Cooled by nature’s air conditioning, surrounded by the flora and fauna of its coastal habitat, and unfettered with Bay Area traffic congestion, Bodega Bay is an ideally located refuge – close enough to quickly reach, but far enough to provide an alternative reality. And Bodega Bay Lodge is the ideal stopping point – whether for a snack, a full meal, or an overnight stay.

Perhaps you’ve been to Bodega Bay Lodge in the past. Sister hotel to well-known California spots such as Napa’s Harvest Inn, the Lafayette Park Hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel, and Stanford Park Hotel, among others, it has consistently rated through the years as a top Sonoma Coast choice. But recent enhancements have elevated the Bodega Bay Lodge experience, making this beloved hotel a gem that begs to be (re)discovered.

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Lodging: Choose from a selection of room layouts, all newly remodeled in soothing hues of gray and blue with sea-faring décor. All have either balconies or private patios overlooking the landscape with views of the bay and ocean. Nearly every room at the Lodge affords water views, so you simply can’t go wrong with whatever layout you select. Each features down comforter beds, plush robes, Keurig coffee makers, a gourmet mini-bar, and ZENTS bathroom products. Many feature wood burning fireplaces; and yes, it gets cool enough during the summer to light ‘em up on foggy nights and mornings.

Dine: The Lodge’s onsite restaurant, Drakes Sonoma Coast, is an integral part of the the Lodge experience. Casually elegant, with all tables facing the large picture windows, Drakes is a Sonoma Coast favorite. Ingredients, including those from the bar, are all sourced locally. Start with a craft cocktail made with artisanal spirits such as “The Perfect Man,” featuring Healdsburg’s Alley 6 Rye, or “Bees Knees” with Petaluma’s Griffo gin. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Kristian Markland utilizes the bounty of the region in his delicious dishes. Start with oysters prepared several ways, or a plate of local artisanal cheeses. Fish offerings change according to the day’s catch, and meat lovers will find several options. After dinner, grab your sweater and a bottle of wine, and settle into a pair of Adirondacks near one of the property’s fire pits.

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The newly renovated Drakes Fireside Lounge offers a more casual, relaxed dining and bar lounge experience. After a day of adventure, unwind indoors next to the large stone fireplace or cozy up to the outdoor fire pit in teak rocking chairs. Enjoy daily lunch service and an elevated all-day bar menu. Featuring ocean views, a 300-year-old elm tree bar, and a refreshed patio with three additional fire pits, Drakes Fireside Lounge provides some of the best views of Bodega Bay.

Activities: Snuggle-up by a fire pit, roll a Bocce Ball, or hang in a hammock amongst the trees. Indulge in the warmth of the infinity-edge hot tub, perfectly positioned for optimal views. Enjoy an ocean-view workout in the Lodge’s fitness room, or borrow one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes for an easy ride to the beach. Schedule a massage – either in-room or in one of the two treatment rooms. Take a quick walk to adjacent Doran Beach, a wide, 2-mile stretch of pristine white sand, and return to the lobby at 5pm for the daily complimentary sampling of Sonoma Coast vintages. The off-site offerings are equally plentiful. Plan a winetasting route; Bodega Bay is central to more than 200 wineries. Plan a cheese tasting route; Bodega Bay is surrounded by notable cheese-making facilities. Take a drive through rolling hills, apple orchards, redwood groves, and old farm towns. Go kite flying, kayaking, canoeing, or surfing. Play golf. The staff at Bodega Bay Lodge can advise and help you chart out your day.


Bodega Bay Lodge

103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay


Article By:  Fran Miller & Kari Ruel