California’s north coast is one of those places you head for when you want to go wild. Big surf, small towns, and plenty of quiet — and hotels that know how to showcase the charm of each destination. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night of star- and fire-gazing or a weekend getaway in a historic setting, these North Bay hotels have it all dialed in.
Featured Photo: The Inn Above Tide
Blue Door Inns
Look around Cavallo Point today and you’d be forgiven for likening the extensive horseshoe-shaped compound to one of the Adirondack resorts renowned for Dirty Dancing-style revelry. But in fact this enclave of isolation directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge was once Fort Baker, a military installation dating back to 1902. Rooms in the historic officers’ quarters are reminiscent of a Greek revival mansion, with wide front porches and turn-of-the-century woodwork, while rooms in the new wings feature radiant heat floors and plate-glass windows, some with stellar views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dogs living their best lives frolic on the property’s expansive front lawn and are arguably just as pampered as two-legged guests.
- Cavallo Point’s dining options, American bistro Farley, signature restaurant Sula, and cozy gathering spot, Sula Lounge, are favorites of locals looking to celebrate a special evening.
- The sprawling complex also includes hiking trails and a Healing Arts Center & Spa, with a cypress-shaded outdoor meditation pool and a tea bar serving health-giving infusions.
The Inn Above Tide
Where the redwoods meet the sea is how Timber Cove Resort describes its location, and indeed this rugged stretch of the northern Sonoma Coast has ocean views and natural serenity to spare. And with 23 acres to wander, Timber Cove takes full advantage. Coast Kitchen, the resort’s cliff-top restaurant, utilizes the Sonoma farm country’s seasonal offerings and local vintages. The 46 rooms, which include 8 expansive suites, exude a rustic-glam vibe, the modern decor fitting naturally into the 1963 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design of architect Richard Clements, Jr.
Amenities range from the elegant to the arty, with in-room dining and wine-tasting experiences and a library of vinyl records available to play on retro players.