Athletic Tour

Day 1:

Biking the Coast apic_itinerary_colemannd Osmosis

  • Head west on Coleman Valley Road, straight across from the Inn. This picturesque road is one of the most stunning on the west coast and is great viewed by bike.
  • It climbs steeply out of town into the forests, descends into its namesake valley, and then climbs rapidly again up to a ridgeline overlooking the ocean before descending to Highway 1.
  • Follow Highway 1 south. Turn left on Bay Hill Road (just as you reach Bodega Bay). When the road returns to Highway 1, go left. Turn left again on Bodega Highway to the town of Bodega.
  • Then, turn left yet again for a slow but steady climb on Joy Road. Turn right on Bittner Road for a fast descent back into Occidental.
  • Stroll the town and peruse its shops until it’s time for your late-afternoon spa appointment. Drive five minutes south on Bohemian Highway to Osmosis Enzyme Bath and Massage Center.
  • Osmosis offers private massage in a Japanese-style pagoda.
  • pic_itinerary_osmosisLet two hours of pure pampering ease away your aches and pains.
  • Feeling like a noodle, head back to the Inn for wine until you can gather up the strength to drive to the Willow Wood Market CafĂ© in Graton for a relaxed dinner.

Day 2:

Hiking and Kayaking

  • You’ll drive a little farther today, but the views are worth it.
  • Leave bright and early and head out Bohemian Highway to Highway 12 (Bodega Highway) west. Take it to the coast and go south on Highway 1 for just under an hour. Enjoy the lovely ocean views.
  • At the town of Inverness follow Pierce Point Road until it deadends at the parking lot at Pierce Point Ranch. This is the start of the Tomales Point Trail.
  • Hike, run, or power-walk the marvelous 10 miles to the point and back. The coastal views are absolutely breathtaking, and the wildlife abundant.
  • Head back north on Highway 1 toward the tiny hamlet of Marshall. If you are an oyster aficianado, a must-stop is the Hog Island Oyster Company. It is the freshest, sweetest oysters you can get — the oysters are farmed and harvested right there in Tomales Bay.
  • Revitalized from your meal, head back on Highway 1 north to the Tamal Saka Sea Kayaking Center. It’s on the left just past the Marshall Boat Yard.
  • You’ve arrived at one of the most stunning kayaking destinations in California. Pay the half-day rental and paddle along the granite cliffs and forested hills of Tomales Bay.
  • Head back to the Inn for wine until it’s time for your dinner reservation at Zazu.

pic_itinerary_balloonDay 3:

Ballooning and Horseback Riding

  • Head out bright and early for your appointed liftoff in a hot-air balloon with Above the Wine Country Ballooning or Up and Away Balloons.
  • Fly over the beautiful Sonoma countryside and enjoy the complimentary champagne brunch.
  • Head south on Eastside Road to River Road, turn right and head straight out until you approach the town of Rio Nido. Pull off and follow the signs to Korbel. Head into the winery’s marvelous deli and snag some snacks for your 2 p.m. horseback ride with the Armstrong Woods Pack Station folks.
  • Head back out to River Road, turn right and right again at Armstrong Woods Road and follow it into the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. Follow the “horses for hire” sign and drive a half-mile down the dirt road to the corrals.
  • Experience the Armstrong Redwoods on horseback.
  • pic_itinerary_redwoodsEnjoy your trusty steed and the magic of these 1,400-year-old trees. The silence, the quiet, and the beauty are simply breathtaking.
  • Head back out to Highway 116 and drive along the river to the coast. Stop at River’s End restaurant in Jenner for a memorable meal and unbeatable views. Perched high on a bluff, this quaint restaurant overlooks the Russian River as it flows into the Pacific.
  • Head back Highway 116 to Moscow Road and wind your way back to the Inn.
  • Don’t forget to stop in the foyer for your nightly “sweet dreams” cookie.
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