Carolyn’s Picks –> Umbrella Hook for Towels/Camera/Bags

Now here is one little find I bought and now cannot do without. You know how you are always draping things over your beach umbrella…. Well with this handy hanger things stay out of of the sand and life is just so much easier. You know you want thus. Works like a charm.

Here is where You can get this terrific unbrella hook for your next beach trip.

Umbrella Hook for Towels/Camera/Bags

Escape to Bodega Bay by Candace Gregory

Escape to BBMom and I headed to Bodega Bay, located about 65 north of San Francisco, for an adventure. We relaxed, ate lots of fresh sea food and explored some new country, including a visit to Fort Ross.

Bodega Bay 1Highlights: We experienced beautiful beaches with crashing surf, colorful sunsets, the freshest of fresh seafood and a visit to the Russian 1810s era Fort Ross on our 4-day 3-night adventure.

About mid afternoon, mom and I made it into our little 2 bedroom apartment called “At The Bays Edge” and it really was located right on Bodega Bay’s water’s edge. That gave us enough time to unpack and go down to our deck to read and watch the birds.

I hadn’t been down there too long before I spotted a bobcat making its way along the edge of my deck, about 10 feet away from me. I thought to myself, that can’t be a bobcat and by the time his rear end and tail was in plain view, I knew it was a bobcat. But by that time I couldn’t think fast enough to get my camera out to capture the critter and it loped off into the brush.

Click HERE for the rest of Candace’s story about her trip to Bodega Bay with her mom. Lots of good pictures!

Carolyn’s Picks —> Keep Calm and Pretend You Are at the Beach

It has been a crazy day and all I can think of is how I would rather be lying on a beach, preferably at Salmon Creek in Bodega Bay. I have this sign in my office Keep Calm and Pretend You Are at the Beach that I can’t help but see each time I come in and out….and it really helps me remember that all kinds of beach days are in my future. How about you? Hang the sign on your wall. Trust me, its a great reminder.

Here is where You can get your copy of this sign. Keep Calm and Pretend You Are at the Beach Sign

Rocker Oysterfeller’s Easter Sunday Brunch


41st Annual Fisherman’s Festival – April 26-27

2014_indexThe Bodega Bay community will host its 41st Annual Fisherman’s Festival. The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages – craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines and a beer booth with several local ales. Plus we have something for every palate from barbequed oysters, local fish ‘n chips, clam chowder and a variety from food trucks. Live music and entertainers perform on the main stage all day Saturday and Sunday. Artisans and vendors from all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts.

The festival has its origin as a celebration of the start of the Salmon fishing season and the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Saturday will feature a golf tournament at The Links at Bodega Harbour. At the Festival site itself you’ll see a bath tub race and a wooden boat challenge where participating teams build a vessel and compete in a boat race.

The Fisherman’s Festival is a great venue for kids with a play area for face painting, spin paintings, games, a touch tank tide pool, and llamas (and guest pets) on parade.

Sunday morning will feature the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet when decorated boats parade out of the harbor to receive a blessing from local clergy.

The Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit charitable organization and is 100% volunteer-run by local community members (click here to volunteer). All proceeds from the Festival benefit Bodega Bay Area community services and in 2013 the Fisherman’s Festival distributed funds to these 23 local nonprofit organizations.

Blessing the Fleet is Our History
Sunday’s Blessing of the Fishing Fleet is the highlight of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. These solemn annual blessings had their start more than 50 years ago when the event was part of the “Discovery Days Celebration” and we had a thriving commercial fishing industry. Today it is part and parcel of the annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival weekend. Discovery Days commemorated the discovery of Bodega Bay by Lt. Bodega y Quadra while surveying these waters for the Spanish in 1775.

At the first “Discovery Days Celebration” event in 1958, some 17 festively decorated boats were blessed in the parade – appropriately led by Eddie, William and Steve Smith, members from the large local Miwok Indian family which began the commercial fishing industry in Bodega Bay in the 1920s.

Today, even with a declining industry, the traditional annual blessing of the fishing fleet is an important observance for the entire community and acknowledges the key role of those who farm the seas, often at great risk to themselves. Local clergy officiate at the Blessing and a flower wreath is cast upon the waters honoring the fishermen lost at sea.

Alfred Hitchcock The Birds Shadow Sculpture

‘The Birds’ is returning on March 29th

BirdsPosterSATURDAY, March 29 – Screening DAY
Three of Hitchcock’s films will be screened: The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt and Psycho. Space is limited. These movies will be shown at the Bodega Bay Grange.

The Birds – 12:00PM
Shadow of a Doubt – 3:30PM
Psycho – 7:00PM

Dan Sneed, Hitchcock enthusiast and expert will be providing insight and information before Shadow of a Doubt and Psycho. The Bodega Country Store will have a collection of Hitchcock memorabilia displayed. Concessions and souvenir items will be available for purchase. There will also be a fun photo booth set up.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the art programs of Bodega Bay Elementary, Pastures Preschool and Tomales Elementary.

Get your tickets at the link below:

Black Tie Optional Gala Event at Yacht Club $50

Individual showings at $12.50 or $25 for all three movies.

Director chosen for remake of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

BayBirdsA new version of the classic horror film, produced by blockbuster director Michael Bay, will be helmed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen.

In discussion for several years, the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” is now back on the table following news of the Dutch director’s arrival. The remake, from Universal Pictures and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company, will mark Diederik Van Rooijen’s Hollywood feature debut and his first English-language film.

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Chowder Day 2014 – The Winner Is: SPUD POINT – Again!
Carol Spud Point

Carol Anello at Spud Point Crab Co.

The results are in for the 2014 Bodega Bay Chowder Day and the winners are:

1st Place – Spud Point Crab Company

2nd Place – Fishetarian

3rd Place – Bluewater Bistro

Top 5 - Fisherman’s Cove & Sandpiper

Best New Restaurant Competitor - The Birds Cafe

Best New Non-Restaurant Competitor - Sonoma Concierge

Best Firehouse Chowder - Bodega Bay Firefighters Association


Chowder Day 2014 Is Just Around The Corner – Jan 25th

ChowderDay2014Chowder Day in Bodega Bay will take you on a culinary tour of town. You’ll spend the day tasting chowder and meeting chefs. Visit all the stops and you’re eligible for an entry in a prize drawing! Trust us, you won’t leave Bodega Bay hungry! Tickets are $10 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. They can be purchased in the parking lot at The Tides Wharf. Follow the signs! – See more at:

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: $10

All proceeds benefit the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Fireworks over the Bay
celebration in July.

Tickets will be on sale in The Tides parking lot.