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Panoramic Ocean View--3 Min Walk to Beach

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Last updated: 05/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Ocean View Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

It's the start of the hot weather escape to the beach for northern Californians.
Dillon Beach is an entirely unique experience with its sand dunes on one end and tide pools on the other. Sunsets are spectacular from Dill 'n Thyme's deck, providing our guests a stunning view of ocean and horizon. One can put feet up and enjoy a nice glass of Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino wine while staring out to sea and enjoying a peaceful sanctuary from a hectic life. Winter and early Spring hosts a wider variety of wildlife, including whales, seals, pelicans and a variety of seabirds. (Humpback whales having a spectacular party under the Golden Gate Bridge Video from Monday, July 11, 2016

We welcomed guests this last summer from France, Britain, and the Netherlands 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 strife. All of our guests even understood that our summer morning fog is 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 unlimited bandwidth WiFi and DISH TV with a free Netflix account via Roku 3.

We provide a brand new 3-system 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 do ask that you run your last load of dishes upon your departure, so Ana can put them away. We even have an outdoor shower (hot water!) to wash all the sand away to avoid sharing it with all your other house guests. 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 (bring your favorite briquettes or preferred wood lump charcoal.).

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 Verizon has a cell phone tower at our little Dillon Beach Store. AT&T service is spotty in the village, but weirdly excellent on the beach. There is a house phone at our cottage with free long distance for those of you who can't get a strong cell phone signal. 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 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.

A few winters ago, 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 and, often, live music. 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. For more upscale dining, but with a casual atmosphere and dress, we love Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek, which just earned a Michelin star (not easy)! It is operated by a young, extremely nice couple in Bodega Bay, again S.F. expatriates from top restaurants such as Jardiniere, Ame and Michael Mina.

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 $100 is non-refundable so that you do not have to work off your vacation at the end of your stay! Just kindly run a last load of dishes before Ana comes in to clean. And, if it's been a particular rowdy weekend, be sure to put furniture back in place and pick up trash, as well as recycle bottles and cans. Trash and recyle bins are outside toward the street.

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 $45 pet fee per dog.

Here is our Google maps shortcut link from Hwy 101 in Petaluma with grocery store stops to Dill 'n Thyme, 25 Park Avenue in Dillon Beach:

Longer stays are available and negotiable, starting October 15.

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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome:

    Our children loved the cottage and its proximity to the Beach and the Beach Store! Toddler and infant gate available for stairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking only allowed outside on deck or on front porch....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    There is a nonrefundable $45 pet deposit. Pets must be well behaved and completely housebroken....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sofabed is in upstairs living area...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) in one bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) in the second bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-size convertible sofa bed upstairs....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    Shower & toilet with bidet is separate from double sink area...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our 1200 square foot beach cottage was architecturally designed to enhance the best ocean view in the Village and is only a 3-minute walk to beach (no driving)! We use only Eco-friendly products to clean the house....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a few books on hand to relax with and enjoy. Feel free to write in our journal. We value your positive energy and thoughts!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Built in to flat screen TV with DISH though most guests are streaming with the Roku 3, and free Netflix account....moreless

  • Games:

    Monopoly, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Backgammon, Poker Set, Balderdash, Hedbanz, playing cards, Uno and a few puzzles to enjoy....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    DISH network satellite...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Docking station for IPod; CD player with limited radio reception. Bring your favorite CD's to enjoy....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen HD TV/DVD player combo in living room with Roku 3 streaming device and free Netflix, one Beach Cottage general & one Beach Cottage-kids....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Ocean and beaches viewable from both inside and outside beach cottage....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    3-Minute walk to the beach. Turn left on exiting Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, walk a few steps to North St, turn left, passing two houses, then right on Beach St to path leading to beach....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Guests can see not just the ocean, but whales are often seen from our cottage deck. Bring binoculars to make it even more rewarding....moreless

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Two benches that can seat up to 6 diners, depending on size, plus 2 chairs on each end. Also two bar stools at counter for extra seating....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Eco heaters in downstairs bedrooms; thermostat electric heating upstairs...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Excellent linens are provided. Beach towels on request for air travelers....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room/kitchen/dining area is upstairs and is the ocean view area of the cottage....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    There is a new Verizon Wireless Tower at Dillon Beach, but AT&T wireless reception is spotty, except for down on the beach. Feel free to use our landline....moreless

  • Parking:

    Street parking also available in front of cottage for additional vehicle....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    A single vehicle driveway is available....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landlne phone number is 707-878-2714...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath/ hand towels provided for each guest. Beach towels available for fly-in guests upon request....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The cottage has its own energy efficient washer/dryer. We try to keep allergenic detergent available, but bring your favorite detergent just in case....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Unlimited WiFi is available, so unlimited streaming. Roku 3 is installed, plus free Netflix account access. Use your own Amazon or Hulu Account through our Roku....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Pellet Stove with glass door and fan....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Bring favorite coffee beans! Grinder available for perfect grind for either regular coffee maker (also has coffee pod option) or espresso machine....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully loaded....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully loaded....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Espresso/Cappuccino Maker; French Press; Coffee Maker; Evergood Water Filter; Brand New Range; Blender/Food Processor; Belique Ceramic Pots & Pans; mini Food Processor; Cuisinart Blender; Waffle Iron....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, some spices & vinegars available. Also garbage bags and plastic wrap, but bring Glad containers for leftovers, foil & favorite charcoal....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice trays in freezer with full container of ice handy....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Our deck overlooks the Pacific ocean, Tomales Bay, and Dillon Beach. Bring your camera as you will want to capture the beautiful sunset!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Aussie Walk-A-Bout medium size charcoal grill we call Blu-Ga, after Beluga Whales. Some charcoal is provided in a covered container next to the BBQ, but bring your preferred charcoal just in case....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    We have a few skim boards available for those inclined to try in the light surf....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 42 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 15 - Oct 14, 2017
2 night min stay
$250 $285
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,470 $5,404
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Housekeeping $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $45
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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  • Valley Ford Market

  • Tomales Bakery

  • Blue Waters Kayaking

    "Just after the Marshall Boat Works and just before Hog Island Oyster Company. Beautiful way ..."

  • The Casino Bar and Grill

    "Located in the tiny village of Bodega where Hitchcock's "The Birds" film took place. It is t..."

  • Hog Island Oyster Farm

    "Our favorite place to stock up on oysters!"

  • Tomales Bay Foods - Cowgirl Creamery

    "Cheese to die for...pricey, but worth every bite!"

  • Rocker Oysterfeller's

    "Good food, great staff & fellow diners, fun bar. Music on the patio some weekends."

  • Terrapin Creek Cafe

    "I love this restaurant in Bodega Bay...the food is exquisitely prepared and presented. And t..."

  • Ren Brown Collection

  • Dillon Beach Resort Cafe

  • Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Cottages

    "I love popping into Nick's Cove, sitting at the bar and ordering an appetizer of oysters wit..."

45.4 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Dillon Beach Cafe
44 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Golden Gate Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
The New Links at Bodega Harbour
60 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Train Station, Emeryville
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy One
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dillon Beach Cafe

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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, CA, USA:
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 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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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

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  • Glass of wine side of cottage.

    Glass of wine side of cottage.

  • View from Dill 'n Thyme Deck

    View from Dill 'n Thyme Deck

  • Redwood Picnic Table to Get Even Closer to the Sunset

    Redwood Picnic Table to Get Even Closer to the Sunset

  • Moonlit View of Ocean

    Moonlit View of Ocean

  • Romantic pellet stove in living area

    Romantic pellet stove in living area

  • Dill 'n Thyme Double Vanity Separated by Door from Bath & Shower

    Dill 'n Thyme Double Vanity Separated by Door from Bath & Shower

  • Dill 'n Thyme Twin Room

    Dill 'n Thyme Twin Room

  • Front of Cottage and Off Street Parking; view of Tomales Point & Dillon Beach

    Front of Cottage and Off Street Parking; view of Tomales Point & Dillon Beach

  • Graduated Staircase and Landing to Lower Level where bedrooms & bath are.

    Graduated Staircase and Landing to Lower Level where bedrooms & bath are.

  • Tomales Point from Dillon Beach post storm

    Tomales Point from Dillon Beach post storm

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen Underneath Vaulted Ceiling

    Fully Equipped Kitchen Underneath Vaulted Ceiling

  • Living Area and View

    Living Area and View

  • View of Living Area/Vaulted Ceiling

    View of Living Area/Vaulted Ceiling

  • Dining Room/Living Room View, Overlooking Pacific Ocean & Dillon Beach

    Dining Room/Living Room View, Overlooking Pacific Ocean & Dillon Beach

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Queen Bedroom Looking towards bath

    Queen Bedroom Looking towards bath

  • This was a gift from dear guests that celebrate Dill 'n Thyme as much as we do!

    This was a gift from dear guests that celebrate Dill 'n Thyme as much as we do!

  • Front entryway greets morning sunrise & Dillon Beach denizens with a.m. coffee

    Front entryway greets morning sunrise & Dillon Beach denizens with a.m. coffee

  • Joy & daughter Caitlin ready to kayak Tomales Bay!

    Joy & daughter Caitlin ready to kayak Tomales Bay!

  • Our gentle giant, Zoe, our Aussie, nose to the wind, who grew up at Dillon Beach

    Our gentle giant, Zoe, our Aussie, nose to the wind, who grew up at Dillon Beach

  • Our Dill 'n Thyme 14-yr old Aussie at Mock Fire Evacuation Drill.

    Our Dill 'n Thyme 14-yr old Aussie at Mock Fire Evacuation Drill.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, May 29, 2017

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