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Area Activities



iwindsurf will give you a complete overview of the Bodega Bay windsurfing scene, with weather and conditions, maps, local info, and basically everything you'll need to know other than how to put your rig together. But they could probably steer you to someone who could. Surfline has the scoop on surf spots all over the globe, but in this case, Salmon Creek is the spot to start with. You'll know the ins and outs of the local waters, other local breaks, like Doran Beach, the nearest surf shop, and what to expect once in you're in the water. Only friendly critters, we hope. (Hey, sharks are friendly 99% of the time!) Experienced surfers please call us (707 875 9220) for a lowdown on homebreaks. There are two great surf shops; Bodega Bay Surf Shack (707 875 8899) and Northern Light Surf Shop (707 876 3032) ... windsurfing, kite, SUP, wetsuits, lessons, rentals - they've got you covered in every possible way.

Hiking

Trails.com will get you up to speed on the myriad hiking trails in the area. Another great site for an overview of the region is Sonoma County Trails or for information on the Parks, go to Sonoma County Parks Dept. Right out our door is the Bird Watch Trail, a 10-minute walk which winds across a stream that feeds into Bodega Harbor, where the leopard sharks and bat rays live, past nesting native and migratory birds, all the way out to the waves at Doran Park (grab your surfboard!). Another favorite hike of ours is the Sonoma Coast Trail where you'll trek from Wright's Beach to Goat Rock ... a beautiful, relatively easy, coastal hike up on the bluffs. If you're really into the bird watching, go to the Audubon Society and get the lowdown on the region's opportunities to observe the many species of winged creatures swirling around you (last we heard, no vampire bats).

Kayaking

There are tons of sea kayaking opportunities up and down the coast. Here's what they say about Bodega Bay, "Beginners and intermediates can enjoy a 4-mile flat-water loop inside the harbor, practice reentries and other skills, or play in the surf on a well-protected stretch of sandy ocean beach, while more experienced paddlers can access miles of rugged open coast." Who we really, really like is Bodega Bay Kayak. Trust us, those guys are the best.

Shopping

Our favorite little shop for all sorts of cool stuff is Harbor View Gifts just up the road at 935 Highway 1 in Bodega Bay (707.875.3122). Jewelry, kites, shirts, taffy ... it's totally unique.

Bird Watch Guide Book

While at Bird Watch, you'll notice our very own GUIDE BOOK - which we wrote and published just for you - prominently displayed. It gathers all the things we want to share with you regarding the area: restaurants, shopping, natural features, things to do ... all in one, fun book. Now you can read it online too!

Winery Tours / Spas / Restaurants

Sonoma County Events is a one-stop info source regarding everything that's going on, and every place you want to go to: outstanding local wineries, the restaurants, the spas, historical destinations, and all sorts of other places and events. You'll find maps, phones numbers, calendars, links to other sites. Want to cut right to the winery chase? Try Sonoma Uncorked, it's your portal to the local grape growers. Restaurants? So many great ones. One of my birthday lunch/dinner favorites is Tony's on Tomales Bay. Tony's is an old local joint - NOT fancy - located on the water and, when in season, they cook fresh, mouth-watering AMAZING BBQ oysters that taste like heaven. The drive from Bodega Bay to Tomales is gorgeous, too. There is decent Italian in Occidental (20 minutes away to the east) at the Union Hotel - the pizzeria, not the main restaurant. And they have a wonderful bakery. Other incredible bakeries are Wildflower in Freestone and Gold Coast Coffee in Duncan's Mills (20 minutes away north)-brick oven pastries. Hands down our favorite of all places to eat is Willow Wood Cafeé (20 minutes east) in Graton. Best breakfasts in the universe plus incredible lunches and dinners. A wonderful bar and night life place is just across the street from Willow Wood Market called Underwood. Howard's Station in Occidental has a nice breakfast, too. In Bodega Bay you can walk a few minutes to Lucas Wharf Restaurant. We like to eat in the waiting area right next to the fireplace. The Fisherman's Stew is yummy and big enough for two. Across the street from our house is Ruby's for morning cinnamon rolls and expresso - and for lunch voted "Best Burgers" in Sonoma County at The Hot Dog House. Near us also is Spud Point Crab Co., for clam chowder and all things crab. The Inn at the Tides is another fresh seafood stop in the neighborhood. We like to eat fresh fish and chips at The Boat House on Hwy 1 a few minutes away by car. Don't overlook The Tides Restaurant deli counter; a few blocks from the house on the harbor. There you'll get smoked salmon, sourdough bread, cheese, crab cocktail, shrimp cocktails and feast while watching the seals and sea gulls. Grab a bottle of wine. There are many beautiful little coves to have a picnic. I highly recommend taking the drive to Goat Rock Beach (15 minutes north) or park the car and take the trail from Wrights Beach along the coastal ridge to Goat Rock. It's a lovely trail with plenty of nice places to picnic along the way. There are no shortage of knock out incredible places to eat inland like John Ash in Santa Rosa and Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg is totally high end dining - at least 45 minutes away. There are plenty of great wineries along the way if you take West Side Road. For the sublime spa experience, may we heartily recommend Osmosis and their Japanese Cedar Enzyme Bath. It'll set you right! And we're hearing great things about a new place; Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay. Fine 5-star dining. Check it out.

Golf

Bodega Harbour Golf Course is one of Northern California's most impressive golf courses. Perched along the spectacular Sonoma County Coast, it combines breathtaking natural beauty with the award-winning design of Robert Trent Jones Jr. "A true Scottish style links course, combining spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, rolling fairways, undulating greens, and native coastal rough..."

Satellite Maps

Surfline connects you to GoogleEarth satellite images, which is a great way to waste time while learning about every little hidden nook and cranny on the coast. Plus, you'll be just a click away from all the surf/wave information you'll want. Hmmm, what's that dark, torpedo-shaped thingie I see close to shore when I zoom in?