Hotel at a Glance: Timber Cove Inn
Timber Cove Inn enjoys a scenic perch 14 miles north of Jenner 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 a stroll along the promontory, and in the evening, guests gather around the fire pit to watch the sun set over the water. You’ll also find views of the Sonoma Mountains from a forest-view room and gorgeous overlooks of the coast at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant, Alexander’s. The upscale restaurant serves local cuisine such as Pacific sesame ahi and Sonoma Coast lamb, and offers front-row seats to the ocean views.
Press shout-out: The hotel was named one of the 10 hideaways by the sea by Sunset Magazine, which mentioned its “million-dollar spot on a solitary rocky point above the waves.”
Interesting dish: The baby back ribs at Alexander’s are cooked in Racer 5 IPA, a hoppy beer made by Bear Republic Brewing in Healdsburg, CA.
Architectural inspiration: Wood-beam interiors and fieldstone fireplaces reflect the lodge’s rugged coastal setting.
Nifty room amenities: Share a bottle of wine out on your forest view room’s private balcony.
Distance to Sonoma County Wineries: There are more than a dozen Russian River Valley wineries within 30 miles including Fort Ross Vineyard
Must-see nearby: Salt Point State Park offers 20 miles of hiking trails with brightly-colored succulents and ocean views. Other sites include Fort Ross, Salt Point, and Gualala.
Special perk: The hotel offers daily flights of Sonoma Valley wines.
Coastal Town in Sonoma County Near World-Famous Wineries
Located in Northern California’s coast, the tiny town of Jenner is nestled 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 draws visitors for its 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.
The coastal town is also 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’ll sample award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays in tasting rooms tucked into hills and valleys. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is another must-see spot. Set about 15 miles inland, this ancient grove is filled with towering trees that can live for more than 1,000 years, and grow to a diameter of 16 feet.
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