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About Sea Ranch Lodge

Sea Ranch Lodge is situated on approximately 52 acres overlooking the scenic coast of Sonoma County. The lodge has 19 ocean-view guest rooms and a main building with a restaurant and bar, gift shop, art gallery and post office. Close to the Bay Area, Sea Ranch Lodge is about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco, just over 3 hours west of Sacramento and 1.5 hours south of Mendocino. 

Part of the northern California travel experience is the drive itself, which follows the wild and scenic coastline for about 30 miles north of Jenner and 55 miles south of Mendocino. The journey forces a shift back to the nature and the environment, far away from the urban setting, from concrete high-rises, taxis, buses, crowds, and daily pressures and stresses. Here, nature re-stakes her claim on minds and bodies, and conference calls and cell phones are put on hold.

About The Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch Lodge is located in The Sea Ranch, renowned as a model of environmentally sensitive development. The Sea Ranch was conceived so current residents, like the Pomo Indians before them, could “live lightly on the land.” Envisioning a community that would preserve the area’s natural beauty, architect and planner Al Boeke assembled a talented team of designers and architects: Joseph Esherick; and Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Jr., Richard Whitaker (MLTW); and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who created the master plan for The Sea Ranch. The development was created from 1964 – 1972, when several hundred homes, the lodge, restaurant, small business center, airport and fire station were built. 

Noted for its distinctive architecture, The Sea Ranch community features residential design that blends in with and becomes part of the natural landscape. Buildings were sited to preserve the ocean views, scenery, indigenous landscaping and open space. What is now known as the “Sea Ranch style” features informal, simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles, a vertical form inspired by farm buildings, natural light, and other characteristics mindful of the environment. This architectural design approach, based on a desire to integrate what is man-made into the natural surroundings, has been widely recognized, acclaimed and imitated over the years.

Today the 3,500-acre community extends about 10 miles along the coastline, offering preserved open space, numerous hiking trails, and the Sea Ranch Golf Links, a Scottish-style course designed by Robert Muir Graves.

The Sea Ranch Lodge is located about eight miles south of the town of Gualala. Mendocino (an historic whaling village on the northern California coast), Sonoma County Wine Country and California's 5th largest metropolitan area Santa Rosa are easy day trips from Sea Ranch Lodge.

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