The Lodge at Bodega Bay Journal

Notable destinations, events, and happenings in Bodega Bay, the Bay Area, and beyond.

Discover Bodega Bay on Horseback

Discover Bodega Bay on Horseback

July 9, 2024

Experience the beauty of the Sonoma coast on horseback, where the ocean breeze and stunning vistas offer an invigorating adventure. There are several options for guided rides near The Lodge at Bodega Bay.

Five Brooks Stable is a popular outfit offering a variety of scenic trail rides suited for different skill levels. Knowledgeable guides and well-trained horses ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, all framed by sdthe majestic Pacific Ocean. For the little ones under age six, there's a special ride designed just for them. Gentle horses, saddles made for tiny riders, and a careful wrangler guiding the horse make this a delightful introduction to horseback riding, with rides lasting about 15-20 minutes in a fenced arena or pasture.

For a different experience, head to Horse N' Around Trail Rides at Hagemann Trout Farm. This family owned ranch offers gentle trail rides, perfect for a relaxing day out. As you meander through the picturesque landscapes, keep an eye out for wildlife and soak in the ocean atmosphere. Options include 60-90 minute rides with a beach path along the shoreline or a dune path with incredible panoramic views of the Bodega Bay Harbor.

Bodega Bay's blend of natural beauty and equestrian charm makes it an ideal destination for a horseback expedition. Saddle up and discover the spectacular coastal views and perfect climate of Sonoma.

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Dive into Serenity: The Perfect Summer Getaway

Dive into Serenity: The Perfect Summer Getaway

June 11, 2024

Summer beckons with promises of salty sea breezes and endless adventures, making it the ideal time to escape to the captivating beauty of Bodega Bay along the California coast.

The Lodge at Bodega Bay offers a haven of unparalleled tranquility. Whether you prefer a cozy room with a private balcony or a spacious suite with a bay view, The Lodge provides the perfect backdrop for your summer retreat.

From leisurely hikes along scenic trails to exploring iconic landmarks such as Bodega Head or Point Reyes National Seashore, there's no shortage of activities to fill your days with wonder and exploration. And when it comes to relaxation, let the soothing sounds of the ocean waves wash away your worries as you bask in the coastal serenity. For a perfect beach day, consider visiting Doran Regional Park or Goat Rock Beach. These spots offer pristine sand, breathtaking views, and the ideal setting for a memorable summer outing.

At The Lodge, your every need is catered to, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable getaway. So pack light and leave your worries behind. Your perfect summer escape awaits in Bodega Bay.

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A Treat for Mom: Mother's Day Brunch and Spa Packages

A Treat for Mom: Mother's Day Brunch and Spa Packages

May 6, 2024

May is a time to celebrate! It’s important to make our mothers feel special and appreciated on Mother’s Day. The Lodge at Bodega Bay offers a fantastic dining experience and spa treatments to help do just that.

For those looking for a delectable Mother’s Day meal, The Lodge at Bodega Bay offers brunch at Drake’s Sonoma Coast both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The made to order menu features an array of seasonal favorites and coastal specialties. Make your dining reservations here.

As an extra treat for Mother’s Day, book a spa appointment for Mom. We offer two tranquil treatment rooms to pamper our guests and an array of massages and special services inspired by the healing powers of the Pacific.

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mothers out there!

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Stunning Redwoods near Bodega Bay

Stunning Redwoods near Bodega Bay

April 12, 2024

Bodega Bay beckons travelers to the natural wonderland of the area. Beyond the allure of hiking, kayaking, and birding, lies an enchanting world of majestic redwoods.

Just a short jaunt away await two pristine havens to witness these towering giants: Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, a brief drive from Bodega Bay, offers a serene sanctuary where visitors can stroll beneath the towering canopy of ancient redwoods. Trails wind through the forest, allowing for an intimate encounter with these awe-inspiring giants.

Venture a bit further and your journey will lead you to Muir Woods National Monument, renowned for its breathtaking redwoods and accessible trails suitable for all levels of hikers. Here, marvel at the sheer size and age of these grand trees, while soaking in the tranquil ambiance of the forest.

Both parks offer the opportunity to put a check on your bucket list, connect with nature, and experience the timeless beauty of the redwoods.

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Best Trails For Birdwatching

Best Trails For Birdwatching

March 15, 2024

Bodega Bay is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and bird lovers alike. With its diverse habitats ranging from sandy beaches to lush wetlands, this picturesque destination offers an unparalleled birdwatching experience.

Two prime spots for birding near The Lodge at Bodega Bay are the Bodega Head Trail and the Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail. The Bodega Head Trail boasts breathtaking coastal vistas and is renowned for sightings of majestic shorebirds, including the elegant Great Blue Heron and Western Gulls.

Just north of Doran Regional Park, the Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail offers a relatively flat path that extends a little over a mile. This trail circles two freshwater ponds along Bodega Harbor and overlooks marshland that provides year-round habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. It's an excellent spot to observe avian diversity in a tranquil setting.

At The Lodge at Bodega Bay, guests are provided with binoculars to enhance their birdwatching adventures, along with a list of bird species commonly spotted in the area. With the days growing longer, there's ample time to revel in the beauty of the great outdoors!

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Celebrate Romance at The Lodge at Bodega Bay

February 13, 2024

Book your stay at The Lodge at Bodega Bay for a Valentine’s Day rendezvous on February 14th, a leisurely long weekend or midweek getaway. Bodega Bay is the perfect seaside haven to explore hand in hand with your loved one.

Enjoy a serene stay at The Lodge at Bodega Bay with a special Sonoma Coastal Romance Package. Unwind with a bottle of sparkling wine, relax with a heart-shaped bath fizzy, and pamper your senses with luxurious lotion. Plus, receive a $40 credit to Drakes Sonoma Coast for added enjoyment.

Take the time to savor the stunning California coast with an array of couple’s activities. Make your reservation today and celebrate love on Valentine’s Day and all month long.

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Bodega Head: Your Front-Row Seat to the Whale Migration

January 12, 2024

Just a short drive from our charming resort, you can witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon at Bodega Head. This picturesque headland offers a prime vantage point to observe the magnificent gray whales as they journey along their migratory path.

From December to April, these gentle giants make their way south from the frigid waters of Alaska to the warmer breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. As you stand on the edge of Bodega Head, you'll be captivated by the sight of these majestic creatures.

Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera for your whale-watching adventure!

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Holiday Shopping in Sonoma

December 13, 2023

Wine of course is a great option since Bodega Bay is located in Sonoma County, a wine lover's paradise. Visit one of the many wineries in the area and select a bottle of locally produced wine.

For those who appreciate art and craftsmanship, nearby galleries and boutiques offer a selection of handmade jewelry, pottery, and paintings created by talented local artists. These unique pieces reflect the beauty of the coastal surroundings and can make for wonderful, one-of-a-kind gifts. Additionally, you can explore local farmers' markets for artisanal products.

Nearby towns like Sebastopol, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa, are each known for their own distinctive shopping scenes. Sebastopol's artistic community boasts boutiques with handcrafted goods, while Healdsburg's Plaza is home to chic stores offering everything from designer clothing to gourmet foods. Santa Rosa features a variety of shopping centers and specialty stores, ensuring you’ll find just the right gift.

Celebrate the Season and bring a touch of Sonoma charm to your holidays!

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Give Thanks By The Bay

November 9, 2023

For families eager to create cherished holiday moments, The Lodge at Bodega Bay has you covered. Our expert team can curate a range of special activities, from seaside adventures and spa treatments to delicious meals prepared by our skilled chefs. Your kids can explore the wonders of the coast while you relax, knowing that your holiday is in good hands.

Couples seeking a romantic escape will be equally captivated by The Lodge's allure. Our cozy ocean-view rooms come complete with private balconies and breathtaking sunsets. Savor a glass of Sonoma wine by the fire or take a scenic hike by the shore for the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

Secure your stay at The Lodge at Bodega Bay and make this Thanksgiving an occasion to remember. Celebrate a holiday seasoned with calm, coastal beauty, and the warmth of togetherness. Join us, and let's give thanks by the bay.

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Packing Essentials For A Fall Getaway

October 3, 2023

Layering is key. Include a mix of lightweight sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, and a waterproof jacket to tackle the coastal climate. Additionally, a cozy scarf will be a welcome accessory for those early morning strolls along the shore.

When it comes to daytime footwear, opt for comfortable, waterproof shoes suitable for exploring both rocky coves and sandy shores. For evenings out, pack a few versatile outfits suitable for casual dining. Men might consider a pair of nice jeans and a collared shirt, while women could opt for a comfortable yet stylish dress or a pair of well-fitted jeans paired with a chic top.

Don't forget sun protection—pack wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and high SPF sunscreen to shield against both UV rays and the refreshing sea breeze. Lastly, ensure to pack a reusable water bottle, a camera, and a sense of adventure. By following these few packing tips, you will be well-prepared for your Bodega Bay adventures!

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The Weekend is Made for Brunch

September 1, 2023

Nestled against the rugged coastline, The Lodge offers a brunch experience like no other. The star of the show is undoubtedly the menu, featuring a mix of traditional favorites and innovative creations. Imagine savoring a plate of classic Eggs Benedict or going for something more adventurous like the mouthwatering smoked salmon Benedict at Drake's Sonoma Coast, their on-site restaurant.

But brunch isn't just about the food; it's also about the libations. At Drake’s, you'll find the perfect companions to your meal – Chipotle Bloody Mary's and Bodega Bellinis. These refreshing beverages add that extra sparkle to your brunch experience, making it a memorable weekend ritual.

Plan to stay overnight at The Lodge and reserve your spot at Drake’s for a brunch that combines breathtaking views with delectable dishes and delightful drinks. Your weekend getaway just got a whole lot tastier!

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Summer Games: Bocce Ball at Bodega Bay

August 2, 2023

Gather your friends and family on The Lodge’s well-manicured Bocce court. The objective is simple: throw your balls as close as possible to the smaller target ball, called the "pallino." Use a mix of skill and strategy to outmaneuver your opponents and secure victory.

Embrace the coastal charm and opt for comfortable resort wear. Sneakers are ideal for quick movements on the court, and don't forget your sunglasses and sunblock for those sunny California days.

Bocce Ball is an inclusive game that typically lasts 30-60 minutes. It transcends generations, making it an excellent choice for both the young and young at heart. Witness the joy on the faces of grandparents and kids as they compete side by side.

So, gather your group, head to the Bocce court, and create lasting memories of laughter, friendly rivalry, and good times.

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Golfing in Sonoma: Ocean Views & Lush Fairways

July 4, 2023

For those seeking a golfing adventure, head north to Northwood Golf Club. Surrounded by towering redwoods in Sonoma County, this hidden gem provides a majestic setting and a demanding layout that seamlessly merges with nature. Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who designed the famous Cypress Point and joined efforts with Bobby Jones at Augusta National, took on the design challenge in 1928. This 9-hole course spans 70 acres and is open to the public. Experience the lush fairways and carefully crafted greens along the Russian River.

During your stay at The Bodega Bay Lodge, the dedicated staff will be delighted to assist you in arranging your golf outing. After a day on the links, relax and unwind by sipping a glass of wine at the Fireside Lounge or savoring the artisanal cuisine at Drakes Sonoma Coast.

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Stargazing Adventures

May 29, 2023

Just a short drive from The Lodge, you'll find excellent stargazing locations. Bodega Head, a rugged promontory, provides an unobstructed view of the expansive sky. From here, you can witness the beauty of the Milky Way and a multitude of constellations.
For a touch of adventure, head to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Wander the serene trails amidst ancient redwood trees and find a peaceful spot to lay down your blanket. The absence of city lights ensures a clear view of the cosmos.
If you prefer a closer option, Doran Regional Park is ideal. Hike the trails that lead you to secluded coves, sandy beaches, and grassy dunes. Settle along the shoreline, breathe in the salty sea air, and lose yourself in the captivating starry expanse.
Grab your telescope or simply bring your sense of wonder, and get ready for a stellar adventure.

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Soar Above Wine Country

May 3, 2023

If you're staying at The Lodge at Bodega Bay, you're in luck: there are several hot air balloon companies in the area that can take you on an unforgettable journey. Up & Away Ballooning, which operates in nearby Santa Rosa, has experienced pilots who will take you on a breathtaking ride over the rolling hills and vineyards of Sonoma County.

Another popular company in the area is Napa Valley Balloons, which offers rides over the iconic Napa Valley wine country.

Hot air balloon rides are generally best on clear, calm mornings as the light is soft and the colors of the landscape are more vivid. It's important to dress in comfortable, layered clothing that you can easily move around in, as temperatures can fluctuate during the ride. You will also want to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Get ready for a ride you'll never forget!

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Stunning Spring Blooms

April 25, 2023

One of the most common spring flowers on the Sonoma coast is the California poppy, which carpets the hillsides with brilliant orange blooms. Other popular flowers include lupines, wild irises, buttercups, and blue-eyed grass. These flowers are often found growing in dense clusters, adding pops of color to the lush green hills and rocky cliffs.
Guests at The Lodge at Bodega Bay can enjoy the sight and scent of these beautiful flowers on a scenic drive along Highway 1, or by exploring nearby hiking trails at Sonoma Coast State Park. Bodega Head, which is just a short drive from the Lodge, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean with springtime blooms that dot the coastal hills.

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Birding in Bodega Bay

November 29, 2022

As much as we love the movie, we do worry some folks will get the wrong idea about the avian residents of our tranquil bay, which is actually an extraordinarily popular destination for birding enthusiasts and comes highly recommended by the National Audubon Society. During your stay with us, when you’re not busy spying on Great Horned Owls and other rare species, check out the old Potter Schoolhouse, where, in one of The Birds’ most memorable scenes, a murder of crows suddenly menaces the town’s unsuspecting children. Please also remember to keep a respectful distance from the building, as it is now a private residence.

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Experience the Bay in a Whole New Way

October 19, 2022

Few things are more relaxing than kicking back with a glass of wine at sunset as you gaze over Doran Beach or Bodega Head, the orange glow of the firepit warming your face and hands. Still, to fully experience the beauty of the bay, we recommend getting out on the water for a while. For 16 years, Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures has entertained guests with tours of the Sonoma coast. Your captain, Coast Guard OUPV Richard Crumley, can accommodate up to 6 passengers on his 33’ sailboat for the 3-hour tour during which he’ll be pointing out significant landmarks, sea lions, seals, and a variety of birds (a former Park Ranger for over a decade, Richard knows the flora and fauna of our area almost as well as his beloved sailboat). To learn more about this unique tour and secure your reservations, check out the official Bodega Bay Sailing Adventures website today.

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Bodega Bay, It’s for The Birds

September 13, 2022

Though The Birds is certainly one of the greatest movies ever made, experienced bird enthusiasts know that there’s nothing scary about the birds of Bodega Bay. In fact, they’re one of the many attractions that bring visitors from across the nation to Sonoma County each year. Filled with fantastic and varied birding spots, the Bay area is home to many rare species, including the Great Horned Owl and other majestic raptors. Make your reservation today at Bodega Bay Lodge to discover why our region is one of the Audubon Society’s top choices for birding. If you’re a fan of Hitchcock’s movie, you can also check out the delightfully gothic Potter Schoolhouse (now a private home), where the film’s infernal flock of crows first train their claws on the town’s children.

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Kayaking in Bodega Bay

August 5, 2022

Even a simple walk along the beach—away from the buzz and blink of phones, computers, and TVs—can be a deeply restorative experience. If you’d like to see the coast in a different way, consider taking a 5-minute drive up to Bodega Bay Kayak, where the friendly, professional staff are eager to help guests of all ages enjoy a day of kayaking or paddleboarding along the bay, estuaries, or the open sea. You can rent all the necessary equipment, including a wetsuit, and learn about the best routes. Never kayaked or paddleboarded before? No problem. With over two decades of experience introducing total novices to the world of kayaking and paddleboarding, the staff of Bodega Bay Kayak will have you gliding across the water in no time.

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St. Teresa of Avila: A Charming State Historic Landmark

July 13, 2022

The schoolhouse (now a private home) isn’t the only notable Bodega Bay landmark that appears in the film, however. Perched atop the same hill, St. Teresa of Avila Church exudes an elegant simplicity, with its clean white exterior and a façade adorned with three stained-glass windows, one directly above and two that flank the front entrance, whose gothic arch mimics that of the presiding windows. Constructed in 1860 and declared a State Historic Landmark in 1968, St. Teresa is Sonoma County’s oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic church, and the various structural additions that have taken place over the years have attempted to preserve the aesthetic of its original design. If you’re an Ansel Adams fan, you might already have seen it. Like Hitchcock, Adams also immortalized St. Teresa of Avila Church in his 1953 black-and-white “Church and Road.” You can pick up a print of the famous photo during your visit to this quintessential Bodega Bay landmark.

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Surf’s Up at Bodega Bay

June 13, 2022

If you’re looking to hang ten during your stay with us, you’re in luck: The Lodge at Bodega Bay affords easy access to several great surfing spots. Are you new to the sport? Check out Dillon Beach, just 25 minutes by car from our hotel. With its relatively calm waters, this beach is perfect for novice surfers still finding their footing. Plunge right into the water, or opt to take a lesson or two at the local surfing school. If you’re a more experienced surfer staying with us, you don’t even have to hop in your car. Just grab your gear and stroll down to Doran Beach, where the waves can get pretty intense. Salmon Creek Beach, a 10-minute drive from The Lodge at Bodega Bay, is another popular spot for seasoned surfers willing to brave the riptides in search of some truly powerful waves.

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The Annual Gray Whale Migration

May 6, 2022

Once the task is complete, the whales head back north to the Bering Sea to feed through the summer. If you’re staying with us this May, you’ll have the opportunity to see these massive, majestic creatures in person. Bodega Head, a rocky peninsula roughly four miles long and a mile wide, not only protects Bodega Bay from the brutal force of the Pacific, it also provides an ideal lookout spot for the 40-foot, 60,000-pound sea mammals on their northward journey. (The newly born calves are much smaller, of course, and they love playing alongside their mothers as they travel home.) If you’d like to witness this stunning annual migration, just let hotel staff know. We’ll be happy to help you arrange the perfect day of whale watching.

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The Casual Elegance of Bodega Bay Dining

April 8, 2022

That’s why it’s so important to us to offer you a superlative dining experience to bookend your day, whether you’re looking for a hearty morning meal to prepare you for your next outdoor adventure or settling into a gourmet dinner after many hours under the sun. At Drakes Sonoma Coast, you’ll enjoy the finest seasonal and sustainably farmed vegetables, seafood, and meats, coupled with the wines that have made Sonoma County famous the world over. In the mood for a more casual dining or drinking experience? Check out the Drakes Fireside Lounge, where you can savor delicious seasonal fare, along with the perfect craft cocktail prepared by an expert mixologist. Sink into an oversize leather armchair, or kick back by one of three outdoor fire pits as you gaze across the serene seascape of Bodega Bay or Doran Beach.

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Horseback Riding in Bodega Bay

March 10, 2022

During your stay with us, we’d like to suggest a mode of transport you might not have considered: horseback riding. Here in Bodega Bay, we’re lucky to have two fantastic options for equestrian tours—Chanslor Stables at Chanslor Ranch and Horse N Around Trail Rides—each an easy 5-minute drive from our hotel. A fully functional western horse ranch, Chanslor Stables provides expert guides ready to take you across miles and miles of trails, from mountain peaks all the way to the sandy shoreline. Horse N Around Trail Rides is a family-owned operation with its own friendly team ready to escort you along a variety of trails that afford breathtaking views of rolling hills and shimmering sea. Both companies offer private rides. For more details and to see which company can best serve you and your family, check out the Chanslor Stables website here and the Horse N Around Trail Rides website here.

Chanslor Stables is located at 2660 Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923.

Horse N Around Trail Rides is located at 18401 S Highway, Bodega Bay, CA 94923.

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Love Is in the Air on the Sonoma Coast

February 8, 2022

Take an intimate stroll by the sea as the waves lap gently against the Sonoma shore, or enjoy the sea breeze from the comfort of your own private balcony or veranda while sipping an exclusive locally-produced vintage. Treat yourself to a deeply relaxing couples massage at our in-house spa, and dine on the freshest sustainably farmed produce, meats, and seafood in all of Northern California at Drakes Sonoma Coast. The staff at our hotel would be happy to help you select and reserve a weekend of activities tailored to your tastes, whether a sunset sail for two, an afternoon of horseback riding, or a tour of Sonoma County’s most exclusive wineries. At the Bodega Bay Lodge, we look forward to making your romantic getaway one that you’ll cherish for years to come.

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Happy as a Clam in High Water

January 8, 2022

The original, slightly longer phrase, “happy as a clam in high water,” offers a clue. During high water, or high tide, clams are protected from predators. When the tides recede, however, there’s little to stop gulls and other waterfowl from taking their pick of the batch. One of the country’s top spots for clamming, Bodega Bay attracts visitors from far and wide ready to collect buckets full of these hard-shelled mollusks that are the key ingredient in clam chowder, a regional specialty in these parts. Before you grab your bucket, rake, and shovel, you’ll need to acquire an official California Fishing License (don’t worry, it’s easy to get). If you’re a newbie to clamming, we’d also suggest hiring a guide to show you the ins and outs of this satisfying coastal pastime. No need to sweat the details, either. Guests of the Bodega Bay Lodge are encouraged to call ahead so our staff can help you make all the necessary arrangements for your dig in the shallows.

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A Little Serenity This Holiday Season

December 1, 2021

To help you relax, our in-house spa offers artisanal massage services in two tranquil treatment rooms, where sounds, scents, and textures are all finely-calibrated to create a serenity-inducing sensory experience. (Of course, our expert massage therapists would also be happy to perform your massage from the comfort of your own suite). Choose from the Sonoma Coast Massage, which uses gentle kneading and long effleurage strokes to ease muscles and stimulate circulation; the Aromatherapy Massage, which uses essential oils to create an aromatic healing environment; the Signature Hot Stone Massage or Warm Shell Massage, which use smooth basalt stones or gently-ridged tiger clam shells to melt away aches; or the Mom-to-Be-Massage, which uses special positions and techniques to relax and rejuvenate the expectant mother. Book your appointment today, and let the expert wellness professionals of Bodega Bay’s spa customize a treatment plan just for you.

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Bodega Bay, It’s for The Birds

November 4, 2021

Though The Birds is certainly one of the greatest movies ever made, experienced bird enthusiasts know that there’s nothing scary about the birds of Bodega Bay. In fact, they’re one of the many attractions that bring visitors from across the nation to Sonoma County each year. Filled with fantastic and varied birding spots, the Bay area is home to many rare species, including the Great Horned Owl and other majestic raptors. Make your reservation today at Bodega Bay Lodge to discover why our region is one of the Audubon Society’s top choices for birding. If you’re a fan of Hitchcock’s movie, you can also check out the delightfully gothic Potter Schoolhouse (now a private home), where the film’s infernal flock of crows first train their claws on the town’s children.

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Celebrate Harvest Season In Sonoma County

September 1, 2021

That’s right! All the freshest grapes will be plucked from their cozy vines and turned into delicious bold wines! It also means that wineries all over Sonoma County will be releasing their yearly anticipated new wines of the season.

There are a lot of ways to celebrate this fun time in Sonoma County. You can try your hand at grape-crushing, or you could do as the locals do and attend one or two Harvest Season events. This is our favorite time of year and we are excited to share it with you. Stop by the concierge desk today to find out which event we recommend while you are in town.

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Coastline Conservation In Bodega Bay

August 3, 2021

The effort that goes into the conservation of our coastlines is crucial, and Californians have always been Mother-Nature-forward and ready to jump on opportunities that affect our world in a positive way. With at least twelve State Marine Conservation Areas, ten State Marine Reserves and three Recreation Areas, it seems as if recreational activities are extremely limited in Northern California, but the reality is that many of the areas deemed "protected" have learning opportunities available in the Bodega Bay area—not to mention that 80% of open water is available for recreational fishing. The ocean is crucial to our life here on planet earth, especially in the Bodega Bay region, get involved and learn something new while visiting us in NoCal! Check out California’s Marine Protected Areas to learn more about our beloved coastline here!

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Better Believe The Bay Has The Best Oysters

July 5, 2021

Oysters are a staple summer food here in the Bodega Bay area—and just as fast as grapes grow on vines, oysters grow just as quickly in the sea! There is nothing quite like the flavor of a freshly plucked oyster that comes right from our backyard in the North Pacific. The fresh, juicy taste of an oyster being shucked right in front of you is not something you can replicate just anywhere. In fact, one of our favorite summertime activities is visiting Hog Island Oyster Co. for the 'Shuck-Your-Own Picnic' with family and friends. This unique BYOB experience includes a picnic table with grill, oyster shucking tools, lemons, hot sauce, freshly grated horseradish, Hogwash, and a quick shucking lesson. Eat and grill your heart out this summer with your very own oyster picnic party! Talk to the front desk to make your reservations in advance.

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Hang Ten At The Beach

June 1, 2021

No matter what time of year, ocean temperatures are pretty chilly up here in Northern California — however the warm summer weather really helps balance out the bite.

If you’re an advanced surfer, be sure to paddle out among some of California’s finest athletes. But if gliding on board through a big swell isn’t for you, grab a towel and watch the locals surf from the shore. A few of our favorite spots to catch some good wave riding or do some people-watching are Salmon Creek and Doran Beach. Whether your catching waves or soaking in the sunshine, summertime is the perfect time to hang ten or hang out right here on the California coast.

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Be Above Bodega Bay For A Day

May 3, 2021

Feel-Good Dining At Drakes

April 6, 2021

This spring, we are taking Drakes outdoors with a casual pop-up menu, inspired by Sonoma’s spring produce and the age-old tradition of breezy beach picnics. Take in the scenery while sampling the same great cuisine with a focus on local seafood and farm-fresh produce.

Drakes Spring Picnic Pop-Up will feature Chef Brendalee’s signature coastal cuisine in a relaxed outdoor setting with cozy fire pits and unmatched sunset views. Interested in a meal to-go? Drakes Sonoma Coast is available for carryout from 4 to 9 pm and in-room dining is available for breakfast from 7:30 to 11 am, and dinner from 4 to 9 pm. Drakes Sonoma Coast is scheduled to resume normal operations in June, and can’t wait to welcome you to our Spring Picnic Pop-Up in the meantime!

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Beauty In The Bay

March 1, 2021

Much of the California coastline has strict regulations and conservation efforts to keep the ocean thriving and the marine life healthy. The delicate Pacific ecosystem has some of the most unique and crucial elements of the natural environment. The Marine Protected Areas are listed for all to see and specifically target kelp forests, rocky reefs, and tide pools, all of which help to sustain the environment. But don’t be afraid to check out these delicate, mystical underwater wonders. Get involved while visiting Bodega Bay by setting up a day tour or educational experience and responsibly encounter the beauty that is Bodega Bay. Don’t be shy! Click here for a quick video about the coasts of California—and you can also check out the live feed of our coastlines here. 

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Bring Your Love To Bodega Bay

February 2, 2021

Reconnect with your significant other while strolling along a scenic stretch of beach or kissing beneath the crisp California skies. There is nothing more romantic than a coastal getaway for two, to express your admiration for one another and rekindle your connection.

Our spacious guest rooms and suites provide the perfect hideaway — with cozy fireplaces, private balconies, and luxurious amenities like Nespresso coffee, microfiber robes, and spa-inspired bath products — many with beautiful bay views.

Plan a private sunset sail along the Pacific Coast or cuddle up with a carry-out dinner from Drakes and enjoy a gourmet meal from the comfort of your accommodation here at Bodega Bay. End your day with a couples massage and a locally-grown bottle of wine while watching the sun go down. Leave Bodega Bay feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and even more in love than before you arrived.

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A Cozy Evening Indoors

January 4, 2021

First, start your morning with a healthy and hearty breakfast, get in some light exercise, or go for a stroll along the coast. In addition to our complimentary Electra cruiser bike rentals, we have the beautiful Bodega Bay right in our own backyard!

Next, catch up on some reading by the beach or from the comfort of your own room. Grab your favorite novel or trade magazine and allow the story to unfold as you get toasty by the fireplace.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some of the region’s finest food and wine without ever leaving your room. A gourmet meal from Drakes Sonoma Coast is just a call or click away. From breakfast in bed to California-grown bottles of wine, there’s plenty to choose from.

After dinner and one of our signature desserts, it’s time to get ready for bed. Our spa-inspired bath amenities make it easy to unwind. Once your nighttime routine is complete, wrap yourself in a robe, pour yourself a cup of tea, and find your favorite movie channel on TV. Slipping into a restful night’s sleep is only moments away.

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The Art Of Relaxation

December 1, 2020

Our in-house spa does it all—choose to remain in the comfort of your own suite or schedule a day of pampering in one of our tranquil treatment rooms. Each of our services mirrors the style of living we like to achieve here in Northern California, so you can expect an artisanal experience and a fresh, local feel when it comes to our specialty massages. We use ingredients from our own backyard to ensure an authentic spa experience. Try out our treatments that infuse cabernet grape seeds and warm tiger clam seashells to cleanse your skin and quiet your mind.

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Bird Watching In The Bay

November 5, 2020

With a mix of salty ocean air, cliff-lined coasts, and verdant rolling vineyards, Sonoma County has been deemed one of the most important birding destinations in the nation and around the world. Specific birding locations vary in the Bay Area— some are tucked away in the woodlands or along the shore—and you can see certain species living peacefully in residential neighborhoods too.

There are many types of rare species that reside in the Bay, keeping birders on the lookout for creatures such as the Great Horned Owl and various hawks that can be spotted soaring high above the clouds. For a comprehensive list of native and migratory birds in the area and where to find them, the Sonoma County Bird Watching website has got you covered. Drop what you're doing, grab your binoculars, and go get your birding on!

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Horse N Around Trail Rides

October 1, 2020

We are surrounded by so many beautiful nature preserves, redwood forests, oceanside cliffs, and protected sand dunes. A great way to see Bodega Bay and still be outside is by horseback. One of our favorite companies, Horse N Around, offers trail rides as well as rides on the beach and all over Bodega Bay. Horseback riding provides the perfect group or family activity, and solo riders are welcome to join in the fun as well.

There is something so beautiful and peaceful about a quiet ride through the beautiful backcountry trails of California, so saddle up and grab some of your pals for a fun day out on the ranch! California’s Northern Coast is dynamic— from the Pacific Ocean to the Redwood forest to the vineyards of Russian River Valley—and Bodega Bay puts you within easy reach of it all! 

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Go Golfing Along The Pacific

August 10, 2020

Spending time out on the course with the fresh ocean breeze is a great way to unwind after traveling, and it has become even more enjoyable as the summer months approach Northern California. Schedule your tee time online or give them a ring to help schedule the perfect afternoon for you and your friends out on the green.

If golf isn’t your thing, it's no problem to wait for your friends while touring the gorgeous beaches and marshes of The Links. After your round of golf, stop by the Bluewater Bistro for a crisp glass of California wine. There really isn’t anything quite like the peaceful serenity of the sport.

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Road Trip Republic

May 4, 2020

Embark on an adventure that leads to NorCal’s best-kept secret, and experience a getaway where the journey is truly part of the destination.

Visit California has created Road Trip Republic, which outlines incredible routes for road trips around the state, with itineraries suitable for anywhere from 1-10 days.

The most epic itinerary—the “Born To Be Wild” road trip—happens to feature a stop at Bodega Bay Lodge. Start among Northern California’s redwood forests and relax at our secluded spot on the rugged Sonoma Coast, enjoying the catch of the day and the Russian River before heading toward SoCal.

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Bike Along An Iconic Coast

April 6, 2020

A great way to get the lay of the land is by foot and by bike — there are great trails throughout the iconic coastline of Bodega Bay. Many of these trails can be navigated on your own, but if you're a novice trail hunter, there are plenty of guided tours available around the town. We are happy to help you set up a guided tour or rent bikes during your stay with us along the coast, just stop by our front desk and we will be happy to help you set up a half-day or full-day adventure around town.

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Flock To Bodega Bay For This Annual Festival

March 2, 2020

The festival is a two-day event starting on March 27th and ending on the 28th, the ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for children. They will be showing The Birds along with The Trouble with Harry and The Man Who Knew Too Much after each showing of the feature film.

The Birds house has become a staple place to visit in the area for both locals and visitors. Alfred Hitchcock specifically chose the Bodega Bay setting for its hilly coast and dramatic morning fog. Thriller junkies will be ‘flocking’ to Bodega Bay at the end of this month to get the full Birds experience. Will you be among them?

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Whale, We Know What We Are Looking For This Month

February 3, 2020

The Grey Whales of the Pacific Ocean are beginning their long-anticipated journey up North towards Alaska for their migration. Bodega Bay has so many great spots around the city that you can see the whales from—the only thing you might need is a pair of binoculars and a good hat. Our town is built for whale watching, we have so many great locations to perch because of all the cliffs that surround the water. It's the perfect winter activity to build an entire day around. Pack a nice lunch, a little sunscreen, and your favorite beverages before camping out in any of the sunny state parks while you wait for these iconic pods to pass.

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Happy Clamming On The Coast

January 6, 2020

But have you ever stopped to wonder how clams were caught? They live in waters too shallow for nets and don’t have mouths for hooks and lines, so what’s the catch? Clams live in the shallow salty waters of the bay, they bury themselves and only appear just before low-tide. We call the act of harvesting these delicious specimens, as you guessed it, “clamming.”

You must first obtain a California Fishing License before you begin your dig, along with a bucket, rake, and shovel to get the full experience. If you schedule a tour, your guide will help you find the best locations for a good-ole fashion clam dig, but if you decide to go on your own, just keep an eye out for the sand with clusters of breathing holes and dense vegetation. Ask us at the reception desk to help set up your clamming adventure in Bodega Bay.

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Dungeness Crab Season In The Pacific Northwest

December 2, 2019

As always, this much anticipated time of year comes right before the Thanksgiving Holiday and just in time for Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year. And since we like to give you the rundown on all things crab, we decided to do a quick list of some of our favorite facts on this delectable crustacean.

Did you know that the Dungeness Crab is considered to be a sustainable seafood, which makes this environmentally friendly dish even more delicious to enjoy? These crabby creatures are named after their habitat—which is a long stretch of sand located in the Pacific Northwest. Another fun fact is that native Californians have traded in their Thanksgiving Turkeys for this sweet, delectable crab meat. If your vacation brings you to Bodega Bay this winter, it is a must that you get a fresh bite of the almighty Dungeness Crab!

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It's Time To Help The Kelp!

November 3, 2019

These unique forests have many different functions and are a crucial resource for all types of sea creatures that live in the cold California waters. Kelp is a nutrient-rich algae that triples as a meal, hiding place, and nursery for animals like sea urchins, sea lions, and rockfish. Although kelp looks like a giant green plant, it is actually a fast-growing algae that can grow up to 18-inches a day. This fast-moving leaf seems to be doing just fine, however, it is currently in grave danger of disappearing. With warmer than usual water temperatures, overfishing, and a rise in sea urchin levels, these special forests are beginning to diminish. Help the Kelp is a great program from the Bodega Bay Area to increase the awareness of kelp destruction and to begin to protect and rebuild these crucial habitats. To learn more about the urgent kelp crisis, be sure to check out their landing page here.

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Bottle Up The Air In Bodega Bay

October 7, 2019

Some of the most beautiful scenery and color-changing takes place during this month, and there are tons of great trails to choose from along the coast and through the vineyards. Serious hikers will enjoy strolling through Jack London Historic State Park, where over 20 miles of fresh trails and tons of turning trees can be found. Or try a hike in the Russian River Corridor, where trails line the plunging cliffs and others are just steps away from the vineyard grapes. Our front desk staff has great recommendations for walking tours or local trails just feet away from our lobby. Get out and take in all the fresh air that Bodega Bay has to offer—it's the type of crisp you'll want to bottle up to bring back home with you.

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Find Your Inner Fairy At Annual Old Grove Festival

September 2, 2019

A total Northern California bucket list item is to attend the Annual Old Grove Festival at the historic Redwood Forest Theater in Armstrong Redwoods SNR. This delicate, backwoods festival is what dreams are actually made of. Picture yourself in a clearing in the middle of hundreds of giant redwood trees, listening to live music while sipping on wine with twinkling lights, and voilá!—you're at the Annual Old Grove Festival. This antique stage was built in the 1930s for performers to integrate their performances with nature and to bring a unique experience to the audience. And unique it is! Purchase your tickets online to secure your spot at one of Northern California’s most unique musical experiences ever!

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Take A Day Trip To Russian River Valley

August 5, 2019

Built in the 1800s as a small family farm, this property began to grow as the wine country in this area started to expand. It was abandoned in the 1990s but recently renovated in the last decade to become the perfect little oasis it is today. The new owners wanted to preserve the uniqueness of the property by maintaining the agriculture values that it was once built to be, which is why you will find several of the original buildings still standing today. The first seeds that were planted were Merlot grapes in 1960, and the property has flourished ever since. Spend an afternoon at this rustic, yet luxe vineyard—it might be the most talked-about part of your trip!

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Sip On The Brews Of Summer In Sonoma County

June 4, 2019

As of now, there are at least twenty-four craft breweries in the area and people have been flocking to Sonoma lately exclusively for the beer. So much so that the Beer Trail was created to encourage a similar culture to wine tasting, but with craft brews.

June is particularly exciting for craft beer enthusiasts because Beerfest The Good One will be taking place the first weekend in June. This festival showcases over sixty regional breweries and cider mills in one single event. Plus you can feel good about indulging in fine beer because the net proceeds from this festival go directly to Face to Face, a non-profit organization with a mission to end HIV in Sonoma County while supporting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Taste beer and support a great cause the first weekend of summer in Sonoma County!

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Springtime In Sonoma Is For Festivals

April 1, 2019

April 2nd is the 24th Annual Battle of the Brews. It says it in the name but its craft beer time and the competition is fierce. Indulge in local brews and delicious bites at this annual festival by purchasing your tickets online in advance.

April 27th is the Spring Farm Tours: Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies. Learn about life on a Sonoma County Farm when all the farmers of the area open up their doors for tastings and tricks of the trade. It's a great family-friendly event and a fascinating insight into a world we don't normally see.

April 28th is Fungi Fest. This funky food festival is hosted by Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc. and raises money for the Ceres Community Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on healing humans, the community, and the earth. Feast on mushroom-inspired dishes and dance to live music during this fun daytime outing.

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Catch A Peek At The Bodega Bay Pups

September 3, 2021

Each Spring these perfect little pups flock to Goat Rock Beach to frolic and with other frisky new-born pups in the area. From just 50 yards away you can basically see the detail in their little faces and hear their sweet little barks, while their family guards them ferociously during playtime. Goat Rock Beach is located in Sonoma County and is just a skip away from the hotel. Be sure to ask our front desk about the best time of day to catch these little guys in action. We know you are here for the wine, but you might just want to stay for the pups!

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F Is For Fairground

February 4, 2019

Each February on President’s Day Weekend, the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds are lit up with rides and people from all over the state. The Citrus Fair Grounds are not only home to a weekend of fun rides, delicious eats, and shows, but they also host an abundance of other events all year long.

One of the more well-known events being North America’s largest wine competition, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition that is held on the same weekend. Be sure to head to the Citrus Fair or even pop over to see the Wine Competition. There is so much to do this weekend at the Clover dale Citrus Fairgrounds!

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There Is Only One Reason You Should Be Crabby In The Bay

January 7, 2019

It’s Dungeness Crab season here in California and there are so many great ways to celebrate. Crab season begins the first week in November and runs through the month of June—which means, for eight full months you can enjoy freshly caught, delicious meaty crab from ocean to table. Not only can you capitalize on some of the best crab meat while you're in California for every meal, but you can also get your hands dirty and catch your very own crab!

There are two ways to go crabbing while you are in town. The first option is right on-shore—you can catch up to 10 crabs per season without a permit right from the pier. Or you can hire a boat for the day and have them show you the ropes of what it is like to be a professional crabber. We think both options are awesome!

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Celebrate The Holidays In California

December 3, 2018

Although the Bay area is buzzing around this time of year for the holidays and the new year, it is also a great place to step back, enjoy the natural beauty, and ring in all the holidays at your own pace. Since Bodega Bay is so centrally located, you have many options on how to spend your holiday season during your visit. If you like the hustle and bustle of a big city, San Francisco is just a quick hop away. If you’re seeking out a more rustic vibe, Sonoma County is right in our own backyard. But if you truly want the essence of nature and a calm spirit, Bodega Bay will be your happy place. All you need is a blanket, beach, and a bottle of wine to make any night here in the Bay special!

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