Reservation Roads and Restaurant Reflections: Bodega Bay Lodge & Duck Club Restaurant

A few weeks ago, Craig and I took a 2-day “mini vacation” up to Bodega Bay. It was our anniversary and a mini vacation was just what we needed to celebrate. We drove up Highway 101 through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge, continuing on till Highway 12. Off of Highway 12, we stopped in Occidental. It’s a small, very quaint town and we enjoyed the scenery and the old-fashioned look of the place. We had a wonderful lunch at Negri’s and then continued on our way to the hotel.

The Bodega Bay Lodge is right on the coast, with a stunning views of the bay and the Pacific Ocean. Craig and I had a lovely room overlooking the water. The room had vaulted ceilings, a large bathroom, a bar and (best of all!) a fireplace! It was really wonderful and … romantic 🙂

The people at reception had asked us what the occasion was and we told them our anniversary. Well, kindly enough, they sent us a bottle of champagne to celebrate, courtesy of the hotel. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever had that happen!

We had reservations for dinner at the restaurant at the hotel, the Duck Club. It’s a small restaurant with views of Bodega Bay. I believe it’s part of the Duck Club group of restaurants, s I know that there’s a Duck Club in Palo Alto at the The Stanford Park Hotel. The service was really nice, very prompt and polite. Unfortunately, Craig wasn’t feeling very well and we left fairly quickly. So, no dessert to talk about 😦 The entrees we did have, though, were so great. I had a seasonal specialty, dungeness crab pot pie, and Craig had a salmon dish. Both were delicious and prepared very well.

The next morning we did something that I love most: room service breakfast! The service was fast and the food and coffee were hot. Delicious!

We loved the hotel and will probably go there again. They have a spa there and I’d like to try that out sometime. The rooms are a little old and could use a some work. Our bathroom, for example, had a hole in the wall near the tub. It was a huge bathroom, though, so the hole was miniscule in relation to the whole effect. The bed was comfortable and we had numerous cable channels.


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