The Sonoma Coast combines wine, and the outdoors like few other places can. To experience the Sonoma Coast’s wild beauty, head to Sonoma Coast State Park, a collection of parks along the coast that are enveloped in fog by morning and illuminated by sun in the afternoon, revealing all of the hidden crags, coves, and beaches. The Shell Beach Sea Ranch access trails are some of the best-kept secrets of this area: six public access trails in the private Sea Ranch Community, which lead you along wildflower-laden bluffs and down hidden staircases to sandy beaches with teeming tide pools.
There’s no shortage of places to sleep on the Sonoma Coast. River’s End Restaurant & Inn in Jenner offers the ultimate getaway: perched on a cliff overlooking the Russian River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean, the inn has no WiFi or TV, allowing you to fully relax. For true coastal leisure, try the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay, which offers luxury accommodations with bay views and in-room fireplaces. The Inn’s restaurant, The Tides Wharf, has breathtaking ocean views, made famous as the backdrop to Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic The Birds. The restaurant serves up freshly caught seafood and a stellar local wine list alongside the view. If you’re looking for your own space and some quirky Sonoma personality, Bodega Bay & Beyond rents out characterful homes up and down the coast with evocative names like Captain’s Lookout and Pacific Jewel. Wherever you stay on the Sonoma Coast, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty and great wine.