|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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The Goat Rock House sits on a bluff along the Sonoma Coast and is uniquely located inside Goat Rock Beach Park, more than one mile west of Highway 1. Our house is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive (73 miles) north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge; 4 miles south of Jenner; 10 miles north of Bodega Bay; and only 5 minutes south of the Russian River Bridge.
As you drive down the winding road and rock formations towards the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, near the mouth of the Russian River, you know that you have arrived at a special place. Our house is one of a small handful of homes that are grandfathered in the State Park and blessed by the park’s sweeping panorama of the Pacific Ocean and status as a natural reserve.
The 3-bedroom house fronts a small road on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. As you enter the driveway, you will be struck by the sense of privacy offered by the Cypress and Pine trees that border the land. From the living room and kitchen windows, enjoy an exclusive front-row seat and 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. As you turn to the southern, western, and northern windows, you will be mesmerized by the park’s beauty, its peacefulness, and the signature of Goat Rock that endears visitors year round, the incredible panoramic views of the Pacific coastline.
With the Pacific Ocean and Russian River at its base, this house and its surroundings have something for everyone. Relish a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the deck, enjoy the tranquility offered by the ocean's panorama or revel in the activities offered by the park’s rugged trails, beaches, and river terrains. The house is within walking distance to two beaches directly below: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach as defined by the isthmus and the mouth of the Russian River.
We are less than an hour's drive to the award winning Pinot Noir vineyards of the Russian River back country, the new appellation of Fort Ross, and the town of Healdsburg. Whether you choose to do a little or a lot, you will find yourself coming back to Goat Rock.
This 1,000 square feet home has an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. The house can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. State-certified well water (very drinkable) is trucked to the house for storage and use.
All rooms are situated on a single level. There is a wrap-around deck that surrounds all four sides of the house with a nice short ramp provided for those guests who are walking-challenged or wheelchair-reliant. The house has tile flooring throughout and furnished with craftsman-style décor with a blend of modern. The kitchen is fully equipped, with commercial faucet and gas stove. New counter-height dining table and waterfall seats are ideally set up for staring at the ocean. The beds and pillows are covered by quality linens and allergen-proof liners. Gas BBQ and bar-height tables on the deck. 2-loads of firewood for use in the large, brick fireplace for times when the coast is foggy, cold, and windy.
Complimentary use of TWO tandem kayaks (value of $140 per day), each large enough to hold 2 people and a small dog. Enjoy bird-watching, canoeing, and fishing (upriver from Russian River Bridge). October begins the small Steelhead run; November begins the larger Steelhead run that would continue to April. From mid November through April begins the whale migration to the south.
Electronics: Free wireless internet, HD-TV with sound bar, DVD/CD/ blue-ray player, and iPod docking station. Free phone calls within the US by land line (except Alaska). Only Verizon cell works here.
WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES (INSIDE PARK)
The Goat Rock State Park is located more than a mile west of Highway 1, far from the glare of ambient lights, and separated from the small town of nearby Jenner by both the Russian River estuary and the Goat Hill peninsula. As a result, on a clear night, the house offers some of the darkest night skies and unbelievable opportunities for star gazing and night photography.
Besides its two beaches, the Goat Rock State Park offers many miles of walking trails, including the Kortum Trail and the western section of the Pomo Canyon Trail. These trails lead you to ocean vistas, wind-swept grasslands, wild life and faunas. The unique rock formations along the Kortum Trail near the park’s entrance are used by rock climbers for a wide variety of climbing challenges.
The Park has also earned the distinction as a wildlife refuge -- home to a variety of migrating birds and, between mid-February and August, a colony of quiet, state-protected harbor seals and their nurseries. During weekends, the small road in front of the house can be popular as visitors drive to the estuary. When the park closes at sunset, relish the privacy that only a state park preserve can provide. Turn off the lights, step onto the front deck and hear the roar of the ocean below. On a clear night, see the shimmers of a dark night sky stretch across the ocean’s horizon.
ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE PARK
Outside of the Park, you are 5-mins drive from the Willow Pass Trail; 15-mins drive from the start of the Pomo Canyon Trail; 20-mins drive from the trails at Bodega Head and also, to the newly constructed Bird Walk Trail in Bodega Bay; 35 mins from the start of the advanced bike ride up King Ridge Road, and 40-mins from the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve in Guerneville.
For the northern coast of California, expect unpredictable weather during certain times of the year (especially spring and summer), when the coast can have 30F degree drop in temperature within a day. On days like this, we recommend that guests explore inland, where temperatures can be 10 to 15F degrees warmer. The house is about 30-mins drive from zipline activities in a redwood valley of Forestville, delightful general stores of Valley Ford and Duncans Mills, gourmet deli in the Korbel Champagne House, famous breads of Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, and many fine restaurants in Jenner, Bodega Bay (1-Michelin star), and Guerneville.
About 30 mins drive lies the start of several award-winning Pinot Noir vineyards along River Road and Sonoma’s back roads. Add another 15 mins and you reach the lovely town of Healdsburg, from which to explore Alexander Valley. Sonoma County was named #1 of wine destinations in U.S. by Travelers' Choice award for 2012.
As owners, we strive to make our home a special place for our guests to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature. What sets us apart? Perhaps, it's making the extra effort and paying attention to the small things that make a difference to the enjoyment of a stay.
Unlike other coastal homes, this home sits on a 1-acre hillside bluff that provides a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - a vast horizon defined by unique rock formations. In addition, this 1,000 square foot, 3-bedroom house is also a private home that is grandfathered into a state park on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. It is one of a small handful of homes that are blessed by the park's status as a natural reserve. In the morning and at sunset when the park closes, you will understand the full benefit of this unique location. We hope you find peace, relaxation, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature as we have.
The house is situated on a bluff, flanked by two state beaches directly below, yet far enough to afford residents with privacy. You can walk or drive down the small road in front of the house to below the bluff: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach where the famous Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean. From the living room and kitchen windows, the house has a direct view of Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. From the home’s wraparound deck, you’ll enjoy the panoramic ocean view, plentiful wildlife, quiet days and gorgeous sunsets…and the use of a large, brick fireplace for times when the coast can be wild, cold, and windy.
Dave and Megan's home in Goat Rock is spectacularly situated on a small road just above the oceanfront along a stretch of gorgeous Sonoma coastline. The spacious, open kitchen was well-stocked with the basics and we enjoyed cooking and dining there. The hosts were responsive, helpful and friendly. They provided ample information about the local attractions and helped us get to know the area during our stay. We are very grateful for our time at Goat Rock, which in sunny weather is a truly amazing place to stay.
After you enter Goat Rock State Park and head downhill, there is a view that you'll never forget; and, if you're able to stay at Megan and Dave's home, it's a view that you can enjoy from the front deck, the front room, the dining room, and the kitchen! There is a road in front of their house that leads to the beach, but cars do not hinder your view nor are they disruptive. We found that those who make use of the park/beach are very respectful of the beauty of this area. We were truly in awe of our environment and enjoyed our few days at Megan and Dave's home. We really appreciated the information they provided before our stay so that we could plan our excursions ahead of time. You'll see that they are very organized, and their attention to detail is what sets them apart from other rentals in the area. They even made a point of calling us the first night of our stay to see if everything was ok and to call them if we had questions. Their kitchen is stocked with all of the equipment you'll need as well as bottled water, coffee, teas, a welcome gift bottle of wine or bubbly, and biscotti! The beds and pillows are comfortable, the house is warm, and there's plenty of reading material if you forget to bring yours! We had a wonderful time and hope we are able to stay there during our next visit to this beautiful area. [If you love baked goods, be sure to visit Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone! They're only open four days a week - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It is worth it to plan your stay around the days they're open! Their baked goods vary from day to day. I found out the hard way when those delicious jalapeño cheddar scones weren't available the next time we visited (two days later).] Thank you, Megan and Dave!!!
After a whirlwind and somewhat hectic touristy stay in San Francisco, it was nice to escape to the beauty of the rugged coastline. The state park is quite busy during the day, but it is easy to see why with all the trails, beaches to comb and of course the seals lounging along the Russian River entry to the ocean. We were never bothered by the traffic or the people - it was not crowded on the beaches or the trails because the park is quite extensive. We enjoyed using the fireplace to warm up the chilly nights and watching movies or playing games. (The blankets in the basket were a nice touch!) We saw surfers (brrr) who obviously ignored the many signs posted about it being a dangerous beach to swim. But they were fun to watch. We had deer come graze the hillside near the house every night. We saw a hang glider take off over the beach too. We were excited about the comfy lounge seating and the outdoor fire pit, but never used it as we wanted a front seat for the ocean and the sunset every night. Maybe if we stayed a whole week, we would have made time for that.
There are some local markets nearby which had freshly smoked salmon and fresh meat in general. Nice cheeses and seasonal fruits and veggies. But we got most of our groceries when we went further into town and stocked up at a bigger grocer. There are so many wineries to choose from. We took a day to drive in and took our chances at getting a tasting. If you go early enough, you won't have a problem (arrive 10:30 ish). The fancier places will require a scheduled time, but have great views and wine. We just scheduled a time and went back later. I must advise you have a designated driver as the roads are far too winding and it is a good 40 minute drive to most of them.
The kitchen is very well appointed, and any cook will be pleased. We took turns washing dishes each night and it was never really a chore as you get to stare at the ocean. The barbeque grill was used nightly, and the front table on the deck was our dinner spot as we watched the sun set.
Bedrooms are small, but you aren't in there much. The sheets and bedding are fabulously comfortable and the robes and slippers a nice touch. We were fine using the in bedroom electric heaters at night to take the chill off the air.
This is the perfect place to stay and relax, enjoy the scenery, watch the wildlife and enjoy time together.
This house is truly special. It sits right on the rocks above the ocean with 180 degree views of the coast. The house is well-appointed with all sorts of great finds. We used the gas grill every single night and ate dinner outdoors. We picked wild cherries from the tree across the street. You're about an hour from wine country. If it's too cool for you on the coast, drive 10 minutes down the road next to the Russian River. There's your warm weather. The point is, the house is perfectly situated.
Every day after our daily excursion as we drove down Goat Rock Road and our house came into view the same time as the stunning vista I looked at my wife said, "I can't believe this is home for a week." To make things better, Dave and Megan are terrific people.
We plan to come back every year henceforth. Stay at this house and you will probably feel the same. Don't miss out. Stay here and have a perfect vacation.
The cabin has the best view imaginable. It is well appointed, and Dave and Megan provide all the amenities you could ever need. We enjoyed barbeques there, as well as using the Napoleon fire pit at night. Be prepared that you will need to deal without a cell signal for days (but hard line phone calls are free). The wifi is a bit spotty at times, as well. But if you recognize that its remoteness is what makes it special, and if you're up there for quiet relaxation, you cannot possibly ask for a better place. We enjoyed the stay immensely. Highly recommended!
We came to Goat Rock Hill paradise after five days and nights living in the redwood forest. This oceanfront get-away is divine! A 180-degree unobstructed view of the Goat Rock park area made this home THE perfect escape destination for us. Our five days and nights at Goat Rock were perfection: astounding views, exotic nature, and romantic sunsets. We experienced the once in a lifetime Strawberry Full Moon and saw birds we'd never seen before including a peregrine falcon. This three bedroom home had everything we could want or need. In-doors, the tasteful decor, furniture, full-range of appliances, kitchen supplies, and linens were all top notch. We found the beds to be comfortable and cozy. Outdoors, the front and back decks provided a variety of ways to enjoy nature in a relaxed manner. We loved having the beach chairs and binoculars. From easy beach access to hiking trails of all sorts, this venue offered more than we could imagine. Local convenience market, restaurants, gift shops were all available as needed. We particularly liked the "C" Market. The Fort Ross Winery, within a short, spectacular drive, should not be missed...their wines are impressive! Special thanks to Dave and Megan for providing such a refined and comfortable home away from home. We are grateful for all their guidance and recommendations...AND for the delicious champagne! We look forward to returning to Goat Rock!
My husband and I have stayed in many vacation homes and this home is lovely. The kitchen was like going into a private (non rental), everything was in order and matched beautifully, as well with being stocked with basic staples. Oh, and let me not forget the tasty cookies and bottle of chilled champagne left for us.
The bed linens were a dream, very comfy, as were the bathrobes (I didn't use the slippers).
We were with our son and his family, six of us plus our infant grandson and were concerned having only one bathroom but we made it work without a problem. Dave and Megan also provided a portable crib!
One of our days was rainy so we enjoyed our time watching a movie on the big comfy sofa along with a fire. The large windows looking out over the Pacific are great, thanks for providing the binoculars!
We enjoyed the many beaches, combing for shells, sea glass and driftwood.
I emailed back and forth with Megan prior to our arrival, she was able to answer all questions and I'm sure she goes out of her way to help all of their visitors.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
The house is located inside a beach park, which has its own list of attractions. If you do venture outside of the park, there are several riverside and coastal towns that are worth visiting: Jenner (4 miles), Duncans Mills (7 miles), Bodega Bay (10 miles south), Guerneville (15 miles), Occidental (17 miles), and Sebastopol (26 miles). Because you are close to green pastures and wine country, there are several quality restaurants that serve grass-fed beef and fresh organic produce. For those who like bird-watching, walk along the estuary in Goat Rock or drive along the marina shoreline of Bodega Bay to spot a variety of seabirds. The closest large town is Guerneville, where you will find the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve and a 24-hour supermarket. From there, head east on Route 116 and onto River Road, where you take in the scenic drives and stops of some of the Sonoma’s back wine country....
Sonoma County was named the #1 wine destination in the U.S. Travelers' Choice for 2012. Many of California’s finest wineries are less than an hour's drive.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$20 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Security deposit ($200) is fully refundable after stay via VRBO payment system.
** Rental rate remains unchanged for occupancy up to 6 people. No additional charge.
** Weekend rate ($360 per night) applies to days close to or on the date of a national holiday.