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Field Notes: Sea Ranch

Field Notes: Sea Ranch

Words and Photography by Megan and Nolia Wilcox

Three hours north of San Francisco, past the vibrant Petaluma farmlands, on some of the most daringly dramatic roads you'll ever travel... a nature-lovers utopia awaits! The Sea Ranch is an enclave of a few hundred homes that seamlessly reside within and beside land and sea, trees and sky. Miles of hiking trails wind along wave-weathered beaches & bluffs. Even the intentionally built homes, homes that both blend into and highlight the landscape, mirror the angles of the many nearby Cypress groves, to frame the treeline and a wide open sky.

Sea Ranch overlook view

Sea Ranch sheep in meadow

Sea Ranch Walking Path

Sea Ranch Rocky Water Coast