Panoramic Ocean View-3 Min Walk to Beach Pet Friendly!
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Spring is already here at Dill 'n Thyme, bringing with it wildflowers and lambs! The sunsets are still spectacular from Dill 'n Thyme's deck, providing my guests a stunning view of ocean and horizon. The whales are still migrating, and one can still put feet up and enjoy a nice glass of Napa or Sonoma wine (and Mendocino...sorry guys - how can I leave you out?). The S.F. Chronicle also shed a tear over our Great White sharks who are having a bit of a rough time right now, population-wise. The good (or bad) news is that they are coming in close to shore to give birth and possibly grab a bite or two! So, be careful when surfing. It is still extremely rare to get mistaken for a seal, so not too much to worry about. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Great-white-sharks-back-in-Red-Triangle-3885260.php
We welcomed guests this summer from France, Italy, Britain, Brazil and, of course, various US states & our loyal California beachcombers. Without exception, all entered into the spirit of Dill 'n Thyme as a source of fun and worry-free time away from stress and gloomy (is it better?) economic woes. All of our guests even understood that our summer morning fog was vital sunscreen for those Coastal Redwood Trees that survived logging along the northern California coast.
Our 2-bedroom little jewel, Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, is noted in the history books as the second cottage built for his family in 1911 by a Norwegian sea captain, whose estate sold it to the present owners in 1982. It underwent an architectural remodel in 1992, with special instructions to keep the New England cottage feel at the same time as maximizing the spectacular view, creating a totally secure seismic structure (after all, Tomales Bay is the San Andreas fault!), and providing all the carefree conveniences to vacationers, including WiFi.
We provide the drip coffee maker, the coffee grinder, the cappuccino maker, the margarita blender & for our guests who stay a week, a free bottle of wine. New range & microwave & a workhorse of a dishwasher and a fully stocked kitchen make k.p. duty a breeze! We even have an outdoor shower (hot water!) to wash all the sand away to avoid sharing it with all your other houseguests. In the same spirit, we ask that you leave your shoes outside the front door & go sock-footed inside! Beach flipflops are outside the front door in a basket right next to our beloved big blue 'Blu-ga Whale' charcoal BBQ!
We guarantee joy, laughter & restoration of spirit - a perfect get-away from stress, noise, traffic, grime, & daily grinds... a creative spot to read, write, photograph, tidepool, gather around a beach bonfire, stroll on the beach with or without your pup, or just reconnect with those you love. Our children and their friends walked safely to the beach and the beach store on their own, feeling quite grown up, but all the while within view of their parents (us!) from our deck.
Not to tempt you to overdo dependence on stressful tools, but the news is that Dillon Beach has now joined the 21st century with cell phone service and reliable wireless internet! Just don't forget there's a big ocean (view!) out there.
Dillon Beach is always such an amazing adventure! To share a slice of our life at the beach...my husband, David, & I and our daughter, Caitlin, home on a break from a Fulbright year in Sicily, and needing a salty Pacific Ocean breeze to restore her, recently made a quick run out to our jewel of peace and tranquility defying daily stress & madness. After dropping off our groceries and tearing ourselves away from our hypnotic ocean view, we decided to stray a little south to historic Marshall. While David made his traditional beeline for Hog Island Barbecued Oysters, Caitlin & I opted for a repeat excursion of Tomales Bay in our rented kayak from Blue Waters Kayaking. Last year, we were delighted to encounter a baby grey whale just off Hog Island where we saw other kayakers doing the 'roll' so they could view the little guy underwater; we wisely decided to remain upright! We beached our kayak at Pat Kuleto's Nick's Cove to make dinner reservations. Pat also owns Farallon and Boulevard in San Francisco. It is about a 15 minute car ride south of Dillon Beach.
Another absolute favorite stop for us is Tomales Bakery where the expatriate pastry chefs have escaped from San Francisco to the idyllic village of Tomales on Highway One, just 3 miles from Dillon Beach and on the way. It is not a surprise that San Franciscans, having long memories for the best in culinary experiences, still search them out, driving all the way from the City. Grab a loaf of warm bread for breakfast while you are there! Open Thursday-Sunday only, hours dictated by when they sell out their bakery goods.
Last winter we discovered another great eatery only 3 miles north up Hiway One in Valley Ford - it's cleverly called Rocker Oysterfellers. Coincidentally, we have run into some real rock stars the few times we have made the run up there for an excellent dinner with exceptional service. Very fun bar also. For additional local color and great food, go on up to The Casino in the tiny town where Hitchcock filmed The Birds - Bodega. Play pool while you wait to be served.
There just isn't another spot quite like California's Dillon Beach, a unique, still thriving fishing village hidden about three miles off the beaten path of Highway One! Dillon Beach has an unusually expansive beach with rocky tidal pools on one end and huge sand dunes bordering Tomales Bay on the other, both of which can be seen from the deck of Dill 'n Thyme. Because Dillon Beach is set back slightly inside the mouth of Bodega Bay on one side and Tomales Bay on the other, it lies in the sun, just out of reach of the fog belt, yet still has spectacular wave action offshore for surfing and calmer skimboarding towards the beach.
Be our guests and you will return time and again for an 'all is right with the world' recharge, we guarantee it! When you come, don't worry about linens or towels. We provide one time linen service on arrival. Cleaning fee of $65-$100 is non-refundable so that you do not have to work off your vacation at the end of your stay!
If you are bringing your pet to dog friendly Dillon Beach, bring a sturdy dog bed and some extra wipe down towels for surf and sand. There is a $25 pet fee per dog.
Longer stays are available and negotiable, starting October 15.
Keywords: vacation home rental, beach cottage, getaway, casita, oceanview cottage
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Considered:
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Convertible bed(s)
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Clothes Dryer
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet:
- Mobile Phone:
- Free Long Distance
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Water View
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
Clamming and tidepooling are musts at low tide. Quality Art Galleries, such as Ren Brown are available up the road in Bodega Bay (ask to see the Japanese gardens), as is golf, and top restaurants. One of the best, part of the Slow Food Movement, is Terrapin Cafe. Tomales has one of the Bay Area's top bakeries, open bright and early every morning,that attracts loyal customers who drive out from San Francisco; closed when they run out - no guarantees! Also, slightly down Hwy One at Marshall, is Nick's Cove, run by one of the Bay Area's most famous restaurateurs, Pat Kuleto....morecollapse
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Our Stay at Dill 'n Thyme
Our Stay at Dill 'n Thyme
We enjoyed our week in this pretty house tremendously. I loved the extra thoughtfulness--good linens and towels like you'd use at home (no polyester sheets) and lots of pots & pyrex cookware (our family likes to cook!) We had sunny days throughout our stay and the view of the sea & the birds from the deck was treat. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary AND the up-coming wedding of our daughter. This was a good choice of location for a happy occasion!
- Guest New Mexicans Go to Sea
- Date of stay 03/08/13
- Review Submitted 03/19/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
This place is great in every way. Communications with owner were easy, the design, the provided kitchenware, the beds and bedding, well everything about it, was perfect. The view from the deck at sunset was spectacular. And dogs can run free on the beach. I give it my highest recommendation!
- Guest GHM
- Date of stay 11/27/12
- Review Submitted 12/05/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Mom and Daughters Getaway Weekend
Mom and Daughters Getaway Weekend
We searched and searched for the perfect place to spend our getaway weekend and found it in Dill N Thyme. The cottage is home the minute you walk thru the front door. Everything about the way it is furnished and stocked make it comfortable. We enjoyed cooking our meals, sitting relaxing on the deck with some wine (and the most spectacular view) and walking to and on the beach. It was hard to leave after our brief stay. I am going to book a stay again in the near future and will never look for another place, as this is where I want to always come back to. Everything about the listing was accurate and I will be recommending Dill N' Thyme to all my friends and family. Our goal was to stay put and relax from the hussle and bussle of daily life and it happened here. Loved it! Thanks for sharing your cottage with us Joy and Caitlyn.
- Guest Susan
- Date of stay 09/07/12
- Review Submitted 09/10/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you so much, Susan. I am so glad you felt so comfortable and at home...our mission is accomplished! We would love to have you back anytime you can get away to the beach!
Quiet Beach Stay
Quiet Beach Stay
I spent 3 nights here having some quiet time while my daughter was away on a class camping trip. My goal was to arrive, park the car, and not get in the car until I left. I succeeded. Brought some books, wandered the beach with the dog. Very quiet in Dillon Beach in the days after Memorial Day. I've rented several places in Dillon Beach over the years, using the 2 rental agents. This owner rental was the best place I've rented. It is a very nice house; probably better than the photos indicate. It is great for dogs - there's a back deck that is totally enclosed, and the back yard is also enclosed. One thing to keep in mind is that this house is 2 level - there is a fairly steep stairs between the upper level (kitchen, living room, deck) and the lower level (bedrooms and bathroom). If that is going to be an issue for you, don't rent this house. Great kitchen, well stocked. I loved the spaciousness of the upper level. The local store seemed to be better stocked than last year. It is OK for milk, beer, orange juice, minor kitchen items. But major shopping needs to be done in Petaluma or Pt Reyes. The general store in Tomales is more useful than appears at first glance. Note that the bakery in Tomales and the Dillon Beach restaurant are only open Thurs - Sun. It is frequently very very foggy in Dillon Beach. This time I had 3 days of sun. Spectacular! Fred
- Guest Fred
- Date of stay 05/29/12
- Review Submitted 06/06/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: I am so glad you got your peace and quiet, Fred. And excellent review of local stores...you hit on why I send all my guests my google map to Whole Foods and Safeway in Petaluma, and I recommend getting gas there as well on your way out to the beach. Just in case, though, the best stocked store that is closest to Dillon Beach is the Valley Ford market across from Dinucci's Restaurant in Valley Ford, but it's so nice you didn't have to get in your car the whole time you were there! I also want to remind people that I have pictures of our carpeted, two part stairway to the bedrooms and bath posted on VRBO so that my guests can evaluate how navigable they are. I am glad you got your sunny days! You are right in that it can get foggy at the beach depend on how hot it is in the Sacramento Valley, but I have found it often burns off to a beautiful afternoon in the Old Town section where Dill 'n Thyme is located. I can think of only once where I couldn't see my beautiful view for more than a couple of hours! Thank you for being our guest and come back anytime, dog and daughter in tow.~joy
Pottery Barn Meets Ralph Lauren
Pottery Barn Meets Ralph Lauren
The moment my family and I entered the front door we felt right at home. The owner gave us a great guide to the house and area prior to arrival so we knew exactly what to expect. Everything was very clean and the kitchen had all appliances needed for some great weekend cooking. We could not have been happier and will certainly rent Dill n Thyme again!
- Guest Margot
- Date of stay 05/25/12
- Review Submitted 05/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Will Be Back!!
Will Be Back!!
Had a wonderful time!! Perfect location for walking to the beach. Lots of supplies to make my visit feel like home. Clean, comfortable. Loved sitting on the deck with my glass of wine and watching the sunset over the ocean. Great dog beach.
- Guest Murphy
- Date of stay 05/17/12
- Review Submitted 05/23/12
Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you, Anita, for being our guests. We are so glad you got your sunset time! Isn't it just the perfect end to a day at the beach? ~joy
A delightful Dillon retreat
A delightful Dillon retreat
We just enjoyed a truly wonderful weekend getaway at Dill n' Thyme. It was everything that Joy's VRBO listing promised -- cozy, peaceful, comfortable and homey, as well as fully equipped for cooking, relaxing, and recharging the spirit. We had originally booked for last October, but family health issues delayed our visit until spring. It was well worth the wait, and Mother Nature delivered spectacularly beautiful weather. Our first night we ordered dinner to go from the little Dillon Beach Resort Cafe just down the street: delicious and generously portioned fish and chips (the fish tacos also looked wonderful, when we went to pick up our order and saw plates go by one the way to in-house diners). The waitress and chef could not have been nicer. After a long, lovely walk on the beach Saturday a.m., we headed for Point Reyes for the day, then stopped at Nick's Cove for an early dinner on the way back (a bit pricey by our lights, but great views and friendly service, and a terrific wine list). Come Sunday, it was hard to tear ourselves away from the cottage and head home, but we left refreshed and happy. BTW, this was our first experience renting a place through VRBO. What good fortune to have it be Joy's property. She was so helpful and informative, and very understanding when we had to delay our original booking for several months. Highly recommended, all around.
- Guest Diane & Michele
- Date of stay 04/27/12
- Review Submitted 04/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: I am so glad it finally came together for you guys, Diane! You sound like you made beachcombers everywhere proud! Thank you for choosing our Dill 'n Thyme for your first experience with vrbo.com.
Dill n Thyme
Dill n Thyme
Our family spent a heavenly Easter 'Break' at the Dill n Thyme. It was our first VRBO experience and feel very fortunate to have a wonderful property owner 'Joy' to communicate with. The home was very comfortable for ourselves and the family dog, Bandit. We played on the beach, enjoyed many home made meals, played games and total enjoyed our surrounding. The town of Tomales and nearby Valley Ford are pretty quiet during the beginning of the week. But we found nearby Point Reyes Station to be great place for a meal or some entertainment. The property was clean and well maintained. I would recommend this property to a friends and relatives. This is a modest sized property and comfortably sleeps 5-6 people. We enjoyed our stay so very much and I am missing it as I write this.
- Guest Suzanne
- Date of stay 04/07/12
- Review Submitted 04/18/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much, Suzanne. I hadn't realized this was your first vrbo experience. I feel honored that you chose Dill 'n Thyme for your initiation! It turns out that Dillon Beach was "discovered" this last weekend (April 19-21) as a result of spectacular weather and temperatures that beat Hawaii.
My husband and I have both agreed that this was far-and-away the most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced. The darling cottage is welcoming, very comfortable and fully appointed. And the bottle of wine waiting for our arrival was a nice touch indeed. We were expecting rain, given that it was mid-February, and were delighted to have warm, sunny weather. The daily walks on the beach to Lawson's Landing with our dog, reading on the deck while soaking up the sun's rays and sipping a glass of wine, were just a few of the things that added to our rejuvinating experience. We even bought a kite to fly on the couple of windy days we had, while watching the kite surfers fly through the air doing their acrobatics. What amazing atheletes! I would highly recommend this property to anyone that wants to have a relaxing vacation. The owner, Joy, called us at the beginning of our stay just to make sure everything was fine. What a nice lady!
- Guest DebandSteve
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 02/29/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: I am so happy you got into the Dill 'n Thyme spirit of things. The whole idea of our little cottage is de-stressing and rejuvenation and you get a perfect score! Haha...
History, Comfort, Unforgettable
History, Comfort, Unforgettable
It was an especially memorable birthday spent with family at the Dill 'n Thyme for many reasons. First and foremost the owners were kind, helpful and welcoming from the very first inquiry and throughout the pre-visit correspondence. My delight in being able to stay in this particular cabin had much to do with its history, charm and location in the village. One of the first (if not the first) cabins to be built in the village, it stands next door to the cabin my father built when I was born..around 1947..and the Dill 'n Thyme was then home to our friend and neighbor, Betty, as I grew up in the years that followed. (Staying in the village is, in my estimation, the true experience of Dillon Beach as one is treated to the sweet walk to the beach, down Bumble Bee path, or "Lawsons" store (as we used to all it) just down the hill.) Betty would be smiling now as she would see the perfect and first rate renovations that her home has undergone with the loving and talented care of the present owners. The view remains superb and unchanged over the years and is, I think, the best in the village. The Dill 'n Thyme has been made to feel as though it is "home away from home" for all who are fortunate enough to stay there. It was squeaky clean, airy, sunny, warm and inviting from the first moment we stepped through the door. A fine kitchen for great meals enjoyed and wonderful "bitsiys" by car to Bodega Bay for Lucas Wharf's best fish and chips in the world, Marshalls for oysters and the magical drive to Pt. Reyes complemented our stay. By the way, the weather was beautiful in January! So, thank you, Dill 'n Thyme, for one of the best birthdays at one of my most beloved places.. .Dillon Beach
- Guest jayne
- Date of stay 01/25/12
- Review Submitted 02/08/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: Hi Jayne...I am so happy you had such a wonderful homecoming to Dillon Beach. Your story was so much more than a review; it was a heartwarming history lesson. I didn't know, for example, that the path to the beach was called "Bumble Bee Path!" I love it...the name just fits so perfectly into the magic lore of Dillon Beach.~joy
Summer/Fall .. May 15-Oct 14 & Holidays .. $1260/week; $570/wknd, extra night $200 $225/night...2-night minimum; Sun-Thurs, holidays excl. $4800/28 nights (all rates include hotel tax & linens) Fall/Winter...Oct 15-May 14...$1155/week; $530/wknd, extra night $175 $200/night, 2-night minimum, Sun-Thurs, holidays excl. $4200/28 nights (all rates include hotel tax & linens Cleaning Fee: $65 for weekend; $100 for week; pet fee $25 per pet per stay Deposit: 50% due at time of booking.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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The Casino Bar and Grill
"Located in the tiny village of Bodega where Hitchcock's "The Birds" film took place. It is the hangout for local fishermen and has the requisite fun pool tables and juke box, but the food is gourmet quality and is a daily changing menu reflecting local fresh produce, fish, and organic meats."...MoreCollapse
"I love popping into Nick's Cove, sitting at the bar and ordering an appetizer of oysters with a beautiful glass of zin or chenin blanc. I only give this restaurant 3 stars because when it gets busy, service gets so slow and food quality can get hit or miss. My appetizer/wine approach is a 5-star!"...MoreCollapse
- Nearest Airport: SFO at 45.4 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Hwy One at 325 Miles
Year Purchased: 1982
About the owner: When I discovered Dillon Beach, I had found my childhood home. I was raised in a remote northern California beach community where we walked daily on the beach after school, rain or shine, jumped off huge sand dunes, built bonfires encircled by weekend beach parties, and fished and tidepooled in between! I wanted my children to have some of the same carefree adventures I had and they and their friends did just that at Dill 'n Thyme. It feels so removed from the bombardment of stresses the world delivers up daily. Dillon Beach is more than just a place; it is a state of mind. My family loves it and our beach cottage is our little gem that is beloved by our friends and our extended family as well.
Why the Owner Chose Dillon Beach:
On one of our typical California coastal rides, we stopped at Tomales Bakery for coffee and a cinnamon twist and noticed as were sitting outside that we were right across from the only cross street in town, Dillon Beach Rd...no fanfare signs, no tourist arrows, just a simple street sign! How had we missed it on our many rides up Hiway One? After our coffee, go west is what we did and what a delight! Fields of newborn lambs hopping playfully under & around their ewes, cows and deer grazing together, until 3 miles later, we came upon one of the most exquisite views of the Pacific I had ever seen! As we wound our way down the road toward the beach, we came upon the quaint Village of Dillon Beach, nestled into the lush, emerald hillside. I could not believe a place like this still existed in California! As we walked around the village, coincidentally this was the day an annual B.B.Q. was taking place on the beach. There we met our future neighbors who invited us back to their cottage. As I looked out over the ocean from their living room, I instantly fell in love! Not long after, the owner of Dill 'n Thyme next door passed away and when the cottage was put up for sale by her heirs, the neighbors contacted us and Dill 'n Thyme was ours! Who says you can't go home again? Though it wasn't carefully thought out, it was one of the best things we have ever done.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Our babysitter, sitting on our deck with a glass of wine, staring out to sea at sunset, noticed a small flare. Dialing 911, minutes later, she sat back & watched an expert US Coast Guard helicopter rescue of a fishing boat. Morning sun hits the front patio of Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, so we often like to relax with a cup coffee & chat with the neighbors who pass by. Sometimes, our chats turn into moving brunches. Following the sun, we end up on the deck for writing, reading, sketching, or just relaxing, looking out to sea. Our only assignment is to take the dogs for a jog on the beach! We enjoy good food, fishing, water sports & art. We never fail to stop at Tomales Bakery for a freshly baked loaf of bread & a treat on our way. We also venture south to Nick's Cove, newly refurbished and offering spectacular food, wine & views. Wonderful sunsets here too. Pick up oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. to bring back to BBQ & serve with sourdough bread. Down Hiway One is Blue Waters Kayak Rental. Don't miss kayaking on Tomales Bay. Nearby art galleries are fun. We usually make a day of it & follow Hwy One to Russian River, turn inland a short way to Duncan Mills galleries. 4th of July is a big unofficial extravaganza fireworks event rivaling any Bay Area fireworks & time for a big BBQ at Dill 'n Thyme. When our kids were young, we & our guests would troop to huge sand dunes to fly kites, shoot off rockets & watch our kids form one grand wave & surf the dunes on shiny bottom skimboards! Then off for wave action & BBQ. Nightfall took us to the beach for kid-sized fireworks then watching spectacular fireworks from beach blankets or from our living room & deck for at least 2 hrs! But, if one craves solitude, step into Dill 'n Thyme cottage & close the front door for privacy & contemplation, a spectacular view from our living room & a sip from a complimentary bottle of wine on us!
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Glass of wine side of cottage, following the setting sun over the Pacific Ocean.
View from Dill 'n Thyme Deck
View of Living Area/Vaulted Ceiling
Dining Room/Living Room View, Overlooking Pacific Ocean & Dillon Beach
Queen Bedroom Looking towards bath
Front of Cottage and Off Street Parking; view of Tomales Point & Dillon Beach
Our Dill 'n Thyme 13-yr old Aussie at Mock Fire Evacuation Drill.
Fully Equipped Kitchen Underneath Vaulted Ceiling
Living Area and View
Moonlit View of Ocean
Romantic pellet stove in living area
Dill 'n Thyme Double Vanity Separated by Door from Bath & Shower
Dill 'n Thyme Twin Room
Front entryway greets morning sunrise & Dillon Beach denizens with a.m. coffee
Graduated Staircase and Landing to Lower Level
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