Best Hotels in the North Bay for Group Getaways

Traveling as a group, whether for a corporate retreat, for a wedding, or as a family (or a whole group of families), means looking for locations that meet a lot of different needs. Californias North Bay has a mix of resorts large, small and in-between, places where you can spend a day in a boardroom with a gorgeous view and a towering fireplace, at a wedding with 200 guests and amazing food or hot tubbing with friends. Remote or close to San Francisco, towns with great shopping and great food, infinity pools and spas — the information you need for planning your next group getaway is all here.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Cavallo Point

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Photo: Courtesy of Bodega Bay Lodge

Bodega Bay Lodge

A bluff overlooking Bodega Harbor with its busy fishing boats is the charmed setting for one of Sonoma’s iconic inns, Bodega Bay Lodge. A main lodge hosts meeting rooms large enough for 70 guests and boast timbered ceilings and massive fireplaces to warm up rainy or fog-chilled days. The onsite restaurant, Drakes, is recognized for its California coastal cuisine and a spa with fitness center, infinity-edge hot tub and sauna, means a close-by opportunity to take a break from meetings.

Lodging is divided into two groups. Further up the hill near the main lodge are two hotel floors, all with private entrances, balconies  and ocean views and many with fireplaces. Below the pool area, suites and rooms are set closest to the water. All have vaulted ceilings and gas fireplaces and some have soaking tubs and whirlpool baths.

HIGHLIGHTS:  A heated swimming pool and hot tub are set into the middle of the property, giving the resort a community vibe. Sheltered from the Pacific’s sometimes chilly winds and fog by a clear but solid wall, swimming and hot tubbing are a pleasure, even on winter’s chilliest days. Whether you are swimming or sunning, the atmosphere is amiable and downright social and makes getting to know your coworkers or family a breeze.

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Photo: Courtesy of Cavallo Point

Cavallo Point

Known affectionately by locals as the lodge at the Golden Gate, Cavallo Point is tucked into a sheltered nook in the Marin Headlands that faces south for views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. A broad meadow, once a 10-acre parade grounds for the U.S. Army troops who were stationed here, fronts the property. A large main lodge hosts a full-service restaurant, Murray Circle, and adjoining Farley Bar, complete with a large fireplace to keep the fog’s chill at bay on many a summer’s day. For larger groups, there is over 14,000 feet of indoor event space and room for up to 200 seated guests at sit-down dinners.

Lodging is divided into two styles. Contemporary Lodging, which is built into the hills behind the main lodge, features floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces in every room and suite, and radiant heat floors. Historic Lodging is built into the property’s landmark Colonial Revival buildings, the room and suites’ unique details preserved with grace. French doors, Ben Franklin stoves and pressed tin ceilings are some of the details you might find in your room that reflect architectural styles popular in the area as early as 1877.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Families with kids under 12 love Camp Cavallo. Parents can plan a day or a week off knowing that their kids are not only looked after but are also getting the most out of their time at Cavallo Point. Nature hikes and exploration of the region’s history, lawn bowling on the parade grounds and kids bingo are just a sample of what’s available. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed for young children and is just steps away.

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Dillon Beach Resort

Perched above the sweep of Dillon Beach in the northern reaches of Marin County, Dillon Beach Resort is built to maximize views of the Pacific Ocean while providing guests on a group getaway a homey feel. To think of Dillon Beach Resorts rental homes as Airstreams without the wheels gives prospective renters” a sense of the cool design and thoughtful features that went into this coastal community. Though they are not sheathed in aluminum, rental homes maximize natural light and ocean views but provide privacy between units. Each unit has a kitchen and a private deck, accessible only from each home. In some homes, the bedroom is downstairs for single-story living while others have an upstairs bedroom for additional privacy.

If your group doesnt want to cook its own meals, the lodges main dining room, Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen, serves up seasonal favorites from local fisherman and farms at lunch and dinner. The accompanying Dillon Beach General Store is one part surf shop, two parts beach eats. Coffee and espresso drinks, plus fresh baked goods and soft serve for an after-beach treat are here plus beach-safe drinks, snacks and other goodies.

HIGHLIGHTS:  The drive into Dillon Beach is classic Marin. Head west from the tiny town of Tomales, stopping at the first overlook to admire the majesty of the unobstructed landscape. Admire the miles-long beach and crashing waves below. Swoop down the hill past dairy cows and trees bent into crazy shapes from the wind. After you reattach your lower jaw to your face, you’ve arrived at Dillon Beach where, remarkably, there is cell service and picnic tables, a perfect spot to enjoy a treat from one of Marin’s many food artisans.

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Sea Ranch Rentals

A collection of individual homes on the dramatic Sonoma Coast, Sea Ranch is an ideal getaway for groups in western Sonoma County. Family-sized houses — some of the charmingly named getaways include Seascape, Moondance and Breaker View — are designed and built with strict guidelines around environmental sustainability and stewardship for the land. Homes are set into the rugged landscape, spaced to ensure privacy and a low impact on the land. Set into 3,500 acres, individual homes are situated near the ocean’s edge while others are nestled in the rolling hills. All have ocean views. Family groups can often rent homes next to each other to maximize ease of community gatherings yet ensuring each party has their own space.

Lodging is designed with reverence for the ruggedness of the California coast. Many homes are tucked into stands of trees or hedgerows and set back far enough from the ocean on what Sea Ranch calls ocean meadows, to allow natural processes to continue. Interior redwood walls and hot tubs are a feature of most homes with large windows to enjoy the wildlife.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Sea Ranch is stretched along 10 miles of coastline and hiking is a must-do activity. Trails wind through woods, fields and ocean meadows with ample opportunity to spot migrating whales, bobcats and other local wildlife. Hidden inlets and coves abound, places where you are likely to be the only visitor.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Lodge at Tiburon

The Lodge at Tiburon

Set on three acres of landscaped gardens in a town set on a peninsula overlooking the San Francisco Bay, The Lodge at Tiburon is designed in a circle. Guest rooms are set towards the back of the property for quiet nights while a restaurant with terrace, indoor lobby and meeting rooms are on the street side. Suites include a full living room and deck and most rooms have a terrace. There are over 11,000 square feet of multi-use conference space, including the SkyDeck Open Air Lounge with a grand fireplace.

A gated pool and hot tub with shaded cabanas and service from the onsite restaurant are popular with families and couples.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Downtown Tiburon is a beehive of activity and the Lodge of Tiburon, a block away from the action, is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it all. Ride your bike along the bayfront trail to Muir Woods or downtown Mill Valley. Skim over the waters of San Francisco Bay to arrive via ferry in San Francisco with regular return routes to Tiburon. Savor dinner at one of the many bayfront restaurants with broad decks, fresh seafood and amazing cocktails. It’s all in Tiburon. Or go shopping at one of the 40 boutiques that line Tiburon’s main street.

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