When my friend suggested a trip to the Sea Ranch, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I soon discovered it to be nothing like I had ever imagined. It proved to be one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been.
Located 100 miles north of San Francisco, the treacherous drive to the Sea Ranch takes about five hours from Chico. However, it’s said to be one of the most picturesque, drives in the world.
The Sea Ranch started in the late 60′s and early 70′s and was established as an Eco-friendly community with hopes of preserving the area’s natural beauty, while blending architecture and nature. Current residents of the Sea Ranch strive to live like the early inhabits, the Pomo Indians who believed in “living lightly on the land.”
My boyfriend and I rented a home called The Wave for the weekend, its curved roof and unique design is meant to resemble an ocean wave crashing onto the shore. There are many other unique homes in the area. Such as the fantasy inspired, Hobbit House located in the redwood forest.
Tons of wildlife roam the area. In the morning, we were woken up by a noisy flock of sheep grazing right outside the window. I couldn’t help but to think to myself, “I’m definitely not in Chico anymore.” The Sea Ranch feels like a land that no one else knows about. There is nothing around for miles, ensuring a relaxed weekend. Lucky for us, the weather was incredible during our visit; we spent the days wandering the beach, exploring the trails and scenic views.
We even discovered a local winery called the Annapolis winery, where we were able to enjoy a complimentary tasting, courtesy of the owner.
In the evenings, we made dinner, watched movies and enjoyed the sunset and ocean view from the comfort of the Jacuzzi. When it finally came time for us to go, my heart sank. I wished I could have stayed longer, but I have a feeling I’ll be back…
If you’re looking to get away, relax and unwind, the Sea Ranch is the perfect place for a sweet escape.