CBS SF Bay Area: East Bay holiday shopping is in full swing and crowds of people are descending upon shopping havens such as Oakland’s Jack London Square, Newark’s Newpark Mall and the Great Mall in Milpitas. While the holiday season is often considered the best time of the year, it sometimes can be a little overwhelming in a region that has over seven million residents and many more visiting simply for the pleasure of finding the perfect gift. Luckily for East Bay residents, there are a number of great holiday travel destinations, all within a two- or three-hour drive. The following are just a few of the best holiday escapes for East Bay residents. (For the full story)
Timber Cove Inn
21780 California Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
Further north from Timber Cove, along the extraordinary beauty of the Sonoma Coast, lies Timber Cove with a population of under 200. If holiday travelers weary of East Bay shopping crowds are looking to get away from it all, this is a perfect choice. The easiest way to get to Timber Cove is by traveling across the San Rafael Bridge to Highway 101 via Petaluma and then to Highway 1, via Bodega Bay. The rooms at Timber Cove offer either forest or ocean views and there is an excellent on-site restaurant with more sweeping views of the California coastline and outstanding cuisine despite its surprisingly moderate prices. For wine lovers, the hotel’s lounge features wine flights, enabling guests to sample some of the finest wines from the California Wine Country.