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Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

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Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

We have two days in Sonoma County in June. We are staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge. On day one, we will be coming from the direction of Guerneville and Healdsburg, and I'm sure we can easily figure out a lunch place. But for dinner I'm hoping to be in the vicinity of our hotel. Not too excited to drive some of the country roads in the dark after dinner with wine.

Any restaurants not too far from Bodega Bay? Sebastopol, Carmet, Bodega, any locations that would be fairly close especially considering we would be driving back in the dark. Any cuisine fine, just nothing too too casual.

On day two, I'm hoping to hit both Santa Rosa, and the Point Reyes park. We would once again want to get close to the hotel by dinnertime. But take-out would be an idea. . . .

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1. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

There is a really nice restaurant called The Duck Club right at your hotel that is very good. In Santa Rosa, check out Willi's Wine Bar. :).

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2. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

The Duck Club at the Bodega Bay Lodge is pretty good. In town are several sea food restaurants. There's also the Terrapin Creek Cafe' which has a Michelin star.

http://www.terrapincreekcafe.com/

Occidental is also close by and has several famous restaurants.

Point Reyes and Santa Rosa are in two different directions from Bodega Bay. If the day is nice, Point Reyes can take all day to see depending on your interests. However, June is usually foggy so you may want to be flexible with your day 2 schedule.

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3. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

The Bodega Bay Lodge has a fine restaurant, called the Duck Club.

http://www.bodegabaylodge.com/restaurants

Lucas Wharf is another good restaurant, just a little bit north of the Lodge.

Carmet is not a "town", just a group of vacation houses. I don't know of restaurants in the tiny town of Bodega. Sebastopol would have you driving on country roads for 16 miles. Another possibility is Rivers End in Jenner, 10 miles north on the coast. Gets very good reviews.

On Day Two, am wondering why you are considering combining Santa Rosa and Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is 65,000 acres and needs a whole day to itself. I would first make a stop at the Visitor Center at Bear Valley to scope out what you want to include. While Santa Rosa is a nice city and the County Seat of Sonoma County it is not usually a tourist destination. It is also not near Point Reyes. To get to Point Reyes you will probably want to just drive south on Highway 1...it is 34 miles to the entrance.

On your way from Healdsburg you may want to stop in Guerneville for a visit to Armstrong Grove, a redwood preserve.

www.redwoodhikes.com/Armstrong/Armstrong.html

It sounds like a nice trip.

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4. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

No need to drive very far (or at all) while you're staying at Bodega Bay Lodge. Others have already given some excellent choices with the Duck Club being the best IMO. But if you don't mind not having a view, Terrapin Creek Cafe (www.terrapincreekcafe.com) which is right in the town of Bodega Bay would be a great place to dine. They've earned a Michelin star and are Zagat rated. They're closed on Tues. and Wed. I believe, so that may be a factor for you. Just to throw out some options in other West County areas: Guerneville: Applewood Inn and Boon Eat + Drink, Forestville: Cork's at Russian River Vineyards, Backyard and Canneti Roadhouse, and in Sebastopol: K & L Bistro.

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5. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

The Casino Bar & Grill in Bodega. Your wasting your time and money going anywhere else.

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6. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

Howard's in Occidental. Fabulous breakfasts.

And another vote for Armstrong Woods, especially if you'll be driving through Guerneville.

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7. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

Thanks, everyone. This is really helpful. Thanks for the heads up on days a restaurant is closed -- I will look these up once we get closer to deciding. Do I need a reservation on a Thursday?

I realized that we should not try to visit both Santa Rosa and Pt Reyes on the same day. Think we will do Santa Rosa on day two, but then return to the vicinity of Bodega Bay (maybe Occidental or Sebastopol) by dinnertime. On day three, we could visit Pt. Reyes and then drive to San Francisco by evening. This means we would not be driving in the wrong direction and wasting time going back and forth. Point Reyes is pretty far south.

By the way, I know we can't see ALL of Point Reyes park. But we'll see some of it!

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8. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

PS. We are definitely planning on Armstrong Woods on day one as we head towards Bodega Bay. That is high on the list.

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9. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

I am curious about your interest in Santa Rosa for a daylong visit. I grew up near there and Santa Rosa was the city where I bought my prom dresses. Otherwise, it is just a county seat. Do you have special things to do and see there?

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10. Re: Eating ideas, west and north of Santa Rosa incl Bodega Bay

"Otherwise, it is just a county seat."

Your Santa Cruz is also a county seat. I don't know what that has to do with anything.

"I know we can't see ALL of Point Reyes park. But we'll see some of it!"

You will be able to see as much as the fog (or lack of) lets you see. On weekends, there's a nice cafe' at Drake's Beach.