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? trip to the coast

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? trip to the coast

We are spending 3 days in Healdsburg in May and are considering spending one day at the coast to break up the days of wine-tasting. Is Bodega Bay worth seeing? Any recommendations for a pretty driving loop from Healdsburg that might include lunch by the ocean? Thanks.

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russianrivertravel.com has some good ideas regarding routes in that area. You might look there for suggestions.

Most people think that its a pretty impressive coastline, but its all subject to opinion. Bodega Bay has a couple of restaurants so lunch is certainly a possibility.

Since you'll be starting from Healdsburg, do try to include Armstrong Redwoods Reserve into your plan. You won't see those on the East coast!

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Bodega Bay is a nice town, but just that, and the 10 miles of coast to get there after you cross the Russian River. is pretty, but quite tame. A drive out on Bodega Head will give you some nice ocean views. and there are several places for lunch.

If you are up for a more exciting drive try this.

Take Westside road from Healdsburg west to Guerneville. The road follows the Russian River for about half the way.

(Note....this is where Armstrong Grove Redwoods Natural Preserve is located. It is definitely worth a stop, either on your way to the destination I am going to give you, or on the way back.)

russianrivertravel.com/parks-armstrong.htm

You are now 29 miles from Healdsburg.

From Guerneville follow Hwy 116 to the coast at Jenner. This is where the Russian River enters the ocean. (12 miles)

Continue north on Hwy 1. About 8 miles of this road is spectacular and rivals Big Sur, going high on the cliffs and then down into the coves, with spectacular views of the ocean. There are frequent pull-outs.

In 13 miles altogether, from Jenner, you will come to Fort Ross Historic State Park. This is where the Russians had an otter fur trading post in the early 1820's It has been restored and is very interesting. Especially notable is the small wooden Russian Orthodox chapel.

http://www.fortrossstatepark.org/

Three miles north of this is the Timber Cove Inn. This is a rustic spectaclular piece of architecture built in the early 1960's by a young mad, but visionary, architect.

At the south end of the building there is a very tall modernistic statue, tile covered. This was done by a famous San Francisco sculptor, Benianomo Bufano and is a statue of St. Francis, dedicated to Peace. A helicoptor was needed to raise it, and since all of the helicoptors in the 1970's were busy fighting in the Vietnam War, the statue to peace lay in a meadow across from the Inn, until the war was over.

www.timbercoveinn.com/…

(If you wait a few seconds the pictures change.)

Unless you ate at Jenner you will want to have lunch here. The restaurant is the only one in the area, and it is good, but may be a tad expensive. The views, however, make it worth it, to me.

If you have time it is nice to hike on the the bluffs around the Inn.

Your total mileage from Healdsburg, so far is about 58 miles.

There is another route to get back from whence you came.

Across Hwy 1 from the Inn, take Timber Cove Road up to the ridge and turn right. This takes you down the ridge, past a school, farms, etc. with some glimpses of the ocean below. It saves you from repeated the curvy part of the trip that you experienced on the way up. This is Meyers Grade Road and it comes back into Hwy 1 a few miles north of Jenner.

This is one of my favorite trips when visiting the area.

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Thanks, we will definitely take your advice! It sounds like a great route.

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I do hope you will take the route, and report back. It is, indeed, very unique and a beautiful ride.

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