Beaches — The Sonoma Coast is world-famous for its wild coastline, less than a mile away. This area has numerous public access points to beaches.

Hiking — North or south, take your pick. There are several state and county parks in the area with trails.

Fort Ross — This state park includes a restoration of the Russian Fort that was established on the site in the early 1800s. It's a great place to learn about the history of this area. Just drive south on Highway 1 for about three miles.

Golf — The Sea Ranch Golf Links is just 25 minutes away.

Whale Watching — Grey whales migrate south to Mexico in December through January and later return in the Spring. There are plenty of great viewing spots up and down the coast.

Kayaking — The Gualala River, just half an hour north on Highway 1, has a kayaking input. Expert paddlers can launch from several public access locations along the coast.

Tidal Pools — Gerstle Cove Marine Reserve, part of Salt Point State Park, was one of the first underwater parks created in California. You can explore marine life in tide pools during low tide. Marine life is completely protected in the Reserve. When exploring these areas, please remember that many of these organisms can be damaged or destroyed by even the simple act of turning over a rock and exposing the animals to the sun.

Abalone Fishing — Some of the finest abalone fishing on the California Coast is within ten minutes of our location. Be sure that you have your license and know the rules!

Rhododendrons — Over in nearby Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, the rhodies are in full bloom from mid-April to mid-June. The colorful bushes came to predominate the area many years ago after a forest fire destroyed much of the shade-producing vegetation. But see it while you can! The tall trees have started to grow back.

Mushroom Forays — This area is known for its mushrooms; they're everywhere.

Benny Bufano sculpture — The 72-foot peace obelisk, Benny Bufano's largest sculpture, is just a minute downhill, facing the ocean behind the Timber Cove Inn. For more information about its controversial story, go into the Timber Cove Inn, order a martini, and read the napkin.

Farmer's Market — Look for a sign at the bottom of the hill. It is open often on Sunday morning during the summer and about once a month in the colder months, you'll find a Farmer's Market at Fort Ross School.

Staring at the View — Relaxing is a perfectly legitimate activity here at Casa Seawood. Kick back! Read a book! Nap! Commune with Nature. Yeah, that's the life....

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