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8 Hidden Gems Along the Sonoma Coast

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Being over 50 miles long, the Sonoma coastline offers a multitude of wonderful adventures — so it can be worthwhile to know where the hidden gems are before you start exploring.

If you're anything like me, you'll stop alongside the winding roads any time there is a photo opportunity. But if you're a traveler who's interesting in exploring the true, secret, hidden gems that only the locals know about on the Sonoma Coast, here are eight great places to start exploring:

 

The Sea Ranch Chapel

This little chapel is the definiton of a hidden gem along the Sonoma Coast. Found in the small, unincorporated community of The Sea Ranch, it was designed as a non-denominational santuary for prayer, meditation, and spiritual renewal. It's open 365 days year, and some people have even gotten married in it! The inside is filled with redwood seats and gorgeous stained glass windows that reflect all sorts of colors. You can learn more about this unique little gem here

The Sea Ranch Chapel 🍄🌲

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Patrick's Salt Water Taffy

Patrick's is a must-stop on your trip along the coastline! A favorite of both locals and tourists, Patrick's has been around since 1960. You'll be able to recognize the candy store quite easily along your route, as it's a pink & white striped building. It's filled with close to 100 different kinds of taffy for you to bring home. 

 

Salt Point State Park

Salt Point is not your average state park. This park has an extremely rocky shoreline where salt from ocean water has crystallized in sandstone, giving a honeycomb-like look to the rocks along the water. It's a sight thats hard to explain, but amazing to see. And not to mention, Salt Point's natural beauty creates a seasonal waterfall that pours into the ocean (seen below). There's even a Pygmy Forest you can explore if you have some extra time!

 

Spud Point Crab Company

Over the years, Spud Point Crab Co. has become QUITE the hot commodity when visiting Bodega Bay. Their fresh caught crab and wild king salmon has lead thousands to their ocean-front, 360-square-foot shop. If you want to sink your teeth into their famous crab caks, clam chowder, or tri-tip sandwiches (the fisherman's favorite), it's best to arrive when they open at 9 a.m., before the long line forms! 

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Fort Ross Vineyard

With a tasting room view that's hard to beat, Fort Ross Vineyard also has some exceptional cool climate wines that pair perfectly with the view. Their vineyard overlooks the California redwoods and the Pacific Ocean, for an absolutely gorgeous photo opportunity. Just see for yourself below! 

Sonoma Coast Wine 🍷

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Gualala Point Regional Park

Gualala Point is one of the lesser-known regional parks along the Northern Sonoma Coast that is just brimming with beauty. The park includes coastal hiking trails along bluffs, through meadows, and above the Gualala River. If you want to spend the day relaxing, there are also great sandy beaches for picnicking, and camping under coastal redwoods.

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Captain Davey’s Coffee and Ice Cream

From the outside it isn't much, but Captain Davey's is a well-loved coffee and ice cream walk-up cafe that overlooks the water where you can find the wind surfers in Bodega Bay. With unique drinks like the rasberry mocha, spiced mexican mocha, or even the chocolate peanut butter expresso shake, their delicious drinks (and fresh pastries!) are a perfect treat for your day on the coast. Then for lunch, head right next door to The Dog House for some of the best hot dogs and burgers for you and your dog! 

  

Terra Glamping 

Terra Glamping is found in the unincorporated community on the Sonoma coast known as Annapolis, about 40 miles north of Bodega Bay. Known as "where modern luxury and the milk way collide", you'll enjoy some of the most untouched views of the Pacific in your own luxury tent along the coastline. 

 

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