Satisfy Your Appetite
In my experience, scenic walks and hours of quiet contemplation work up a fierce appetite for food and companionship. In the nearby town of Gualala, minutes north of Sea Ranch, Trinks Cafe serves as a cozy community hub, dishing up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to both locals and visitors. The simple but satisfying breakfast sandwich—eggs, ham, and cheddar cheese on a soft bolillo roll—is the right start for an active day, and I never regret ordering a slice of house-made berry pie to go. At Gualala Pizza & Bakery across the highway, pass on the pizza and baked goods in favor of the excellent salmon tacos. Slathered in chipotle aioli and topped with crunchy cabbage, the battered fish is fresh, flavorful, and ultra crispy.
A few minutes south of Sea Ranch on Highway 1, in the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Stewart’s Point, the historic general store is now home to beloved Sea Ranch staple Twofish Baking. Here, baked goods are only part of the fun. With a menu that features pastries, breakfast burritos, all manner of sandwiches, and fully loaded calzones, you can’t leave this place hungry. Head baker and co-owner Margaret Smith, who I’ve befriended over the years, is known for her gooey, walnut-flecked sticky buns, but I can never resist unfurling one of the delicate morning buns, sandy with cinnamon sugar, to eat with my coffee.
Then again, in Sea Ranch and its surrounds, resistance is pointless. Just as the cypress trees bend with the wind, sometimes it’s best to just kick back, give in, and let your body and mind unwind. Or, so I tell myself as the towering Point Arena Lighthouse recedes from view, and I wind my way back down Highway 1 to my quiet Sea Ranch stay, counting the minutes until I can bite into my second morning bun of the weekend.
As Lindgren says, “It all seems to work up here. This is what balance looks like.”