Timber Cove Inn
There are more than a few cliffside dwellings (B&Bs, motor courts, four-star resorts) at which to stay along this curvy stretch of Highway 1. Perhaps the most celebrated is the Timber Cove Inn, about halfway between Fort Ross to the south and Salt Point State Park to the north.
As its name implies, it overlooks a cove with sunsets worthy of a Conde Nast magazine. Or, better yet, view them from your in-room hot tub that lets you recline, loosen those knotted shoulders from the harrowing drive and still catch the setting sun out the window.
Everything is about the view at this inn. Its four-star restaurant, Alexander's, manages to be situated so that every table has a view. Under chef Benjamin St. Clair, a product of the Culinary Institute of America, Alexander's has adhered to the "local" edict, serving Tomales Bay oysters and lamb from free-range Sonoma stock.
Directions: 21780 Highway 1, Jenner. From Fort Ross, travel 14 miles north on Highway 1. The hotel will be on the left. www.timbercoveinn.com
(Note that William Oliver is the new Executive Chef at Timber Cove Inn. Also note that we are located 14 miles of Jenner)
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