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Favorite Things To Do Near Jenner, CA

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IN JENNER

 

CAFÉ AQUATICA – DON’T MISS COFFEE, CHOWDER, SALADS AND SANDWICHES ON THE RIVER. MOST WEEKENDS ENTERTAINMENT BY ACOUSTICAL MUSICIANS.  MINGLE WITH LOCALS, COAST TRAVELERS, AND BICYCLISTS RIVERSIDE. SEAGULL IS NEXT DOOR FOR WINE TASTING AND SOUVENIR SHOP. A GOOD SPOT FOR FINDING A NICE SWEATSHIRT AND SHELL STUFF.  

JUST PAST THE POST OFFICE CHECK-OUT THE VISITOR’S CENTER RUN BY THE STEWARDS OF THE COAST AND REDWOODS TO SEE A LIST OF PROGRAMS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE DURING YOUR STAY.   

ACROSS THE STREET, NEAR THE GAS STATION IS A KAYAK RENTAL COMPANY CALLED WATERTREKS.  THE OWNER, SUKI, OFFERS GUIDED TOURS ALONG THE ESTUARY OR FOR THOSE BRAVE ENOUGH, OCEAN KAYAKING.  TELL SUKI YOU’RE STAYING AT CASA PANAMA, HER AUNT AND UNCLE BUILT THE HOUSE AND SHE HAS FUN FAMILY STORIES TO TELL.  LOTUS KAYAK RENTS FOR THE DAY.

JUST UP THE COAST ANOTHER MILE IS ONE OF THE MOST RENOWNED RESTAURANTS IN ALL SONOMA COUNTY, RIVER'S END.  MAKE A RESERVATION AT SUNSET FOR ONE OF THE FINEST MEALS YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. TELL THE OWNER, BERT, WE SENT YOU!  YOU CAN ALSO VIEW THE SUNSET IN THE SMALL VERY PICTURESQUE BAR OR ON THE OUTDOOR PATIO THAT OVERLOOKS THE OCEAN.  

GOAT ROCK STATE BEACH IS A THREE-MINUTE DRIVE FROM CASA PANAMA TO THE SOUTH ON HWY 1 FROM JENNER. THERE ARE TWO PARKING LOTS; THE NORTH LOT IS ACCESS TO A LONG BEACH THAT ENDS AT THE RIVER MOUTH WHERE YOU CAN VIEW THE SEALS. VOLUNTEERS INSURE VISITORS STAY A SAFE DISTANCE.  THE SOUTH LOT GIVES YOU ACCESS TO A MORE PROTECTED BEACH IF IT’S A WINDY DAY.  THIS SIDE IS OK FOR DOGS ON A LEASH.

KORTUM TRAIL BECOMES A BOARDWALK THAT RUNS ALONG THE BLUFFS FROM SHELL BEACH TO GOAT ROCK! IT IS PERFECT FOR A LEISURELY COASTAL STROLL ALONG THE BLUFFS.  DOGS ON LEASHES ARE WELCOME AT MOST BEACHES AND TRAILS ALONG THE SONOMA COAST AND RUSSIAN RIVER.

HIKE THE POMO CANYON TRAIL TO THE COAST- TAKE THE ROAD NEXT TO THE RUSSIAN RESTAURANT ON HWY 1 SOUTH. FOLLOW THE ROAD TO THE END AND PARK AT POMO CANYON.  TAKE THE PATH TO THE RIGHT AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAMPGROUND AND THE TRAIL WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO SHELL BEACH ALONG THE COAST.  AT THE TOP OF THE TRAIL KNOWN AS RED HILL THERE ARE 360 DEGREE VIEWS OF SONOMA COUNTY.  IT IS ADVISED TO HAVE A CAR WAITING TO PICK YOU UP AT SHELL BEACH.  FOR SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND WILDERNESS EXPLORATION HIKE ALONG THE JENNER HEADLANDS, CALL 707 526-6930 X111 OR EMAIL sheri@sonomalandtrust.org FIRST FOR A GUIDED TOUR.    


IN DUNCANS MILLS (9 minutes)


FROM CASA PANAMA TAKE HWY ONE TO HWY 116 EASTBOUND TO THE MOSCOW RD JUNCTION.  THE DUNCANS MILLS SHOPPING AREA IS ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES OF THE ROAD.  ON THE SOUTH SIDE IS GOLD COAST COFFEE & BAKERY, A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE AND HOMEMADE PASTRIES OR PIZZA!!  SIT IN THE SUN ON THE BACK PATIO!  DOGS ARE WELCOME; JUST TAKE THEM AROUND THE BACK.  (BROTHERS PATRICK AND ARRON, RANCHERS FROM FREESTONE, OWN GOLD COAST AND CAFÉ AQUATICA)

NEXT DOOR, THE KIDS WILL ENJOY SWEETS & STUFF AND THE ORIGINAL TRAIN CAR AT THE DEPOT MUSEUM.   THERE IS A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT HERE AS WELL, THE BLUE HERON RESTAURANT FOR AN EAST COAST TYPE BAR ATMOSPHERE; GREAT FOR SPORTING EVENT VIEWING AND LIVE MUSIC ON THE WEEKENDS.  TRY THE HAMBURGER OR FISH AND CHIPS ON THE BAR SIDE WITH PLENTY OF LOCALS TO SPICE UP YOUR GOOD TIME.  

ACROSS THE STREET TO THE NORTH SIDE OF DUNCANS MILLS YOU WILL SEE ANOTHER RESTAURANT CAPE FEAR, FOR A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER WITH A WIDER MENU SELECTION.  TAKE A LOOK AROUND AT THE REALLY SUPERB GROUPING OF LOCALLY OWNED SHOPS AND ARTIFACTS.  DON’T MISS THE WINE SHOP AND THE INFAMOUS CHRISTOPHER QUEEN GALLERY!


IN MONTE RIO:  (15 minutes)


MONTE RIO BEACH PARK ALONG THE RUSSIAN RIVER IS WONDERFUL FOR FAMILIES TO SUNBATHE, SWIM, AND RENT A KAYAK OR CANOE. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR DOG!  MONTE RIO OFFERS A DOG-FRIENDLY BEACH ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BRIDGE WHERE YOUR PET CAN RUN AND PLAY OFF LEASH.  


IN CAMP MEEKER:  (22 minutes)


FROM MONTE RIO ON MOSCOW RD WHEN YOU GET TO THE STOP AT MAIN ST. TURN RIGHT AND IT TURNS INTO BOHEMIAN HWY.  GO UP THE HILL FOR ABOUT 3.9 MILES TO ALLIANCE REDWOODS CANOPY TOURS.  RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST AND THIS IS A FUN WAY TO SEE THE REDWOODS FROM THE TREETOPS! TELL DEBBIE WE SENT YOU PLEASE!!


IN OCCIDENTAL:  (28 minutes) 


TAKE BOHEMIAN HWY ANOTHER 5 MILES UP TO THE WONDERFUL TOWN OF OCCIDENTAL FOR RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING OR HIKING A REDWOOD FOREST.  IN THE TOWN OF OCCIDENTAL, HOWARD STATION CAFÉ IS OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR BREAKFAST ANYWHERE! THE HISTORICAL BUILDING IS THE ORIGINAL TRAIN DEPOT FROM THE LATE 1800’S AND EARLY 1900’S.  

FOR FAMILY STYLE ITALIAN DINNERS VISIT THE NEWLY REMODELED SPORTS BAR AT NEGRI'S OR THE UNION HOTEL RESTAURANT. NEGRI’S RESTAURANT AND HAZEL ARE ALL FUN.  TAKE A STROLL DOWN THE STREET AND BROWSE THROUGH THE ADORABLE SHOPS IN TOWN.  ON FRIDAY NIGHTS FROM JUNE THROUGH THE END OF OCTOBER, THE OCCIDENTAL FARMER’S MARKET, HAS A WIDE SELECTION OF LOCAL PRODUCE AND DELICIOUS FOOD VENDORS OFFERING INDIAN AND MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, PAELLA, PIZZA AND MORE.  THE HOURS ARE FROM 4:00 PM TO 8:00 PM WITH LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS EVERY WEEK.  OCCIDENTAL IS TRULY A MUST SEE!

FOR A HIKE IN A LITTLE KNOW GROVE OF OLD TREES, TAKE A RIGHT AT NEGRIS ON COLEMAN VALLEY ROAD STAYING STRAIGHT WHERE IT TURNS INTO JOY RD, THEN TAKE A RIGHT ON FITZPATRICK LANE AND PARK BEFORE THE CATTLE GUARD.  THIS IS A VERY DOG-FRIENDLY PARK AND IF YOUR DOG STAYS NEARBY, YOU CAN TAKE THEM OFF LEASH.


IN GUERNEVILLE:  (22 minutes)


GUERNEVILLE IS LOCATED ABOUT 20 MINUTES EAST OF JENNER ON RIVER RD. ON THE WAY TO HWY 101.  THERE IS A SAFEWAY STORE OPEN 24 HOURS TO STOCK UP ON GROCERIES BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE COAST.  NEXT DOOR TO SAFEWAY IS A HEALTH FOOD STORE CALLED FOOD FOR HUMANS.  

GUERNEVILLE ALSO OFFERS MANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, NIGHTLIFE AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.  ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES IS KORBEL WINERY.  THEY HAVE AN INCREDIBLE DELI THAT SERVES BOX LUNCHES TO TAKE TO THE BEACH OR PACK ON THE BACK OF A BICYCLE TO RIDE ON ONE OF THE MANY SCENIC TRAILS. THE WINERY TOUR IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

FOR A HIKE AMONG THE REDWOODS, VISIT ARMSTRONG WOODS ON ARMSTRONG WOODS RD.  FROM MAY THROUGH OCTOBER, GUERNEVILLE'S FARMERS MARKET  WITH LOCAL PRODUCE, BAKED GOODS, AND OTHER LOCALLY SOURCED FRESH FOOD.  HOURS ARE FROM 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM ON THURSDAYS.  AFTER THE FARMERS MARKET ENJOY A CONCERT FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS.

OUR FAVORITE GUERNEVILLE WINERY, PORTER BASS WINERY IS BIODYNAMIC AND ORGANIC.  WE RECOMMEND RENTING BICYCLES AND STARTING YOUR RIDE AT HWY 116 AND MAYS CANYON ROAD.  SCHEDULE LUKE BASS FOR A WINE TASTING. IT WILL TAKE YOU ABOUT 30-45 MINUTES BY BIKE ON A MOSTLY FLAT, SCENIC AND SAFE RODE.  11750 MAYS CANYON RD. (707) 8691475.


IN BODEGA BAY:  (20 minutes)


BODEGA BAY HAS MANY BEACHES, SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS, DELIS AND SHOPS.  CANDY AND KITES HAS UNIQUE GIFTS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. FOR FISH & CHIPS WE LOVE THE BOAT HOUSE JUST AS YOU COME INTO BODEGA BAY NEXT TO THE KITE PLACE.  (THE OWNER RUNS A FISHING TRIP OUT OF THE MARINA). 

THE TIDES IS ONE OF THE LOCATIONS FOR HITCHCOCK’S THE BIRDS.  WE LIKE LUCAS WHARF, A WATERFRONT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND THE FISHETARIAN FISH MARKET NEXT DOOR. STOP IN ONE OF THE DELIS AND GRAB SOME DUNGENESS CRAB OR CLAM CHOWDER AND HEAD OFF TO THE BEACH OR BODEGA HEAD TO WATCH THE SUNSET.  A RESTAURANT NOT TO MISS IS THE MICHELIN RATED TERRAPIN CREEK CAFÉ!

FOR ART LOVERS, WE RECOMMEND THE REN BROWN COLLECTION GALLERYSPECIALIZING IN CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART AND ANTIQUES