Jetty rocks by the ocean shore
Activities and Adventure

Coastal fun, country jaunts

Bodega Bay is an outdoor adventurer's playground. Close to our lodge, enjoy one of the greatest kite flying areas in the world, go deep sea fishing, golfing on the adjacent championship golf links, explore the many nature trails and parks on foot or relax on one of the miles and miles of nearby beaches.

Bodega Harbor

Take in the charming marina atmosphere of Bodega Harbor, stroll along its unique wharves and marinas or enjoy fresh seafood at popular waterfront spots such as the Tides Wharf or Lucas Wharf eateries. The shallow inner harbor provides an ideal environment for great kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Boats parked at ocean harbor
Go beachcombing

Just 10 minutes walk from our Lodge, Doran Park Beach is a sheltered two-mile stretch of sandy beach and a picturesque place to swim, surf, build sand castles, picnic, fly kites or simply stroll along the shore hand in hand. It features a boat launch and a rock jetty at the harbor mouth great for fishing, crabbing and discovering sea life. Other favorites include Salmon Creek and Goat Rock Beaches, part of the Sonoma Coast State Park.

Family walking down trail surrounded by tall grass toward beach
Bodega Head

Enjoy dazzling ocean views and fantastic bird watching along the trail at Bodega Head. A trip along the dramatic cliff is an easy 3-mile hike and is a romantic spot for picnics and also offers access to a small sandy cove. In spring, witness a colorful display of wildflowers, while in winter Bodega Head is a prime vantage point for whale spotting.

Couple sitting on grass on a blanket drinking wine at bodega head
Bodega Dunes

Bodega Head is backed by massive sand dunes and the longest beach on the Sonoma County coast. The fun of hiking barefoot is enhanced by distant views north up the rugged coastline.

Ocean shore with sand, tall grass & rock jetties
The joy of kite flying

Bodega Bay is one of the great kite flying locales of the world. Visit Candy & Kites (1415 CA-1, Bodega Bay), to gather supplies or purchase a one-of-a-kind kite and rediscover the joys of this simple, fun activity.

Dad and son prepping kite for flight
Hitchcock’s The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror, The Birds, was famously filmed in Bodega Bay. Movie buffs delight in spotting locations from scenes in the movie in and around Bodega Bay including the Potter Schoolhouse (17110 Bodega Lane, Bodega). View memorabilia on display at the Country Store across the street or attend our annual Hitchcock festival held in March.

Group of black birds flying in the sky
The Links at Bodega Harbor

Allow us to book a tee time for a game at The Links (21301 Heron Dr, Bodega Bay), perched on the dramatic coast just south of our Lodge. The courses’ award-winning course design by Robert Trent Jones. Jr shows of the natural beauty of the coastal surrounds.

Golf course with ocean in the back
Visit ancient California Redwoods

Enjoy a hike through the majestic Redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve in Guerneville. Witness the 1,400 year-old Colonel Armstrong Tree and the towering 310 foot tall Parson Jones Tree. Or for a refreshing perspective, Sonoma Canopy Tours (6250 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental) will take you soaring through the air amidst the world’s tallest trees.

Forrest with California Redwoods trees
Kayaking, canoeing & surfing

Popular for water sports, Bodega Bay’s Doran Beach is a water sports paradise. Surfboard rentals are available from the Surf Shack (1400 CA-1 e, Bodega Bay). Take a guided kayak bay and ocean tour with Bodega Bay Kayak (1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay). Canoe season on the Russian River runs from April through October, with many canoe rental shops dotted along the river.

Row of colorful kayaks on the water
Deep sea fishing

Go in pursuit of shark, Dungeness crab and rock cod on an unforgettable big game fishing adventure with Fish On Bait and Tackle (1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay) or the Boathouse (1500 Bay Flat Road Bodega Bay), which offer memorable charter fishing trips from Bodega Bay.

Close up of people fishing off white boat
A country drive

Loop through western Sonoma County to the frontier communities of Sebastopol - the Gravenstein Apple Capital of the World, Graton - site of Tsarist Russian colonialism in the early 1800’s, Occidental and Freestone. Try the fresh polenta for lunch at the Willow Wood Market in Graton.

Woman in convertible with hair blowing in the wind
Fort Ross

For breathtaking ocean vistas drive up the coast to the settlement of Fort Ross (19005 Coast Hwy, Jenner), established in 1812 by the Russian-American Company, as a vital trading outpost for their Alaskan operations.

Old fashioned canon next to antique wooden chapel
Point Reyes National Seashore

Home to over 1,000 species of fauna and flora, the Point Reyes National Seashore features many exceptional nature trails in the area. Our favorite is the 6 mile round trip out to the tip of the Point with fantastic sightings of grazing elk and expansive vistas of the great Pacific Ocean.

Aerial view of house with lighthouse on rocks by the sea shore
The Bird Walk

This fun hike begins at our Lodge and offers a 1-mile loop through a salt marsh that provides habitat for wildlife and birds, including Canada Geese, Snowy Egrets, White and Blue Heron, ducks and many others. Picnic sites and restroom facilities can be found on the walk.

bird standing on tall wheats & chirping