Whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and need a weekend away, or are visiting California, you should plan a getaway to the coast. The area north of Bodega Bay is remote, wild, and has spectacular ocean views. When you plan a trip here, you’ll really feel like you’ve gotten away. During the day, you can hike, bike, and explore beaches and forests; at night, you’ll be able to see the stars. There are many places to stay in this area, but the Timber Cove Resort stands out as a place unlike any other.

Perched on a cliff above the ocean, you will be treated to dramatic views within a cozy, comfortable, elegant, and welcoming space. Timber Cove recently renovated its rooms, and the result is fantastic. No other oceanside resort so elegantly combines comfort with an eco-friendly, “back to nature” feeling. The retro design, record player and yoga mat in each room, and pour over coffee setup compliment the high-quality linens and blankets, eco-friendly soaps and shampoos, and gorgeous, simple designs. Everything lends itself to the views outside, making you feel like you are on a retreat in nature.

During the day, there are a lot of places that you can explore. Start your morning with a walk around the resort’s trails, and breathe the fresh ocean air before coming back to your room for some fresh and delicious coffee.

After breakfast at Coast Kitchen, you can travel up Highway 1 to Mendocino for the day, go for a bike ride in the beautiful countryside, enjoy a tasting at the peaceful and secluded Fort Ross Vineyard, or tour Fort Ross, a historic Russian settlement that was built in 1812. You can also try kayaking — the closest kayak rental is in Jenner, and it is a lovely way to spend the day. Nearby Salt Point State Park has twenty miles of hiking trails, and you can hike along the ocean and enjoy the views of the water the entire way.

In the evening, hang out at Timber Cove in the lounge by a fire, outside by a fire pit, or watch the sunset over the ocean from the porch of your room. You can switch out the records in your room with new ones from the lounge, and chill out with the sounds of Miles Davis and a glass of Fort Ross Pinot Noir. Enjoy dinner at Coast Kitchen (truly amazing) or go to Jenner or Gualala if you feel like exploring and having dinner out. Chances are you’ll want to stay in — as soon as you start to relax, you won’t want to go far.


You can book a stay at the Timber Cove Resort on Tripping.com for any time of the year. Make sure to call the restaurant in advance to make dinner reservations!