Located in a craggy inlet of the Pacific about 40 miles north of San Francisco, Bodega Bay is a small, picturesque seaside community that remains high on Northern California’s must-see list. Perhaps best known as the setting for the famous 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, today it is home to a population of just over 1,000.

Camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching and beachcombing are traditional pastimes. Touched with contemporary flair, there is also an abundance of dining opportunities, spa resorts and artisan shops. Crab shacks and oyster kiosks flourish in season, and, of course, wine tasting venues are nearby.

Bodega Bay is on California Highway 1, and the breathtaking scenery alone is worth the drive north from San Francisco. Experience a relaxed, coastal lifestyle in this quaint hideaway.