The Sonoma Coast is calling, with its thundering crash of waves, invigorating fragrance of sea salt, and cozy lodging that invites you breath deep and relax. From inns, to hotels, resorts and private rentals, there are plenty of places to take in those spectacular, soothing oceanfront sunsets. Here is a selection of some gorgeous places to stay, however you can find the complete list of Sonoma Coast lodging here.
The two bedroom/two bath rental home feels like a private oasis, accessed past Goat Rock State Beach along Highway near the Kortum Coastal Hiking Trail. The site spans 1.5 acres for secluded exploration, or meditative viewing from the home’s wraparound deck with its Jacuzzi hot tub.
Details: 10439 Highway 1, Jenner
Bay Hill Mansion B&B, Bodega Bay
It truly is a mansion, sitting like a white and blue-trimmed wedding cake on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each of the five guest rooms are individually designed, including three king suites, with restful, Victorian inspired decors, and a choice of super-pillow-top or luxury memory-foam beds.
It’s all about luxury, actually, from the deep soaking tubs in the marble baths, to 1000 thread-count linens and Turkish cotton towels, to remote-controlled infrared fireplaces, a personal concierge for kayaking, horseback riding and such, and a choice of two homemade breakfast menus daily. Note: the property is home to a friendly dog, and also welcomes canine guests.
Details: 3919 Bay Hill Road, Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Lodge, Bodega Bay
This oasis is so romantic and serene on its seaside perch. As the only AAA Four Diamond hotel on the Sonoma Coast, it offers a luxury escape, in rooms outfitted with real fireplaces, warm, snuggly down comforters, and private balconies for stargazing. You can get duck at the resort’s The Duck Club Restaurant, certainly, and it’s excellent, seared and served in various seasonal presentations such as atop roasted root vegetables, quinoa and almond Brussels sprouts salad with pomegranate glaze.
But you can also indulge in Dungeness crab, salmon, and all the goodness that comes from the ocean that glitters at the very edge of this upscale eatery. The spa beckons as a stone building sitting in a stunning setting, overlooking the Sonoma coastline and anchored by an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa. So embrace your location, and indulge in beach-theme signatures include the warm shell massage with Tiger Clam seashells.
Details: 103 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Timber Cove Resort, Jenner
The drive to Timber Cove is an exhilarating one, hugging Highway 1 on the edge of the cliffs soaring above the crashing waves and jagged rocks of the Sonoma Coast. But just a bit north of Fort Ross and Jenner awaits a miniature town with a very big reason to visit: this secluded inn and its Alexander’s restaurant. Recently renovated for a more modern lodge mood, the inn offers rooms with ocean or forest view rooms, private spa tubs, fireplaces, skylights, and the drama of ancient wood trim against crisp white bedding. The restaurant is celebrated for its rustic luxury charm and extraordinary ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room – indeed, guests travel from all over for a spectacular cliffside meal, relaxing before a roaring fire in the huge stone fireplace in the Sequoia Lounge, then taking a brisk, post-dinner stroll in the crisp Pacific air.
Details: 1780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner
River's End Restaurant & Inn, Jenner
The rooms showcase Jenner’s amazing beauty, particularly at sunset, with sliding glass doors opening onto balconies. Trimmed in wood, the rooms are rustic romantic, too, fancied up with cozy leather armchairs. Tip: ask for one of the rooms with the glass window shower, that makes you feel like you’re bathing outside. And what a delicious combination: breathtaking views and mouthwatering Cal-cuisine at this locals favorite restaurant perched on a bluff overlooking the mouth of the Russian River where it enters the Pacific Ocean. It’s a hidden favorite, and during the migrating season, people in the know flock here for watching seals and whales on their annual journey. The menu is enticingly eclectic, ranging from wasabi tobiko-topped oysters to Petaluma duck confit egg rolls, sea bass with pomegranates and beets, and applewood smoked filet mignon slathered in Pt. Reyes bleu cheese.
Details: 11048 CA-1, Jenner
Jenner Inn, Jenner
A treasure for nearly four decades, the inn backs up to 4 acres of land and a year round creek. There’s lots of wildlife all around, too, including eagles, hawks, river otters, bobcats, deer, dozens of seals and more than 200 species of birds. All of which makes for great hiking, exploring and viewing, so you’ll never miss the fact that the charming rooms don’t have TVs, and cell reception is spotty at best. Most rooms are pet friendly, too.
Details: 10400 Coast Highway 1, Jenner
Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa, Bodega
Set on 60 rolling hill acres, the resort includes a private restaurant, full-service spa, a pool, and a horse stable for a ride along the coast. With just 18 rooms, the Mediterranean style property pampers with wood burning fireplaces, radiant heated Italian slate floors, and double-sized Jacuzzis, plus terraced gardens outside. Several rooms are pet-friendly. Larger families, meanwhile, will love the Grand Residence a 3,600 square foot house boasting four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two private patios, and luxury accommodations for up to 12 people.
Details: 16702 Coast Highway 1, Bodega
If you would rather like to enjoy ocean views "al fresco", check our Guide to Camping in Sonoma County.