, 2011 in My World


19 responses to “My World #122: Pt. Molate & East Brother Lighthouse

  1. Carver

    June 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    What a beautiful place to spend some time exploring. Very interesting information and wonderful shots.

  2. EG Wow, Canada

    June 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I love that lighthouse. I would very much enjoy exploring that area!

  3. Boom & Gary

    June 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Not only a great post, but what a place!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. barb

    June 7, 2011 at 1:26 am

    You always show me stuff about SF I wish I’d seen! Never heard of this lighthouse, and it’s a beauty!

  5. Martha Z

    June 7, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Great post! I wish I could spend a night there.
    I’m not familiar with this area. When we go to San Francisco we tend to avoid the Richmond bridge and drive 37 around the north side of San Pablo Bay.

  6. Kay Davies

    June 7, 2011 at 3:18 am

    How absolutely beautiful! I love it! (I try to limit my comments to two exclamation marks, but this one required two.) I’ve been to San Francisco, and to Marin County, quite a few times, but have never heard of this lighthouse.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. sush

    June 7, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Fabulous shots of lovely place

  8. Sylvia Kirkwood

    June 7, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Oh, I love lighthouses and what a beautiful place this is!! I would love to spend some time there! Superb captures for the day! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!


  9. ladyfi

    June 7, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Wow – beautiful lighthouse! What a location.

  10. snowwhite

    June 7, 2011 at 4:00 am

    It is so good that the beautiful light house has been preserved well. I love its location and hope to stay a few days in this small island. Stunning photos!
    Have a great day.

  11. magiceye

    June 7, 2011 at 4:01 am

    would love to spend a day there!

  12. Rajesh

    June 7, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Beautiful shots of the place. This is a incredible location.

  13. Indrani

    June 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

    LOvely! Very well taken.

  14. Gattina

    June 7, 2011 at 5:51 am

    What a beautiful place ! Love the lighthouse, looks like a doll house !

  15. docgelo

    June 7, 2011 at 5:59 am

    i love photos of boats! there must be something with boats that i like them best; i dont know why. haha! seriously, serenity is all i see in your photos on this post!

  16. Wren

    June 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    It sounds like a hidden jewel of the bay area. It’s good to hear that there’s a plan to preserve the architecture and the peace.

  17. Andrea

    June 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I know you are also Photocache, and i envy your travels and your photographs.

    • ewok1993

      June 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      thank you. but this place is 15 minutes away from home.

  18. Lew

    June 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Beautiful spot! As is the entire bay area. That’s a great way to preserve the lighthouse.


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