What to Do in Bodega Bay with Family
Bodega Bay, the quiet small town on the Northern Californian coast, is full of retro-chic charm. We headed over to Bodega Bay one day and passed by the little town, Bodega, and found the picturesque as well as the mysterious in the area. Join us on a trip to Bodega Bay, and check out my favorite things to do there with family.
Take a Scenic Hike on Bodega Head
The little peninsula that stretches out into the Pacific at Bodega Bay is nicknamed Bodega Head. It has a spectacular view over the Pacific Ocean, and if you're lucky, it's a great spot for whale-watching. It's interesting to know that this spot was once considered as location for a nuclear power plant in the 1960s! I'm quite glad that didn't happen. Check out Bodega Bay Trailhead on my Bodega Bay map at the end of this post for a scenic hike on Bodega Head. If you don't feel like hiking, you can simply drive up to the trailhead to admire the view. We didn't see whales that day, but the ocean view was more than satisfying.
Chill on the Beach
I tell my family and friends who visit Northern California the same thing over and over again: Bring extra layers when you go to the beach on the coast. Even in mid-summer it gets chilly on the coast. Same idea applies here in Bodega Bay, you can literally "chill" on the beach. Not in the sun-bathing sense, but to enjoy ocean vistas and watch marine animals. It's great for families with young kids.
There are two nice beaches: the small beach directly underneath the Bodega Bay trailhead, and the more protected Doran Beach on the inside of the bay.
Enjoy Fresh Local Seafood
Bodega Bay is a famed place for sport fishing, if you've been following my blog, you'd know that Travel Chic Dad is crazy about fishing. Bodega Bay is known for salmon, rockfish, and Dungeness crabs. After a trip to Bodega Head, drive down Westshore Road and you'll spot two seafood restaurants by the road. Spud Point Crab Company, the family-run little spot, is very famous and gets really crowded. The adjacent Fisherman's Cove is a hybrid of seafood restaurant and a fishing supply store. Both serve fresh clam chowders, fresh fish, oysters, and crab sandwiches. These are no-frill picnic-style restaurants, but with seafood this fresh, I'd say just dig in and don't worry about the rest.
Walk Into Hitchcock's Film "The Birds" in Bodega
A ten-minute drive away from the town of Bodega Bay, you'll find the sleepy little village, Bodega. The town has a certain retro-charm, and many scenes in the Hitchcock movie, The Birds, were filmed here.
Potter's School House may look familiar... This once-abandoned redwood house was used by Hitchcock as the backdrop of the scene where school children were attached by a full sky of crows.
Saint Teresa of Avila Church was also featured briefly in the film. Perched high on a hill, somehow it does have a certain suspense-film look to it, doesn't it?
We then passed by the quaint little 170-year-old Bodega Country Store. Mr. Hitchcock was there in person so we had to say hi.
...and sit down a bit to chit-chat with the great film director. "Why exactly did the birds attack humans?"
I'm sorry to report that he did not answer the question and just left it hanging in the air.
After all, it will forever remain a mystery. Just as much so as why we decided to dress like twins on our visit to Bodega Bay.
Where to Eat
Fresh fish and crabs from the owners' fishing boat, supposedly they have "the best clam chowder on the coast"!
Clam chowder, fish and chips, crabs, and grilled/fried oysters from Tomales Bay.
The Bay View Restaurant & Lounge (at The Inn at the Tides)
Great view as the name suggests. Local seafood, local Sonoma wines, lobster tail cioppino, and the famous "Grilled Filet Hitchcock": grilled filet mignon stuffed with Dungeness crab.
Where to Stay
This hotel has a certain old-school rustic charm, just what you'd expect on a trip to Bodega Bay. Bonus: guests get discounts at the two restaurants (Bay View and the Tides) on-site!
Buildings that descend the hills towards the bay, housing ocean-vista rooms. Great for a family trip and great for golfers, the Links at Bodega Harbour is right next door.
A Word on Hotel Bookings
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And here's my Bodega Bay Map including the places mentioned in this post:
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