Northern California coastal living at its finest. An idyllic stretch of coastline from Marin County, north to Sonoma County delivers salty ocean air, miles of sandy beaches to explore, quaint and friendly towns, and an array of exquisite cuisines. Just shy of an hour north of San Francisco and less than thirty miles south of Santa Rosa. The area boasts California’s moderate climate in addition to the fertile land that has enabled it to blossom as a renowned spot for wine connoisseurs.
The picturesque coastline of Highway 1 is comprised of many quaint coastal towns, but most notably Bolinas, Point Reyes, Inverness, Bodega Bay, Dillon Beach, and Jenner. These coastal towns comprise a few of the stunning seaside locales that coastal living has to offer. Sought after seaside residences are set against a backdrop of panoramic ocean views and sprawling beaches.
Laidback beach living. Slow down, relax, and immerse yourself in stunning natural beauty. Towns large enough to have plenty of amenities, dining, and entertainment. In a rustic coastal community, the people will be friendly and the scenery will be absolutely amazing.
Starting our coast tour to the North in Jenner: Café Aquatica, a charming roadside retreat for a casual, organic meal, and a hot cup of coffee. A few steps away a former boathouse house is the Jenner Visitors Center. Rivers End Restaurant, rewarded as one of the top 5 romantic restaurants in the US with incredible views of Goat Rock and the Russian River entering the Pacific Ocean. You’ll also want to explore Jenner Sea Gifts and Wines, a small shop offering jewelry, clothing, chimes, seashells, and local wines. And don’t miss Tasting by the Sea wine bar in the back of the gift shop, pouring as many as 30 different wines.
Bodega Bay Hunker down at one of the picnic tables in front of Spud Point Crab Company and bite into a fresh crab sandwich while gazing at fishing boats docked nearby. Grab a casual dinner at The Tides Wharf Restaurant, where scenes from 'The Birds' were filmed. Go all out with a meal at Terrapin Creek Café, which earned national acclaim for its seasonal menus using the finest, freshest ingredients in inventive pairings, in a casual, neighborly atmosphere. Check our listings to discover all the excellent restaurants in Bodega Bay.
Inverness, Tomales Bay, and Point Reyes Station Sir and Star at the Olema is an upscale cozy yet casual California setting. Saltwater is a neighborhood oyster bar and restaurant with fresh out of the bay oysters and local wines aplenty. Hog Island Oyster Company is one of the more well-known oyster farms on the west coast with multiple locations including Marshall, Napa, Marin County, and San Francisco. Hog Island has a beautiful picnic area and is a unique experience with delicious food and beautiful views.
The options are endless of things to do in these wonderful coastal towns. In Jenner you can rent kayaks from WaterTreks EcoTours and they offer a variety of interpretive guided kayaking and hiking tours in the area. Take a short drive south on Highway 1, across the Russian River, and explore Goat Rock Beach, which is part of the Sonoma Coast State Park, with views of white-capped waves, sand dunes, and the massive, flat-topped rock that gives the place its name (it’s said that goats used to graze nearby). The options for outdoor fun in Jenner are endless.
In Bodega Bay, there are two options for horseback riding around Bodega Bay, Horse N Around Trail Rides and Chanslor Stables. Follow miles of trails that take you to lofty mountaintops, grassy meadows, coastal dunes, or along the beach. Ace It Bike Tours offers a four-hour guided Bodega Bay Bike & Hike Tour that lets you explore Bodega Head.