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tdoubrava Aug 29th, 2005 06:57 PM

Bodega Bay/Wine Country
Wondering what people think of the idea of staying in Bodega Bay for four nights, while also taking in nearby sites/activities? Specifically, I'm wondering if this is a reasonable place to stay if our goal is four days of relaxation, but because I'm ansy I also want to be able to spend 1 or 2 days touring wineries. This is our first trip away since our daughter was born (16 months ago). We are planning on going in early October. We did spend a few days in Napa/Sonoma/Russian River Valley a few years back, so not our absolute first trip. Again, I'd like to hear if folks think this is reasonable, and if you want to throw in tips on stuff to do, that would be great.


razzledazzle Aug 29th, 2005 08:34 PM

You could.
Bodega Bay is about a 45 minute drive from the Russian River
Valley and great wine touring.
Wonderful tips at
Always great places to dine in Healdsburg

In Bodega Bay check out Gourmet au Bay
for winetasting on their deck on the ocean and don't miss a meal at the Seaweed Cafe. Take long walks at Portuguese beach.

I'd also consider lodging in Jenner (Rivers End, or
Jenner Inn) and Occidental (Inn at Occidental). These two areas would put you a tad closer. Jenner merits a stroll at Goat
Rock beach.

In Freestone, for a marvelous spa experience-it's just outside Occidental. Eat at the Union Hotel in Occidental-super pizza and family style Italian.

Nearby Occidental/Freestone is Sebastopol. Eat at K&L Bistro, Lucy's and the East West Cafe. Browse Copperfields

You might also check out the Applewood Inn near Guerneville/Monte Rio.


cabovacation Aug 29th, 2005 10:02 PM

I love to stay in Bodega Bay. There is the tiniest town, Tomales, with a general store - and there is also the land to the south - between Bodega Bay and The Marin Headlands - Tomales Bay, etc. It's a great idea. You'll have the best of two worlds - ocean and vineyards.

PamSF Aug 29th, 2005 11:21 PM

Yes to the Seaweed Cafe!! Bodega Bay will afford you rest and relaxation. You can journey along the Russian River and taste some great stuff.

Follow R5's tips. You can't go wrong.

BTW~for a day trip (about 1 hour from Bodega Bay) head to Marshall or Point Reyes Station via HWY 1. There are some great places to sample oysters(October has an "r" in it) You can also take some nice walks along Tomales Bay.

tdoubrava Aug 30th, 2005 04:51 AM

Thank you for the ideas and tips. Any thoughts on Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa? R5 didn't mention that one, and of course, that was the one I had been looking at. I will look at the others you mentioned as well.

As an aside, we had been thinking about going to San Diego and then I thought about this area. Any one think one area better than the other?

SAnParis Aug 30th, 2005 06:30 AM

RzDz has covered a lot. However, you are also very close to some Coastal area wineries that aren't frequently visited.

kimamom Aug 30th, 2005 08:17 AM

Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa is very, very nice. We stayed in the newly remodeled Trumpter Suite near the back of the property. Rooms are large, beautiful bathrooms with granite countertops, truffles at night, robes, turndown, the whole pampering bit. :)

A very nice spa to relax in and great pool, very nice restaurant The Duck Club where we enjoyed dinner and breakfast. You can't go wrong here, Cheers! ***kim*** ((l))

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