Glamping in Bodega Bay

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What do you think of when you hear Bodega Bay? Most likely you think of seafood, ocean views, bay views, and a vast variety of birds. Bodega Bay was made famous by Albert Hitchcock “The Birds.” There is a lot more here then just birds.

We decided to be in the heart of this beautiful bay by staying at Chandler Guest Ranch.

Do you love to be close to nature but dislike the discomfort of camping? Then you will love glamping. It is exactly as it sounds : glamorous way of camping. With glamping there is no need to pitch a tent or set up your inflatable mattress because it’s all set up for you. If you don’t go camping because you have back pain from those inflatable mattresses than you will adore this comfortable bed with luxury linens and touches of beautiful details. One of the best things about glamping is the wood-burning stove inside the glamping tent that keeps you oh so warm. We had cots added to our room because we wanted to spend quality time with our children but without the bunk beds it is very spacious.

Chanslor Guest Ranch is a 375 acre nature preserve which means that there are plenty of hiking opportunities and exploring that can be done here. If your not big on hiking then you’ll love activities such as horseback riding or kayaking. We enjoyed Chanslor Guest Ranch on two rainy days. We were not able to enjoy other activities besides hiking and by hiking I mean one mile or so before it started raining again.

We stayed in the Turkey Point glamping tent and loved the frequent visits from the 4 ranch pigs. The farm girl in me loved drinking coffee in this farm environment. You can’t beat the views from this glamping tent.



Bellbrook backpack in gray is from Johansen Camera Bags
My criss cross tights are from Senita Athletics.



The Children’s Bell Tower

This bell tower is such a beautiful symbol of love and forgiveness. I can’t imagine going through what Maggie and Reg Green felt when they lost their sweet 7 year old son Nicholas in Italy from a gun shot by highway robbers. Nicholas parents chose to donate his organs to seven Italians. These bells were donated by families, schools, and churches in Italy. This is dedicated to children everywhere.


Every time we visit Bodega Bay we always stop by Spud Point Crab Company and get crab sandwiches because they are so fresh and I’m able to get my crab fix. Since this is a tiny take-out place we always enjoy it near a beach.


Our “Ocean Blues” roundie is from Swimzip

Our  “Donut Worry Be Happy” roundie is from Jessica Rey

Patrick’s Salt Water Taffy

What better way to stand out than to paint your building pink and white striped. If you don’t know already….I have a sweet tooth and love candy. Coffee, tropical, rum, eggnog… oh my. The choices are endless.

They are located off 915 Hwy 1  Bodega Bay, CA 94923.

On the year of 1961 Alfred Hitchcock was looking for ideas for his next suspense movie. He found an area where many bird migration routes go through. Here he filmed “The Birds”. In 1963 this movie hit theaters and since then no movie has been filmed in Bodega Bay or Bodega. Bodega Bay is not how it seems in the film because Bodega Bay is totally safe. Well, seagulls may attack your food. 

Our first stop down this films memory lane was Bodega County Store which is filled with collectibles, daily necessities, and sandwiches to take with you. The walls are covered with pictures from the film and many of them are autographed. Outside of the store you will find a replica of Alfred Hitchcock and an old random phone booth.

We decided to stop by and see the school from “The Birds” famous scene. Peter and Esther ran down the same street but thankfully there were no birds in sight. The school is now a private residence so we ran down the street quickly to respect their privacy. Next to the school house still stands the Bodega Catholic Church. 

The Tides Warf Restaurant from the film was burned down a few years ago and has moved to a different location but you can still see the original entrance from the movie inside the restaurant.

We ate lunch at The Birds Café which was not in the film but goes well with the theme.

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Thank you Chanslor Ranch Glamping for hosting us.

21 Responses

  1. The bell tower is really beautiful in so many ways. I love the glamping idea (not about camping…I need the glam with it!) and this location would be ideal to glamp in. And that salt water taffy! I want some!

  2. It looks like y’all had a blast! I love glamping haha we usually go camping in my patent’s camper which makes life so much easier.

  3. this looks like so much fun! I quite enjoy camping so i’ve never considered glamping but I love the luxury look of it!

  4. Your photos really do the location justice! And those pigs! I’ve been wanting to try glamping with my family!

  5. This place looks like a gorgeous spot to bring the family! That’s neat it was in The Birds. I liked that movie.

  6. Oh gosh, glamping is so more my style! I love your tent it’s adorable! The bell tower is amazing, the story accompanying so sad.

  7. This looks so idyllic. I’ve always wanted to try “glamping”. It reminds me of the tents from Harry Potter, haha! And I just love the look of that toffee shop!

  8. Wow what a beautiful place to visit! It looks so surreal! I agree that it totally reminds me of the scene from Harry Potter! Awesome

  9. Although your pictures are very nice, I am not sure I could get into this type of camping 🙂 . I am such a baby when it comes to any type of camping. But, it really does look like your family had a great time – I love your pictures and the glamping in theory…

  10. This looks like so much fun! Absolutely pretty, I love the idea of glamping!

  11. This place looks idyllic! I’m not a fan of camping but I could probably just about cope with glamping! That Bell tower is beautiful 🙂

  12. I’ve been to Bodega Bay a few times. Always a great time. But I will admit I am a true camper. What can I say? I’m a purist LOL!

  13. Tereza

    What a wonderful holiday! I love your pictures – I really want to try glamping this year it seems like the perfect thing for me (I ain’t very good at camping but hotels seem sometimes a little too fancy for me haha)x

  14. My husband and I went to Bodega Bay last summer and it was one of the most beautiful spots ever! We didn’t spend the night there, but you are making it look like a lot of fun! Next time we may have to make more than a day of it!

  15. That looks like so much fun, I love camping but my back cannot really handle sleeping on the ground I love the whole idea of glamping 🙂 I used to be very into camping the traditional way and I am ashamed to say I judged those who brought the comforts of home with them for not “really camping” but since I sprained my back the first time I totally understand wanting to be comfortable while camping.

  16. I think that I could handle “Glamping”. I am not all about the natural, rustic, bareback suffer because it is fun kind of camper.

  17. What a fun trip. This reminds me of trips we used to take when I was a kid. I would love to visit Bodega Bay as an adult and get my glamping on.

  18. Bodega Bay looks gorgeous. I would love to visit there someday. My husband and I just got a tent, so camping, or glamping, is definitely a possibility.

  19. This looks like such a fun way to camp!! All those places you visited look amazing!! I would love to go check out the salt water taffy shop!

  20. To be honest, I’ve never tried glamping before but I’ve been hearing awesome things about it. Who wouldn’t want to be comfy while you camp outdoors! It’s a great idea and this is a lovely place to do it in.

  21. It looks like it was such a fun trip! I wouldn’t mind camping like that!

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