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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - December 2016


North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - December 2016

This is your ‘slow down’ reminder. Slow down your mornings – wake up 30 minutes earlier to enjoy the quiet alone time (or if you are so lucky sleep an extra 30 minutes); slow down the day – pull over and take in the beautiful views of our coast and hillsides; slow down the week – leave one day with no plans (really no plans); and yes – slow down our last month of the year - take in deeply the meaning of each day what this month means to you. December means many things to each of us: a time to think about our past year, a time to bring in our deeper spiritual beliefs, a time to purposefully and intentionally offer our time and gifts to those near and dear to us. Gift giving can be in many forms such as giving a day to your local community by the simplest of acts: take a little homemade or purchased something to an unexpected person who you pass often, offering companionship to an elder that lives alone to get to know them, baking a little something and sharing it with a good friend for quality time, giving some time to our local animal shelter, and remembering our local merchants to give so much throughout the year to our community.  However you take in December make the effort to ‘slow down’ and keep the list short and sweet. 

For those of us who live in our community shopping local is big here. Actually it is a global movement. You see the signs all over the place to support local, go local, shop local. You will find special little trinkets, special handmade things, and you will keep the hard earned money local. For those of you who live outside of the coastal area a drive to the coast is truly a way to slow down. You will want to drive slowly of course, and you will want to make many stops along the way to take in this special community. Jenner, Fort Ross Park, Fort Ross Store, Stewarts Point Store, Sea Ranch Gift Shop, Sea Ranch Building Supply, Henley’s Gifts, Gualala Gift Store, Surf Market gifts, and many more shops with an ocean view, Anchor Bay Store, and Point Arena Lighthouse all have gift shops with many local handcrafted treasures. 

MY PLEA to the local businesses is to offer our locals a discount of some sort. Either a day of the week a discount, or show your local ID for a discount. This is important to keep your local folks shopping here. 


Make the your ‘get out and about day’ complete with the many special events on the coast. 

At the Point Arena Lighthouse a ‘Cold Full Moon Tour’ will take place December 13th. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower. Reservations must be made by phone at (707) 882-2809, ext. 1 or in person no later than 3:30 p.m. three days before the date of the event. You can also stay overnight in one of their unique cabins. Visit their website for more info.  .  

While in Point Arena visit the many local shops as well as the B. Bryan Preserve which is a very cool place with amazing tours of endangered or injured safari animals. You can also stay overnight here at their old historic house B and B. Visit them at for more info. 

Gualala Arts will have several art exhibit openings. “Let them Eat Cake” is a showing of tasty and artsy cakes December 2 starting at 4:00 with a tasting at 6:00. Also Count Basie Orchestra is that same day at 7:30. Sounds perfect really – local shopping, local dining, tasting of amazing cake, ending with Count Basie. And our local favorite is the Ernest Block Bell Ringers which is a delightful program on December 10. Please visit the Gualala Art’s event page at for this info and more.  


I want to wish you all a wonderful month of December. Enjoy the company of your dear ones. Spread love, peace, and joy. Take a hand and share some kind words. Offer a hug and warmth in your smile and eyes. Reach out around you. And most of all keep the pace slow.