Eating Up the West Coast: Hitting the Road Sunset Style

Sunset Magazine Road Trip_DaidriSmytheCover I am a huge fan of Sunset Magazine my go-to publication for getaway inspiration. When I heard, they were releasing a new book featuring travel, food and the West Coast {three of my favorite things} I could not wait to get my hands on it. Eating Up the West Coast is a well written, engaging travel guide and cookbook by author Brigit Binns and it’s fabulous!

GIVEAWAY: Sunset is generously offering a copy of Eating Up the West Coast to one of my awesome readers. Be sure to enter the drawing for your chance to win this beautiful book at the bottom of this post!

Amazon’s bio of Brigit’s culinary adventure sums it up perfectly, Sunset Magazine and cookbook author and Road Foodie blogger Brigit Binns team up to take readers on a mouthwatering tour along scenic highways and picturesque back roads of the Pacific coast. Brigit and her trusty canine companion, Stella, make their way up the region in four bites–Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington–discovering local eateries, dives, and cafes that showcase the true flavors of each region.”

In true Sunset fashion, Brigit also shares fun tidbits of information from her experience and the people she met during her 42-day adventure. Along with all the fantastic places to eat that she highlights on each route, she also shares different points of interest. Great wineries, breweries and activities like hiking, kayaking as well as areas that offer the best picture perfect moment.

Curious to explore one of Brigit’s road trip suggestions first hand, I decided to check out a portion of Route 5.  Route 5 is one of the three routes featured in the Northern California chapter that runs along the Sonoma Coast. My friend Megan joined me making the excursion even more fun as she knows this area well. Here are some highlights from our day that started in Point Reyes Station just 38 miles northwest of San Francisco.

Point Reyes Station: We first stopped at Bovine Bakery for a cup of coffee, chai tea and one of their sinfully scrumptious Morning Buns. We then strolled through town for a little shopping. Of course I couldn’t help myself in Coyuchi and found some fun kitchen towels I had to have. This town is not only full of great places to eat and shop, it’s very close to Point Reyes Lighthouse, which highly recommend visiting.

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MARSHALL: Like so many towns along Hwy 1, Marshall is small and could easily be passed up while driving the picturesque and windy Hwy. The view of Tomales Bay, from the outdoor patio at The Marshall Store, is worth the stop alone. Another fun way to experience this stunning area is on the water by renting a kayak from neighboring Blue Waters Kayaking. One of many great tips included in the book!

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Just north of The Marshall Store is Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Megan had enjoyed a getaway at Nick’s Cove before {they offer guest cottages} and suggested we stop to enjoy a snack in their fun boat shack at the end of the dock. I’m so glad she did as it ended up being my favorite stop of the day! Before heading into order, we walked down to check out the boat shack and see if it would be too cold to eat out there. It was perfect, so we headed back to the restaurant where we were welcomed by their friendly staff and beautiful views of the bay. We ordered up some of their amazing Truffled Garlic Fries and two non-alcoholic beers, {I was driving and Megan was in the midst of the JourneyMan 30-day challenge} and headed back down to the slightly swaying shack. This place has so much personality and left me taking in a deep breath and letting out a big sigh of joy. Ahhhh!

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BODEGA: We perused the extremely large collection of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia at The Bodega Country Store. Checked out the fun selection of surf t-shirts and flip-flops at Northern Light Surf Shop. Made our way up the steep hill to photograph St. Teresa of Avila church featured in Ansel Adam’s famous Church and Road photograph. In the book, Brigit describes Bodega’s main street as funky and I couldn’t agree with her more.  The town’s eclectic vibe makes it a worthy stop unlike any other along the route.

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BODEGA BAY: You can’t take a road trip along the coast without stopping to soak in the ocean views and stretch your legs. The 4.3 mile Kortum Trail near Bodega Bay is a perfect place to do just that. If you’re not feeling up for a hike, take the short trail down to the beach, just next to the trailhead, and relax a bit before getting back on the road like we did.

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JENNER: Having dinner at River’s End, a well suggested stop along Brigit’s itinerary, was a perfect way to end our day. My delicious fish taco’s, light yet full of flavor, hit the spot. We arrived just a bit too early to take in the stunning sunsets this restaurant is so well-known for, however, the view is beautiful any time of the day.

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Whether you are looking to jump in your car for an unforgettable road trip along a portion of the West Coast or you want to challenge your inner foodie in the kitchen, this book is for you. What I loved most about the book is all the gorgeous photography, provided by Sunset Magazine, which transports you to each destination without ever getting in the car.

Be sure to grab a copy {or two} right HERE, it’s sure to inspire a little adventure!

ENTER the drawing for a chance to receive a copy of Eating Up the West Coast by following the steps in the contest box below. The giveaway will be closing on 6/4  and is open to U.S residents only.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

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    1. Daidri

      Very fun, I hope you entered the giveaway! I am from WA {have family in Hood Canal & Port Angeles} and there are a lot of places mentioned in the routes I’m not familiar with. It’s a beautiful book full of fun tips.

  1. Rachael

    Nick’s Cove is a place I’ve always wanted to explore, since I was a tot. But looking at your amazing images, I definitely need to get to River’s End and try those tacos. {written while drooling} Keep up the amazing work!! You are doing amazing things!!!!!

    1. Daidri

      Ah… your warm my heart Rachael!! Those tacos were really good! I think you should treat yourself and make a day out of it. Stop at Nick’s Cove for lunch and River’s End for dinner. We live in such a beautiful place!!

    1. Daidri

      What a fun trip that would be Melanie! You two should definitely get the book and plan one of the trips here. There’s so much to see and do not to mention all the amazing places to eat! Hopefully you entered the giveaway for a chance to win the book. It really is helpful and such a fun way to plan an adventure. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Daidri

      Great idea Julie it would make a fun coffee table book! I have a feeling thought you would end up using it more than expected. I also live on the West Coast {have my whole life in WA, OR and CA} and have Brigit’s adventure has introduced me to so many new places. Whether you win the drawing or pick up a copy of the book I’d love for you to come back and share your thoughts on it. Good luck on the giveaway!!

    1. Daidri

      How fun and I can picture you on your porch with your coffee in hand. As always I wish we were doing this things together. Now that would be FUN!! 😉 Hopefully you entered the giveaway, it’s a beautiful cookbook with recipes I know you and Dave would love. xo

  2. Christine

    Yum! As a Northern California girl, I’ve been to a few spots along this route (love Bodega Bay!) but haven’t eaten anywhere on the list! Those truffle fries sound amazing as well as the fish tacos! Beautiful photography as well! I’m crossing my fingers for winning the book 🙂

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