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Life on the edge in Bodega Bay
My family and I found a wonderful winter getaway close to home but far enough away to feel like we had entered another world. At the Bay’s Edge literally sits on the water at the edge of scenic Bodega Bay. We enjoyed feeding the seagulls, listening to the seals and watching the pelicans dive for their dinner. At low tide, we could see the clams shooting water out of the mud. It was magnificent.
We stayed in a two-bedroom vacation rental with wall-to-wall views of the bay. The rental was furnished with everything that made it as comfortable as our own home, including a full kitchen (complete with crab pots so we could cook our own seafood), wood stove, WiFi, binoculars, games, candles and a huge California-king-sized bed. The kids loved all of the games, and we had a great time just enjoying the ever-changing bay view.
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At home on edge of Bodega Bay
On a recent trip to Bodega Bay, my family and I stayed in a private, two- bedroom vacation rental called At the Bay’s Edge. We enjoyed our own private hideaway right on the water with a panoramic view of Bodega Bay. We also appreciated the fully equipped kitchen, cozy linens and complete entertainment center with DVD/satellite TV and games.
Bodega Bay has many pleasures to offer — scenic coastline and beaches, various art galleries, and a wide array of restaurants from local fish & chips to gourmet dining. Yet I think we mostly enjoyed watching the harbor come to life right outside our picture window. The kids still talk about visits from “Charlie” the friendly seagull, seals frolicking in the water and counting the fishing boats going in and out of the marina.
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When the temperature edges into the triple-digits, I start dreaming of water. Of waking up with a wraparound view of blue sky and endless ocean. Of feeding sea gulls in my bathrobe — and feeding a fire after the fog has rolled in.
This year, I found out I don’t need to win the lottery to make my dream a reality.
We chose Bodega Bay because it is so close — a little more than two hours from our Elk Grove driveway. For us, the Bodega Bay Vacation Rentals (“At The Bay’s Edge”) offered just the right blend of privacy and convenience. Tucked out of site below Highway 1, it was quiet and private, yet within a half-hour’s drive of a wide range of activities. Depending on their energy level and interests, visitors to Bodega Bay can fish, kayak, surf, golf, shop the galleries in Duncans Mills and Occidental or take off with a camera to capture the spectacular coastal scenery.
Since our goal was relaxation, we indulged ourselves at the Osmosis Spa in the tiny crossroads town of Freestone. First, we de-toxed in a warm “bath” of cedar and Douglas fir mulch mixed with 600 Japanese enzymes that left us looking “breaded.” After showering and slipping robes, we were led down a path to a private pagoda for a blissful 75-minute massage on the wooded banks of a stream.
Other days, we traced the coastline up to the mouth of the Russian River. When the fog rolled in, we followed the river inland to the lush redwood forests and rolling vineyards of the Russian River valley.
It’s worth an afternoon to follow the Russian River Wine Road. A free map (available at www.wineroad.com) helps with navigating back-road tributaries and locating the more than 70 wineries in the Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek wine-growing areas. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, available from roadside stands, can form the basis of a gourmet picnic. Eating a leisurely lunch on the grounds of a winery that resembles an Italian villa or a French chateau makes one feel magically transported to Tuscany or the south of France.
Bodega Bay: The Trip to Bountiful
…Our apartment At The Bay’s Edge was tastefully furnished and stunningly situated right on Bodega Bay, with glorious water views and a private deck. It had a wood-burning stove and a kitchen replete with spices and a full array of pans and utensils. What more could we want?
My favorite moment came the day before we left, when the storm finally subsided. We had bought some live crab and made a simple Crab Louie, accompanied by several more finds: some mellow Sea Breeze, a California brie from Larry Peter’s Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, in Petaluma; an earthy pain au levain from the Brick Maiden Bakery in Point Reyes; and a soft chardonnay from the Sebastopol Vineyards at Dutton Ranch. As we ate outside on our private deck, an exotic array of birds – pelicans, herons, egrets, surf scooters, murres, and more – gamboled in the water. In the cheering winter light, the bay shown silvery blue as a fishing boat named “Provider” passed by. We sat and supped, warmed by the sun and marveling at the region’s bounty.
Judith Gaines, Boston Globe Correspondent
Two cozy retreats tucked into the tides of Bodega Bay
- One-bedroom/one-bathroom unit w/private deck (sleeps 2)
- Two-bedroom/one-bathroom unit (sleeps 4)
Hidden below Highway 1 where it winds through the sleepy fishing village of Bodega Bay, At The Bay’s Edge is a welcome refuge from the traffic, the heat, the suburbs—whatever is currently driving you crazy about everyday life. Here, you’ll breathe in the sublimely uncomplicated rhythm of life on the water. Resistance is futile. You’ll have to slow down.
Okay, my husband was still fielding calls from work an hour after we settled into our one-bedroom Bodega Bay Vacation Rental. But the hypnotic blue water—winking at us from wall-to-wall living room windows—gradually worked its magic. Pretty soon, we were feeding seagulls from our private deck as fishing boats chugged past with the final catch of the day. By the time the burnt-orange horizon melted into the candlelight-glow in our living room, we were drowsing on the sofa. We were finally lulled to sleep by the continuous croon of the harbor horn.
For four days, we read. We napped. We watched egrets and pelicans fishing at low tide, morning coffee in hand. We developed short-term amnesia about frantic “to-do’s.”
Weathered and barn-like, At The Bay’s Edge houses two units, each with its own private entrance. Both are decorated with the understated style of a beach bungalow and will pamper you with creature comforts—including plenty of plushy bath towels, scented candles and plump pillows, a shampoo-and-soap dispenser in the shower and bedside lamps you turn on and off with the lightest brush of your fingertips.
Our one-bedroom unit made a snug cocoon for two people who wanted to relax and reconnect. The queen-sized bed is luxuriously outfitted with a brocade comforter and lots of pillows. The sunny-yellow bathroom has a greenhouse window.
If you need more room, the two-bedroom unit can comfortably accommodate two couples or a small family. One bedroom has a king-sized bed, the other a queen, and the bathroom is nice and roomy.
Of course, there are all the modern conveniences—including satellite TV/VCR/DVD and a CD player (ours was ingeniously stowed under a kitchen cabinet). Both units also have wood burning stoves to keep you warm when the fog or a winter storm roll in off the ocean.
Although there wasn’t a barbecue grill on the deck, we were impressed with our first attempt to prepare fresh salmon—bought from the fish market at Lucas Wharf restaurant (707-875-3522) and basted with their own scrumptious herb butter—using the counter top George Foreman grill.
What most impressed us about At The Bay’s Edge, however, were the many personal touches that made us feel like we were staying at a friend’s place:
- A pair of binoculars
- A beach blanket
- A guide to preparing fresh seafood—and advice on where to buy it locally
- A copy of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”—filmed in Bodega Bay 40 years ago
- A full pitcher of filtered water in the refrigerator when we arrived
- A personal note from our hostess introducing us to Charlie, the resident seagull
At The Bay’s Edge is one of the few vacation rental properties I know of where the property manager lives on-site. Don’t expect room service—but do plan on being well looked after and feeling very much at home!
Joyce Hadley Copeland
Reviews by guests…
Beautiful and peaceful place to stay. It is such a peaceful change to our busy world. Such great scenery afforded the ability of many wonderful photos and memories.
Thank you for creating such a beautiful and peaceful place to get away from it all. These two days have been extraordinary, in large part due to this perfect hide-away At The Bay’s Edge.
A truly wonderful weekend. Arrived with a girlfriend, left with a fiancee. The private deck was a beautiful setting for a proposal. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We’ll definitely be back!
Thank you so much for putting so much thought into our comfort here in this peaceful place. We very much enjoyed our stay here with the beautiful view, gorgeous room, and an abundance of great love and energy left here by so many happy guests. Our anniversary was very memorable. Thank you.
Aaaahh peaceful, relaxing, and rejuvenating. We enjoyed our hike at Pt. Reyes, wine tasting and cooking some nice local cuisine (crab and prawns) yum! A wonderful spot and your detail to everything is fabulous. A wonderful retreat. Thank you, and we look forward to our return.
We had a great time. We will be back again. The views of the bay are terrific. This was the first weekend my wife and I have had together in a long time. We are returning home with our batteries re-charged. Thanks for sharing your “little piece of heaven” with us. Next time we may bring another couple and try out the two bedroom apartment. Until then, take care.
I’ve been coming to Bodega Bay since I was 5 years old. But never have we spent a more enjoyable time than at your place. Yours is the best place to stay in Bodega Bay. We will be back again soon. Love the way everything is decorated.
Rarely have we awakened to such a wonderful view! This charming place served us well for our Thanksgiving Feast at the water’s edge. Thank you so much!
Beautiful sunset, playful seals, the calming sound of the foghorn all combined to make this a wonderful escape!