Coast

About the Sonoma Coast

About the Sonoma Coast


Coast Highway 1 along the scenic Sonoma coastline presents spectacular views. State beaches offer numerous opportunities to take a walk on a stretch of sandy beach or to clamber over rocks looking for sea life in the tide pools. Late in the day, watch the sunset splash color across the sky and reflect off the waves. Enjoy the Sonoma Coast any time of year.

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Dungenessence
One of the joys of winter in Sonoma County is the crab season. They say this may be another exceptional year. “It’s going to be good,” said the busy redheaded woman behind the counter at Bodega Bay’s Spud Point Crab Company.
Author Frank Robertson Date 11/21/2011
Whale Parade
Author Nathan Wright Date 11/17/2011
Graton
This historic and somewhat hidden hamlet in the Russian River Area is just north of Sebastopol. Graton is close to several wonderful wineries on a beautiful country road that winds up in Occidental. Its downtown character has held onto the heritage of settlement days and is home to artisan vintners, several good restaurants, the Graton Gallery, and fun antique shops. Graton has a lot of community spirit, which is evident during the annual Graton Day celebration in September along with a bi-annual plant and flower show that supports the historic Graton Community Club.
Date 01/07/2011
Sebastopol
“Local flavor. Global vision.” is Sebastopol’s motto. This hub of the West County is an eclectic mix of art galleries, specialty retail and new age shops. From casual cafes to fine dining, there’s something for every taste and appetite. Sebastopol also has a great reputation among antique hunters, with independent operators and cooperatives alike within and without the city limits. The surrounding countryside is dotted with vineyards and orchards, nurseries, Christmas tree and pumpkin farms. There are two annual community celebrations, the Apple Blossom Festival and the Gravenstein Apple Fair.
Date 01/07/2011
Occidental
Secluded in the tall redwoods, Occidental is a hidden treasure in the heart of the Russian River recreation area. Along with bakeries, gourmet and home-style dining, unique gifts and handcrafts by local artisans, the quaint downtown also offers cultural events, a seasonal farmers market and lodging. It is close to wine tasting, a horticultural center, and is a great starting point for a scenic drive.
Date 01/07/2011
Timber Cove
A popular fishing destination for abalone divers and coastal fishermen who seek  a wild and spectacular setting. The recently updated inn provides sumptuous resort-style accommodations and dining.
Date 01/07/2011
Fort Ross
This was the early settlement where the Russians based their otter-hunting operations and attempted to secure a foothold in North America. Travel back in time while touring the fortress, barracks and interpretive center at this state park.
Date 01/07/2011
Sea Ranch
About 30 miles north of Jenner, you will find lovely Sea Ranch, an internationally famous vacation spot known for blending architecture with the natural surroundings. Hike the bluffs, golf, play tennis, swim, bicycle, and horseback ride, or go clamming. Or you can kick back and let the sound of the surf send your troubles away.
Date 01/07/2011
Jenner
Where the Russian River meets the ocean is the tiny town of Jenner. This picturesque locale offers an excellent restaurant featuring the freshest of seafood and an awesome view. One of Jenner’s highlights is the variety of wildlife attracted to this area. Goat Rock Beach is a popular breeding ground for harbor seals and at the lagoon you can see ospreys fishing the waters, other sea birds and otters. This is a favorite destination for kayakers who have paddled down the Russian River.
Date 01/07/2011
Freestone
The pretty village of Freestone offers unique goods and services, such as the historic general store, an organic bakery, a garden shop, and a one-of-a-kind day spa that features cedar enzyme baths and massage in a Japanese-style setting.
Date 01/07/2011

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