Hotel at a Glance: Timber Cove Inn
Timber Cove Inn enjoys a scenic perch along Northern California’s Sonoma Coast. Located on a rocky point overlooking the Pacific, it’s surrounded by jagged cliffs and windswept beaches. Many mornings here begin with strolls along the promontory; in the evening, guests gather around the fire pit to watch the sun set over the water. You’ll find views of the Sonoma Mountains in forest-view rooms and gorgeous overlooks of the coast at the hotel’s upscale oceanfront restaurant, Alexander’s.
- Press shout-out: Sunset magazine praised the hotel's “million-dollar" location.
- Architectural touches: Wood-beam interiors and fieldstone fireplaces
- Daily wine flights are available at the hotel.
- Sonoma County Wineries: Fort Ross Vineyard and Annapolis Winery are nearby.
- Salt Point State Park offers 20 miles of hiking trails with brightly colored succulents and ocean views.
Jenner, California: Coastal Town in Sonoma County near World-Famous Wineries
Located along Northern California’s coast, the tiny town of Jenner sits at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Russian River, with Sonoma Coast State Beach to the south. In addition to dramatic views, the coastal setting offers an abundance of outdoor activities. Eight miles of sandy beaches run along highway 1, giving visitors access to fertile tide pools and hiking trails. Goat Rock Beach, with its resident harbor seals and twisting rock formations, is one of the best places to start. For up-close views of the water, rent a kayak and paddle along the Russian River estuary, or dive for abalone offshore in Timber Cove.
Jenner is a short drive from Sonoma County’s vineyards and wineries, which are scattered throughout charming towns such as Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, located about 30 miles west. Here you can sample award-winning cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays in tasting rooms tucked into hills and valleys. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is another attractive spot. Set about 15 miles inland, this ancient grove is filled with towering trees that can live for more than 1,000 years.