The 10 Most Amazing Things to Do in Bodega Bay, CA

Less than an hour away from Honor Mansion, Bodega Bay is an excellent place to visit during your Northern California vacation. Whether you want to hit the water and explore the bountiful marine life, ride horses around the many wilderness trails, or sample the unique cuisine, you will never run out of things to do in Bodega Bay, Ca. If you are looking for other great activities, events, and eats in the area, request access to our free Healdsburg and Sonoma Wine Country Vacation Guide!

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Bodega Bay, CA

1. Bodega Bay Sailing

This three-hour sailboat cruise takes you around Bodega Bay and showcases California’s awe-inspiring coastline. Whales, sea lions, and dolphins are just a few of the fantastic creatures you might see on this must-do excursion.

2. Horse N Around Trail Rides

Open year-round, horseback riding with Horse N Around Trails is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. On their incredible 378-acre ranch, you’ll have panoramic ocean views and can enjoy a romantic ride with your special someone or some fun with friends and family.

3. Fishetarian Fish Market

With the slogan “sustainable food & good eats,” you know you’re going to get a fresh, delicious meal at Fishetarian. To protect the natural beauty of Northern California’s oceans, this eatery uses biodegradable and recyclable tableware and offers classic seafood dishes made with a healthy twist. Be sure to stop by for a bite when you’re in Bodega!

4. Bodega Bay Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Kayaking Bodega Bay is one of the best ways to get up-close and personal with marine life. Paddle around the bay and you may just spot some seals! Pack a pair of binoculars and keep an eye to the sky as there is plenty of unique avian life to see, too.

5. Potter Schoolhouse

Hitchcock cinephiles become giddy at this prime location from his 1963 hit classic The Birds. Potter Schoolhouse is now a private residence, but a stroll past this iconic landmark showcases its importance in cinema history and a beautifully designed facade.

6. Doran Regional Park

Featuring two miles of sandy beach, Doran Regional Park is ideal for a day of outdoor recreation. Guests can spend an afternoon picnicking, flying kites, and birdwatching on land, or feel free to get in the water and enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddling, and kite surfing.

7. Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail

Pinnacle Gulch leads to a beautiful, quiet beach on Bodega Bay. It’s the perfect place to explore the shoreline. At low tide, visitors can hike the 1.9-mile loop trail and even venture from Pinnacle to Doran Beach.

8. Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing

Nestled in the hills of a 219-acre sheep and cattle ranch, guests can enjoy casting a line in the fully-stocked fishing pond at Hagemann Ranch. The ranch offers bait and tackle, snacks and beverages, and picnic tables. You can relax while you wait to catch a big one!

9. Gourmet au Bay

Gaze out over picturesque Bodega Bay from the only waterfront wine bar and restaurant in the area. Sample a selection of California’s celebrated and award-winning wines as you watch the sun dip down under the Pacific.

10. Spud Point Crab Company

A trip to Bodega Bay isn’t complete without a taste of Spud Point Crab Company’s world-famous chowder. They’ve won first place eight years running at the annual Bodega Bay Chowder Day and serve up other fisherman favorites including hot dogs, chili dogs, crab cakes, and tri-tip sandwiches.

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After a fun-filled day in Bodega Bay, make your way back to your luxurious and private room at Honor Mansion. Our accommodations provide you with a memorable experience complete with all of our standard, top-of-the-line amenities.

If you want to embark on fun outdoor adventures but wish to stay close to the resort, try our Biking & Boxed Lunch Special. Enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch for you and your special someone from the renowned Costeaux French Bakery and bike around scenic Healdsburg.

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