"You've heard of ghost towns. Well, Sonoma is a ghost county.
Travellers who are sick of crowds, development, and predictable vacations will
find the Sonoma coast appealing, but the beaches here can be a bit, well, ghostly.
They exist, to be sure, but these lonely and wild stretches of sand are as pleasurable
to ponder from a bluff top as they are to wander down and see up close and personal."
This is not a long stretch of sandy beach. It's
a series of coves flanked with tree covered headlands jutting out into the Pacific.
There are 23 access points to this 16 mile stretch of beach. However, you have
to be careful once on a beach because rogue waves can sweep in and knock you from
the rock you're perched on.
30 miles up Hwy 1
which twists, turns, drops, and climbs through country that can only be called
legendary, you arrive at Jenner. This humble hamlet of 300 people clings to the
hillsides of the undamned Russian River. Before continuing up Hwy 1 to Fort Ross
and the Timber Cove Inn
spend a little time in Jenner. There are a handful of fine restaurants to discover.
Fort Ross is 11 miles north of Jenner. The fort
was built by Russian traders in 1812 and kept active until 1841. It's purpose
was to provide a sanctuary while it's builders trapped sea otters for their fur
and grew wheat to supply Russian colonies in Alaska. Today it is maintained as
a state historic park.
End your days journey
through this mystical part of California at the Timber
Cove Inn. This is a luxury inn with a restaurant to match the finest tastes.
Perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the architecture of the Timber
Cove Inn matches the rugged beauty of it's natural surroundings. You can find
no finer place to escape your routine life. One side is the wild Pacific Ocean
and the other the silent Coastal Redwoods.