When getting away turns out to be not getting away far enough, consider Sea Ranch Lodge. There's no better way to separate yourself from the constant pressure of the rat race than the 2.5-hour drive north from San Francisco to the lodge. Halfway through, with the Pacific Ocean air filling your mind and spirit, you'll wonder what took you so long to visit this magical stretch of earth.Sonoma Coast at sunset — Photo courtesy of Joe Parks
As impressive as the drive is, Sea Ranch Lodge itself does not disappoint. Spread over fifty-two acres of pristine Sonoma coastline, the lodge is limited to nineteen ocean-view guest rooms and a main building with a restaurant/bar, gift shop, art gallery and post office. No details are overlooked, including complimentary breakfasts served at Black Point Grill, custom-made California King beds and 70s-style Malm gas fireplaces.Inside Sea Ranch Lodge — Photo courtesy of Sea Ranch Lodge
How did this gem wind up in the middle of beautiful nowhere? Much of the credit goes to the fascinating local community of The Sea Ranch, a model of environmental development going all the way back to the early sixties. This tight-knit and highly regulated community follows the ancient advice of the original inhabitants, the Pomo Indians: "Live lightly on the land." This philosophy is infused into the service, the activities, the food - everything that Sea Ranch Lodge has to offer.
If you need a vacation that gets you back to nature - really gets you back to nature - then take the drive to Sea Ranch Lodge. As hard as it will be to leave, at least you have that drive back to look forward to.