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Photo Bodega Art Coop Bodega, California

Bodega Art Studio
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Bodega, California sits down in a valley with rolling hills six miles from the Pacific Ocean. Not to be confused with Bodega Bay, it is the inland counterpart to the seaside village. In the photo above, you can see Bodega sits at the base of a rolling mountain formation.

Bodega is a located approx. six miles from the sea and another place called Bodega Bay. The two places are separate entities, but the do share a common bond. Both were used for location filming of the movie, "The Birds", by Alfred Hitchcock.

What caught our eye in Bodega was the historic look and feel of this small, serene seeming place. And artisans' coop was worth a stop and provided excellent gift buying opportunities for women in our lives, especially. Scarves, knitted items and art are all hand-made, representing an esteemed list of artists. (

Among the majority women artists represented at this coop (there are several men), you'll find souvenirs such as Annie Murphy Springer's watercolor paintings & notecards that include scenes from "The Birds". Art glass, woven tote bags, photography, gourd art, basketry, hand sewn children's clothing, woven rugs, felted apparel, keychains and jewelry, locally grown woolen products, award winning original hand knits, handcrafted wood pens, and more, all fine quality crafts are sold. Vera Van Schaick, Joy Ridge Pottery; Judy Lange, Cherry Ridge Farm; Martha Cant, Starbuck Station Wools; Judy Fisher; Edith Nelson; Alice Rantos; Carolyn Horan: Appletree Ceramics; Kelly Horan; Ange'l Fiorito-Leddy: Windwalkers Sheerling Slippers; Nancy Roberts: Fused Glass Art and on and on. The representation of artists is just awesome.

While you'll find some limited shopping in Bodega Bay, do stop at the Artisans Co-op in Bodega. It offers one of the best shopping experiences of hand-crafted, quality items you'll find in California.

When stopping and shopping, book a hotel room at a luxury sport,  Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa. I booked a room with a fireplace and bay views overlooking lush greens and Doran Park. I truly felt I got lucky by picking this hotel. I loved the drapes and fabric treatments with little beach chairs on them. The quality balcony doors with large wood slat shutters, nice bed, and the hotel greens were all peaceful, privileged and the gym with attached spa was a delight. There's nothing like working out at night with the windows to the beach open, blowing in a cool ocean breeze while one exercises on a treadmill and lifts weights.

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