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Rustic Relaxation

Low-key luxury on the Sonoma Coast.

DESTINATION: Timber Cove, Jenner
DISTANCE FROM MARIN: 80 miles north

FINDING A NEW destination in an area that doesn’t have cell service can be a challenge. But that’s not the case with Timber Cove. Simply drive half an hour north of where the Russian River spills into the Pacific, continue rounding the bends of Highway 1 until you see a large pillar, and resting on a bluff overlooking the rugged ocean you’ll find this sylvan retreat. Designed by original owner and celebrated architect Richard Clements Jr., the resort was erected in 1963 with Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architectural style in mind. In 2016, a complete renovation enhanced the original features with modern amenities and comforts. Read on to find out what else is new.


HIGHLIGHTS Sweeping views of the ocean, forest or namesake cove await visitors from each of the resort’s 46 rooms. What’s inside is arguably even better. Furnishings include live edge wood tables, Pendleton blankets, luxe white linens, handcrafted beds and earthy-hued artwork. Almost all rooms also include a fireplace and most of the suites have a deep soaking tub. Be sure to browse the vinyl albums in the lobby to make use of the in-room record player.

EATS At Coast Kitchen, the on-site restaurant, the focus is the same as that of most finer dining places today — seasonal, local, farm-to-table. Taking advantage of the wine country location, drinks range from dynamic organic wines by the glass, flights, expert-selected bottles and reserves to craft beers and imaginative cocktails. Expect to see lots of local seafood, Sonoma cheeses, mushrooms and organic fruits and vegetables on the menu.

DETAILS Walking around the grounds, guests will notice several distinctive structures, identified by numbered rocks, including the 93-foot obelisk known as the Bufano Peace Statue Monument and the Yakutian serge, a ritual post commemorating native ancestors. An efficient way to get the lay of the land — and have some fun doing it — is to request a copy of Sophia’s treasure hunt at the front desk. Created by the owner’s daughter, the search will take visitors around the property, exposing its beauty in the process.

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