I haven’t really spoken much about life in California.
I love California because there’s so much beautiful nature everywhere!
Even city life isn’t that far away from a natural escape. Whether you feel like running off to the beach, the forest, the mountains or the desert, everything is less than a day’s drive away.
There are also so many cute little towns to discover.
Recently, Oliver and I took a day trip to Bodega Bay. It’s about two hours north of San Francisco. It’s so tiny I’m not sure if it qualifies as a town. You probably wouldn’t even notice it on a map.
So what makes Bodega Bay so special? Well… if you are a classic film buff and you love films where mother nature out of the blue goes on a rampage, then the town of Bodega Bay should sound familiar to you.
Ring any bells yet?
“The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock was filmed in Bodega Bay!!
What, you mean to say you’ve NEVER seen The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock??
Spoiler alert, it’s an awesome film in which angry birds amass together and attack people!
Why? That part is never explained… but maybe you can take a stab after watching this short trailer in which the director himself talks about our feathered “friends.”
But ok, even if you have no idea what I’m talking about or really care to see the film, Bodega Bay is still a worthy destination for a road trip!
Here are several photos from that day…
While a lot of the town has changed since the filming of The Birds, there are still many familiar sights. Like this dock outside of The Tides Wharf and Restaurant.
These birds are not at all afraid of people. I got so close to one, it almost pecked out my eye! jk
My salty fisherman.
You will find many references to The Birds in this town. Having said that, the fish tacos at this place were pretty good.
I couldn’t resist…
We found a cozy coffee shop where everyone knew each other’s names…
And a real salty fisherman served us our coffee!
Bay Hill Road. Remember that scene of Tippi Hedren smugly swerving around in her car? This is that road.
Ocean behind me, the glittering bay in front of me.
Photo adventure partners in crime!
The man is everywhere you look!
Bodega is actually a different town fives miles away. But parts of the movie were also filmed here…
“A nice store in a small town.”
I think this post office is so cute and quaint. Also take note of the “not too close” parking sign…
This is the school from where the children ran out. Today, it’s someone’s private house.
And this was the creepiest building that we found! Because what could be creepier than a church amiright? jk