Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from Bodega Bay!

It's been a beautiful holiday season here in Bodega Bay. For the most part, the weather has been warm and sunny with little wind. I recently took some photos of the Christmas lights around town but many turned out too blurry to post. The following are still pretty soft but I thought Bodega Bay fans might enjoy seeing some of the local shots.

The Tides went all out again with thousands of lights streaming through rows of trees on both sides of Hwy. 1. The shot above is looking towards the Inn and their Bay View Restaurant on the upper side of the highway. The image below is looking toward their large Tides restaurant complex on the lower side. The shots don't do it justice, their display is really spectacular.

Diekmann's Bay Store, 1275 Highway 1.

The Boat House restaurant, 1445 Hwy. 1. Some say they make the best fish & chips in town.

Second Wind kite and candy shop, 1805 Hwy. 1. My daughter loves the handmade chocolates they carry.

Blurry shot of the Bodega Bay RV Park, 2001 Hwy. 1. I'm sorry the photo is so soft. Their Christmas lights were a cheerful sight on the dark outskirts of town.

This one gets my vote for best-decorated home in Bodega Bay.

I was disappointed that I couldn't find a single boat with Christmas lights in either of the marinas. I know I've seen them lit up in previous years. Maybe they took them down early?

I noticed in today's Press Democrat, they recommended a trip to Bodega Bay as a New Year's Eve suggestion: A low-budget New Year's Eve could start with a drive to Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay for clam chowder and fresh crab. Walk onto the dock among fishermen and boats to experience the salty air and saltier talk that is tradition for some.

Spud Point Crab Co. sells chowder and cooked crab that you may eat there on picnic tables or take home. Live crab can be had elsewhere, like on the fishing boat Robert Croll.

Carol Anello, co-owner of Spud Point Crab, said her doors open at 9 a.m. and close around 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Over the holidays, people have swarmed the place to take in food and atmosphere, she said. “It's a real experience in the morning when the fishermen are out drinking their coffee with their dogs and shooting the bull,” said Anello, whose son and husband are often among them. “Sometimes it gets heated.”

She said the crab isn't as big as previous years but it's just as tasty. Plan on spending no more than about $10 per crab. “We cook them right here and serve clam chowder while you're waiting,” she said.

To read the entire article, click here.


Kathryn/ said...

Happy New Year, Kathlene! So happy you followed your heart out to Bodega Bay! It brings out the best in you and we all benefit! Love, Kathryn xoxoo

Cherrie said...

Thanks for the pictures, I would love to be there in person to see the lights. But since I can't this is the next best thing!
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see you're back. I love Bodega Bay and hxve missed your posts.

Lou said...

This looks great!! Thanks for the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Kathlene! SO glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the beautiful holiday photos of a really special place. Just outstanding!


Trish Carrigan said...

I agree, Bodega Bay is a magical place any time of the year. I too spent New Year's Day here... Wonderful photos!!!

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