Bodega Bay is that classic combination of working fishing village and luxury vacation destination. It is a fascinating crescent carved out of the ocean that is ripe with marine life and recreation activities.
Fishing, hiking, golf, creative cuisine, never-ending scenery and, finally, world class accommodations make up the relaxed beauty of Bodega Bay. At the pinnacle of hotels is Bay Hill Mansion, a property that has been brought into a glamorous renaissance by its new operators, Kirtis and Kris, who, as avid travelers and seekers of elegance and luxury have brought their unwavering taste to Bay Hill Mansion.
Bay Hill Mansion is a stately property with views of both the ocean and Bay and grounds filled with flowers that are the backdrop for many weddings every year. The first level is a light-filled living area and dining room with a table that seats at least 12. Always available is Nespresso coffee, sparkling water, tea, fruit and snacks. Four canisters hold nuts, chocolates, peanut M&Ms and other goodies, while protein bars and apples are there for the health conscious.
In the library, comfy chairs and books abound as well as a range of games and musical instruments. Bay Hill Mansion is a study in civilized living and stimulating relaxation. In a discreet armoire at one end of the room, open the doors to what becomes an elegant bar of after dinner liqueurs and other spirits. If it’s not enough that Kirtis creates a special cocktail for happy hour each evening (his first job was at Trader Vic’s and he knows his drinks) there is a complete variety of digestives for when guests return from dinner in town. All complimentary.
Guestrooms at Bay Hill Mansion are as gorgeous as the gathering rooms. Walking into the Captain’s Suite can only be described as jaw-dropping. Spacious and well-appointed, the Suite has a 180-degree circular view over the trees to the Bay. In-room amenities include a state-of-the-art Nespresso machine, flat screen TV, excellent high speed wifi, fluffy robes, slippers and even a copy of the movie “The Birds” which was partially filmed in Bodega Bay. Upon arrival, surprises like fresh baked cookies may be awaiting and upon retiring at the end of the evening there may be a cognac and chocolate to relax before bedtime.
Bedtime means being absorbed into the finest linens and the highest quality mattresses imaginable. King size beds with king size down pillows assure a peaceful night. Leave the windows open (there are no bugs!) and let the distant waves lull you to sleep and the happy birds wake you in the morning.
Breakfast at Bay Hill Mansion is an unforgettable experience. Wake early for pastries and sit down to a full brunch at 9:30 AM. A baked “cocotte’ of soft eggs and mushrooms may be the main course with fresh tomatoes and grilled potatoes to accompany. Melon, even in February, green beans, grilled thick-sliced ham and pancakes may round out the smorgasbord of local favorites and Kris’s creations. Kirtis also has a role at breakfast and crafts a mean Bloody Mary.
For a weekend or a week, there is no better choice in Bodega Bay than Bay Hill Mansion and its five luxurious guest rooms. Renting the entire house is also an option for weddings or family gatherings.
Other options for long-term stays can be found through Bodega Bay and Beyond ,a real estate and vacation rental firm in business for over thirty years. Helping buyers and sellers find each other on the glorious Sonoma Coast has been their specialty and, naturally, helping homeowners maximize their investment with vacation rentals makes the agency a vital resource for lovers of the Coast.
Since only about 28 percent of Bodega Bay homeowners are full-time year round residents, Bodega Bay and Beyond rents over 70 properties from Tomales Bay to Jenner and have stunning residences on and near the Coast from studios to massive five bedrooms homes. All are fully furnished and turn-key whether you want golf course or whale-watching views, modern or classic architecture, a business retreat, romantic getaway, pet-friendly or kid-friendly home.
Bodega Bay for a weekend or a month is a wonderful and easy escape brimming with excellent accommodation and fabulous restaurants and you can’t beat the miles of savage scenery outside of the relatively civilized borders of downtown Bodega Bay.