A Bodega treasure–Terrapin Creek Cafe

Terrapin CreekAuthor Karen Stephen shares her experience in dining at the Terrapin Creek Cafe in Bodega Bay. Stephen, author of Degrees of Obsession and Mother Tongue, describes her good experience at the Terrapin Creek Cafe and she begins her experience by writing:

“I had just checked in to the Bodega Bay Inn (that’s another story for another time) and had only a little over an hour to get some dinner before I settled in to watch the final race in the Indy Series. I thought I would be relegated to a bag of Fritos and bean dip  from a convenience store, but, taking a chance, I walked across the parking lot to an unassuming blue clapboard building that housed the Terrapin Creek Cafe. The host and owner said they were fully booked but if I could be in and out in an hour that he could seat me. Perfect!

terrapin_creek_interiorThe interior glowed with the casual elegance and colors of southern France and I chose a table with a view of the small, open, and quietly streamlined kitchen. My efficient and knowledgeable fifty-something (my apologies if you were much younger!) waiter was warmly attentive. Such a blessing when one is dining solo. The menu offered a tempting array of local and international cuisine at reasonable prices.”

The details of what she ate for her meal can be found HERE.

Google Map GPS Warning!!!

GoogleMapHas this ever happened to you?  It doesn’t take much to get to the wrong place using cell phone GPS.  Here is a part of what happened to a recent visitor to the Sonoma Coast using some information from Trip Advisor.

….”On my iPhone, I was using the google maps app and had entered Bodega Rock (as is being called here on Trip Advisor) which led me to a residential neighborhood on a small hill in the middle of nowhere. Not knowing where I was going, I re-entered Bodega Head and it directed me a couple of miles to the correct location. Glad I did or else I would have missed this gorgeous scenery….”

Ever heard of Bodega Head being called Bodega Rock?

You can read the entire story here http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32091-d146947-r225212801-Bodega_Rock-Bodega_Bay_Sonoma_County_California.html

Whales off Bodega Head!

Have you ever been able to see the whales off Bodega Head? Here is a short video done in 2010 that shows the whales around Bodega Head.

Goat Rock Beach

A 3 minute video that features the pelicans, harbor seals and beauty of Goat Rock.

Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo – Tippi Returns Labor Day Weekend at The Tides


5 Facts About Alfred Hitchcock – Snubbing Steven Spielberg

HitchcockSpielbergAlfred Hitchcock was born on August 13 in 1899. To celebrate the “Master of Suspense,” here are five facts about the strange habits and quirky fears that made his life as intriguing as his films in an article found here: http://finchannel.com/index.php/society/magazine/item/38614-5-facts-about-alfred-hitchcock .

One of these facts is about how Hitchcock snubbed Steven Spielberg.

“Hitchcock avoided meeting his greatest fan Steven Spielberg. According to actor Bruce Dern’s autobiography, he attempted to convince Hitch: “I said, ‘You’re his idol. He just [wants] to sit at your feet for five minutes and chat with you’,” but Hitchcock refused. “He said, ‘Isn’t that the boy who made the fish movie?… I could never sit down and talk to him… because I look at him and feel like such a whore.'” Pressing him further Dern asked, “’Why do you feel Spielberg makes you a whore?’ Hitch said, ‘Because I’m the voice of the Jaws ride [at the Universal Studios theme park]. They paid me $1 million dollars. And I took it and I did it. I’m such a whore. I can’t sit down and talk to the boy who did the fish movie… I couldn’t even touch his hand.”

California Coastal Access Guide

California Coast Access GuideThe California coast, from the majestic redwoods and rocky shores in the north to the palm trees and wide, sandy beaches in the south, is an area of unsurpassed beauty and diversity. This revised and expanded sixth edition of the California Coastal Access Guide is an essential handbook for both new and seasoned visitors exploring California’s majestic 1,100-mile shoreline. With up-to-date maps and information, it is a valuable guide for all beachgoers—hikers, campers, swimmers, divers, wheelchair users, joggers, and boaters—detailing where to go, how to get there, and what facilities and environment to expect.


Trails Challenge 2014

TrailsChallengeLogoThe Sonoma County Trails Challenge invites you to explore the Regional Parks and do something good for your body and mind! The Trails Challenge encourages you to hike five or more different trails featured in a new PDF fileTrails Challenge guidebook (22.36 MB) anytime before Nov. 30, 2014.

“I am so happy about this Trails Challenge. Walking is what I love to do. When my friends talk about their gyms, I take them on a walk and show them my gym.”
Debbie B., Santa Rosa

Tell us a little about your hikes when you’re done and get a free Trails Challenge water bottle or other gift and be entered into drawings for free Regional Park memberships!  If you’re new to the parks, the Sonoma County Trails Challenge is an opportunity to get comfortable on the trails and discover the many health benefits of outdoor recreation.

More information can be found HERE.

Easy Trails

Moderate Trails

Strenuous Trails


Sunday August 3rd 2014
Downtown Bodega – 17184 Bodega Hwy
Parade 1030ish
Live Music 11-130 Bears Belly
2-5 The Easy Leaves Duo

BBQ tri tip and chicken with chili, salad and garlic bread

BEER WINE and drinks

Desserts, kids games, crafts fair and a huge raffle.

Don’t miss out on this family oriented event. FREE ADMISSION

All Proceeds Benefit Bodega Volunteer Fire Department


Annual Sunset Dinner – Austin Creek State Recreation Area – Aug 2nd
SunsetDinnerAugust 2, 2014 5:00pm
Schoolhouse Flat, Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Shuttle service available to/from Guerneville
Call (707) 869-9177 to reserve
In 2013, Stewards held our first Sunset Dinner in Austin Creek SRA and it was a great success. The event overlooks the beautiful backcounty of this 5700 acre park. Schoolhouse Flat is lovely location for this evening event. We are pleased to feature Northwest Catering from Bodega Bay this year for our gourmet Dinner with wine pairings and acoustic entertainment.


2014 Menu 
Wines and Bubbly Choices:
Barefoot Bubbly
MacMurray Ranch Pinot Grigio
William Hill Chardonnay
MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel
Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon
Butter lettuce cups – Vegetarian
Anti-pasta skewers – Vegetarian
Smoked salmon crostini
Garden fresh mixed lettuce salad with bread and olive oil
Lemon herbed Smoked Chicken with seasonal vegetables and potatoes (or)
Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-free Option: Delectible Tempeh with seasonal vegetables and potatoes
Dessert – TBD
Tickets: $100 per person
Limited to 80 participants
Tickets can be purchased HERE.