Sea Ranch Serenity

 

New Year’s Eve used to be a big deal for us. We’d don our finest sequined attire, stock up on champagne, and venture into the city. It was a blast. But, as we’ve gotten a little older (not that we’re old) traditional NYE celebrations have lost some of their appeal.

So, this year we wanted to do things a little differently. After a trip to St. Croix fell through (ugh I’m still bummed about it), I ended up booking a last-minute trip up the coast.

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We’d driven through Sea Ranch on our way up to our favorite camping spot a few times and had always marveled at its beauty. The coastline is stunning, and the homes that dot the cliffsides are pretty cool, too. So we were excited to check it out.

We stayed at The Sea Ranch Lodge, which is dripping with charm and boasts a rugged, mid-century modern vibe. The rooms were recently renovated, and the views are stunning. Our weekend was lazy, serene, and exactly what we needed. We may or may not have eaten pizza on the floor by the fireplace before passing out around 9 pm. I regret nothing.

Here are my some of my favorite shots from the weekend.

 Our room was perfect. Clean and simple with a cozy fireplace and a gorgeous view.

Our room was perfect. Clean and simple with a cozy fireplace and a gorgeous view.

 The perfect spot for reading a great book or contemplating the meaning of life over a glass of wine.

The perfect spot for reading a great book or contemplating the meaning of life over a glass of wine.

 There's a lovely old barn on the property. Perfect for a wedding, if you ask me.

There's a lovely old barn on the property. Perfect for a wedding, if you ask me.

 Morning walk just outside Sea Ranch Lodge. 

Morning walk just outside Sea Ranch Lodge. 

 Totally unfiltered. This is just how it looks!

Totally unfiltered. This is just how it looks!

 That water though.

That water though.

 Even the stairway to the beach is gorgeous.

Even the stairway to the beach is gorgeous.

 Brian jumped into the water. I'm told it was cold.

Brian jumped into the water. I'm told it was cold.

 Insert heart eye emoji here.

Insert heart eye emoji here.

 We even spotted a whale. She was too fast for us, so no picture :(

We even spotted a whale. She was too fast for us, so no picture :(

 One more. Because that water is bananas. 

One more. Because that water is bananas. 

 Obligatory hike selfie!

Obligatory hike selfie!

We found that when at Sea Ranch, all you really need are layers of clothing, hiking shoes, sunglasses, a great book, and a reservation at the grill (because it fills up quickly). But, if you’re looking to venture out a bit more, I’d suggest checking out nearby Gualala (Upper Crust Pizza is delicious), exploring Bodega Bay, or stopping by Timber Cove for a drink at their super swanky bar.

If you want to learn more about how Sea Ranch came to be, check out this article in the NY Times! I love that this community was the brainchild of idealistic hippies.