Ocean views on California’s Sonoma Coast at Timber Cove Inn

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California's Timber Cove Inn - come for the food, stay for the views

There are two types of hotel guests in Jenner, California. Some people prefer to be out and about in the surf and sand, returning to their rooms only to sleep, get up and do it again. And then, there are those who enjoy an in room fireplace and hot tub with a view of the Pacific ocean; preferably with crashing waves pounding the sand below. No matter your choice of a forest view room, an ocean view room or a cove view room, Timber Cove Inn offers a rugged Sonoma Coast location, perched above the Pacific that will soothe your soul.

The Coleman lantern stashed in the corner of my ocean view room reminds me that Timber Cove Inn  has weathered many coastal storms. But on my summer visit, the evening fog gives way to a sunny morning with pelicans and seagulls floating on thermals in front of the Inn’s sliding glass door.

"Ocean View King"

Timber Cove Inn ocean view king

While the 48 rooms are clean and the bed linens are soft and of-so-comphy, (they sell these comphy sheets on-site), the Timber Cove Inn is working a remodel. Ocean view rooms will feature less redwood, instead placing emphasis on the stunning views of the Pacific. For now, the plush monogrammed robes, quality bedding and up-graded food in the restaurant are a step in the right direction.

Alexander’s Restaurant

Dining at Alexander’s, I couldn’t help notice the bikers dressed head to toe in motorcycle gear.  Timber Cove Inn is located on a stretch of highway that calls out to bikers and performance car drivers.  The bikers were thoroughly enjoying grilled prawns, steamed mussels and other goodies off the restaurant menu. Executive Chef Ben St. Clair serves up farm-to-table offerings, perfect for sharing and showcasing this 22 year old chef’s “Sonoma Coastal Cuisine.”

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Coastal romance awaits

Coastal romance

With 26 acres of Oceanside property, Timber Cove Inn welcomes bikers, hikers,  kayakers and romantics looking to leave their Blackberries and iPads behind and re-connect with Mother Nature. You might as well turn off your cell phone and save the battery. There is complimentary internet access, be warned, there is no reliable cell service at Timber Cove Inn.

My room, #300, rented for $279 on the weekend (two night minimum on weekends) and $249 Sunday-Thursday. There are several internet specials that may appeal to you, as well as AAA and AARP rates.

The “Coastal Romance” package includes a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates, organic bubble bath and breakfast for two at Alexander’s. Some weekday packages (Monday-Friday) include complimentary breakfast. Check the website for pricing and details.

Need to Know

Check in time is as 4:00 p.m. with 11:00 a.m. check out.

Some rooms are pet-friendly with $50 additional, non-refundable fee.

If You Go:

Timber Cove Inn (707) 847-3231

Check prices online at Hotels.com or Priceline.

Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California.  Photos courtesy of  Nancy D. Brown.  I was a guest of Timber Cove Inn.

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