Sonoma Coast, July 1998 — It was just a quick overnight trip to the coast, but we splurged and stayed at the upscale Bodega Bay Lodge. Our room was large, with a private balcony overlooking the bay and a rustic stone fireplace. The hotel complex held a pool as well as sauna, jacuzzi, and exercise room (none of which I was brave enough to try).
But before we got to spend our evening at the hotel, we drove up the coast to the north end of Sonoma Coast State Park and tried to find some hiking trails. Unfortunately, Highway 1 had been damaged from previous winter storms and was closed for repairs, so we had to be content with taking in the amazing views north of Jenner before returning to Bodega Bay.
We dined at the Duck Club Restaurant that evening, a small but upscale spot with a giant picture window. The Big Guy enjoyed some local lamb, while I stuck to the fettuccine — after which we retired to our room and watched the sunset while warming ourselves by the fire.
Next week I’ll continue reliving this short but scenic trip to the Sonoma Coast. See you then!