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Timber Cove Inn
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Jenner B&B and Inns
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“Breathtaking views and throwback ambiance.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

My husband and I were looking for an oceanfront b&b outside of San Francisco, I found this place online and couldn't wait to visit. The drive up was spectacular, although a little scary, lots of deer and even a cow on the road. Arrived to check in just in time before Alexander's closed. We both loved the food, every single thing we tasted had tremendous flavor even down to the herb dip for the bread, the scallops were perfectly cooked and the prawns were excellent. Now for the desert...we got this to go and sat on our patio listening to the waves, I had the Croissant bread pudding and it may be the best desert I have ever had, incredible. My husband had the freshly baked molten lava cake and it was excellent. After our food coma we had to try the hot tub, which is in the room. We actually fell asleep it was so relaxing.

The room is very rustic which we found charming, being from NC our two favorite places are the mountains and the beach, both of which we have, but in this place it's having them at the same time, like a ski lodge on the ocean. I realize they are renovating but the charm of this was just different enough that we loved it.

The next morning we walked out our patio to the paths along the cliffs, again a little scary if you don't like heights but is so worth it, the views are unlike anything you see on the east coast.

We had breakfast there again and was able to see more of the grounds and again a lodge like but very zen decor. The orange juice smelled like the best orange you could imagine, and taste just as good. To sit at breakfast and see the views of the ocean is the perfect unwind vacation. We only stayed the one night but are already planning our return.

If you're looking for a perfect unwind and un stress getaway Where a cell phone ringing isn't an option, then this is perfection!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cajun in Southwest Louisiana
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We had decided to take a break from our cottage rental in Sonoma to see a different part of California. We drove down the Russian River stopping at Armstrong Woods to view the redwood forest there and then drove to Jenner then up the very twisty Hwy 1 coast drive. (Wish I would of had my sports care instead of a rental.) the view on the drive there was incredible but once we got there we knew we were in for a treat. We had reserved a forest view room but upgraded to the last ocean view room once we checked in. The room was OK (I understand they are upgrading right now) but the view was worth every penny. We set around the bonfire that night drinking a nice bottle of wine we had brought with us and visiting with the other visitors and really enjoyed it. We then set outside after the bonfire was extinguished and viewed the night sky. the next morning was very foggy but beautiful none the less. Perfect for a relaxing day or 2. Don't expect to have lots of choices in the things to do category but just enjoying the property was enough for us.

Room Tip: The ocean view is the only way to go. The forest view faces the parking lot area which although nic...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

20 min north of Jenner on twisty Hwy 1; a full 1/2 hr drive you DON'T want to do at night. Inn recently purchased by new owner in May 2012 and some renovation is being done. Public areas are nice but our room (212) was outdated with snagged low-pile carpet, curtains in an unintentionally retro print, old tired upholstered armchair; minimal desk space.

Room faced southeast, partial cove view from outside on the little deck but not from inside (ocean view rooms are pricier). Daytime you can hear the waves but at night, there was a low continuous machine noise--a generator, maybe? Room decent size but old fashioned 1960's in color, layout and decor. The walls are overlapped unfinished 1x8s. Room ceiling is very high with an uncovered skylight. Lots of natural light, very poor room lighting. Only one 3-prong plug available in bdrm; another is in bathroom. Beds are queens, not kings like newer hotels. Bathroom is built out into the room and tiny, with a showerhead set quite low. Not much counter room.

Net access is surprisingly fast and signal strength was excellent, which was great. But no fan in the room and little cross-ventilation. Even on a windy cool afternoon, room was uncomfortably warm without the sliding doors open. 2 chairs & patio table on a tiny deck attached.

This is an isolated location, so be aware that it's a great place to relax - beachcombing, kayaking, hiking, visiting tiny Jenner or the Ft. Ross State Park - but not a good base for exploring the inland wineries. If you are doing a leisurely vacation up/down the coast, the drive is tiring. Be sure to investigate the many choices between Bodega Bay, Sea Ranch, and Gualala to compare with Timber Cove Inn.

We ate dinner at the Inn's restaurant, Alexander's. Would not eat there again; did not like the food from the new chef who was promoted June 2012.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keith H, General Manager at Timber Cove Inn, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Dear Jeane00,

Thank you for the overall positive review and the honest feedback. As you noted, we are in the process of updating the hotel and further refining what we offer our guests. I would highly recommend reviewing our website near the end of September, as we have completed model rooms that demonstrate the new direction of design here at Timber Cove Inn - you will not be disappointed. Look for the new photography and let me know what you think!

Renovated room or not, I am proud of our Inn and the guest experience we provide. Our staff truly cares about this special place and the guests that stay and dine with us. The rooms have world-class views and are clean and comfortable, with plush brand-new towels, robes, and bed linens. The lobby, public areas, and hotel grounds epitomize relaxation and rejuvenation. Our food and beverage program has grown tremendously over the past six months, with terrific reviews written very recently from James Beard Foundation member Jeffrey Cox of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, and James Beard award-winning food & wine writer Carolyn Jung. I would love to chat with you along with my Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager to find out why you did not come away with the same glowing experience that these seasoned experts did. Would you be willing to share your thoughts in detail by telephone? My contact number is (707) 847-3231.

Above all, I would encourage you as our guest to let us know what is important to you and how we might enhance your stay. From providing an electric fan, to selecting a room with your preferred bed type (we have queens, plenty of kings, and double queens) or even preparing a special meal just the way you like it - we are here to serve you in every way possible. Just let us know!

At Your Service,

Keith
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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Truly excellent dining and a breath-taking view of the ocean. Make time for some hiking in the sand along the cliffs.

The rooms have a fun and funky 1970s style to them, with wood paneling and a soaking tub in the middle of the room, but the beds are new and the rooms are spotless.

Tip: The Inn is 30 minutes north of Jenner and there is no cell phone service - so make sure you know where you are going.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jason G, Food & Beverage Manager at Timber Cove Inn, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
MegKnows,

I would just like to take a moment to thank you for sharing your experience of our property. We are in the process of cultivating an atmosphere of unprecedented elegance and quality here at Timber Cove which will only add to the overwhelming natural beauty of this location. Your feedback is most valuable to us as we move forward in this endeavor. I encourage you to return at some point, and look forward to making your acquaintance when you do.

Cheers!
Jason
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

What an amazing experience. Beginning with the drive to the Inn, every stretch of mile get incrementally more beautiful than the last; then you see it, the gigantic obelisk overlooking the Pacific coastline - and you know you've arrived.
I call it the ski lodge by the sea because that's exactly what it reminded me of when I first walked in. The views from our room were amazing (we stayed in an ocean view room) and most important of all, the bed was actually comfortable!!
This is definitely a place to come and get away from it all -- there is 0 cell phone reception, and that's not a bad thing -- and spend quality time with your loved one(s).
I chose this place for the setting -- perfect for what I intended to do, which was propose to my (then) girlfriend...and I do mean PERFECT. The sun, the sea, the rocks, the sea gulls...it's rare that a proposal could go so right in so many ways but (thankfully!) this was certainly one of those occasions.
I will most definitely be making multiple trips back up to the Timber Cove Inn. No other place like it in California.

Room Tip: If you can pull it off, the ocean view rooms are unmatched. Also, put down that iPhone cause it won...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Several months ago, my cousin mentioned reading something about Timber Cove Inn. She had never been there, but she knew my husband and I really needed to get away from work for a few days. Then, my husband and I found ourselves with an unexpected day free! I quickly made reservations, and we spent two of the most relaxing and restful days of the year there! The weather was surprising warm, the sky clear, and the ocean was beautiful. The room was spacious and clean, and the linens were soft and new. We found the staff kind and helpful. And they were happy to provide us with a small refrigerator, so that we could bring a few food items of our own. Before our arrival, the staff warned us that we would be without cellphone reception, but given our respective works--physician and program coordinator--we were thrilled to be without cell reception for two days! We had brought our computers and had excellent WiFi. We visited with other couples and families visiting from across the country...our meeting hole was the cozy, outdoor fire pit overlooking the water. We also enjoyed the walking trails around the Inn. All in all, we had an especially restful and lovely two days and look forward to an opportunity to go again.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the second floor ocean view a great deal.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rancho Murieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Spent four days at Timber Cove and had a great time. Great location, good food, cozy environment. The linens are soft and fluffy and the room was clean. The downside was that we were in a "forest view", meaning parking lot view room. The bed was in a loft with a circular staircase up to it and we could literally hear our neighbors snoring, sneezing etc. A tad inhibiting. The room was pretty dated. However, the staff were all great and we so loved the big fireplace, and the location that it made it all ok. And the place was completely booked so I guess they do not need to update.

Room Tip: If you are not able to climb a ladder do not choose a loft type room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Jenner
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Jenner
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Timber Cove Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Timber Cove Inn resides on the top of a cliff that provides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean while remaining encompassed by forest. The Sonoma Coast hotel offers a total of 50 rooms with either an ocean front or forest room view and some fireplaces. Alexander's at Timber Cove Inn offers Sonoma fine dining that utilizes local ingredients to create delectable dishes that can be paired with glass of wine from the extensive list that focuses primarily on acclaimed Sonoma wines. ... more   less 
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