Sonoma Coast’s gorgeous 55 miles of beauty beckon to be explored and stayed at in one of the unique hotels and inns. Hiking a bluff-top pathway, collecting shells and pebbles on a sandy beach, or simply stopping your car to admire the view from one of the amazing vista points along Highway 1 all take time.
Which is why it’s wonderful that the Sonoma Coast boasts so many unique and charming places to spend the night, giving you the time to relax and really enjoy your coastal experience.
Whether you’re looking for simple and rustic or elegantly luxurious, here are 10 coastal retreats that will let you settle in, relax, and enjoy. They’re listed geographically, from Bodega Bay on Sonoma County’s southern border to The Sea Ranch on its northern border.
Indulge your senses in this Mediterranean oasis, tucked away on 60 acres of breathtaking rolling hills just a few miles inland from the Sonoma coastline. It’s the perfect getaway spot. In addition to 18 luxurious rooms, each with a fireplace and private patio, this European villa-style resort offers a private restaurant with menus that change daily, and a full-service spa. Horseback riding is available to guests, and the villa’s nine-hole putting green prepares golfers for the challenge of the nearby Links at Bodega Harbor.
Details: Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa, Bodega
Escape to this beautiful and luxurious retreat, which offers ocean views from every room. The onsite restaurant, Drake’s Sonoma Coast Cuisine, is open for breakfast and dinner, and celebrates the bounty of this spectacular coastal region with a menu highlighting local, sustainably farmed produce, seafood, and meats. The onsite spa also sits above the Sonoma coastline, anchored by an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa.
Details: Bodega Bay Lodge, Bodega Bay
Kick back and relax at this casual California beach inn. Originally built as an art gallery, the inn still features work by many local artists. Family-run since 1983, this pet-friendly inn offers seven rooms, all with California king beds, private bathrooms, and 32” flat screen TVs. There is no onsite restaurant, but Roadhouse Coffee is next door and award-winning restaurants are nearby. Guests are always welcome to bring and store their own food.
Details: Bodega Bay Inn, Bodega Bay
Elegant guest lodges in secluded, natural surroundings offer sweeping views of Bodega Bay, the harbor, and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. The 86 spacious guest rooms come with a full American breakfast and a free bottle of wine when you arrive. The facilities include a heated swimming pool (partially indoors), a whirlpool spa, a sauna, and an exercise room; in-room massages are available by appointment. The inn’s casual yet elegant Bay View Restaurant offers sweeping waterfront views and a menu of Italian favorites. The Tides Wharf includes a snack bar, a gourmet market, a gift shop, and the Tides Wharf Restaurant, which specializes in fresh, local seafood and American cuisine.
Details: Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay
Spread over more than four acres at the mouth of the Russian River, this landmark inn is a collection of historic buildings, some of which date back more than a century. The unique main building was constructed entirely from redwood in the late 1940s by Swedish boat-builders. The 21 guest rooms offer ocean and river views, private decks, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and kitchenettes. Recent renovations updated the décor, furnishings, and amenities, and more upgrades are planned. The onsite restaurant, Eatery by the Sea, serves local and organic breakfast and lunch; the menu changes seasonally.
Details: Jenner Inn, Jenner
Nestled on a bluff above a sheltered cove (where seals lounge on rocky outcroppings and grey whales pause on their migratory journeys), Fort Ross Lodge offers 16 oceanfront rooms in its main lodge and six hilltop rooms in their own extraordinary world. Even the onsite general store offers an ocean view, as well as deli sandwiches, beer, wine, and a range of items from postcards to fishing bait.
Details: Fort Ross Lodge, Jenner
Enjoy spectacular sunset views at this one-of-a-kind bluff-top location where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. With no TVs, no telephones, and no data ports, the inn’s five rustic cabins are designed for couples looking to unplug, relax, and rejuvenate. All the cabins offer private balconies with stunning views of the Sonoma coast, and most include a gas fireplace. In the restaurant’s small and intimate dining room, the eclectic menu blends international influences with fresh seasonal ingredients.
Details: River’s End Restaurant & Inn, Jenner
This rustic and charming cliff-side retreat features 16 rooms nestled around a hot tub and picturesque gardens. The upstairs rooms have private sun decks, Jacuzzi tubs, and spectacular ocean views. All rooms include a 32” HDTV, oak furnishings, original artwork, a mini-refrigerator, and microwave. The lodge’s Bar & Grill offers fresh and simple coastal fare (from burgers and fries to a prawn quesadilla, salmon, or steak) in a relaxed setting, with outdoor seating and a beautiful ocean view.
Details: Ocean Cove Lodge Bar & Grill, Jenner
Perched on a dramatic bluff high above the Pacific Ocean, this iconic, one-of-a-kind hotel offers unimpeded views of the ocean, wind-swept cypress trees, and towering redwoods. The recently renovated hotel features 46 guest rooms, including eight premium suites, with a choice of ocean views, sunset vistas, and forest panoramas. The new Coast Kitchen onsite restaurant offers organic, seasonal food with clean, crisp presentations, served amid stunning ocean views. And towering over the resort is the 93-foot Peace Obelisk sculpture by the late Benjamino Bufano. Made of concrete, mosaic tile, redwood, and lead, the beautiful sculpture is approximately eight stories high and weighs about 20 tons.
Details: Timber Cove Resort, Jenner
The emphasis is on the beauty and bounty of untamed nature at this remote lodge, located on Sonoma County’s northernmost coastal border—a place of ocean vistas, pristine bluffs, dramatic landscapes, and abundant wildlife. You’re guaranteed an ocean view from any of the lodge’s 19 rooms, decorated in a rustic yet elegant style. The onsite restaurant, the Black Point Grill, blends outstanding seasonal cuisine with those same gorgeous coastal views for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Details: Sea Ranch Lodge, The Sea Ranch
For more ideas, check our listings of Sonoma County Hotels and Lodgings.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.