Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the newly remodeled Timber Cove Resort on the rugged Sonoma Coast with my husband, Bill. On our way up, we stopped to taste some wine at the most well known winery in the area. Today, I’d like to share some highlights from our Sonoma Coast getaway to Timber Cove Resort and Fort Ross Vineyards.
For years I have wanted to visit Fort Ross Vineyards in Jenner, not only to taste their small lot, handcrafted wines but to experience their property above the Pacific Ocean.
Fort Ross Vineyards is less than a mile from the coast and is said to be the closest vineyard to the ocean in all of California. The winery specializes in estate grown Pinot Noir, Pinotage and Chardonnay – cool climate wines.
It’s a beautiful and peaceful property with forests, meadows, rolling hills of vineyards, lots of flowers and the deck just off the tasting room has a view of the Pacific Ocean.
Proprietors Linda and Lester bought the property in the late 1980s, having moved to California from South Africa. They began planting vineyards and now have 32 small mountain blocks. Since 2000, Fort Ross Vineyard has been producing high quality estate wines and welcoming visitors.
Bill and I had a delightful time trying the wines and taking in the views. We could even see the ocean beyond the Redwood forest. The weather could not have been more agreeable that day.
I was happy to discover that a talented nature photographer I follow on Instagram was there the day we visited. It was great to connect with him and I was thrilled when he even gave me one of his photos to take home, beautiful framed.
Bill and I love the wine at Fort Ross Vineyards and purchased two bottles – a sparkling Brut and a Chardonnay – we are storing in our wine refrigerator for special occasions.
Timber Cove Resort is a short and beautiful drive from Fort Ross Vineyards. The majestic resort sits high on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Many visitors to the wild and rugged Sonoma Coast know this iconic 25-acre property, built in 1963 and recently renovated and reimagined.
This was our first time staying overnight at Timber Cove, but we have visited the property many times in the past. We have stopped off to take photos, enjoy a glass of wine at the fire pit overlooking the ocean or a cup of coffee in front of the fireplace in the Great Room. On this sunny day, we took full advantage of the nice weather and explored the grounds once again.
It would be hard to visit Timber Cove Resort without noticing the landmark obelisk perched on the cliff on the hotel’s property. The 93-foot tall Peace Statue, created by famed San Francisco artist and sculptor Beniamino Bufano in the 1960s, symbolizes beauty, tranquility and spirit.
Great Room and Outdoor Living Room
Timber Cove Resort is now a stylish and modern property that is also incredibly cozy, laid back and unpretentious. Part mid-century, part rustic elegance with a dash of bohemian chic, the new remodel retained much of the architecture and vibe of the original property.
Grab a glass of wine, beer or a handcrafted cocktail and play a game in the Great Room by the fire. Or go outside to their Outdoor Living Room where you will find a ping pong table, foosball, billiards and another fire pit.
Our Guest Room
The resort has 46 guest rooms, including 8 premium suites. We stayed in a guest room with a balcony facing south with a clear view of the coastline and ocean.
Our bed was so plush and comfortable it was hard to leave! A skylight let in lots of natural light which, along with the Redwood panels, gave the room a very natural and rustic feel.
Retro-inspired Crosley LP record player with a selection of vinyl records, minibar treats, tea kettle and pour-over coffee setup with local coffee from Russian River Roasters, as well as luxurious linens, robes and toiletries make guests feel special and pampered.
Bill and I both love the sound of waves crashing – who doesn’t? – so we left our balcony door open all night.
What I Wore
Dressing for the Sonoma Coast can be tricky any time of year but especially in spring and summer. Layers are key and you may want to bring heavier than usual layers as the fog can bring with it strong gusts as well as much cooler temperatures. Yet it can also be rather warm. Prepare for anything and dress comfortably.
For my outer layer, I wore my Beyond Measure Coat also by Stella Carakasi. I wanted a monochromatic look and decided to keep my jewelry in the white/off-white color palette. This KayandStar leather tassel necklace was the perfect addition to my look.
Coast Kitchen and Spring Celebration on the Sonoma Coast
Bill and I were invited to attend the first night of a week long Spring Celebration at Timber Cove Resort featuring guest star Chef Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, who collaborated with Chef Phillip Kaufman of Coast Kitchen, the restaurant at Timber Cove Resort.
It was an over-the-top fantastic culinary experience! This family style meal was inspired by Dustin’s childhood visits to the Sonoma Coast, camping on the beach with his family. The dinner featured fresh local seafood along with tender Rib Eye and irresistible desserts. The dinner that evening kicked off a week of dinners curated by Chef Valette. Although that particular culinary event has concluded, Timber Cove Resort is planning to do more events like it.
The next morning, after enjoying coffee in our comfy room, we went downstairs to Coast Kitchen for breakfast. Bill and I both had the eggs benedict with fresh crab. I am not an egg fan so I asked for mine without. It was absolutely delicious! The service was outstanding and the environment casual but elegant.
Timber Cove Resort offers plenty of opportunities to relax, get off the grid and reconnect with one another and with nature – both the sea and the Redwood forests.
Have fun on property or go exploring. There are two miles of hiking trails on the grounds or head to the Russian River or ocean for kayaking or canoeing.
Wine taste, picnic, or sightsee around the Sonoma Coast and, if you enjoy photography as I do, bring your camera along and don’t forget an extra battery. You will soon see why famed nature photographer Ansel Adams frequently photographed this area. There is so much beauty to take in!
We had a lovely time at Timber Cove Resort and highly recommend it for a relaxing getaway any time of year.
Fort Ross Vineyards, 15725 Meyers Grade Rd, Jenner, (707) 847-3460
Timber Cove Resort, 21780 Highway 1, Jenner, (707) 847-3231
Disclosure: Our stay at Timber Cove Resort was complimentary as was the special Valette dinner. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.