Turning Thirty in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay

 

For my 30th birthday, the only thing I wanted to do, besides celebrate with family and friends, was to go somewhere new. My best friends Sasha and Dee planned the perfect day in Bodega Bay which was full of food, sun, relaxation, and beautiful views.

Bodega Bay is a coastal town, a little over an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. We bought some coffees for the drive to hold us over until we arrived at our first stop, Wild Flour Bread and Bakery. Sasha always stops here when she goes to Bodega Bay with her family and I can understand why.

Wild Flour Bakery
The doors to baked goodness

It’s a small bakery but they make the most delicious breads and pastries. We couldn’t just order one thing so we bought green goat bread which is loaded with goat cheese and green onion, a big cinnamon sticky bun, and a rhubarb pear scone. This isn’t a breakfast I can have everyday but on my birthday anything goes.

Wild Flour bakery

Wild Flour bakery
Rhubarb Pear scone
Wild Flour Bakery
Amazing cinnamon sticky bun
Wild Flour Bakery
Goat cheese bread. We snacked on this throughout the day and for good reason!

After we filled up on baked goods, we walked through Wild Flour’s plentiful garden where they grow lots of fresh ingredients for their menu. They have benches in the back of the garden and with the summertime sun and weather and the bees buzzing, it’s a peaceful place to enjoy breakfast.

Wild Flour Bakery
The most kale I’ve seen at one time

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

Wild Flour Bakery

 

After leaving the bakery, we drove over to the Bodega Hwy to browse some of the shops there that sell hand-crafted jewelry, antiques, art, and movie memorabilia. Yes, movie memorabilia because if you don’t already know, Bodega Bay is most famous for being the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. It’s a 1960s horror film about birds that suddenly turn vicious and start attacking people in a small town. I’ve never seen the movie but after walking through the town, I kind of want to even though I’m more of a comedy/drama fan. If you are, unlike me, a huge Hitchcock fan, the town has an event every year celebrating the film and it’s main star, Tippi Hedren, still comes for an autograph signing and she’s in her 80s!

st. teresa of avila church
St. Teresa of Avila is an icon in the movie The Birds
bodega bay the birds
The schoolhouse filmed in the movie and now it’s a private residence.

bodega country store

Bodega Country store
The Bodega Country store has a ton of movie memorabilia
bodega bay
Just a pretty antique house across the street from the “schoolhouse.”

For lunch, we drove towards the coast and the beautiful bay and had fish n’ chips and artichoke fritters at The Birds Cafe. The cafe had seating on a patio that overlooked the water. The view and the food were ¬†amazing so I highly recommend this place.

the birds cafe

the bird cafe bodega bay

the bird cafe bodega bay
Perfect setting for lunch by the bay
the bird cafe bodega bay
Fish n’ chips and artichoke fritters
bodega bay
Bay view at lunch

After lunch, we drove back towards Wild Flour Bakery which was down the street from our next stop and one of the best parts of the day – the spa! Sasha had raved about Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary for quite some time and we were all looking forward to hour-long Swedish massages. My massage was just what I needed to relax my muscles and afterwards we sat in the tranquil meditation garden for 20 minutes or so to take advantage of the quiet. I wish I could go to Osmosis every weekend.

Osmosis spa
Sweet Osmosis!

After deep relaxation, we were ready to eat again and we headed back to the coast to have dinner right on the water at The Tides. We sat a table right by the window with only water before us and the sun glistening. They have a big menu but we were only interested in seafood. I had tasty clam chowder and the buttery scallops. And forget birthday cake. All I wanted was a banana split for dessert and my decision was a good one.

The Tides bodega bay
Another bay view, but this time at dinner
the tides bodega bay
Sorry for the sun glare, but rest assured that these scallops were so buttery and delicious
The Tides Bodega Bay
A necessary bowl of clam chowder
The Tides bodega bay
Even though I love cake (and pretty much all desserts) all I really wanted was a banana split!

Every one has been asking me how I feel about turning thirty and I am honestly looking forward to this next decade. I accomplished so much in my 20s, including some wonderful trips both near and far, but I know my 30s will be even better. I hope that I relax more, worry less about what other people think, and continue to enjoy all the things that I love to do with the people I love. And my day in Bodega Bay was just that and it wouldn’t have been possible without my best friends.

bodega bay
So lucky to have friends like these!

 

 

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