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Jenner vs Bordega Bay

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Jenner vs Bordega Bay

Hi everyone,

My husband and I are vacationing in the town of Sonoma for the first time in July and we would like to visit the coast for the day. We aren't sure if we should visit Bordega Bay or Jenner...do we have time to do both? We are nature lovers and fine wine and foodies...in our 30's We would also love to horseback ride and see seals in their natural environment

Any suggestions are invited!

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1. Re: Jenner vs Bordega Bay

Yes, you do have time to do both. There are usually seals on the sand bar at the mouth of the Russian River in Goat Rock State Park. Jenner is just above on the highway. You could make the drive in either direction. Don't miss the redwoods at the Armstrong Reserve in Guerneville.

I'm not sure where you can horseback ride, Hopefully, others can help. But, that could cut into your day, limiting other sights you could visit. It just depends on how interested you are in doing that.

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3. Re: Jenner vs Bordega Bay

Jenner and Bodega Bay are only 10 miles apart on the coast.

Here is a "circle" trip you can make to the coast from the town of Sonoma.

Drive north from Sonoma through the Sonoma Valley on on Hwy 12. If you have time you might take a little detour to the Benziger winery in Glen Ellen and take its tram/tractor tour through its biodynamic, sustainable vineyards.

When you get to Hwy 101 in Santa Rosa, stay on Hwy 12 and cross 101 (22 miles so far) to get to the pretty little town of Sebastopol. (7 miles) Turn north on Hwy 116 and go to Guerneville. (15 miles) There you will find Armstrong Grove State Redwoods preserve. If you want a picnic there, there are several places in the town of Guerneville to pick up supplies.

After your visit continue to Hwy 116 Jenner on the coast. (12 miles. You will be following the Russian river.) The main activity in tiny Jenner will be to watch the river enter the ocean and watch for sea life.

To continue down the coast you will need to backtrack a mile or two. Watch for the Hwy 1 sign which directs you to turn right and cross the River. If you want to actually go down to the mouth of the river at Goat Rock State Park, watch for the sign after you cross the bridge and come back up to the coast.

Actually, you could skip Jenner and just drive down to Goat Rock and look at Jenner from down there while enjoying the drama of the river entering the ocean.

As I said, Bodega Bay is 10 miles south from there. Lucas Wharf has a nice restaurant, a gift shop and a fish market. Ask for directions to get out on Bodega Head for ocean views. If you are old enough to have seen Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" Bodega Bay was a major site of its filming.

Continue south on Highway 1, but do not take the right turn to stay on Hwy 1 but stay on course and you will drive through pretty pastoral country for 26 miles to the town of Petaluma. This is a cute town on the Petaluma River, with some interesting antique stores on the main street.

Sonoma is 14 miles from here if you are going back there. If you are going on to San Francisco it is about half an hour from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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