In the Area

Doran BeachParadise has everything.

Beach walks, and other outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing and more abound in the area. Sandy beaches at Doran and Salmon Creek Beach are just 15 minutes away. Take a leisurely walk at the Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail at Doran and watch snowy egrets and other seabirds as you explore the trails of the seaside lagoons. From the seaside cliffs at Bodega Head, in winter and spring, you can see gray whales passing through on their way north and south between Alaska and Baja, California—without using binoculars.

RedwoodsIMGRedwoods are all around. Visit the Grove of the Old Trees, an old-growth redwood forest nearby.

Sonoma County's world-famous wineries offer wine tastings and some have summer concerts and wine cave tours. If champagne is more your taste, be sure to take the tour at Korbel, a half-hour from Joy Hill.

In nearby Freestone, schedule a massage and a cedar enzyme bath at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and be sure to have a wood-fire baked scone, specialty bread or infamous "sticky bun" at Wildflour Bakery. Grocery stores are in Bodega and Occidental, 10 minutes away.

zzdata-cities_towns_Occidental_Howards_Sonoma_County_0030Howard's Cafe in Occidental is a must for breakfast or lunch — they even have gluten-free Belgian-style waffles! Seafood restaurants with ocean views are great for dinner.

Like to take a hot air balloon ride over scenic vineyard country or have a beach horseback ride? Our guest book is filled with great information: restaurants, kayak, canoe, and bicycle rentals, winery maps and wine-tasting discount cards.

Nearby Towns and Cities

Bodega - 5 minutes
Freestone - 10 minutes
Occidental - 10 minutes
Bodega Bay - 15 minutes
Sebastopol – 25 minutes
Tomales Bay - 20 minutes
Jenner - 30 minutes
Pt. Reyes Station - 40 minutes
Santa Rosa - 35 minutes
Duncans Mills - 40 minutes
Guerneville - 45 minutes
Healdsburg - 45 minutes
Petaluma - 45 minutes
San Rafael - 60 minutes
San Francisco – 90 minutes
Berkeley/Oakland – 90 minutes
Sacramento – 2 hours

Getting Around

You will need a car here. Cyclists, you're on a popular route that leads to the coast.