Peaceful, secluded location off Highway One, with breathtaking ocean views
Gourmet farm-to-table restaurant
Fire pit, billiards, and ping pong overlooking the ocean
Hiking trails that pass the renowned Beniamino Bufano Peace obelisk
Cozy bar with live jazz and classical music
Romantic, cozy rooms with fireplaces and balconies; most have great ocean views
Free Wi-Fi and free parking, including RVs, buses, and trucks
Smoke-free property (con for some)
Rooms can be small, and walls are thin
Breakfast isn't free
No cell phone reception on the property
Wi-Fi tends to be spotty in rooms
The 49-room Timber Cove Resort is a rustic seaside hideaway set on cliffs overlooking the rugged Northern California coast and the Pacific Ocean. The resort has a wilderness-lodge feel, with an abundance of exposed timber, grand Sequoia trees, wild grasses, hiking trails, and a large fire pit where guests can play billiards and listen to the waves below. A farm-to-table restaurant, Coast Kitchen, generally receives high marks from guests. Rooms are cozy and have some luxury amenities, including LP record players and fireplaces. There is no cellphone service, making the Timber Cove Resort an ideal place to unplug, and a handful of state parks, filled with hiking and biking trails, are within driving distance.
Wilderness-lodge feel with luxury amenities and vast ocean views
The Timber Cove Resort has the feel of a laid-back wilderness lodge -- but with Peet's Coffee, farm-to-table cuisine, and plenty of local wine. The wood-paneled lobby is several stories high, a soaring open space dominated by a rough-stone fireplace, where guests can hang out with a drink, watch the enormous flat screen TV, or enjoy live music. Renovations to this space in 2016 added mid-century modern furniture, wooden floors, and a new lounge bar. Coast Kitchen, also added in 2016, specializes in farm-to-table coastal cuisine, served in a rustic, intimate dining room. The Timber Cove Resort's grounds are filled with wild grasses, rocky outcroppings, rough-hewn benches, and seemingly endless views of the Pacific. Sunset from the fire-pit is a popular sight, and an "Outdoor Living Room" includes billiards and ping pong. Without the constant pull of cellphones, the property is a place for guests to focus on nature and each other.
On a quiet stretch of coastline off California's Highway One, north of Bodega Bay, with local sights nearby
The Timber Cove Resort is on the coast off Highway One, 30 minutes north of the town of Jenner and 45 minutes north of Bodega Bay. Although the area feels like the middle of nowhere, there are a few small towns and beaches nearby, and the resort has hiking and biking trails. Historic Fort Ross is a few miles away, and makes for an interesting afternoon of sightseeing. There are plenty of opportunities for golfing, kayaking, hiking, and biking in the area. Without cell service, the Timber Cove Resort feels blissfully isolated, but the wineries and other Sonoma sights are easily accessible by car.
Romantic and cozy, with fireplaces, balconies, and spectacular views
Rooms at the Timber Cove Resort are intimate and cozy, with fireplaces and balconies, and most have jaw-dropping views of the ocean. Renovated rooms feel modern and airy, with soaking tubs, chic glass showers, and light decor. All guest rooms have LP record players, minibars with local products, and coffeemakers with Russian River Roastery coffee. Guests have a choice of ocean, cove, or forest view; ocean views are worth the extra. The whole experience breathes romance, with the sound of crashing waves lulling you to and the moon peeking through skylights and picture windows. It's worth noting that walls can be thin, especially in the main building, and there can sometimes be issues with water conservation that prevent the use of bathtubs. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.
Farm-to-table restaurant, lounge, fitness center, hiking trails
The resort provides postcard-perfect ocean views from every angle, including from Coast Kitchen restaurant, opened in 2016, which serves farm-to-table coastal cuisine that highlights local produce, cheeses, and seafood. It serves a cooked-to-order breakfast, daily lunch and dinner menus, and light bites in the adjacent lounge. The Outdoor Living Room, which includes a cliffside fire-pit, is a popular spot for billiards or a sunset glass of wine. The property also has a fitness center with weights, cardio equipment, and pretty views, and the property has a number of hiking trails for those who prefer to exercise outside. There are a gift shop and newsstand on site, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Wedding and event planning services are available, and the photo opportunities can't be beat.
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