Mar Vista Cottages
at Anchor Bay

Vacation Lodging on the Mendocino Coast
in Northern California at Anchor Bay

Directions to Mar Vista Cottages

From the San Francisco/Bay Area only one turn is required:

Take Highway 101 North.
In Petaluma, take second exit, Washington Street.
Turn left, West.
Travel about 80 miles.
Turn right into Mar Vista drive at
Highway 1 mileage marker 5 in Mendocino County.
Make no other turns.

WARNING:  Google maps has in the past recommended to those driving to Mar Vista from the San Francisco/Bay Area that they take 101 north to Healdsburg, then north on Dry Creek Road, then west on Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Road  to the Coast.  This is a beautiful inland route BUT unnecessarily long, very winding and tiresome route.

From the North West
discourage the idea of cutting west across the hills on 
Routes: 96, 3, 299, 36, 20, 128 and such.
But, rather, instead, the roundabout, longer way is
quicker and more relaxing than those  scenic tours.
Find your way down Intestates 5 and 80 to ...
County Route 37 just north of Vallejo to ... 
State Route 101 near Novato.
Thence north to Washington Street in Petaluma and 
west to Highway 1 Bodgega and Jenner as it is
with our directions from the directions from the San Francisco/Bay Area.
Coming north through the central valley,
avoid the heart of the Bay Area...
Interstates 580 [Livermore], to 608 [Walnut Creek
and Concord], 780 [Benicia], and 80 north [Vallejo] to...
County 37 west  to State 101 north [Novato] to Washington Street
in Petaluma and west to Highway 1 Bodgega and Jenner as it is
with our directions from the directions from the San Francisco/Bay Area
If you daze, do not watch for the signs, and find
that you are near Santa Rosa [Healdsburg 
double back down South 101] find Russian  River Road
west to Guerneville and Jenner. 
From the Ukiah and Cloverdale route 101 area [wake up!]... 
get thee to Highway 128 in the Anderson Valley to Highway 1
and thence venture south.
From the North Coast, 
101 to Highway 1 just north of Leggett
is the obvious and quickest.
Whatever, we are at Highway Mileage Marker 5
north of Jenner and south of Elk.
Be wary of your computer mapping and  GPS thingies. 
These things may direct you through some interesting back country.


Here are the points to make you feel secure that 
your passage is correctly aimed: 

After crossing Petaluma Boulevard
Washington Street becomes Bodega Avenue
In the Two Rock Valley, Bodega Avenue becomes...
the Petaluma Valley Ford Road passing the Bloomfield community.
All about, serene pastures cluttered with 
truck farms, cattle, dairy cows, sheep and crusty folk.

Highway 1 will merge with this route just before Valley Ford.
At Valley Ford Highway 1 will turn North.
Along Highway 1:
Bodega Harbour
Bodega Bay
Salmon Creek
Surfing beach communities of
Carmet, Sereno Del Mar, & Ocean View
Bridge Haven
Russian River Bridge
After Russian Gulch, the road will climb and twist up
a steep hill. At the top, Myers Grade Road will
offer confusing alternate route off to the right.

Then the most beautiful, spectacular part of the drive...
along steep cliffs, cattle often wonder
the road as it twists sharply up the coast
offering stupendous, awe full vistas.
Four gulches will each require three sharp turns down & up:
Jewel Gulch, Timber Gulch, Mill Gulch & Fort Ross Gulch
After the Fort Ross State Historic Park, 
the road passes a series of coves with 
surrounding vacation homes, camps, parks, and 
one lodge offering a finger to all passing:
Timber Cove, Stillwater Cove, & Salt Point State Park.

At last the road will straighten a bit up to Stewarts Point...
Then will twist through The Sea Ranch development.
Crossing the Gualala River is the cluttered town of Gualala.
Mar Vista is five miles from the center of the bridge 
keeping Sonoma County from Mendocino.
In four miles or so, Anchor Bay shopping community...
the roads drops down to Anchor Bay Camp Grounds and
up past three little intersecting roads
to our Mar Vista entrance drive.

Be safe, take it slowly, let vehicles pass, stop often to 
take-in a vista offering wild flowering fields,
undulating craggy cliffs, and coves, and,
maybe, whales. sea lions, and other such critters.

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