I Could Live Here: Bodega Bay LodgeAuthor:Mary Polizzotti
There is something inherently romantic about the fog-draped coastline of Sonoma. The heavy mist acts as a tranquilizer spurring one to bunker down under a blanket, feet by the fire, and forget any cares or worries. You could easily spend many days at the newly renovated Bodega Bay Lodge doing exactly that.
Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the property’s refresh is impressive and includes a completely revamped outdoor area with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and six acres of lavishly landscaped grounds.
My first stop en route to total relaxation is the oversized infinity hot tub. I’ve never seen a whirlpool quite like this one with gorgeous stone surrounded by unobstructed seascape. The fog’s chill can’t catch me in here. A few steps away, the new heated swimming pool provides the opportunity for a few laps, or I could disappear into the sauna for a bit.
Jumping out of the tub, I step under the outdoor rain shower then head into the spa. A euphoric massage awaits where warm Tiger Clam seashells glide smoothly over my body and the heat and pressure transforms me from iron into a puddle of serene bliss. The spa offers an array of massages, facials, and body treatments, and the adjacent fitness center boasts state of the art cardio equipment and free weights.
At 4 p.m., a complimentary wine and cheese reception occurs in the redesigned lobby. Admiring the beautifully restored hardwood and slate floors, I sink into one of the oversized couches or leather reading chairs and mingle with fellow guests before retreating back to my room. The rehabilitated guestrooms feature expansive coastal vistas, wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies, plush down comforters, spa robes and slippers, and 24-hour in-room dining. Privacy is at a premium and it’s tough to tear myself away from the luxurious accommodation.
When hunger strikes, I visit The Duck Club Restaurant which serves up seasonal Sonoma coastal cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Jeff Reilly. Fresh local seafood is always a highlight (try the halibut and the oysters, of course!), and sustainable, regional ingredients are perfectly paired with the finest Sonoma County wines. Top it off with commanding ocean views and superb service in an effortlessly elegant setting. Done.
Next to the Duck Club, I hit up Drake’s Fireside Lounge when I’m feeling a bit more casual. I eschew indoors and cozy up under a blanket in a teak rocking chair beside the spectacular outdoor fire pit with a glass of wine in hand. There’s no better place to watch the sunset while coastal birds flock and whales migrate just offshore. Take a deep breath, is this heaven?
If I get the itch to explore more, The Bodega Bay Lodge makes an ideal home base to travel through northern Marin, western Sonoma, and the northern Pacific coast. The oysters of Tomales Bay, the cheeses of Cowgirl Creamery, and one of the world’s premier wine regions are all within a 30-minute drive. One and a half hours brings you to San Francisco. Adventurous types will appreciate the easy access to kayaking, surfing, deep-sea fishing, and hiking. And Bodega Bay is a quirky and laid back place to explore, I might borrow a complimentary Electra cruiser bike for a coastal ride to Doran Beach or even visit Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” school house. Guests can also take advantage of new electric car charging stations in the parking lot.
Yes, I could live here at one of the finest luxury coastal resorts north of SF.
Visit: Bodega Bay Lodge is located at 103 Coast Highway One in Bodega Bay, California.