Timber Cove guests enjoy a wide range of activities. One of the advantages of being secluded in one of the world’s most beautiful settings is that the activities to choose from are that much more rewarding. Timber Cove curates daily activities for guests, including guided hikes and wine tastings. Extensive activities are also available in the surrounding areas. Whether paddling in the open ocean or playing ping pong in our Outdoor Living Room, you will always find something to sooth your heart and mind at Timber Cove.
California is known for its variety of quality wineries and vineyards. The Northern California wine region and the natural landscapes that surround it provide excellent and intimate wine tastings. Visit our Food & Wine tab for further information on the wines available at Coast Kitchen, our on-site restaurant, or book a private meal with wine pairings in Coast Commune, our exclusive dining room.
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding Timber Cove with a hike along Sonoma's stunning coast. With over 2 miles of hiking trails across our property, head down the steps towards the Cove, venturing our to the furthest corner where the stream can be found – or head back along the cliff’s edge to the further point. Benches can be found across the property to stop and watch the whales.
Feel free to enjoy ping pong, foosball or pool in our outdoor living area. Speak to the front desk for paddles, balls, and billiard cues. Or warm up with a glass of wine or a latte on our custom made bench swings, or by the glow of our new outdoor fire pit. Notice the Benjiamino Bufano white marble female torso, which was gifted to our property by the artist because he thought it was the perfect setting for his sculpture. Please be respectful of the guests whose rooms are above the outdoor living room. The fire pit and game tables close at 9 pm daily.
The fitness center will be open daily between 9 AM and 8 PM. Complimentary towels and water will be available in the fitness room. Feel free to use your in-room yoga mat! Alternatively, when available, enjoy the protected south deck adjoining the Ansel Adams function room for your yoga practice. Private yoga sessions can be organized as well. Please inquire with our front desk and concierge.
California's Sonoma Coast is known for its incredible views, including the views after the sun sets. Grab a blanket for star gazing to take advantage of the beautiful night time show. Our suites come equipped with binoculars for stargazing (and whale watching!) – and we also have a telescope on-site. Ask our front desk for details on borrowing the telescope on nights with particularly clear skies.
Gaze at the ocean and watch the sunset from our ocean side fire pit. It is the perfect spot to sip fireside drinks from our Coast Kitchen menu.
Timber Cove is fortunate to be the home of several unique art pieces and sculptures from various artists, including Beniamino Bufano. Our most predominant piece is the Madonna of Peace obelisk stands 93 feet tall on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
An assortment of intriguing merchandise, including luxurious LATHER spa products and whimsical gifts, is available at the gift corner in our Great Room.
Relax and bask in the California sunshine at our local beach, Timber Cove Boat landing, right next to the resort.
Our team is working on a consistent yoga schedule on the weekends – stay tuned! But in the meantime, ask our front desk about coordinating a private yoga class with one of our local yoga instructors.
Looking to wine taste while staying with us? Ask our front desk about our Winery Passport Program! Timber Cove has partnered with several Sonoma County wineries to offer our guests an exclusive opportunity to participate in VIP tastings as well as receive discounts off of reserve wines at wineries such as Iron Horse, Martin Ray, and Sonoma Coast Vineyards. Reservations are required in advance.
High on the coastal ridges of Jenner, the Fort Ross Vineyard produces limited quantities of Estate grown, single vineyard, cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage. www.fortrossvineyard.com
Family owned and operated, Annapolis Winery is an 8-mile drive from Highway 1 at Sea Ranch and the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of approximately 1,000 feet. Annapolis Winery produces a small amount of locally grown hand-crated, ultra-premium wines, and are open from 12PM to 5PM daily. Located approximately 40 minute drive from Timber Cove. www.annapoliswinery.com
Handcrafted wines from a unique cold-climate growing area west of the Russian River Valley and a mere five miles from the Pacific Ocean. Located approximately 45 minute drive from Timber Cove. www.sonomacoastvineyards.com
Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross, Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines profoundly characteristic of the site vintage after vintage. You may also enjoy a variety of Hirsch Vineyard wines at our on-site restaurant Coast Kitchen, or in our private dining room, Coast Commune! www.hirschvineyards.com
Over 25 years ago, Flowers Vineyards and Winery pioneered the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the rugged coastal ridges of the extreme Sonoma Coast. Since the beginning, their commitment to responsible farming and minimal intervention winemaking has led to distinct, expressive and exceptional wines that capture the spirit of the Sonoma Coast. Located under 10 minutes from Timber Cove. www.flowerswinery.com
Fort Ross was a thriving Russian-American Company settlement from 1812 to 1841. This commercial company chartered by Russia's tsarist government controlled all Russian exploration, trade and settlement in the North Pacific, and established permanent settlements in Alaska and California. Fort Ross was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the North American continent, and was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. It was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding, and Russian scientists were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. Fort Ross was a functioning multi-cultural settlement for some thirty years. Settlers included Russians, Native Alaskans and Californians, and Creoles. www.fortross.org/
Rocky promontories, kelp-dotted coves, open grasslands, forested hills, pristine prairies and pygmy forests. You can experience all of these coastal wonders within the Salt Point State Park. With 20 miles of hiking trails, over six miles of rugged coastline, and an underwater park, you can enjoy a variety of picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skin and SCUBA diving and camping. Day use fees are $8/vehicle. Salt Point State Park is located on Highway One, approximately four miles north of the resort.
The serene, majestic beauty of the Grove is a living reminder of the redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging began in the 19th century. Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens—the coast redwood. Day use fee is $8/vehicle, $7/vehicle for seniors, and free to pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Sonoma Coast State Park boasts a number of picturesque state beaches along the California Coast, perfect for a camping or hiking excursion.
The Russian River flows through Sonoma and Mendocino counties with plenty to do and see. Highlights include swimming, paddle boarding, wine tasting and delicious dining.
Goat Rock Beach is located between Goat Rock Point and the Russian River along the Sonoma County coast close to the town of Jenner. It is a great beachcombing beach and offers beautiful views.
The Black Point Beach staircases lead to secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and natural rock formations. In addition to hiking, these public access points offer diving, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.
In the beautiful coastal foothills of Northern California sits Lake Sonoma. The lake is surrounded by Sonoma County vineyards and land rich in history, providing a number of recreational activities.
Watertreks Eco-Tours leads visitors to where the river meets the waves in the heart of Sonoma Coast State Park and the Greater Farallones Sanctuary. Guides service over 20 miles of river and coastal wildlife preserve. Get a unique Sonoma County perspective with estuary wildlife tours of the Russian River mouth. Watch the seals and the sunset from Goat Rock State Beach. Rent a kayak, canoe or Stand-Up Paddleboard. www.watertreks.com
Adventure Rents canoe and kayak livery is a full-service river outfitting company offering boating experiences on the pristine Gualala River to people of all ability levels. You may choose self-guided rentals for a few hours or an afternoon, or allow experienced staff to provide guided excursions with or without catered meals. Gualala River waters warm to comfortable swimming temperatures in summer and the banks are lined with magnificent redwoods filled with an abundance of wildlife. www.adventurerents.com
Grab your fishing pole and tackle box to enjoy the great outdoors with a fishing day trip.
Enjoy fresh oysters overlooking the cool waters of Tomales Bay in which they grew. Hog Island Oyster Co. uses certified sustainable aquaculture techniques to produce superior shellfish. Buy oysters and a shucking knife to go, or with advanced reservations, grill oysters yourself at the waterfront picnic area. You will also discover an on-site restaurant called the Oyster Bar, which offers casual outdoor dining with communal seating. Please book reservations ahead for the Oyster Bar. Ostreophiles may want to book a Farm Tour and taste the “merroir.”
Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours “connect people to place,” offering private guided nature tours of the California Coastal National Monument, coastal seascapes, and Sea Ranch architecture. Experience the history, geology, marine ecology, birds, and flora of northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties. Timber Cove guests on the seascapes tour will get an on-site tutorial of our trails, the Bufano Peace Obelisk, and the Yakutia Serge. Owner and guide Margaret Lindgren says, “Our guests not only gain knowledge and appreciation for the lands – they gain respect for it, they care about it – and when you care about something, you connect with it – and you never forget it!” www.unbeatenpathtours.com
Ride horseback on an incredible 378-acre ranch with panoramic views of the beautiful Sonoma Coast near Bodega Bay. Guides take groups on scenic trail rides for all occasions from family outings to corporate events to romantic sunset rides on the beach. Choose from Wetlands, Osprey, Blacktail, Salmon Creek, Miwok Village, Eagle View and Beach Rides. A majority of the trail horses are rescued. www.horsenaroundtrailrides.com
18 Holes – Robert Muir Graves Design: Par 72, 6233 Blue Tees Yards, 71.1 Slope, 127 Rating Designed by Robert Muir Graves and completed in 1974, the first nine holes at The Sea Ranch Golf Links immediately made the list of exciting and scenic golf destinations. This “Gem of the Seaside” was completed in 1995 when Graves’ second nine opened. The course’s blend of undulating seaside landscape with Scottish-style links architecture was a first on the West Coast. The Sea Ranch Golf Links remains one of the most highly regarded golf experiences in California and unique on the North Coast. www.searanchgolf.com
9 Holes – Alister Mackenzie Design: Par 36, 2900 Yards, 113 Slope, 68.8 Rating While you may never have the privilege of playing Augusta or Cypress, you can experience Dr. MacKenzie's famed naturally-contoured fairways and undulating greens in a magnificent forested setting. Casual elegance, pristine beauty, affordable greens fees, and a signature ninth hole all make for a memorable golf experience. Northwood is one of the top five favorite Mackenzie courses according to Golf Magazine. “Among the Best Nine Hole Courses in America,” says Golf World Magazine. www.northwoodgolf.com
A community arts organization located in Gualala, the center has been dedicated to promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961. Relax with over 3,000 books related to arts and crafts in their library. Open weekdays 10 am to 4 pm. Open weekends noon to 4 pm. www.gualalaarts.org
Located high above where the Russian River meets the ocean, the coastal village of Jenner offers spectacular vistas, stunning sunsets, and an opportunity to connect with nature along the beautiful Sonoma County coast.
Enjoy the breathtaking beaches and rugged coastline of Sea Ranch, located on Pacific Coast Highway. Immerse yourself in a variety of local activities and of nature in the great outdoors of Sea Ranch.
Bodega Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Sonoma Coast known for its beautiful cliffs and beaches, the perfect place for a hike, whale watching, or surf lessons. Bodega Bay is also where the famed Hitchcock movie "The Birds" was filmed.
Tomales Bay is best known for its dramatic landscape views and oyster shucking. Additionally, Tomales Bay is the ideal spot for a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking.
Stewarts Point is perched on a bluff overlooking the rugged and beautiful Sonoma Coast and ocean. This charming town boasts a rich history just waiting to be explored.
Monte Rio is located along the Russian River and is the perfect place for a day filled with biking, fishing and hiking.
Santa Rosa is nestled in the urban heart of California's wine country. It is the hub for all there is to do, see, eat, drink, bike, hike and explore in the area.
Sebastopol is a small dynamic community in Western Sonoma County with a rich agricultural history, embracing fine arts, dining, wine and farming.
Healdsburg is located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country and combines small-town charm, stunning views, a close proximity to prime winegrowing regions and a rich history.