Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Runaway: Bodega Bay

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Echoing the good Dr. King, we, too, have a dream. Albeit a smaller one.

Though we face overplayed Napa and Tahoe's blackout dates, we still have a dream. It's called Bodega Bay, we'll see you there. 

Stay
Spend your weekend getting high at Hi House. Tucked away in the heart of Point Reyes, this fascinating home perches 20 feet above the forest floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the surrounding national parks and Bishop Pines.
1214 Pierce Point Rd., Inverness (415-669-1532). From $185 here.

Splurge on one of 12 coastal cottages. Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages blends kitsch with comfort with mounted game trophies, a private beach cove, and a Michelin-recommended restaurant. Your luxe digs come with heated marble floors and wood burning stoves perfect for the winter months.
23240 Highway 1, Marshall (415-663-1033). From $325 here.
 
Eat
Slurp up oysters on Hog Island Oyster Company's waterfront deck, or go big and make a table reservation to shuck your own loot with provided grill rentals, shucking gear, fresh lemons, hot sauces, and fresh grated horseradish. Bring your own beer and wine to wash it all down.
20215 Hwy 1, Marshall (415 663 9218). $5 per person picnic fee.

Get in with the locals at the Spud Point Crab Company. This family-owned business serves up crab and wild king salmon caught fresh by the restaurant's own father/son team, while the mother and daughters run the store. Enjoy homemade chowder or crack crabs on picnic tables (they'll provide the tools, sauce and lemons).
1860 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay (707 875-9472)

Do
No need to spend the money on a whale watching trip. Catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales from dry land at Ocean Overlook at Bodega Head. During the winter and spring, the marine mammals hug the coast as they make their epic journey. Bring binoculars, they're easily visible from shore.
Directions here.

The easy, 10-15 minute walk to Point Reyes Lighthouse is a welcome break from the challenging hiking trails traversing the area. Explore the 140-year-old historic lighthouse (now a museum) up close after a steep 308-stair descent, or avoid the stairs and enjoy the view from the observation deck.
Point Reyes Lighthouse, 27999 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness (415-669-1534).

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