Springtime in northern California is beautiful. Hubby and I headed to Bodega Bay for some sunshine and fresh seafood. Bodega Bay is famous for the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds and I have written about my Alfred Hitchcock themed Pinup photoshoot we did that you can read about here – Bodega Bay Bombshell
From world-class wineries to Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Brown, the Northern California towns of Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, Healdsburg, and Petaluma are like no other, each with their own personality and character. Below are my top 5 Best Instagramable spots of Sonoma County Calfornia and some travel tips and hot spots too.
15 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles from San Francisco is the quaint town of Sebastopol. You will find several antique shops, art galleries, artisan restaurants and bakeries in Sebastopol. Tourists flock to this little gem of a town and the atmosphere is very laid back and unpretentious. Locals that live in Sebastopol know they are blessed and are as friendly as can be. Florence Avenue is a cute section with cottages and lots of neat sculptures that decorate the yards known as junk art and I will do a post about that soon. But I want to share these two super cute blue walls located at the intersection of Bodega Ave. and Edman Way. The wall with the bees and the wall with the colorful pipes are Instagram perfect!! Shops and restaurants are very close by and there are those fabulous junk art sculptures all over making for even more Instagram pic goodness.
Sebastopol also has the campus of a tech and learning company O’Reilly Media that has gardens and grounds open to the community. You can drive up and take a lovely nature walk and snap Instragramable pics on your adventure. There is a new trendy section in Sebastopol called The Barlow and there are some cool metal corrugated walls, lots of artisan restaurants, shops, and communal areas that make for great Instagramable pics. Have your breakfast, lunch or dinner while you explore. Also the super neat old Purina factory and feed store is across the street and has some a mural and lots of country charm that would be great for Instagram pics.
We are so fortunate to live in beautiful California where we are not having to deal with horrible winter temperatures and weather. It was a lovely weekend and we had a spectacular outing in Bodega Bay. I got to wear my new Ada dress from Lady Voluptuous in Teal Rose. We found a lovely picnic spot by the bay for some photos and a marina.
Driving through town we stopped at Patrick’s Salt Water Taffy for some goodies and I love the pink color of the building… perfect for a sea side treat shop!! We had lunch at a lovely spot overlooking the water and look who I found outside – Charlie Brown and I just had to stop and pose with him. My dress was so comfy all day and I love the fact that it does not wrinkle. I added a cardigan and cute purse from Lola Von Rose.
Bodega Bay is where the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds was filmed and I have posted before pics of the school house and church, you can read about it here and see some neat pics – Bodega Bay Bombshell – Hitchcock Heroine Style. The hubby and I had a wonderful day out at Bodgea Bay!! All pics by my hubby Gary
On this lovely Saturday afternoon my hubby and I had planned to drive out to Bodega Bay for a Hitchcock Bombshell photo shoot. Bodega Bay is where the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds was filmed in 1961 and on the particular street we were doing the photo shoot is The Potter School that was featured in the film where the screaming school children were running for their lives from the crows who were ready to peck them to death and right next to the school is St. Theresa’s church that is also in the Hitchcock film. Pulling up to The Potter School and St. Theresa’s Church there is just enough Hitchcock horror nostalgia in the air and our 1956 Nash Metropolitan is the perfect accessory.
Wardrobe for this photo shoot had to be on point with just enough Hitchcock heroine glamour without going over the top as I wanted to portray ‘a-day-in-the-life’ back in yesteryear. Since the location for the photo shoot was all about The Birds, I searched high and low to find the perfect bird top to pair with a simple 1950s circle skirt and did so with this creamy white sweater covered in black crows from the Pinup Rockabilly shop in Germany Go Insane.
I paired the outfit with a red petticoat, red belt, red shoes and red hair scarf for added pop. Our Nash Metropolitan added just the right amount of pizzazz and was more than likely a car that would have been seen around the town of Bodega Bay back when filming the movie was taking place. A big thank you to my husband Gary for taking all the pictures and for being my partner when it comes to doing photo shoots…. we have so much fun together!! In these pictures The Potter School is in the background and still looks so much like it did when the movie was being filmed. St. Theresa’s Church too looks just like it did in the movie and it was such a great experience getting to do this photo shoot with these cinematic treasures.
It was such a fun photo shoot we got to do today and driving our 1956 Nash Metropolitan was such a blast. We also had an amazing time meeting so many people as the location attracts so many folks and it was a lot of fun taking pictures with so many of them and having them pose along with me and the Nash Metro.
All photos by: Gary Greco
It was a gorgeous day out here in Sonoma County and we decided after being here for the past 4 months it was about time to take a drive and see the beach seeing as we are now living in California. We headed towards Bodega Bay and that turns onto CA 1 the coastal route with our Bichon Frise Luna. Drive was nice, lots of country, vineyards, and apple orchards. We drive through a little town that has a casino, some restaurants, a market and a couple antique shops. My husband promises on our way to stop at a antique shop for me. Eventually we get to Bodega Bay and there isn’t all that much to see as it is a bay but there are lots of camp grounds, beach town houses and Inns along with a couple beachy looking restaurants. We keep driving and now we are on CA 1 the ocean is there for miles and miles! The roads were rather windy so after a while we decide to head back towards town and we do end up stopping at the Wooden Duck Antique Shop and there are a few women in the shop asking the friendly lady behind the counter what the building across the street is and she says that it is Potter School House and was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s move “The Birds”. WOW! The lady also talked a little about how the movie shot scenes down in the town at The Tides Restaurant where Tippi Hedren was first bit by a seagull and legend has it that Hitchcock declared the town’s birds menacing.
So, back to the Wooden Duck Antique Shop. This shop is small, only the downstairs portion is the shop but it is full of quality antiques and collectibles. Lots of fine sterling silver, porcelains, dishes, and quilts. Everything is very expensive but, it is quality. I did not buy anything and the lighting was very dark inside so pictures didn’t turn out well but the lady running the shop was super nice and friendly an dI will certainly stop in again on the way to the beach.
The Wooden Duck Antique Shop 132 Bodega Lane Bodega, CA 94922