Practically hanging off the cliffs of the most northern portion of Sonoma Coast is the quaint but luxurious seaside resort Timber Cove. Founded and constructed by San Francisco native and world-renowned architect, Richard Clements Jr., the original building was built in 1963 as a nod to the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, combining modernism with naturalism — an exaggerated A-frame structure utilizing the surrounding redwoods and stones.

Since that time, the resort has had a few different owners, renovations, and expansions. This past year, Timber Cove’s latest reconstruction takes visitors back to that simpler sixties style — with no shortage of modern amenities. Indeed, with more rooms (and larger rooms), activities, and not to mention the excellent on-site restaurant, guests can experience a full-on retreat from the hustle and bustle of the traditional wine country setting. With roads that twist and turn along Sonoma’s Coast, visitors can and will find hidden gems — from roadside farm stands to boutique wineries; scenic surf spots to backroad hiking trails. Timber Cove is truly a seaside escape.

Enter Timber Cove Resort and become immediately immersed in this cabin-like escape, complete with a roaring fire and timber tables in the communal lounge room.

The atmosphere exudes and energy that encourages socialization. Whether seated at the bar or grabbing a game at the coffee tables, here is where strangers can become friends.

Of course those who feel the need to retreat will find no shortage of either comfort or activity in the large guest rooms, many of which boast a seaside view.

Ocean View room features living area with dining table, sofa, fireplace, and kitchen (with full fridge and sink).
View from Ocean View room balcony
Separate bedroom, complete with ensuite bathroom

Oh yes, and every room comes with its own record player. A selection of records are available in the lounge area for guests to take back to their room and enjoy.

Now I must tell you that Timber Cove is quite a remote destination — meal options around the area are a bit limited. Luckily the resort boasts one of the best hotel restaurants I’ve attended. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu boasts fresh, local produce from the immediate Sonoma County farms and daily catches from the Pacific Ocean.

Of course the produce is only as good as the chef that prepares it. Chef Paolo — who’s worked with major restaurants both in Chicago and LA — has chosen this secluded location because of his ability to connect with local farmers and fishermen. He keeps the menu fairly small, the recipes simple, ensuring that each ingredient on the plate is enjoyed for its natural tastes and texture.

And in keeping with the elevated hospitality at Timber Cove, you’ll find this passionate chef serving food, speaking with patrons, and sharing his love for the local food he prepares.

Orange Segments, Reggiano Parmesan, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Fennel Puree, Local Mushrooms, Spring Vegetables

Of course, as much fun as one can have inside the hotel, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you to go out and enjoy nature by foot. There are several hiking trails within the immediate surroundings and the resort provides chairs and benches throughout the property to help relax and take in the view.

And if interested in traversing the winding seaside roads and enjoy the local, Fort Ross AVA wine country, be sure to grab a map and instructions from the staff who will gladly recommend local favorites. My recommendation — Fort Ross Vineyards.

More Info: I stayed at the Timber Cove Resort as part of a sponsored press trip. (Cheers Lisa and thank you Julien!) Room prices vary. For more information about Timber Cove and to book your trip, please visit the Timber Cove Resort website.

Timber Cove Resort; 21780 Highway 1 Jenner, California, 95450 1.707.847.3231

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