We had a pleasant stay for a single night at the Bodega Bay Inn, one of the few spots in town that would accept a reservation for one night on a weekend.
The inn (think small, six-room motel) has done about as much as possible to dress up what we'd guess is a 1970s building into something a bit more special. The grounds were very nice with an unusual stucco fence and interesting landscaping. Our room was basic but clean. No water view here since you are on a street that runs off Highway 1 up the hill from the waterfront.
Bodega Bay doesn't have a town center. For dinner, the inn recommended the Seaweed Cafe right next door in what amounted to a Bodega Bay version of a strip mall (3 or 4 businesses, parking for maybe 20 cars.) We made a last-minute effort to get a reservation on a Saturday night but they were booked solid. It turns out this the cafe is considered one of the best restaurants for miles around. We ended up eating at Lucas Wharf on Highway 1 -- it was fine, but quite expensive for such a typical meal of grilled salmon. We wished we had been able to try the Seaweed Cafe instead.
We skipped the very basic continental breakfast at the inn and headed to Duncans Mills, further north on Highway 1 and then east on Highway 116. Stop at Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery -- the pasteries are terrific. The Cape Fear Cafe across the street was doing a big business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bodega Bay Inn is a small family owned and operated inn on the north end of Bodega Bay. All rooms have king beds and private baths. The inn also features a large garden for the guests enjoyment and also for private events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Branscomb`s Bodega Bay Hotel Bodega Bay