Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Area Information - Gualala and Sea Ranch

Area Information - Gualala and Sea Ranch

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
Area Information - Then and Now

Area Information - Then and Now

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. We have 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.
Attractions

Attractions

Opportunities abound for adventure, exploring, discovery, making memories.
Beaches - Access and Highlights

Beaches - Access and Highlights

SONOMA COUNTY-SEA RANCH AREA Most are public access requiring day use fees Black Point Beach (mile marker 50.85): Trail .3 miles Pebble Beach (52.29): Trail .3 miles The Hot Spot (Sea Ranch Guests Only): This tucked away haven is located right on the south fork of the Gualala River and boasts a wide rocky beach, picnic areas, ample parking and portable restrooms. A pretty place surrounded by trees and much calmer than the ocean beaches, the wind doesn`t blow as hard, but the sun is just as present - and so is the wildlife! Take Annapolis Rd east to Timber Ridge Rd, turn left, then turn right onto River Beach Rd and continue until you see the signs for The Hot Spot. Take your lunch, a blanket, and enjoy! Closed in winter. CARS WITHOUT SEA RANCH PASS WILL BE TICKETED. Stengel Beach : Just north of the White Barn, the stables, and the Olson Recreation Center. Shell Beach (55.24): Trail .6 miles Walk-On Beach : Just north of mile marker 56.08 Gualala Point Regional Park (58.19): South side of the Gualala River bridge. Visitor`s center (west side of the highway) has displays, maps, information counter. Wonderful long, sandy beach that stretches into the Gualala River as well as many trails along the bluffs and meadows above. River and ocean beaches here. Please note: The above beaches are Sonoma County Regional Park beaches and require a small fee. Gates are open from sunup to sundown. The beaches on the Sea Ranch (Walk-On, Shell, Stengel, Pebble, and Black Point) are open to the public, however, wandering off the trails is prohibited. MENDOCINO COUNTY-GUALALA AREA AND NORTH *Most have no restroom facilities* COOK`S BEACH (mile marker 3.14): on County Road 526. A trail and steps to lovely wild beach which changes from sandy to rocky depending on storms and tides. Anchor Bay Beach (4.64): Did you know it`s really called Fish Rock Gulch Beach? An excellent walking beach here - access for a small fee. Schooner Gulch and Bowling Beach (11.41): Find the "PARK FACING SOUTH" sign. Parking is on the north side of the concrete bridge. There are two trails here: one down through the gulch, and the other beginning a few feet up the highway, crossing the bluff, and descending onto a section of the beach just south of Bowling Ball Beach (a phenomenon not to be missed)! Mote Creek (12.88): Just north of Bowling Ball Beach with easy access to the same beach - a tide pooler`s dream. Point Arena Pier (near 14.85): turn west onto Iverson Avenue at the bottom of the hill in Point Arena. This 100 year old wharf replaced in 1990 now provides public fishing facilities (no fishing license required to fish off the pier). A popular spot for local surfers and some exploring. There is also a lot of parking, and eateries. Manchester State Beach (21.48): Drive a mile or so past the KOA to the parking area and walk across the dunes to the beach. This is the closes point to Hawaii in North America! And the site of AT&T`s Hawaii One telephone cable. The five mile stretch of sandy beach is excellent for beachcombing, bird-watching, kite-flying, and surf-fishing. The Garcia River provides salmon and steelhead fishing during the winter.
Restaurants

Restaurants

Experience our wide variety of unique food experiences. From deli sandwiches to hand-rolled sushi, and spanning cuisines from several countries and traditions.