Bodega Bay is located about 70 miles north of San Francisco (10 miles north of Windsor) on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. This lovely, quiet fishing town was chosen as the location for one of the most famous films ever made – Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Bodega Bay is also home to a scenic 18-hole golf course, many restaurants specializing in seafood and the pristine beaches of Sonoma Coast State Beach. Bodega Head, the peninsula that shelters the Bay, is considered an ideal point for whale watching (mainly between December and April.) For more information, visit www.bodegabay.com.
With its breathtaking coastline and picturesque wine country, Mendocino welcomes all adventurous romantics who travel the scenic path. Natural wonders abound-from the smallest to the tallest trees in the world to glass bottom beaches and the only oceanfront botanical gardens in the country. Stroll through beautiful oceanfront Victorian Villages with unusual boutiques and galleries, lively entertainment, fun activities, events and festivals. Cool coastal breezes, warm days and the fertile soils of the Mendocino wine country combine to produce world-renowned, award-winning wines. A favorite patime of locals and tourists alike is spending a relaxing day wine tasting along Highway 101 and 128. Mendocino is 150 miles north of San Francisco and 90 miles north of Windsor. For more information, visit www.mendocino.org/.
Escape to the affordable, family-friendly Holiday Inn Express Windsor – Sonoma County where peaceful Wine Country lodging awaits you. Savor spacious guest rooms and suites, impeccable service and upscale amenities for both business and pleasure. Our convenient location makes it easy to explore the charming northern California coastal towns of Mendocino and Bodega Bay.
Movie trivia buffs, especially fans of suspense and horror movies, will be drawn to Bodega Bay. The area has served as a location for several Hollywood movies, including
Overlooking a rugged expanse of the Pacific Ocean, the Mendocino Art Center has been a have for artists since 1959. Today, the Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution offering nearly 300 unique retreat-style workshops each year in ceramics, computer arts, fine arts, jewelry, sculpture and textiles. Four art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists. For more information, visit www.mendocinoartcenter.org/.
The only public garden in the continental United States fronting directly on the ocean, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. Discover manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse plant collections and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Whale watchers can take shelter in the Cliff House to view winter and spring migrations while bird lovers will delight in the more than 100 species of birds that live in or visit the Gardens annually. For more information, visit www.gardenbythesea.org/.
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