Our area encompasses Sea Ranch, Gualala and Anchor Bay. These miles of coastline are bordered by giant Redwoods and divided by the Gualala river, with fascinating beaches all along the way.
The town of Gualala (next door to Sea Ranch) hosts a variety of shops which should be able to outfit you for whatever you require, or forget. We have two markets, a video rental store, two gas stations (Union 76 and Chevron), two hardware stores, tackle and bait shops, and many specialty businesses. We also boast the acclaimed Gualala Art Center, restaurants and art galleries, a winery (in Annapolis), churches, several nearby easy beach access points, and proximity to the river and redwood forests and lovely coastal villages. Recreation choices include golf at the Sea Ranch Golf Links (call 707-785-2468 for tee times), kayak rentals, trails for hiking and walking, bird watching, PLUS ocean and river fishing, nearby horse-back riding, wildlife preserve including zebra and giraffes, and whale watching and wildflowers in season.
Living the "small town life" for the amount of time you are here can mean changing your mindset a little. Most places here close around 8 pm and novelty shops and smaller restaurants may close earlier. When it gets really stormy the power may go out and if it's a real whopper the power may be out for more than a day. In the case of emergencies, trust the crews and locals around you and have an alternate route home planned. Also, your rental agents will do their best to make sure you are comfortable and well cared for during your stay. Be sure to check for the latest road conditions before traveling during the stormy season: 1-800-427-7623.
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We have some bold, brazen coyotes living on The Sea Ranch. These new neighbors are very adaptable scavengers and will eat just about anything, from garbage and pet food, to feral cats, to deer. In urban areas — and safe areas like The Sea Ranch — where coyotes are not likely to be harmed, they can become very bold.
Do not EVER leave food out for wild animals. This draws them closer to humans. The behavior of coyotes changes if they are given access to human food and garbage. They lose caution and fear, and can threaten humans and pets. Report any aggressive or threatening coyote behavior to Sea Ranch Security, 785-2701.
You want to harass or scare the coyote so it fears you and leaves. You can do this by shouting or yelling at the coyote. Wave your arms and throw rocks at the coyote, if necessary. You can make loud noises by clapping your hands, blowing a whistle, knocking two boards together or by using a car horn, air horn or other noise-making device. I recommend that you at least carry a whistle with you when out walking. Please be cautious around any wild animals.
Gualala (locals say “wa-LA-la”) is a Native American word meaning “where the waters meet.” Indeed, the Gualala River marks the county line dividing Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The river estuary and mouth are the southern border of the Gualala town area. Gualala is a year-round working community of several hundred residents, and serves the retail needs of the surrounding areas, known as “Mendonoma.” To the south of us lie Fort Ross, Timber Cove, Salt Point, Stewarts Point, Annapolis and The Sea Ranch. North you will find Anchor Bay, Point Arena, Manchester, Irish Beach and Elk.
Already “settled” by the original coastal residents, the Pomo Indians, the redwood coast became a booming logging and fishing region in the late 1800′s. The local economy is now based primarily on tourism and visitor support services; building trades; various cottage industries; home-based enterprises utilizing telecommuting technologies; forestry-related jobs; and real estate. Local schools are the largest employer in Mendonoma.
There is an exciting art community, which is active with gallery openings, art shows, and a wide variety of cultural events.
Law enforcement is provided by the Mendocino and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Departments, and the California Highway Patrol. Fire protection is by local volunteer fire departments and the California Department of Forestry crew. The coast has 9-1-1 service.
Routine medical needs and emergency services are available through Redwood Coast Medical Service (RCMS) in Gualala. There is also an ambulance and paramedic crew for the coast. Emergency transport is often done by helicopter to a hospital in Santa Rosa.
The Four-Eyed Frog
Gualala Sport and Tackle
The Sea Trader
Frannies Cup and Saucer
Penny Royal Farm
Terra Savia Winery
Zina Hyde Winery
Philo Ridge Winery
Drew Family Cellars
Jim Ball Vineyards
Witching Stick Wines
Phillips Hill Winery
Al-Anon: Mondays 7-8pm, Action Network 707-785-1910
Physical Gym: 707-884-1555
New Hope Community Church, Point Arena
for location call: 707-785-2684
St. Paul’s Community United Methodist Church, Point Arena
Mendocino Coast Jewish Community, Caspar
for information call: 707-882-3885
Catholic, Elk, Point Arena, Gualala
Lutheran (ELCA), Gualala
Gualala Meditation, Gualala
Sunday Circles, Annapolis
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Point Arena
Gualala Baptist Church, Gualala
Light of the Coast Science of Mind Center, North Gualala
Knights Templars of Light
AOIOKTOL, PO BOx 572
Gualala CA 95445
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
for information call: 707-785-3174