Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1 North: Jenner, Timber Cove Inn

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Timber Cove Inn  21780 Hwy. 1, 14 mi. N of town, (800) 987-8319, (707) 847-3231.  49 rooms; $-$$$+.  Unsuitable for children.  Some gas fireplaces.  Fitness room.  Restaurant.  Pets ok.  Perched on a rocky seaside cliff, this inn offers rooms with magnificent ocean views and some with sunken tubs and private in-room hot tubs.  All have a balcony or patio.  Room 405 is a corner junior suite with a great view and deck and a remote- activated gas fireplace.  Opened in 1963, the inn's design was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and features a dramatic Japanese-modern style.  The lobby has an inviting large seating area with high ceilings and a corner bar.  The property is the home of world-renowned artist Beniamino Bufano's 93-foot-tall obelisk "The Expanding Universe," which was donated by a previous owner to the state along with a 60-foot-diameter plot of land around it to protect it.  Now named Bufano Peace Statue Monument, it is the second-smallest California State Park.  A further claim to fame is that photographer Ansel Adams took the photos for the lodging’s original brochure, which is on display in the lobby.  Facilities include a fitness room built into solid rock with an ocean view from the treadmills, a croquet court, and a hiking path that runs throughout the property. 
    In Alexander’s restaurant everyone gets a view, and a central gas fireplace warms things up.  The kitchen makes use of local ingredients, and Sonoma County wines are featured on the extensive wine list.  Lunch and weekend brunch are particularly good times to enjoy the ocean view and perhaps a grilled salmon sandwich or a made-to-order omelette. 


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