The Best Places to Stay in Sea Ranch

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The calm, coastal town of Sea Ranch is known for its natural beauty and steadfast commitment to environmental awareness. As a result, the charming lodges and quaint house rentals in this picturesque hamlet all aim to blend seamlessly with their surroundings of majestic redwoods and rugged Pacific coastline. Many of these offerings are, suitably, tucked away. But if you know where to look, the ideal accommodation isn’t too hard to find.

Lodging / Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch Lodge

Situated on a bluff overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast, Sea Ranch Lodge features 20 spacious and smartly appointed guest rooms, each with its own ocean view. The rooms typify the Sea Ranch style, with natural cedar and redwood paneling, and gas-burning stoves and vintage oak furnishings make for a cozy stay. There are a few trails that begin at the lodge, and continue through meadows, woods, and coastline.

Insider Tip

Sea Ranch Lodge also manages vacation rentals in the area. If the guest rooms are booked, consider booking a rental through the lodge.

Lodging / Point Arena Gualala

Seacliff By the Bluff

Located in nearby Gualala, Seacliff Motel offers 16 comfortable rooms and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Russian River from its perch atop a bluff. The bright and airy rooms are cozily appointed with fireplaces, armchairs, and patchwork quilts, and guests can enjoy relaxing on private decks as they take in the sound and scent of the ocean.

Insider Tip

Nearby Trinks Cafe and Bakery is a convenient spot to grab a quick and delicious breakfast before heading out for the day.

Lodging / Jenner

Fort Ross Lodge

Thirty minutes north of Sea Ranch, in the town of Jenner, Fort Ross Lodge is a relaxing option for an oceanside stay. The lodge is unpretentious and down-to-earth, and the rooms, many of which feature fireplaces and private hot tubs, are spacious and simply furnished—ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway.

Insider Tip

The lodge is a five-minute walk from Fort Ross State Historic Park, and less than two miles from Fort Ross itself. Pack up some snacks, and then head to the park to explore.

Corporate Events / Sea Ranch

Casa Pacis

Located in Sea Ranch, this two-bedroom, two-bath vacation rental is, as its name implies, truly a “House of Peace.” Located in a cul-de-sac with ocean views, the house is a five-minute walk from the beach, and is surrounded by common land, making for a private, secluded feeling and unobstructed views. Wander along the nearby hiking trails or borrow the tandem bicycle for a leisurely ride through the town.

Insider Tip

There is a large wrap-around deck with a built-in hot tub and ocean views, so be sure to pack a swimsuit. Migratory whales have been spotted from this vantage point.


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