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Postcard: Sonoma Coast Sunset

written by Penny Sadler

A  stunning coastal drive that rivals Californa’s Highway 1 through Big Sur, the rugged Sonoma coast  has wide open beaches, dramatic drop-offs, and more beach access points than any other county in the state. In spite of being more accessible, it felt somewhat remote and untamed.

There are places to camp, fish, surf, whale watch, hike, or simply just pick a beach and enjoy the scenery. Take a picnic and spend a day. The drive is about seventeen miles one way with plenty of places to pull over, stretch your legs, and take photographs.

On the advice of a local I decided to take a drive to Bodega Bay one evening to watch the sunset. The drive itself was incredible – through redwood forest and the Russian River Valley, and then suddenly the coast road was in front of me and it seemed to go on forever. I felt like I was at the end of the earth. Perhaps it was the cloudy skies and the fog coming in; it was easy to see why Alfred Hitchcock chose the Sonoma coastal area as the location for his thriller, The Birds.


Postcard Sonoma Coast Sunset @PennySadler 2016

This photo was taken near the Gleason Beach turn out. You can see that there was a lot of color in the sky filtered by the clouds, still, the light was beautiful. For more information about sunsets around Bodega Bay and the best place to view them read Best Sunsets In Sonoma County

The California Department of parks and recreation has an excellent website providing information about the Sonomo County Coastal Park system. You can find their site here.

The next time I’m in Sonoma I plan to stay on the coast. Sonoma is wine country with beaches and seafood. That sounds like heaven to me. What about you? Have you been to Sonoma?


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Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren February 16, 2017 at 2:16 am

I’ve lived in Los Angeles all my life but have yet to visit Sonoma! Thanks for the reminder – it would be a great staycation. Beautiful photo too! Happy travels 🙂

Penny Sadler February 22, 2017 at 7:24 pm

Sonoma would be awesome and very doable!

Kim February 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

I’ve been to Napa Valley on a day tour from San Francisco but didn’t get a chance to make it to Sonoma. This looks like a nice place for an overnight stay the next time I visit San Francisco.

Jennifer Melroy February 15, 2017 at 12:18 am

I would love to go to Bodega Bay on a clear evening and try to see the green flash. It looks like a prefect location for it.

Vicky and Buddy February 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Omg, that movie scared the bejesus out of me! But your photo makes the area not look as scary lol. I’d love to catch a sunset there myself!

Penny Sadler February 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Right! Crazy scary. Beautiful area for sure.

Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers February 12, 2017 at 5:04 am

What a great coastal drive. We love to watch the sun rising and setting over the ocean.

Penny Sadler February 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

It is very unique.

Vishal Vashisht February 12, 2017 at 3:12 am

I have always loved Sonoma County. Visited there a few times. Hopefully later this year I will try and visit there again.

Penny Sadler February 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

I will be back there soon but not sure if I have time to make it to the coast.

Indrani February 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

Wine, beaches, seafood… I love them all. Looks like my kind of place. I have to holiday there some day. 🙂

Lauren Craving Sunshine February 12, 2017 at 12:17 am

Never been but I’ll be sure to visit next time I’m in California. Such beautiful scenery!

Suze February 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

I didn’t know that Hitchcock filmed The Birds there but I can see why as it does look very atmospheric!

Penny Sadler February 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Yep. Bodega Bay. A little south of where I took this photo. It is extremely atmospheric. Thanks for the comment.

Tom Bentley July 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Penny, there’s so much going on in that Sonoma coastal area (and in between Santa Rosa/Petaluma and the coast)—I lived there for years, and never tired of the various drives and attractions. Haven’t been for a while, but you’ve reminded me to go again.

Penny Sadler July 31, 2016 at 8:22 pm

If I lived there I’d try to do something as often as possible. So much to see there! you lucky dog.


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