Susanne’s guidebook to Bodega Bay

Susanne
Susanne’s guidebook to Bodega Bay

Food scene

Fun local restaurant! Be ready for a line; go early. Grab lunch and head to the marina or up to Bodega Head for a picnic lunch!
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Spud Point Crab Company
1910 Westshore Road
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Fun local restaurant! Be ready for a line; go early. Grab lunch and head to the marina or up to Bodega Head for a picnic lunch!
Nice restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. Great for date-night or a couples' dinner.
Drakes Fireside Lounge
Nice restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. Great for date-night or a couples' dinner.
Lovely small restaurant in town. Very good food, excellent service. Make a reservation ahead of time!
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Terrapin Creek
1580 Eastshore Road
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Lovely small restaurant in town. Very good food, excellent service. Make a reservation ahead of time!
The crab cakes! Grab a table outside and enjoy the harbor / marina views with a glass of wine on a sunny afternoon. (If it's foggy, which it often is, this might not be the best plan!)
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Gourmet Au Bay
1412 Bay Flat Road
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The crab cakes! Grab a table outside and enjoy the harbor / marina views with a glass of wine on a sunny afternoon. (If it's foggy, which it often is, this might not be the best plan!)
Our local tasting room. Great if you want to stay closely and if you'd like a great ocean view. Their reds are decent. Make a reservation ahead of time.
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Sonoma Coast Vineyards
555 CA-1
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Our local tasting room. Great if you want to stay closely and if you'd like a great ocean view. Their reds are decent. Make a reservation ahead of time.
Great champagne tasting along the Russian River (Guerneville). You can also grab some lunch here. Open until 16:00. Make a reservation!
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Korbel Winery
13250 River Road
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Great champagne tasting along the Russian River (Guerneville). You can also grab some lunch here. Open until 16:00. Make a reservation!
Lovely winery way up in the woods above the clouds along the Sonoma Coast. Oftentimes Jenner and Bodega are in the fog, while this place has sunshine.
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Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room
15725 Meyers Grade Road
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Lovely winery way up in the woods above the clouds along the Sonoma Coast. Oftentimes Jenner and Bodega are in the fog, while this place has sunshine.
This is a cozy restaurant in Jenner, just a short drive North on Highway 1. Ocean views. Reservations required.
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River's End Restaurant & Inn
11048 California 1
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This is a cozy restaurant in Jenner, just a short drive North on Highway 1. Ocean views. Reservations required.
For a truly world class Pinot Noir, make an appointment at Occidental Wines. It's a very small winery with limited tasting opportunities, but you can email or call them to set up an appointment. They book out several weeks ahead of time, so plan your visit early.
Occidental
14715 Bodega Highway
For a truly world class Pinot Noir, make an appointment at Occidental Wines. It's a very small winery with limited tasting opportunities, but you can email or call them to set up an appointment. They book out several weeks ahead of time, so plan your visit early.
Fun restaurant bar with excellent food and cocktails, and great ambiance.
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Fern Bar
6780 Depot St
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Fun restaurant bar with excellent food and cocktails, and great ambiance.

Sightseeing

This is a popular whale watching spot - bring binoculars! (Jan-May) Grab a sandwich from Spud's and head up to Bodega Head for a picnic with views and a hike! Gorgeous little beach down below (rough waters, not for swimming)
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Bodega Head
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This is a popular whale watching spot - bring binoculars! (Jan-May) Grab a sandwich from Spud's and head up to Bodega Head for a picnic with views and a hike! Gorgeous little beach down below (rough waters, not for swimming)
Breathtaking views
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Goat Rock Beach
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Breathtaking views
The Sonoma Coast State Park has TONS of hiking trails. Challenging hike around 6 miles long. Bring the camera - very scenic. Pomo Canyon Trail is in Duncan's Mills. Take Willow Creek Road to Pomo Campground Road and it's about a half a mile to the trailhead near the campground. The trail is about 6 miles long and passes through the redwood forest, then over grasslands decorated with boulders, and then climbs up until you can see the ocean waves of the Pacific Coast. The trail ends at Shell Beach and is a wonderful place to have a picnic. If you don't plan on hiking the 6 miles back you will need to park a car at Shell beach and carpool to the trailhead.
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Pomo Canyon Trail
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The Sonoma Coast State Park has TONS of hiking trails. Challenging hike around 6 miles long. Bring the camera - very scenic. Pomo Canyon Trail is in Duncan's Mills. Take Willow Creek Road to Pomo Campground Road and it's about a half a mile to the trailhead near the campground. The trail is about 6 miles long and passes through the redwood forest, then over grasslands decorated with boulders, and then climbs up until you can see the ocean waves of the Pacific Coast. The trail ends at Shell Beach and is a wonderful place to have a picnic. If you don't plan on hiking the 6 miles back you will need to park a car at Shell beach and carpool to the trailhead.
This is an easy out-and back trail. Perfect for fresh air and wonderful views. No shade, so hat and sunscreen on a sunny day are a must. Starts/ends at Shell Beach and Goat Rock Beach. Full distance out/back is 8.9 miles (about 3h 30 min) but you can easily just hike desired distance since it's not a loop.
Kortum Trail
This is an easy out-and back trail. Perfect for fresh air and wonderful views. No shade, so hat and sunscreen on a sunny day are a must. Starts/ends at Shell Beach and Goat Rock Beach. Full distance out/back is 8.9 miles (about 3h 30 min) but you can easily just hike desired distance since it's not a loop.
Check out the tiny town of Bodega on your way to Sebastopol! (Where the classic Hitchcock film “The Birds” was filmed) There are a few vintage shops, a crystal shop and a bar. Don't blink if you drive through - you'll miss it!
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Bodega Bay
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Check out the tiny town of Bodega on your way to Sebastopol! (Where the classic Hitchcock film “The Birds” was filmed) There are a few vintage shops, a crystal shop and a bar. Don't blink if you drive through - you'll miss it!
Walk to this trail and beach from the house. If tide is low, you can walk through the cliff via the tunnel which connects to Doran Beach. Great beach for tide pooling.
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Pinnacle Gulch Trail
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Walk to this trail and beach from the house. If tide is low, you can walk through the cliff via the tunnel which connects to Doran Beach. Great beach for tide pooling.
Doran Beach - beautiful private stretch of Doran Beach right below the neighborhood; you have access as our guest. It stretches further to the North towards the Doran campground, where it is a public beach.
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Doran Beach
201 Doran Beach Rd
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Doran Beach - beautiful private stretch of Doran Beach right below the neighborhood; you have access as our guest. It stretches further to the North towards the Doran campground, where it is a public beach.

City/town information

This is a fun town with lots of small shops, art, restaurants, beer, wine and cider tastings in the Barlow District. If Bodega Bay is foggy and cold (hey, it happens!), head to Sebastopol for the day, where the weather is usually sunnier and warmer.
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Sebastopol
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This is a fun town with lots of small shops, art, restaurants, beer, wine and cider tastings in the Barlow District. If Bodega Bay is foggy and cold (hey, it happens!), head to Sebastopol for the day, where the weather is usually sunnier and warmer.

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Bodega Bay can be cold and foggy

Please bring lawyers of clothing including a wind breaker and a warm coat, a beanie and a good sun hat. Also bring good hiking shoes so you can enjoy all the hikes. The town is very casual. Jeans, a sweater and a warm jacket are your friends. Check the weather forecast before heading there - it's gorgeous but can often be foggy and windy, so please be prepared!
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Bring your groceries

There are two very small (and expensive) grocery stores in town. We recommend stopping in Santa Rosa or Sebastopol to stock up before your visit.
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Fishing

If you'd like to enjoy a boating activity, be sure to book ahead of time! Miss Anita’s Fishing Charters Bodega Bay Sportfishing Miss Vic Sportfishing
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Horseback riding

Several horse ranches are available around the area. Call Chanslor Stables North of town to reserve. They offer guided trail tours as well as pony rides for the younger children.
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Ziplining

Occidental has a very cool zip lining adventure among he redwoods. Sonoma Canopy Tours
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Kayaking

Kayak in Salmon Creek! Enjoy wildlife: otters, turtles, seabirds and beautiful fauna along the river. Rent kayaks at Bodega Bay Kayak