Sunday, November 11, 2012

California Dreaming in Zone 8B - Timber Cove

We recently took a short late-summer trip to Sonoma county along the Pacific Coast in Northern California.  I love this part of the United States primarily because it is so picturesque with its diverse climate changes within one county.  On this trip we "set up camp" at the Timber Cove Inn which falls between the town of Jenner and Fort Ross National Park.  This location allowed us to enjoy the coast/sunsets while being fairly close in proximity to the wine vineyards (one hour).
 
According to the Timber Cove website .....

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"The Timber Cove area was first charted by Russians who settled Fort Ross between 1812 and 1842.  This became the southernmost Russian colony in North America and some of the first contact between Europeans and the local Pomo tribes. The prospering fur-trading, timber and shipbuilding industries soon brought Americans, English and Spanish to the area, until Fort Ross was turned over to the State of California in 1903 for preservation. Since then, the California State Park Commission has worked tirelessly to restore Fort Ross to its original design as a historic landmark and preserve the surrounding coastline.

The history of Timber Cove Inn.........

The Timber Cove Inn was built in the 60's by a young, mad, genius architect, Richard Clements. He had a "vision" of we don't "own" the land, even if we pay for it, we just are allowed to use it and are morally bound to take care of it. Thus he was penned a very strict architect with specific rules on what kinds of houses could be built...using natural materials of wood and stone, forbidding cutting down of trees without permission, etc.  When the Inn was new it was deliberately rustic. Built-in desks and dressers of rough lumber, slate on the floors and bathroom counters and in the shower.  No televisions or radios were allowed.  Later wings added were more modern, but still rustic. The rooms in the north wing looked directly out on the ocean and had outdoor showers and all room came into the 21st century with wi-fi and television.

This area is absolutely breathtaking and what an amazing and spectacular experience to drive along PCH 1.  Wildflowers abound along the roadside and the cliffs. Many of the pine trees have been torqued and twisted from the wind creating amazing natural sculptures.  Believe it or not, even the misty cool fog was beautiful to watch as it would pour through the mountains and valleys and then retreat back to the horizon to reveal a beautiful sunset.


Sunset at Timber Cove

 

 
Hiking trail along Timber Cove



 
Wildflowers along hiking trail
 

 
Wildflowers along hiking trail


 
Cliffs along Timber Cove
 

 
Cliffs along Timber Cove
 
 
 
Timber Cove Inn - Main Lodge
 

 
View from our room with a visitor
 

 
Rooms at Timber Cove Inn
 
 
Enjoying a fantastic wine while watching the sunset
 
 
 
Cliffs and hiking trail along Timber Cove
 

 
Cliffs and hiking trail along Timber Cove
 

 
Cliffs and hiking trail along Timber Cove
I must say that at this moment....COFFEE....GOOD!!!

 
Cliffs and hiking trail along Timber Cove



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