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In The Area: Seasonal

In addition to its year-round appeal, The Sea Ranch has special pleasures that vary by season.

Wildflower ViewingWildflower Viewing

April – July
     
Every year wildflowers throw a burst of color onto our seascape canvas, where flowers appear as delicate jewels among native grasses for us to enjoy. The Sea Ranch Lodge offers a self-guided wildflower tour, which begins at Black Point Beach and meanders over our Sonoma coastal bluffs back to the Lodge. Take a map and follow the wildflower signs and numbered posts, where flowers bloom from April through summer. The list gives the common name, scientific name and peak blooming period for each species.

Whale WatchingWhale Watching

March - April and November - December  
     
Migrating whales are one of the most inspiring sights at The Sea Ranch. From the ocean-view dining room, whales are often seen at breakfast time, either going south to Mexico or returning with calves in the spring. Look for spouts anywhere from two miles off shore (still clearly visible) to right off the rocks at Bihler Point, just outside the lodge. Grays and Humpbacks are the primary species, with occasional Blue Whales as well. Occasionally we are treated to a pod of playful Orcas, known to breach high into the air and splash down in a raw display of power and majesty.

Winter Storm Watching

Winter Storm Watching

November – March

There is nothing as awe-inspiring as watching powerful winter storms roll in across the Pacific Ocean. It’s also very romantic, as you savor the moment with your partner over a glass of wine in the cozy comfort of your guest room or our ocean-view dining room. The winter season offers some of the very best of the Sonoma Coast – spectacular storms, brilliant sunsets, whales, trails and miles of seascape. The day after a rainstorm, the air is crystal clear and clean, surf pounds the rocks and huge swells crash ashore from the west. This off-peak period, when attractive seasonal rates apply, provides exceptional value for a delightful winter getaway.

Kayaking

Kayaking

Spring, Summer & Fall

Adventure Rents in Gualala offers seasonal kayaking on the beautiful Gualala River and estuary, just eight miles north of the lodge. The Gualala River is backed by thousands of acres of private forest. Its watershed supports an abundance of wildlife, including osprey, river otter and numerous waterfowl. This is perfect setting for safe, self-guided paddling, past redwood forests, salt marshes and sandy beaches.

Kayak Photo: Adventure Rents