5 Best Sonoma Coast Hotels

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5 Best Sonoma Coast Hotels

By WineCountry Collective August 17, 2023

Stretching across 55 spectacular miles of California coastline, the Sonoma Coast isn’t just another pretty face. It’s a dream destination for fishermen and divers, daring surfers, and, of course, wine aficionados looking to sip cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But let’s not forget about the seafood lovers out there. The Sonoma Coast towns of Bodega Bay and Jenner serve up the freshest picks in Northern California, with oysters, crab, and albacore tuna ruling the culinary scene.

Though it may seem somewhat remote, the Sonoma Coast is a breezy 30-minute drive away from the vibrant scene of Santa Rosa (home of the Sonoma County Airport), making it the perfect escape. So, when you’re ready for the coastal adventure of a lifetime, dive into our list of the must-stay hotels along the enchanting Sonoma Coast.

Lodge at Bodega Bay
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The Lodge at Bodega Bay combines luxury and rustic charm to create one of the best accommodation options on the Sonoma Coast. Rooms feature bay views, vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, and plush bathrobes and slippers for an added touch of home. If you’re looking for a truly special stay, book one of the suites featuring special amenities like private patios and whirlpool bathtubs. Right on site, Drake’s Sonoma Coast restaurant tempts with farm-fresh produce and the luxury of in-room dining for those intimate evenings.

Get caught up in the moody seaside vibes with guided, coastal hikes. The Lodge at Bodega Bay is the perfect place to seek refuge after a long trek in the mist or taking the complimentary bikes for a spin. Melt away stress in the infinity-edge hot tub, snuggle by the fire pits, or indulge in a duo spa treat. Your dreamy retreat awaits.

Insider Tip: Take part in The Lodge at Bodega Bays S’mores Sundays and Mondays, or the evening Wine Receptions featuring local vineyards, hosted Thursday through Saturday.

103 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, (707) 875-3525

Timber Cove Resort
Photo courtesy of Timber Cove Resort

Perched on cliffs of the Pacific, Timber Cove Resort is more than just a getaway—it’s a romantic escape. Picture this: sipping sparkling wine beside a roaring fireplace with your beloved, the sun setting over the ocean, painting the skies with hues of romance. Whether it’s a honeymoon or a spontaneous romantic weekend, many of their special packages are tailored just for couples.

Explore over two miles of scenic hiking trails, drinking in the awe-inspiring views. And when hunger calls? Coast Kitchen, the resort’s restaurant, offers a gourmet tribute to Sonoma County. Indulge in the Seaweed Crusted Halibut or tantalize your taste buds with Point Reyes Oysters—a true Pacific delight!

Insider Tip: Craving true quality time with your loved ones without distractions? This spot’s for you! With sparse cell reception, it’s the perfect excuse to tuck away those phones and embrace a blissful off-the-grid experience.

21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450, (800) 987-8319

The Inn at the Tides
Photo courtesy of The Inn at the Tides

The Inn of the Tides is located right in the heart of Bodega Bay. Stroll to charming shops and eateries or enjoy sea lion spotting just across the street. Fancy a family getaway? Opt for a cozy guest lodge, where kiddos can splash in the heated pool or embark on sandy adventures at Doran Regional Park. From sandcastle dreams to kite flying, there’s beach fun at every turn. And speaking of treats, don’t miss out on Patrick’s of Bodega Bay’s famous saltwater taffy and delightful candies.

Start your day with breakfast at The Tides Wharf & Restaurant, which is included with a stay. Though, for those sunset dinners, it’s wise to book ahead—and request a table with that mesmerizing bay view.

Insider Tip: Check out the Bodega Bay Farmers Market, open every Sunday morning, and pick up some oysters to barbecue on the beach for a beautiful grand finale to your weekend by the sea.

800 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, (707) 875-2751

River’s End
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The River’s End Inn is located on a bluff overlooking the Russian River, right next to the Pacific Ocean. The rustic property features a “luxe unplugged” experience, meaning they have no cell reception, no television, and no WiFi–hello, digital detox! Guests often rave: this is THE prime spot to witness the sun bidding adieu over the Russian River and Pacific Ocean. Elevate the moment with a glass of Sonoma Coast Pinot from their exquisite wine selection, and let the vista work its magic.

Insider Tip: Lock in your dinner reservations when you book your room. Those coveted tables with the mesmerizing views are snatched up in a heartbeat!

11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450, (707) 865-2484

Bodega Coast Inn & Suites
Photo courtesy of Bodega Coast Inn & Suites

Nestled a stone’s throw from Sonoma County’s Doran Beach, the Bodega Coast Inn & Suites invites both two and four-legged guests to visit. Perfect for couples and families, this dog-friendly haven ensures that your furry companion enjoys the bay vacation as much as you do. Stroll along the bay waters on a scenic path, breathe in the fresh air, and soak up those unbeatable views.

Insider Tip: Traveling with your sweetheart? Consider booking the Roman Spa Suite, which ups the ante on the romance factor with its wine heart-shaped Whirlpool spa and fireplace.

521 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, (707) 875-2217