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Bodega Bay - California

 

The town was made famous -- or notorious -- by Alfred Hitchcock, when he shot his film "The Birds" in and around Bodega Bay. We can assure you that now, many years later, the birds are friendly and only looking for fish in the picturesque Bodega Bay harbor -- circled by a spit of land that provides scenic walks and camping opportunities.

The two chief attractions for visitors to Bodega Bay are the fishing docks and the sea-side golf course. The golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in the Scottish style, with rolling hills and heavy roughs. The fishing docks are perfect for relaxed strolling and watching the busy fishermen bringing in their catches each day.

What to See & Do

The fishing industry has a side benefit: some of the best seafood restaurants along the coast. The Fisherman's Festival and Blessing of the Fleet is held during the third week of April. There is a winery, although the grapes are purchased from vineyards farther inland. The tasting room features a saltwater aquarium that keeps kids amused while wine tasting proceeds.

Bodega Bay is a good place to shop for food and other supplies when traveling north to the state beaches and campgrounds in the area. Lucas Wharf, on Hwy. 1, is a handy spot to buy fresh and smoked seafood. McGaughey Bros. General Store at the Spud Point Marina is a real old-fashioned general store with groceries, fishing supplies and hardware. There are several art and crafts stores in town, including the Branscombe Gallery, at 1588 Eastshore Road.

Where to Eat

Blue Water Bistro
South Hwy 1, Club House at the Links
Lunch Daily, Dinner Thurs Fri & Sat,
Breakfast, Sat, Brunch Sun., Live Jazz Thursday Nights
707-875-3513

The Duck Club Restaurant
The Duck Club Restaurant invites you to sample the finest, freshest Sonoma County cuisine. Reservations strongly recommended.
103 Highway 1
Info: (707) 875-3525

Bay View Room - The Inn at the Tides
Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday Evenings. Full bar, extensive wine list. "Sonoma Continental Cuisine."
800 Highway 1, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-2751 or (800) 541-7788

 Lucas Wharf Restaurant and Bar
Open daily. Restaurant and bar. Fishmarket & deli. Seafood takeout stand. Wholesale fish counter.
595 Hway 1, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-3522

Pelican Plaza Grocery & Deli
This is a gourmet grocery store that carries many imported cheeses, different imported beer, and has a large selection of fresh produce along with a deli where you can have sandwhiches made to order. "A little Store with a lot more". Located in Bodega Bay California in the Pelican Plaza Center at 1400 Highway 1.
1400 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-2522

Sandpiper, Dockside Cafe and Restaurant
The "Best Little Restaurant in Bodega Bay!" Nurture yourself with homemade local seafood specialties to vegetarian delights. Beautiful bay view. Look for the sign to Marina and Bodega Head.
1410 Bay Flat Rd, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-2278

Sushi Osaka
Authentic sushi restaurant, specializing in fresh seafood and a variety of dishes from Japan. Take-out, catering available.
Ocean View Center, 2001 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-2550

Tides Wharf & Restaurant
Open daily, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with full bar. Snack bar, gift shop, and fresh fish market with bait & tackle and liquor. A favorite location for watching fishing boats unload their catch.
835 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay
Info: (707) 875-3652

Union Hotel
This charming restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1879. Serving pasta, pizza, and famous homemade ravioli. The restaurant is open seven days a week. Excellent banquet facilities.
Occidental
Info: (707) 874-3555

Dinucci's Italian Dinners
Our third generation of fine family style Italian seafood and steak. Excellence without extravagance.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Highway 1, Valley Ford
Info: (707) 876-3260

Where to Stay

The Inn at the Tides is set on a hillside across the street from The Tides Wharf. The inn is comprised ot one and 2-story buildings. The units have private patios, most with great views. Continental breakfast is provided at the Tides Wharf restaurant, and there is also a restaurtant at the inn, open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa overlooks the ocean, and is set in a dunes landscape. Rooms are large and comfortable with views. There's a night;y guest reception for guests. Amenitries include pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and a full-service spa. The Duck Club Restaurant overlooks Doran Beach, and serves contemporary California cuisine.

Camping

Doran County Park
(707) 875-3540. On Doran Park Road off Hwy 1 in Bodega Bay.
Reservations (707) 565-CAMP

Campsites: $16 per night, ($14 per night for Sonoma County residents)
Extra vehicles: $5 per vehicle per night.
Dogs: $1 per night per dog (maximum of 4 dogs per campsite).
Day Use: $3 per vehicle.
Firewood (when available): $5 per bag.

The park has 128 trailer sites and10 tent sites, limit 8 people per site. One group tent site. Showers, water, dump station, boat ramp. No hook-ups. Restrooms - disabled access.

Westside County Park
(707) 875-3540. At Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, W on East Shore Road off Hwy 1, right on Bay Flat Road. 47 trailer sites, $16 per night, dogs $1. Water, showers, dump station, boat ramp. Restrooms disabled access.
Reservations (707) 565-CAMP

Sonoma Coast State Beach
(707) 875-3483. $2 day use fee. Call DESTINET for reservations at 1-800-444-7275.

Bodega Dunes
State Beach. 0.5 mi. N of Bodega Bay on Hwy 1. 98 campsites, no hookups $12 per night, hike/bike camp $1 per person. Showers, dump station. Restroom facilities disabled access.
Reservations 707-865-2391 or 1-800-444-7275

Wrights Beach
State Beach. 6 mi. N of Bodega Bay on Hwy 1. 30 beach campsites, no showers, no hookups $20 per night.

Bodega Bay RV Park
This is a private RV park, located right on Highway 1, with full hookups, showers, laundry, pull-thrus, and RV rental program.
Info: (707) 875-3701. Reservations (800) 201-6864. 2001

 

 

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