Drive up the winding Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) in northern Sonoma County through some of the most dramatic, exquisite scenery in the country, until you discover the perfect getaway haven, the Timber Cove Resort.
Named one of Sunset Magazine's "Top 8 Hideaways by the Sea," the Timber Cove (21780 N. Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3231) hugs the coastline in a truly gorgeous setting. Perched on a dramatic bluff high above the Pacific Ocean, this one-of-a-kind hotel offers unimpeded views of the ocean, wind-swept cypress trees, and towering redwoods.
Recently remodeled, this iconic lodging features 46 guest rooms, including eight premium suites, with a choice of ocean views, sunset vistas, and forest panoramas. The onsite Coast Kitchen restaurant offers organic, seasonal food with clean, crisp presentations, served amid the dining room's stunning ocean views. With a "contemporary meets Old World" menu, it epitomizes farm-to-table coastal cuisine.
Towering over the resort is the 93-foot Peace Obelisk sculpture by the late San Francisco artist, Benjamino Bufano. Made of concrete, mosaic tile, redwood, and lead, the beautiful sculpture is approximately eight stories high and weighs about 20 tons.
The guestrooms encourage indulgence. Cozy up to the fireplace or soak in the spa tub. Toast the sunset over the ocean — with Sonoma County wine, of course — on your private deck. Or just lay in bed, relaxing as you hear the ocean pounding on the rocks below.
Timber Cove is the perfect place to unwind. The ocean fog often hangs in the redwood trees, at once mysterious and enticing. And there is something empowering about the rugged coastline; each wave that crashes into the rocks below and each sunset that dips into the horizon calls out to be savored like a great glass of wine.
There are excellent trails for a romantic stroll or a solitary walk to enjoy the scenery. At low tide, venture out to the rocks below to discover the creatures in the tide pools. At night, enjoy s’mores at the outdoor fire pit that overlooks the spectacular ocean view.
Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the wines that call this part of Sonoma Wine Country home. Go wine tasting at Fort Ross Vineyard & Tasting Room (15725 Meyers Grade Road, Jenner, 707-847-3460), a 20-minute drive from Timber Cove Resort.
Spend an afternoon discovering the history of the area at Fort Ross State Historic Park (19005 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3437; open Friday to Monday), just minutes south of the resort. Or just a few miles north of Timber Cove, explore the pygmy forest at Salt Point State Park, and stroll through the magnificent spring blossoms at the 317-acre Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve.
From relaxing to exploring, Timber Cove Resort offers visitors an awesome respite in their travels.