My boyfriend and I made our first trek to Jenner, CA along the Sonoma coast and we fell in love with the scenery and the laid-back feel. The long sandy beaches with tidepools, rugged headlands, and secluded coves make this area really unique. Not to mention the amazing food and wine!
Where to stay
If you want to get away with no cell service, you must stay at Jenner by the Sea. The row of adorable cottages sits along the Russian River, near where the Pacific Ocean meets the river. We stayed in the Grey Whale Cottage which was absolutely darling. The cottage sits right on the water, with a large deck to sit out and enjoy morning coffee while looking out at the water. The last photo (above) is the view from our deck – absolutely no one in sight!
Where to eat
River’s End is the perfect spot for a romantic and/or a special occasion meal spot. If it’s not too cold, you can sit out on their patio for GORGEOUS views of the Pacific Ocean. The food is all local and organic. While I’m not a pasta eater, I was pretty tempted to get their restaurant-made pasta (but I resisted)!
Aah, the (few) wineries along the Sonoma Coast are stunning, not to mention delicious. SCV tasting room in Bodega Bay is the cutest spot to grab a flight, or to try out all of their selections. The tasting room is brand new and is beautiful inside.
Fort Ross Winery (pictured above) is a huge estate that sits above the coastal fog with views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s quite a trek to get there from the main road – you would never find it otherwise! They’re known for their smooth red wines, and if you’re not into oaky chardonnay, this is your place!
What to see
The views along the coast are STUNNING. If you drive along highway 1, there is so much to see. Stop for a picnic on the beach and check out the tidepools and sea life. My tip: bring layers!