Know anything about Bodega Bay and area?

Old May 27th, 2004, 05:24 AM
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Know anything about Bodega Bay and area?

Just booked a room at the Bodega Bay Lodge for mid August. Get queen beds, balcony with ocean view, fireplace and everything for a fair price. We are so excited to be exploring this area. Hope to do some wine tasting and flY FISHING.

Just wondering if you have any advice to pass along about the area?
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:29 AM
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OK, I give. Where is it?
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:32 AM
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It's a cool little place in Northern CA where you can actually see the gas station, school where they filmed the movie the birds. Did this as a starting point on our first trip to CA in 1993 from there all the way down the coast highway. Remember though a cafe we ate in before the turnoff heading south to the coast, was really greasy spoon, otherwise beautiful scenery along the way although the area was a bit run down.
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Bodega Bay in August should be very pleasant, especially for anyone wanting to get away from the heat. There are several good restaurants, mostly featuring seafood, and nice walks out on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The Bodega Bay Lodge is a good place to stay, with areas for walking.

Are you planning to do your wine-tasting in Sonoma County?
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I absolutely LOVE the Bodega Bay Lodge! But be prepared, the view is a Bay/lagoon view, not an ocean view. There are lots of great places to take walks/hikes. And the Duck Club restaurant in the hotel is wonderful.

For wine tasting, my recommendation is to take River Road into Guerneville and beyone to the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Wineries. They are less than an hour away and the drive is beautiful. In Guerneville itself you might want to visit Korbel for a tour and tasting. Additionally, take the time to go to Armstrong Redwoods for a lovely walk through Redwood groves.

www.wineroad.com has lots of info on area wineries.

Have fun.
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We loved the Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa. The property is just gorgeous. We had two meals at The Duck Club and both were wonderful. You will be very pampered here.

We stayed in the newly remodeled Trumpeter Swan room. The turndown attendant even brought a small box of very good truffles that was a nice touch.

You will love this property! Don't forget to drive by the old schoolhouse where the Birds were filmed! You'll see lots of Alfred Hitchcock stuff in the shops!! ***kim***
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While you are in the Bodega Bay area, check out a little (I mean really little!) hamlet of Freestone. It's near a slightly bigger town called Occidental. Freestone has an excellent bakery, the Wildflower. It produces wonderful, unique breads in a building where you can watch them kneading dough and loading the brick oven. There's a big communal table indoors and a garden out back where you can sit. Get some breads to go, head towards Occidental, and turn off on Coleman Valley Road. This road will take you through some upland country where the view over the Sonoma coast is one of the most impressive I've ever seen.

Freestone also has a little spa where you lie in rice bran enzymes and get regenerated - now doesn't that just scream "California"?! Seriously, the Osmosis Spa has a very good reputation and I have friends who make it a regular stop.

Have fun - the Bodega Bay area has so much to offer as a base to see coastal Sonoma!
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Forgot to mention - the other end of Coleman Valley Road will put you back on the coast, so this would be a very nice loop drive for you. Make sure your car drives well in low gear, as the last part of the road is a fairly steep downhill grade.
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If you play golf they have a beautiful course that runs along the coast with incredible views. Greens fees are surprisingly low. It's called Links at Bodega Harbor. As a number of posters mentiond, the Russian River area is not too far from Bodega for winetasting. Hop Kiln is an interesting little winery.
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Some good advice here about this area-
except Bodega Bay is NOT where you'll find "The Birds" church you will need to travel inland about 10 minutes to the town of Bodega-much smaller than
it's coastal cousin. I'm not sure where you will fly fish? Perhaps drive up to Jenner and hang a right on 116 which will lead you to the towns of Monte Rio
and Guerneville where you can rent kayaks or tubes for floating on the Russian River. I have never seen anyone fish the river, 'tho I suppose you could. There are day trips
for ocean fishing from Bodega Bay. You will also see folks fishing from the beaches of Salmon Creek state park.
As you venture up to Jenner, do stop at Goat Rock beach and enjoy the zillion
harbor seals (from a distance- they are protected by law)lolling at the confluence
of the Russian River and the Pacific.
Other than the Duck Club-enjoy a meal
at Lucas Wharf or the Seaweed Cafe.
In Duncans Mills it's the Blue Heron,
In Occidental the Union Hotel for family style Italian and in Guerneville try Applewood. One more tip-the coast will be chilly and inland will be hot.
Enjoy!
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Old May 27th, 2004, 03:30 PM
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Thnaks all for the info. We are so excited about going. It sounds like there is so much to do in the Sonoma area. Yes, we want to do wine tasting in Sonoma. Plan to see Jenner, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Petaluma and any other interesting place that you all suggest.

We have our two teens with us, so I think that they will enjoy it also. Just plan to take it easy, eat and explore.

The Sonoma Co fair will be going on at that time also, and we are looking forward to that. Sounds like a good old fashioned time.

Thanks all, really appreciate all the advice.
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Old May 28th, 2004, 05:41 AM
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Old May 28th, 2004, 10:20 AM
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BBQ Oysters!
 
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annieladd,

What about BBQ oysters? R they good?

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Old Jul 7th, 2004, 05:02 PM
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Heavens, sorry for the late reply, but looks like you won't be there until August anyway. There is a dive near the water that had the best BBQ oysters. This was years ago, and I can't remember the name, but I'll ask about and see if I can come up with it.
 
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I'd second anything that dovima, grasshopper, razzledazzle, and the others have said! They are the experts on this area and their advice is always good and solid as gold!

You might try going inland one day and driving along Highway 128, lots of wineries there. Then, SOBER UP, and go southward back to Bodega Bay on the coastal road, Highway 1. It's beautiful!

Don't miss Fort Ross! It's not far from Bodega Bay!
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