Chris Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2014
Distance: 483 miles one-way.
From birth in 1965, Sea Ranch, 110
miles north of San Francisco near Gualala, has been a utopian
experiment: top-drawer architects building low-key homes -- and a
20-room lodge -- in harmony with a stretch of rugged Northern
California coast. Fences, lawns and ostentation are basically
banned (although the chapel, pictured, is pretty wild), allowing
the landscape to prevail. Hike, bike, ride a horse, play the
resort's links-style golf course or kayak.
Info: Rooms at the 20-unit Sea Ranch Lodge run $169 to $395 nightly ( 732-7262,
Six agencies handle rental houses, at rates of about $170 to $715
nightly (taxes and cleaning fees included, two-night minimum): Rams
Head Realty & Rentals, (800) 785-3455; Coasting Home, (800)
773-8648; Ocean View Properties, (707) 884-3538; Sea Ranch Escape
Vacation Home Rentals, (888) 732-7262; Sea Ranch Vacation Rentals,
(800) 643-8899; and Beach Rentals, (707) 884-4235.
-- Christopher Reynolds