Happy Friday! Just a few more hours to the weekend, whoop whoop. A perfect time to get you in relaxation mode, and share last weeks spring break shenanigans in beautiful Bodega Bay. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a travel post, but I always enjoy putting them together. When traveling, I find that some of the best suggestions come from bloggers who have very personal and honest experiences, which I love. So here we go!
We decided to keep our spring break vacation close to home. Bodega Bay is located an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, off HWY 1, so it literally feels like a hop, skip, and a jump away. Perfect travel time for two antsy toddlers. Living in San Francisco for the past eight years, Mike and I have traveled California’s northern coastline frequently. We’ve explored small towns like Valley Ford, Jenner, Albion, Little River, Mendocino, and Bodega Bay. It’s during these travels, that we have truly fallen in love with the beauty and sense of peace that the northern coast brings. It really is a little slice of heaven.
Lodging-We used VRBO and rented a home that was located just past the town of Bodega Bay. The views (pictured above) were some of the best we’ve ever experienced. Fields of wildflowers beamed of yellow before the blue rippling ocean. Each night, we would sit on the patio and watch the sunset. It was magical. For quick getaways we have stayed at Bodega Harbor Inn and the Bodega Coast Inn & Suites, both have great views, are clean, but simple. I’m dying to stay at Bodega Bay Lodge, definitely more upscale. Note – Yes, Audrey really does have a roll of toilet paper taped to her arm. She informed me that it’s her battery, and web shooter that helps her fly to space. Her imagination is wild, and I hope it never changes!
Kid Spots –The beach offers endless fun, but your kids will love visiting Second Wind and Candy and Kites. Two charming stores stocked full of toys, beach gear, candy, and kites. Bodega Bay is perfect for flying kites, since there is usually a slight breeze. Audrey and Jack chose a shark kite that they loved!
Eats– Spud Point Crab Co. is a must! The crab sandwich’s are out of this world. My mom and I went for lunch two days in a row. They are that good and only $13 a sandwich. Everything on the menu is delicious, but the clam chowder and crab sandwich are two of my favorites. For fish and chips, The Boat House is the place. Also, The Sandpiper Restaurant comes highly recommended from locals, but we haven’t actually tried it yet.
While the guys fished and golfed, we played at Schoolhouse Beach. Here for info on other beaches. Just like her parents, Audrey is happiest when she is near the ocean. I loved capturing her in these moments of pure joy.
Fishermans Cove is directly next door to Spud Point and is a fantastic spot for oysters on the half shell. Their fish tacos are also popular, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Or, if like us, you want the views and comfort of your beach rental, grab fresh oysters to shuck at home. Available at The Tides Fish Market.
To Do -There are plenty of great hikes and kayaking spots in Bodega. But if golf is your game, throw in your clubs because The Links at Bodega Harbour is a great course with ocean views. Following a day of golf, the guys decided to go deep-sea fishing for salmon. Did I mention these boys got to play play play! Unfortunately, after eight hours on the boat not a single fish was caught, but the crab pots were pulling up full. They brought home 18 crab to feast on! Nothing better than fresh sweet dungeness crab!
Wishing I was in these fields, gazing out at the Pacific Ocean. But, it is Friday! The start of the weekend, which makes everyone happy. Hope you all have a fun-filled, relaxing few days! Don’t forget to think of Bodega Bay for your next adventure. It won’t disappoint!