Coastal Pleasures Sea Ranch, CA
The cool-weather months are a great time to explore Sea Ranch’s weathered wooden buildings, sea grass, and dunes. Should you tire of watching the gray whales on their northern migration (February through April) from your hotel-room window seat, check out the arts scene in the nearby hamlet of Gualala.
Sea Ranch Lodge
At the Sea Ranch Lodge—a rambling, 1970s-era complex with weathered cedar-plank walls that blend into the surrounding banks of sea grass—the only guest room without an ocean view offers a private hot tub instead.
Don’t miss Placewears, a housewares store owned by former managers of ’60s retail trailblazer Design Research.
Fight the winter chill with St. Louis–style barbecued ribs.