DAY 1: Upon your arrival at the Timber Cove Resort you’ll be greeted with complimentary cocktails at their restaurant Coast Kitchen. Situated on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean the Inn offers magnificent beauty and captivating views as the ocean waves crash upon the rugged ocean cliffs. As you settle into your sunset ocean view room you can’t but help but completely relax. This evening dine in the highly acclaimed Coast Kitchen featuring panoramic views and exquisite coastal cuisine.
DAY 2: After a leisurely breakfast, we suggest a drive north to enjoy views of this magnificent coast. Before departing the concierge will provide with your picnic basket that was prepared exclusively for guests of the inn featuring local products and a signature bottle of Sonoma County wine. Along the way the Sonoma Coast is dotted with State Parks allowing plenty of hiking trails and points for viewing. Plenty of secluded beaches will allow you time for a beach picnic. Coastal villages along the way are full of art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. Passing through Sea Ranch, Gualala and Fort Bragg --a favorite among visitors you’ll head north to the historical Point Arena Lighthouse which is assured to be highlight of your day.
Set in one of the most spectacular yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast is Point Arena Lighthouse. The lighthouse is 115 feet in height and you can climb to the top as Lighthouse Keepers have done for over 100 years. The lighthouse is situated on the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the continental United States. The point is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean offering views that will leave you spellbound.
Your guided tour of the lighthouse and the grounds are available from 10:00am until 3:30pm daily. Afterwards you’ll have plenty of time to shop in the lighthouse gift shop for unique souvenirs. Jewelry made from the famed abalone shells is a favorite among visitors. Open year round this is a must see. Following an incredible day you can escape back to your hotel as this evening is yours to enjoy.
DAY 3: Heading south on the coastal highway you’ll travel inland at the outlet of the Russian River a short distance to cross the Russian River returning you along the coastal highway enroute to the fishing village of Bodega Bay. Along the way the rugged coastline pounding waves create stunning views as the spray of the ocean shoots into the air. Arriving into Bodega Bay you immediately recognize why Alfred Hitchcock chose this small coastal village for the movie The Birds.
Bodega Bay is a center for bird migration. The air is full of squawking and chattering birds. Truly a great place for bird watching even for amateurs. In the movie; star Tippi Hedren took a small boat across the bay for which you can follow the route by car to the other side of the bay. Here you’ll find the outlet of the bay where local fisherman sail from daily for the latest “catch of the day” for the local restaurants.
The views of the coast are simply breathtaking with plenty of coastal trails to view the aw-inspiring cliffs as the ocean in its magnificent beauty offer stunning views from above. Returning to the inland side of the bay you’ll find The Tides Wharf where in the movie locals gathered to be sheltered from the bird attack in the movie. Here is where you’ll find the true tastes of local seafood the Pacific Ocean has to offer. A menu full of delectable seafood is available while viewing the surround views of the bay. Be sure to ask for a window table.
After lunch, continue south on Coastal Highway 1 heading just a few miles inland is the town of Bodega. Here you’ll find the schoolhouse where the children ran downhill to find shelter from the attack of the birds. You’ll feel if you have stepped directly into the scenes of the movie on this journey.
A suggested return route follows inland just a few miles taking the direction over the relatively gentle grades and of the coastal mountains. The giant redwoods are spectacular as you traverse through the rolling hills dropping into the quaint old logging town of Occidental. This classic old town feel is home to the Union Hotel. Cozy up to the historical bar where locals and tourists gather for a traditional taste of real Italian cooking including fabulous pizza made with local fresh ingredients and homemade sausage and pepperoni a recipe in the family dating back 100 years. Pizza is available to take along on your journey back to the lodge.
Follow the Bohemian Highway en-route back to the coast is nothing short of magnificent as you wind your way through hundreds of coastal redwoods giants of magnificent proportion. You’ll enter into the river town of Monte Rio on the Russian River where beach goers gather along the river all summer long.
The route back to the coast follows the Russian River to the coastal town of Jenner. The views are stunning from high above the cliffs and overlook the outlet of the Russian River where sea lions migrate year round as their feeding ground.
This evening enjoy a romantic dinner in Coast Kitchen
DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, say farewell to a most enjoyable escape. Perhaps a trip inland for tasting fine wines and enjoying highly acclaimed culinary delights in the Sonoma County Wine Country.
Sip and savor the Sonoma Coast at the legendary Timber Cove Resort