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Things to do in The Sea Ranch, CA

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Do you often dream of vacationing in a destination with incredible ocean views of the Northern California coast?

If you answered this question with an enthusiastic “yes,” The Sea Ranch is a popular vacation destination that should definitely be on your travel list this year.

Only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, this private community is located right along the Sonoma County Coast.

Just imagine a peaceful place with great food, golf, wildlife, weather, and architecture. More than likely, you’ll never want to leave, right?

Aside from its incredible beauty, one of the community’s greatest strengths is its many attractions. From enjoying a tasty bottle of wine on the beach and hiking on nearby trails to learning about the area’s history and viewing spectacular architecture, you’ll never get bored in this quaint, vibrant community.

Here are five top reasons why you would take a vacation in this community sooner rather than later.

1. Explore Shell Beach

Due to the simple fact that this community is set along the rugged Pacific Coast, Shell Beach is easily one of the area’s most popular attractions, especially for those who enjoy amazing ocean views and relaxing hiking trails.

There are plenty of things to do in this area, which is also why it’s a main attraction. When you go to the cliffs of the beach, you’ll be able to view a variety of sea life. Most people enjoy watching baby seals play on the beach. Make sure to have your camera ready as you’ll want to get some good shots of this beautiful scene.

Do you want to collect a wide variety of beautiful shells? Simply follow the marked trails straight to the beach. On the beach, you can also build a fire enjoy a bottle of wine, and watch the lovely sunset. Can you imagine anything better?

Would you like to take a hike on your trip? Instead of going toward the beach, follow the trail into the nearby woods. As you hike along this trail, you’ll run into many different wildlife including deer, birds, and squirrels. There is also an extensive array of beautiful flowers if you enjoy the trail during the spring and summer.

2. Check Out More Sea Life

Once you have explored Shell Beach, you may be interested in learning more about the area’s interesting sea life.

Just travel a short distance, and you’ll reach the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. The laboratory features many displays of beautiful marine life including sea creatures such as crabs and mussels.

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory enables visitors to explore the area’s local sea life even more by being a participant in an educational tour and viewing the facility’s extensive research.

3. Visit Fort Ross State Historic Park

In the early 1800s, a group of Russian fur traders founded Fort Ross.

A National Historic Monument, this historic attraction was the Russian Empire’s most eastern outpost. In addition, Fort Ross was once a ship yard, and many traders and fur trappers called this site home.

On a visit to Fort Ross State Historic Park, you can learn more about its interesting history by checking out the museum and visitors center.

The site also offers tours of the buildings, exceptional views of the community, and fun hiking trails.

4. View Incredible Architecture

The community is known for boasting incredible architecture, many of which were designed by acclaimed architects James Hubbell, Lawrence Halprin, Charles Moore, and Buzz Yudell.

Designed by renowned architect James Hubbell, the community’s historic chapel is a beautiful structure that you don’t want to miss.

The structure features many elements that make it unique, some of which include beautiful stained glass windows, a roof with a wood sailing design, mystical sea animals embedded on the ceiling, and much more.

A truly fascinating site, this structure is composed of natural materials such as woods and shells, both of which add to its never-seen-before whimsical feel.

Due to its whimsical nature, the chapel is best seen during the day. The structure is usually available to the public every day of the year except when special events are held.

Don’t forget to explore other interesting architectural buildings in the area such as The General Store and The Ohlson Recreation Center. Like the whimsical chapel, these fascinating buildings were also created to showcase the natural environment.

5. Enjoy Golfing By The Sea

The Sea Ranch Golf Links offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf among picturesque ocean views.

A 18-hole golf course, you’ll be golfing on one of the region’s most challenging and highly regarded courses.

The golf course is a truly unique attraction, featuring its first nine holes near the sea and the remaining ones on more rugged terrain.

Doesn’t the beauty and challenge of this golf course sound fun?

Just keep in mind that you’ll need to buy the yardage book from the course’s golf shop or bring a GPS to navigate this fun attraction.

Trust Ocean View Properties For Your Vacation Rental Home

If you are considering a vacation in this popular community, you can’t go wrong with an incredible rental home.

Ocean View Properties is one of the best vacation rental home agencies in the area; as a result, many tourists rely on the company for a great stay.

Give us a call today if you would like to make this beautiful community your next vacation destination. You will definitely be glad that you did.

We are always eager to set up a reservation with one of our excellent rental homes.