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Sonoma Driving Tours – let them take you to the best spots.


Bodega Bay and Sonoma Driving Tours

We recently spent a long weekend in Bodega Bay, California. I’m always amazed at the beauty of our gorgeous state. Not wanting to miss out on all there is to offer, I checked out TripAdvisor for recommendations of things to do and see in Bodega Bay.

You see, about 35 years ago we went with my sister and her family on a weekend to Bodega. When we finally arrived at Bodega with whiny kids from the winding route we took, we found the contents of the trailer refrigerator spilled all over the floor and mixed with dog barf from allowing the Golden Retriever to ride back there – not our idea! But the worst part was the fog! It was so thick you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. After cleaning up and getting to bed, we awoke in the morning to the same thick fog. We packed up and went home. We haven’t been back to Bodega since – so this time we wanted to go prepared to see the sights.

Bodega Bay and Sonoma Driving Tours

I found Sonoma Driving Tours was the recommended way to ensure we saw all there was to see. We took the Bodega Bay Audio Tour which can be either downloaded on MP3 or you can request a CD to play in your car. We enjoyed the drive at our own pace, in our own car and relaxed as our guide directed us where to go, how to get there, and what to see. Along the way, we enjoyed many postcard worthy photo locations.

Potter School House from The Birds

The narrator was fun and entertaining to listen to, and she made it very easy to follow her directions. Her voice and cute giggle kind of reminded us of a Disney Princess.
The driving tour took us to the Potter School House, used in the movie The Birds, which isn’t really in Bodega Bay and would have been missed had we been on our own. We were guided to a breathtaking back-road that provided vistas of the bay and hillsides that go undetected by unknowing visitors. We were also given nice recommendations for good eats and shopping.
If you’re going, it’s definitely worth it to get the scoop from Sonoma Driving Tours. Visit their website at and learn about their other driving tours in the area.



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Emily Buys

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  • Thank you for such a glowing review! I am glad to hear that this time around your experience was so much better and not like a scene right out of the movie “The Long, Long Trailer” with Lucille Ball. Your picture of Bandits Beach is amazing btw and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you compared my voice to a Disney Princess, (I used to work at Disneyland 20 years ago so I guess it kinda rubbed off a little).

    Thanks again and I hope you’ll be able to experience my Backroads tour…the apple pie and champagne are alone worth the journey!

    Your new best friend,
    Gay Lynn

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