Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast
About 65 miles north of San Francisco is Bodega Bay, a sleepy little fishing village along the spectacular Sonoma Coast. A perfect getaway for weekend travelers, the area is ideal for whale watching December through April and offers surfing, fishing and hiking year-round.
Film shots from "The Birds": Potter School House, Pacific Tides Restaurant & Bodega Harbor
Of course, you can’t mention Bodega Bay, without talking about “The Birds”, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller that made the tiny hamlet famous. Hitchcock chose Bodega Bay and the tiny town of Bodega a few miles inland for its secluded location, foggy weather and sweeping views. Many of the filming sites such as the Potter School House, where sinister birds perched the jungle gym waiting to attack terrified school kids, are now privately owned, but you can still walk by and take pictures.
"The Birds" actress, Tippi Hedren
The actress who starred in “The Birds”, Tippi Hedren, returns occasionally to Bodega Bay. In fact, she’ll be at The Tides Wharf Restaurant in Bodega Bay on September 4 and 5, 2010 to meet devoted fans and sign autographs. The Tides Restaurant, you’ll recall, was used in the movie for the café, gas station and dock scenes. It’s been reconstructed and remodeled several times over the years (the original structure burned down) and doesn’t much resemble the film version, but it still attracts crowds curious to relive a piece of movie-making history.
Whether you’re a movie buff or someone looking for a romantic getaway, Bodega Bay is a unique vacation destination that offers melting sunsets, soft sand beaches, rugged cliffs and a town that is picturesque and inviting.
(Avid “Birds” fans might find these flighty wall coverings of interest at Atticmag.)
More Information: Bodega Bay - Visitors Center
850 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
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