It’s been a little over a year since the pandemic changed lives for us all. Before the pandemic, I would always make it a goal to travel abroad twice a year. Now, I really enjoy and look forward to local destinations or even one-night staycations within California. If you are ever in need of a small and short getaway, I highly suggest reading further into this article, as I have the ultimate guide for your perfect one night getaway in paradise. I will cover places to eat, things to do, and where to stay in this article. So, let’s get started:
Driving to Jenner, CA:
If you have never heard of Jenner, you will learn more about the charming area today. Jenner, CA is located 20 minutes just north of Bodega Bay. If you are driving from either the East bay or the Peninsula, it will take you approximately 2 hours, and a little over 2 hours if you are driving from the south bay. On your way to Jenner, you will pass by major cities such as San Rafael, and Petaluma, but I highly suggest driving straight until you hit HWY 1 and arrive in Bodega Bay.
Pit Stop at Bodega Bay, CA:
Once you have made your way onto HWY 1, you will come across a small and lovely town called Bodega Bay, CA. FUN FACT: For those of you who aren’t familiar, did you know that the 1960’s film “The Birds” was shot in Bodega Bay? Not to mention, they also have a restaurant in Bodega Bay called Birds Café that specializes in delicious and addicting fish and chips with a decent sized dining area for social distancing! If you ever happen to stop by Birds Café, here are a list of things to try:
Fish and Chips: If this is your first time visiting, I highly suggest ordering the Fish and Chips! You have the option of ordering either 2 or 3 fish pieces, but honestly 2 pieces were more than enough because it also comes with a huge order of crispy seasoned fries! The fish pieces were so juicy, tender, and flakey and the exterior batter was cooked to crispy perfection. Your order comes with tartar sauce, ketchup and some lemon wedges as well! For what you get, it was very affordable, and note, you can get the fish tacos if you don’t want fish and chips!
Artichoke Fritters: Wow, you can order the artichoke fritters as a side or even as a taco. Both options are delicious. But I would definitely just rather order a whole batch of these. The fritters come with a side of ranch and they paired so well with the crispy batter. Oh, this dish is highly addictive. I almost ate the whole order by myself!
Hop Back on the Road to Jenner:
After you’ve had your afternoon snack or lunch at Birds Café, hop back on the road and drive another 20 minutes till you hit Jenner, CA. You will know you’ve reach Jenner, because you will come across a decent sized building that is the Jenner Inn. I unfortunately did not get the opportunity to stay at this Inn, but I have heard great stories and recommendations from friends! I will later on tell you where I ended up staying, but for now, know that Jenner Inn is a highly recommend spot if you are in town.
Across from Jenner Inn, you will find a cute and lovely café called Café Aquatica where they offer a wide selection of great drinks, morning snacks, lunch items, all while offering scenic views of the Russian River and also offering live music on specific days on their spacious patio! If you ever do have the opportunity to visit, I highly suggest trying their clam chowder and the crab sandwich. NOTE: make sure to get your crab sandwich early as I have heard they sell out.
Things to Do while in Jenner:
If you are visiting Jenner and need activities to do, here are some places I find worth visiting:
1. Salt Point State Park: This park offers great trails. You can walk along the flat ocean or even climb on the ocean rocks. Parking isn’t horrible either! The Views are spectacular.
2. Fort Ross State Historic Park: For those who love a little history, this area was owned by Russians who grew food and supplies for people in Alaska! I would dedicate an hour to check out and learn everything about this place
3. Goat Rock Beach: Lovely and another scenic beach to visit with other trails offered as well!
Continuing on Your Journey Further into Jenner, CA:
If you drive an extra 30 minutes north, you will end up at Timber Cover Resort in Jenner, CA. Rates are surely not as affordable as the Jenner Inn. However, you definitely get what you pay for, and let me tell you it was a beautiful and breathtaking getaway that was surely worth every penny.
The Timber Cove is a getaway for those who are looking to disconnect with the world and seriously take in all that nature has to offer. I haven’t traveled in over a year, so my girlfriend and I treated ourselves to the Ocean View Room. As I have mentioned, don’t let the price scare you away, I assure you, it’s worth it.
Not only do you wake up and sleep to the beautiful sounds of the waves, but you also get to capture the sunrise and sunsets as well. They were absolutely magical.
The hotel offers a wide space of walking trails to enjoy your time with nature. There are many benches and seats offered throughout the hotel property where you can sit and take in all of the views, have a yoga session, or even simply read a book and catch some sun.
If you love music, this resort offers a huge selection of music vinyls that you can take to your room and play! It was so fun looking through everything they had and listening to it on our record player in the room!
Did I forget to mention that this resort is dog friendly?! Yes, that’s right, you can bring your friendly paw friend and enjoy the lovely outdoors with them here!
For dinner, I highly recommend eating at their hotel restaurant called Coast Kitchen. You must and I mean MUST order the Butternut Squash Pappardelle, The Braised Beef Short Rib, and extra Brussel Sprouts.