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A Bodega Bay Trip: Plan One Today!

Need a get away, but don’t want to pay get away prices? I suggest Bodega Bay in the North Bay. Spend the day or the week and recharge those batteries!

About 1 hour 34 minutes from San Francisco, Bodega Bay is great for a day trip or a longer stay. Leaving SF by around 10am will get you there right in time for lunch. I’ve taken the liberty of pointing out some places you may want to look into while visiting. Enjoy!

Time Frame of Our Trip: Monday through Thursday – June 22nd thru 25th
Crowds: Nonexistent! Definitely the time to go if you can swing a trip during the week.

Bodega Bay Inn


CA Highway One
1588 Eastshore Road , Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3388  ruth@bodegabayinn.com

• The Bodega Bay Inn is not at the top of the list, but it’s not priced at the top either. Let’s face it, the inn is just a place to keep your clothes, rest up and sleep among other private activities. The BBI was comfortable local, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the spot itself was sweet. We got the upstairs room and had front row seats for sunsets and wine on the small back porch. All in all, money well spent at around $120 a night.

Roadhouse Coffee


2001 Highway 1 Bodega Bay, CA – 94923
(707) 875-8820

• Coffee and local color. What more could you ask for? Pastries and fresh bread? You got it! Sandwiches? Sure. Snacks? A given – it’s a coffee shop. The coffee was the best we had on our stay and was served by friendly locals in a non-corporate, down home environment. I was All In! We played a game of checkers on the board they had there, enjoyed coffee, bread and a muffin and relaxed in between Bodega Adventures. ® Check it out.


Lucas Wharf


595 S Highway 1 Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3522

• Oh yeah. Seafood. Good seafood served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. THAT is what Bodega Bay is about! (Besides the taffy.) The Lucas Wharf was cozy and comfortable. They had a spot in front with a fireplace that was ideal for a nightcap or something from the smaller bar menu. Super comfy and warm. The dark furniture and plants in the main area provided a nice atmosphere. A row of windows provided a fantastic view of the inlet area. It leaned towards the multi-dollar mark, but it was well worth it. The fish was fresh and prepared well. The salads were delicious and crisp. The wine list had something for everyone. And, in a head to head “Clam Chowder Off” with Tides Wharf Lucas Wharf walked away the winner. I’m looking forward to a future visit.

1400 Highway One, Bodega Bay , CA 94923

• Friendly service and a small, but fun menu make this my second fave in the spots we ventured to. They have a nice atmosphere with warm, window view seating inside and a outside porch area with heaters for the more daring on a foggy day. The prices were about the same as Lucas Wharf – not super cheap, but reasonable. The menu had some Cioppino Specials mixed I with pretty standard fair like Fish and Chips and Caesar Salad. Add wine if you like that sort of thing and round out the meal with a delicious desert from the menu and you’re set. It was nice as well because we didn’t feel rushed or pushed to eat and get out. Thumbs up!

Tides Wharf


835 Highway One Bodega Bay, CA 94923

• Honestly, this place was ok but not thrilling. The upside is that it has a wonderful view. Glass all along the side with a view of the water and two rows of tables close to it, so it’s easy to get a window seat. However, the food wasn’t amazing. (See: Lucas on the Wharf! :)   )  If each meal was $5 less, I would have been happy. As it stood, it just was not as good as Lucas or Cioppino and I didn’t feel like I got my money’s worth for the cost. I also wasn’t thrilled with the atmosphere – fine, but not very warm feeling. It felt a little like a restaurant at Disneyland. Very surface.
I don’t usually like to post negatives like this, but if I can save a few folks disappointment I need to in the name of amore eroma!


Patrick’s of Bodega Bay Saltwater Taffy
915 Highway 1 Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-9816

• Throw a rock in Bodega Bay and you’re sure to hit someplace that sells salt water taffy. It’s a Bodega Bay standard. Gas stations, bookstores, and coffee shops all sell it. Hell, BAIT SHOPS sell the stuff. However, Patrick’s sticks out in my mind as THE place to get taffy. I think this place was around when I was a kid. I seem to remember my parents taking me into the garish pink and white building and loading up with taffy and little treats. A good time as a kid. Of course, the whole of the place seems about 50% smaller now that I’m a grown up. Need treats and things for coworkers, family or friends? This is the place to stop. We got treats for a good sized group of people for around $24. That included THREE MAGIC FORTUNE TELLING FISH, mind you! My pick for taffy.
Second Wind


• One thing Bodega Bay has is wind. They have it in abundance at times. And what goes well with wind? Kites! Second Wind has a nice little selection of kite, candies and fun little toys and things. If you find yourself in B.B. During a windy time and need something to do, hit Second Wind and buy a kite and some candy and prepare to unleash the fun! The store owner can even help you with kite instructions as well. Well worth a visit.


King Sports


16258 Main St. Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-2156

• About 37 minutes outside of Bodega Bay, King Sports is the place to go for a fantastic day trip on the Russian River. We rented two “sit on top” kayaks and were dropped off up river by one of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time – Jimmy Dean. He gave us the rundown of the river, hat to look out for, what animals we might see and let us know that he was going to be around until 5pm, so if we saw a nice beach we wanted to hang out on, we should feel free to do so. With that, he carried our boats to the water, wished us well and left us to our own devices.
And it was WONDROUS.
We put in, got used to things for a hot minute and were on our way down river. The sun was shining and a cool breeze kept us from getting too hot. The sound of water splishing and splashing was calming. The Russian River was cool and the scenery changed about three times on the way down. We pulled over a few times to eat and re-apply suntan lotion and lazed our way down the river at a slow and steady pace. It was heaven.
Four hours or so later, we were back to where we started. All we needed to do is pull up on shore, drag the boats up and leave them right there along with the oars. We made the three block walk back to Kings and got our keys and that was it. It was a great workout in the sun and was so relaxing that I actually managed to avoid thinking of work for three solid hours!
If you like nature and are not afraid of a little workout, I highly recommend a trip like this. Make sure you call ahead to reserve your boats – they have kayaks and canoes – and make sure you go up at the right time of year. You want there to be water in the river. Kings can help you sort the whole of the trip out – just give them a call. Great shop, great service and a great time on the river.

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