Lunch in Bodega Bay, which retains an ineffable ambience
Optional Activities: house featured in Hitchcock's favorite "Shadow of a Doubt, the Peanuts Museum or Luther Burbank's house and garden, a Russian River winery…or (for the lover of actual birds) the Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory, Audubon Canyon Ranch or Bolinas lagoon
Talk about your "angry" birds"!...don't worry, we'll avoid them. Travel north across the Golden Gate Bridge through beautiful Marin and into Sonoma County, stopping at a celebrated country bakery in a quaint hamlet, before arriving at what was once "Potter School." Here we take pictures of it (now a private home), and the iconic church next door. A local enthusiast has created a "Birdland" museum nearby of movie memorabilia. We then approach Bodega Bay on the route that Melanie took and stop at the restaurant that houses the most memorabilia from the film. The town's a great place for lunch looking across the bay while enjoying very fresh seafood. Afterwards we can take a lovely backroad to the picturesque Victorian town of Occidental—which has nothing to do with the movie, but everything to do with its unique charm. These unspoiled landscapes retain much of the mystical ambience that beguiled Hitchcock. Mid- and late afternoon offer many options: driving through Santa Rosa's beautiful Victorian neighborhood to see the nearly unchanged house from "Shadow of a Doubt"; a visit to the "Peanuts" (Charles M. Schultz) Museum; time in the garden devoted to botanical pioneer Luther Burbank; tasting at one of the Russian River region's great wineries; watching a demonstration of how they band wild birds at the Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory; walking in Audubon Canyon Ranch, a preserve for nesting egrets; viewing the winged and other sea-going denizens of the Bolinas Lagoon—all this, without a single pecked-out eye or bleeding torso :-) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why Tour with Us to Experience Locales from Hitchcock's "The Birds," and not just rent your own car? Because driving yourself, you'll waste time figuring out exactly where everything is, and you'll be tired when you get there. With us, you'll learn the history of the places in which the characters lived and Hitchcock worked, while enjoying the views.