Oceanfront Home Near the Pacific Ocean You Can Rent: 10 Reasons to Experience the Cliff House

I have been a traveler for years and recently started to share my adventures. This blog will be different than others because it’s covering a beautiful place we stayed at in 2018. Photos I take for my current stays and blog are very different from my family vacations before I started doing features, but I will be using what I have to share this lovely experience. The Cliff House, located in Gualala, California, is not currently on social media besides a feature on Vacasa’s Instagram. I wanted to highlight this beautiful lodging experience because it is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed and others deserve to have the experience. Read on to explore ten reasons you should rent this beautiful home near the Pacific Ocean in California’s Pacific Northwest.

Notes about the Cliff House:

  • 4 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Keyless entry

Booking link here: The Cliff House on VACASA

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1. LOCATION

Besides the view, The Cliff House is located in the charming coastal town Gualala, part of California’s Pacific Northwest off Pacific Highway One. It’s one of the many towns located on the Sonoma Coast. It’s located a few minutes north of the downtown area, yet still has plenty of privacy. Gualala is sprinkled with Redwoods and has a bohemian vibe along with plenty of opportunities for outdoorsy folks. You can visit Gualala River Redwood Park and rent a campsite there, hike trails that wind along the Pacific Ocean near Point Regional Park, visit unique shops like the Sea Accent, experience the Buddha Garden and enjoy dinner at the Vue or breakfast at Trinks. Both have an ocean view near the cliff side.

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2. THE VIEW

It’s hard to beat the view of a house with all around windows built off a cliff. The Cliff House has a beautiful wrap around deck. Both bedrooms have access to the deck with a sliding door. The entire back side of the house are almost completely glass, allowing you to take in the ocean view while cooking or having your morning coffee. The view from each bedroom is stunning, where you can see the ocean as soon as you open your eyes. My favorite thing to do would be opening the windows and falling asleep or waking up to the sound of the waves.

3. HOT TUB

We may have all experienced a hot tub before, but have you experienced being in a hot tub that hangs over a cliff? There is a first for everything, that’s for sure! We enjoyed the hot tub on the deck any time of the day, but there was something special about it at night time. The location of the hot tub allows you to have a full view of the ocean- and it’s even more beautiful to watch the sunset and see the endless ocean glitter with the reflection of the stars.

4. WHALE WATCHING

Gualala is known to draw visitors for whale watching! The peak months for whale watching are January through February. The Cliff House has neat binoculars set up near the windows to be able to watch for whales. During our time there, we didn’t see whales, but we did see dolphins playing! Previous guests had written about their successful whale sightings in the Cliff House guestbook.

5. COZY LIVING ROOM

The living room has beautiful beach decor and has plenty of places to relax, cozy blankets provided and the best part- a wood burning fire place! We enjoyed having the windows and our sliding screen door open at night time while relaxing by a warm fire. There is something special about a fire place mixed with the sound of ocean waves. It was a peaceful way to end each night.

6. HIKING ADVENTURES

The Cliff House is within close walking distance to the Bonham Trail to Cook’s Beach. It’s located less than 2 miles away from Point Regional Park, which gives you a beautiful view of the town in one direction, and a lovely ocean view in the other. We enjoyed visiting Point Regional Park and seeing all the unique driftwood that washed up to shore. We visited in March and it was kind of chilly on the beaches still, so we made sure to bring jackets, hats and gloves.

7. POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE

The Cliff House is only 11.5 miles away from the iconic Point Arena Lighthouse. The lighthouse was featured in the movie Need for Speed in 2014. It’s located off a narrow peninsula that you are able to drive down to get an unbelievable 360 view of the Pacific Northwest Coast. There is a museum and gift shop you can visit as well as some short trails you can walk around the peninsula. Also in the area is Pelican Bluffs trail, which is about a 45 minute hike round trip.

8. BOWLING BALL BEACH

Ten minutes from The Cliff House is Bowling Ball Beach, located at the north end of Schooner Gulch State Beach. When the tide is out, you are able to see the spectacular view of the large round rocks that resemble bowling balls. If you also enjoy tide pooling, this is a great spot to explore.

9. THE AMENITIES

One of my favorite things about the Cliff House is it has EVERYTHING. It offers 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, a washer and dryer, all linens, cleaning items and a full kitchen that is stocked with everything. We visited the Sea Marketplace for fruits, veggies and other items, but spices, condiments, baking ingredients, coffee and more was all set for us as soon as we arrived. There is also a grill on the deck. Being fully stocked with amenities helped a lot- especially when traveling with kids! Since the home had a laundry area and a fully stocked kitchen, it allowed us to pack light for an easier travel.

10. THE GLASS BEACH

One of my favorite parts about The Cliff House (besides everything about the house itself) is the central location to everything we wanted to see. We were able to take small road trips north and south of The Cliff House, which was very convenient. One hour and 15 minutes north of the Cliff House is another iconic feature of the Pacific Northwest- the Glass Beach, located in Fort Bragg, CA. Driving north of the Cliff House, we were able to visit Anchor Bay, Point Arena, and Fort Bragg. All filled with some of the most gorgeous state parks and state beaches along the way.

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