Just north of Marin County, there is a gem of spot called Bodega Bay. A shallow inlet situated on the coast in Sonoma County, Bodega Bay is a small friendly town. Truly, it’s the perfect long weekend escape for a romantic getaway, a girl’s weekend or a family adventure.
If you’re eager to get there, take Highway 101 through the town of Petaluma. But we suggest (almost insist on) the scenic route which hugs the coast along Highway 1. As an added bonus, the longer route passes through the darling town of Tomales where a detour at Tomales Bakery is a must. If there is a cyclist in your family, they can meet you there by way of a gorgeous quintessential Northern California ride.
WHERE TO STAY:
Inn at the Tides: You had us at “complimentary bottle of wine” at check-in but we can also appreciate the fog horn in the distance as the morning alarm clock.
Bodega Bay Lodge: Think bocce ball, on-site spa, and a great place to watch migrating whales.
Bodega Dunes Campground: For the ultimate adventurer who wants to pitch a tent right on the beach.
WHAT TO DO:
Doran Beach: Walk the dunes, horseback ride (Chanslor Stables), kayak & stand up paddle (Bodega Bay Kayak), or surf (Northern Light Surf).
Whale watching: Bodega Head Peninsula is an ideal spot.
Candy & Kites and Second Wind: Kites to fly on the beach and endless barrels of candy (don’t miss the mystery bags at Second Wind).
Potter Schoolhouse: An infamous landmark from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Crabbing: The fishing pier off Spud Point is a great spot.
UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab: Open to the public on Friday nights for petting “zoo” and tours.
WHAT TO EAT:
Spud Point Crab Company: Worth the wait but pick a sunny day as there is only outdoor seating. Do yourself a favor and get an extra clam chowder to go. You’re welcome.
Terrapin Creek: A terrific neighborhood spot with a Michelin star where reservations are a must.