did you know that Alfred Hitchcock filmed some of the movie the Birds in Jenner and the crows were flown in by helicopters? Tippi Hedrin, the leading lady star of the movie visits Bodega Bay at least once a year and she is a pet lover and animal activist. She founded the Shambala Preserve in Acton, Calif for wild cats and is open to the public one weekend a month. There are more than 177 types of birds in the area including Osprey and numerous places to bird watch including trails. Dogs are not allowed on most trails.
Film locations of the movie The Birds in Bodega Bay include Bay Hill Road, Potter School House, six miles south of Bodega behind St. Theresa’s Church, Taylor Street, Tides Wharf restaurant and boat dock, and Brenner House at the end of the film.
The Jenner Inn where we stayed is a very quaint, romantic and historic location… The rooms at the Jenner Inn are named for the Jenner men, Captain Will, Charles, Elijah (one of them was a writer) and other rooms are named for birds and a madame.
the six pet rooms (there are 21 rooms total) all have porches and several offer easy access to a big meadow where dogs can explore, run around and sniff… the meadow has a creek and meditation spots. the pet friendly rooms include the Tree House, Fanny Jewell, Lookout and Hideaway, two bedroom rental homes with private hot tubs, fireplaces and satellite TV, Captain Will’s and the Mill Cottage. There is a pet fee of $35 per dog and pet amenities include treats and waste bags.
we stayed at the Captain Will’s suite, a cottage with kitchen and living room and bedroom, fireplace and its own porch with a lovely view of the river… there is TV and internet access, lovely antiques, and a loft with ladder for kids. there also is a computer in the parlor in the main house…
down the Highway, a few miles is Goat Rock beach, part of which, 2-1/2 miles, is supposed to be dog friendly but we could not access it (blind beach) because of the BIG HUGE ROCKS plus there was a sign that said that it was one of the most dangerous beaches, daunting, the other part of the beach is not open to dogs because of the seals who are having seal pups right now. Jenner’s visitor center is open two days a week and is run by volunteers of an environmental group.
Afternoon tea offers delightful scones and coffee and tea. A vegetarian breakfast is served at the restaurant in the morning with scrambled eggs, scones or muffins, tea, coffee, and fruits.
Weddings, retreats, and workshops happen at the Inn and returning guests. One couple stayed at the Inn on their honeymoon.
There is a gas station and market next door to the Jenner Inn, a cafe across the street as well as a dog friendly shop with crystals, fun educational games/toys for kids and crystals, sea shells and other gifts plus hand lotions and massage oils. The owner, Joel Martin, has also been in the area for 30 years.
Pooch friendly restaurants in Bodega include The Boat House, with the yummiest fish and chips ever, Road House Coffee, Brisas Del Mar, Spud Point Crab Co., Lucas Wharf, Island Deli, The Dog House, and Captain Daveys…
a few miles away from Jenner is the town of Duncan Mills which offers a bunch of dog friendly stores and a wine and cheese shop (tastings cost money and the people although they allow dogs did not give treats nor seem particularly human friendly)… some fun shops included Jim and Willies (with a cute dog named Willie), Pig Alley, Weavers and Dreamers (with very lifelike stuffed dogs, even a Dalmatian, so cute and most importantly, treats for dogs), Studio Nouveau (scrumptious chocolate), Horse and Butterfly tea shop, Worldly Goods (on site dog sometimes there), some antique stores, and more.
And a few more miles down the road is the town of Monte Rio which has a dog beach, and two guys that spin dog and other hair into yarns and make hats and other items for sale.