Dillon Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)
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Fall has officially arrived (I can tell because of my work schedule)! The beach is quiet and peaceful again. Indian summer is cherished by the natives at Dillon, as the summer fog has rolled back out to sea. The sunsets are even more spectacular from Dill 'n Thyme's deck, providing our guests a stunning view of ocean and horizon. One can put feet up and enjoy a nice glass of Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino wine while staring out to sea and enjoying a peaceful getaway.
We welcomed guests last summer from France, Britain, and the Netherlands and, of course, various US states & our loyal California beachcombers. Without exception, all entered into the spirit of Dill 'n Thyme as a source of fun and worry-free time away from stress and strife. All of our guests even understood that our summer morning fog was vital sunscreen for those Coastal Redwood Trees that survived logging along the northern California coast.
Our 2-bedroom little jewel, Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, is noted in the history books as the second cottage built for his family in 1911 by a Norwegian sea captain, whose estate sold it to the present owners in 1982. It underwent an architectural remodel in 1992, with special instructions to keep the New England cottage feel at the same time as maximizing the spectacular view, creating a totally secure seismic structure (after all, Tomales Bay is the San Andreas fault!), and providing all the carefree conveniences to vacationers, including unlimited bandwidth WiFi and DISH TV with a free Netflix account via Roku 3.
We provide the drip coffee maker, the coffee grinder, the cappuccino maker, the margarita blender & for our guests who stay a week, a free bottle of wine. New range & microwave & a workhorse of a dishwasher and a fully stocked kitchen make k.p. duty a breeze! We even have an outdoor shower (hot water!) to wash all the sand away to avoid sharing it with all your other houseguests. In the same spirit, we ask that you leave your shoes outside the front door & go sock-footed inside! Beach flipflops are outside the front door in a basket right next to our beloved big blue 'Blu-ga Whale' charcoal BBQ!
We guarantee joy, laughter & restoration of spirit - a perfect get-away from stress, noise, traffic, grime, & daily grinds... a creative spot to read, write, photograph, tidepool, gather around a beach bonfire, stroll on the beach with or without your pup, or just reconnect with those you love. Our children and their friends walked safely to the beach and the beach store on their own, feeling quite grown up, but all the while within view of their parents (us!) from our deck.
Not to tempt you to overdo dependence on stressful tools, but Verizon has a cell phone tower at our little Dillon Beach Store. AT&T service is spotty in the village, but weirdly excellent on the beach. There is a house phone at our cottage with free long distance for those of you who can't get a strong cell phone signal. Just don't forget there's a big ocean (view!) out there.
Dillon Beach is always such an amazing adventure! To share a slice of our life at the beach...my husband, David, & I and our daughter, Caitlin, home on a break from a Fulbright year in Sicily, and needing a salty Pacific Ocean breeze to restore her, recently made a quick run out to our jewel of peace and tranquility defying daily stress & madness. After dropping off our groceries and tearing ourselves away from our hypnotic ocean view, we decided to stray a little south to historic Marshall. While David made his traditional beeline for Hog Island Barbecued Oysters, Caitlin & I opted for a repeat excursion of Tomales Bay in our rented kayak from Blue Waters Kayaking. Last year, we were delighted to encounter a baby grey whale just off Hog Island where we saw other kayakers doing the 'roll' so they could view the little guy underwater; we wisely decided to remain upright! We beached our kayak at Pat Kuleto's Nick's Cove to make dinner reservations. Pat also owns Farallon and Boulevard in San Francisco. It is about a 15 minute car ride south of Dillon Beach.
Another absolute favorite stop for us is Tomales Bakery where the expatriate pastry chefs have escaped from San Francisco to the idyllic village of Tomales on Highway One, just 3 miles from Dillon Beach and on the way. It is not a surprise that San Franciscans, having long memories for the best in culinary experiences, still search them out, driving all the way from the City. Grab a loaf of warm bread for breakfast while you are there! Open Thursday-Sunday only, hours dictated by when they sell out their bakery goods.
Last winter we discovered another great eatery only 3 miles north up Hiway One in Valley Ford - it's cleverly called Rocker Oysterfellers. Coincidentally, we have run into some real rock stars the few times we have made the run up there for an excellent dinner with exceptional service and, often, live music. Very fun bar also. For additional local color and great food, go on up to The Casino in the tiny town where Hitchcock filmed The Birds - Bodega. Play pool while you wait to be served. For more upscale dining, but with a casual atmosphere and dress, we love Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek, which just earned a Michelin star (not easy)! It is operated by a young, extremely nice couple in Bodega Bay, again S.F. expatriates from top restaurants such as Jardiniere, Ame and Michael Mina.
There just isn't another spot quite like California's Dillon Beach, a unique, still thriving fishing village hidden about three miles off the beaten path of Highway One! Dillon Beach has an unusually expansive beach with rocky tidal pools on one end and huge sand dunes bordering Tomales Bay on the other, both of which can be seen from the deck of Dill 'n Thyme. Because Dillon Beach is set back slightly inside the mouth of Bodega Bay on one side and Tomales Bay on the other, it lies in the sun, just out of reach of the fog belt, yet still has spectacular wave action offshore for surfing and calmer skimboarding towards the beach.
Be our guests and you will return time and again for an 'all is right with the world' recharge, we guarantee it! When you come, don't worry about linens or towels. We provide one time linen service on arrival. Cleaning fee of $75 for a weekend-$100 for the week is non-refundable so that you do not have to work off your vacation at the end of your stay!
If you are bringing your pet to dog friendly Dillon Beach, bring a sturdy dog bed and some extra wipe down towels for surf and sand. There is a $40 pet fee per dog.
Longer stays are available and negotiable, starting October 15.
Keywords: vacation home rental, beach cottage, getaway, casita, oceanview cottage
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- children welcome
- non smoking only
About Joy Fillman/Caitlin Browne
When I discovered Dillon Beach, I had found my childhood home. I was raised in a remote northern California beach community where we walked daily on the beach after school, rain or shine, jumped off huge sand dunes, built bonfires encircled by weekend beach parties, and fished and tidepooled in between! I wanted my children to have some of the same carefree adventures I had and they and their friends did just that at Dill 'n Thyme. It feels so removed from the bombardment of stresses the world delivers up daily. Dillon Beach is more than just a place; it is a state of mind. My family loves it and our beach cottage is our little gem that is beloved by our friends and our extended family as well.
Joy Fillman/Caitlin Browne purchased this cottage in 1982
Why Joy Fillman/Caitlin Browne chose Dillon Beach
On one of our typical California coastal rides, we stopped at Tomales Bakery for coffee and a cinnamon twist and noticed as were sitting outside that we were right across from the only cross street in town, Dillon Beach Rd...no fanfare signs, no tourist arrows, just a simple street sign! How had we missed it on our many rides up Hiway One? After our coffee, go west is what we did and what a delight! Fields of newborn lambs hopping playfully under & around their ewes, cows and deer grazing together, until 3 miles later, we came upon one of the most exquisite views of the Pacific I had ever seen! As we wound our way down the road toward the beach, we came upon the quaint Village of Dillon Beach, nestled into the lush, emerald hillside. I could not believe a place like this still existed in California! As we walked around the village, coincidentally this was the day an annual B.B.Q. was taking place on the beach. There we met our future neighbors who invited us back to their cottage. As I looked out over the ocean from their living room, I instantly fell in love! Not long after, the owner of Dill 'n Thyme next door passed away and when the cottage was put up for sale by her heirs, the neighbors contacted us and Dill 'n Thyme was ours! Who says you can't go home again? Though it wasn't carefully thought out, it was one of the best things we have ever done.
What makes this cottage unique
Our babysitter, sitting on our deck with a glass of wine, staring out to sea at sunset, noticed a small flare. Dialing 911, minutes later, she sat back & watched an expert US Coast Guard helicopter rescue of a fishing boat. Morning sun hits the front patio of Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, so we often like to relax with a cup coffee & chat with the neighbors who pass by. Sometimes, our chats turn into moving brunches. Following the sun, we end up on the deck for writing, reading, sketching, or just relaxing, looking out to sea. Our only assignment is to take the dogs for a jog on the beach! We enjoy good food, fishing, water sports & art. We never fail to stop at Tomales Bakery for a freshly baked loaf of bread & a treat on our way. We also venture south to Nick's Cove, newly refurbished and offering spectacular food, wine & views. Wonderful sunsets here too. Pick up oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. to bring back to BBQ & serve with sourdough bread. Down Hiway One is Blue Waters Kayak Rental. Don't miss kayaking on Tomales Bay. Nearby art galleries are fun. We usually make a day of it & follow Hwy One to Russian River, turn inland a short way to Duncan Mills galleries. 4th of July is a big unofficial extravaganza fireworks event rivaling any Bay Area fireworks & time for a big BBQ at Dill 'n Thyme. When our kids were young, we & our guests would troop to huge sand dunes to fly kites, shoot off rockets & watch our kids form one grand wave & surf the dunes on shiny bottom skimboards! Then off for wave action & BBQ. Nightfall took us to the beach for kid-sized fireworks then watching spectacular fireworks from beach blankets or from our living room & deck for at least 2 hrs! But, if one craves solitude, step into Dill 'n Thyme cottage & close the front door for privacy & contemplation, a spectacular view from our living room & a sip from a complimentary bottle of wine on us!