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Posted September 2006

Cool Climate Ocean Beauty and
Great Wines


Sonoma Coast Appellation

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
-- John Masefield. Sea Fever

Local's Tip:

A hidden treasure for Bodega Bay locals is the bar at Bodega Harbour. It sits atop the Bluewater Bistro and looks out over the seaside holes in the links-style golf course, as well as parts of Doran Beach.

Thursday night is Martini Night, and from 5 pm to 8 pm you will find many locals in attendance listening to regional live bands that jam on the weekday night.

(BODEGA BAY, CA) – If a land-locked life is starting to crowd you in, and like the poet above, you need your sea fix, the Sonoma Coast is definitely the place to get it.

Interestingly, many people are enjoying vacation rentals along the coast for lengthy stays, though there are a proliferation of your very nice-to-very basic hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs. Of course, with all the state and county parks, inexpensive camp and RV sites with million dollar views are in abundance. They fill up quickly, though, so if that is your mode of travel, book ahead.

While Contributing Editor ML Hilton can absolutely do the down-and-dirty, quick stop for a night at your no-frills chain lodging, when she is exploring an area she prefers accommodations that offer up the region’s bounty in its service, suites, and ambiance. Read about her recent stay at Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa.

Beyond the beach combing (and watching the sunsets over the ocean from your suite) there are other noteworthy activities along the Sonoma Coast. High on the list? Great local, fresh seafood prepared with a dedication to using home-grown produce, and enjoyable activities like playing golf links-style, or horse-back riding along the tides-edge.

Then there’s the wine: the cool-climate varietal wines you find out near the coast, with a style and verve all their own. Here are four to look for >>>

The Sonoma Coast is a great getaway for those of us suffering from urban chafe. The still mostly unspoiled beauty is enhanced by the friendly locals, world-class wines, great local produce and a relaxed attitude.

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