Bodega Bay Best Vacation Rentals: Guestbook

On the Water

The house was beautiful. It was great to come “home” after walking the beaches and relax on the back deck - with the wonderful view of the bay. We have vacationed in Bodega Bay numerous times in the last 32 years and have found this vacation rental one of the best experiences we have had. We would recommend this house to anyone - very clean and well kept.

Thanks - We had a great time. Kristie Blosky

Casa Bella

Casa Bella provided the most perfect setting for our Christmas celebration. Adult children, their parents and our grandchildren all loved everything that it offered. We have rented many homes on the Sonoma Coast and this one, by far, beats all of the rest. It is comfortable, well equipped, inviting and, most importantly, immaculate. The decor, layout, views and quaint patios all were very pleasing. Having a large decorated Christmas Tree was a bonus! Others have mentioned the beach access and views and I agree - the best ever! Thank you Mia for being so thoughtful, responsive and a pleasure to rent from. 12/31/09 Mary, Lincoln, CA

We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in this beautiful house! We only live 30 miles away but we felt like we were far away on a wonderful vacation! This house is truly spectacular, even better than the pictures on the web site! On our way to the house we stopped at the Tides and picked up fresh cracked crab for dinner, so good! Our first night there we had rough seas and it was so fun to listen to the pounding of the ocean as we went to sleep. Thanksgiving morning started with a walk on the beach, followed by reading and relaxing and looking out at the ocean while dinner cooked. I highly recommend this house as a vacation destination whether you live near by or if you are from thousands of miles away. You won't want to leave this wonderful place! Thank you Mia for a wonderful and restful vacation! We are looking forward to comming back again soon! 12/12/09 Lisa Smith, Petaluma, CA

We had a wonderful “girls” weekend at Casa Bella! Once we were at the house and unpacked, we really had no reason to leave. The home is so well furnished, maintained and stocked with everything you need. We couldn’t ask for a better view of the ocean. And the sunsets...just beautiful! It was wonderful to be able to walk right across the street to the beach. In addition to the beautiful home, Mia is great to work with, very accommodating and friendly. Mia, thank you so much for sharing your home! 11/17/09 Carla, Sacramento, Ca

We had an amazing weekend at your home. The location and yard are amazing. I loved opening a window and hearing the ocean at night, oyster BBQs, and quick walks to the beach. We will be back! 11/03/09 Cristina, Petaluma, CA

We spent our 19th anniversary at Casa Bella in late September and had a blast! The weather was warm, water was calm, and house was perfect. As the girls skim boarded, my husband and I made fools of ourselves boogie boarding in the bay and haven't laughed so hard in a long, long time. The easy walk to the beach was a plus---no goat path to clammer down after a long day of self abuse in the surf. Easy steps greatly appreciated! Thanks again! 10/05/09 Laura Vendeiro, Folsom, CA

Very quiet and exactly what we were looking for.......Peace & quiet. Lots of critters (birds, deer at the sliders, etc). House has everything we needed for a truly enjoyable stay. Thanks. 8/08/09 Don Picard, Sandown NH

We came upon your unique home on the ocean and couldn't believe what you offer. Your delightful home is stocked with every little thing I could think I needed and more that I hadn't even thought of. My eighty-four year old mom, her seventy-nine year old sister and my sixty and fifty-two year old sisters were so comfortable in your wonderful, clean place. We cooked until we couldn't eat anymore and found your kitchen perfect. Having four bathrooms made getting ready easy with all these women. The loft ia a wonderful place to gather to watch movies(and yep, we watched The Birds) and view the incredible sights of the ocean. Walking across the street to the beach enabled me to embrace the beauty and ponder the meaning of life. Ha! I hope to return soon and thank you for all your attention to the details. Casa Bella could also be called.... A Slice of Heaven. 7/13/09 Rose G, Walnut Creek, California

We stayed in Casa Bella over the Memorial Day weekend. From the moment we arrived we were instantly relaxed by the beautiful surroundings. The house itself is very private, and extremely comfortable. It is very well equipped with everything we needed. A beautiful garden awaits you when you enter the front gate along with a stunning fountain, where you can bbq, and sit in the beautifully furnished courtyard. Inside the front door you are greeted by the HUGE ocean staring you right in the face!! A sight to behold. The house itself is roomy, and furnished very nicely. Every bedroom has it's own bath which is a major plus. The bedrooms are very comfortable, and we slept like babies being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves. We had the the most wonderful time just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the Sonoma Coast in all its splendor. We would return in a heartbeat. 6/07/09 Kathy & Bob

Casa Bella is exactly that, a beautiful home.

I grew up spending holidays and summer vacations in Bodega Bay. Over the course we’ve rented many homes in the area, none of which compare to Casa Bella. You could not ask for a better location and proximity to the beach cannot be beat. Every room in the house has stunning unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. The backyard area which faces the ocean is very large, unfenced grassy area with chairs perfectly situated to take every advantage of the view. There is also a private path that takes you directly to Portuguese Beach.

The house is attractive from every angle. The front of the house features an enclosed garden/courtyard area perfect for barbeques and eating outdoors. The area is beautifully landscaped, has patio furniture for relaxing and is sheltered from the wind. As for the interior, the house is immaculate and tastefully decorated. The beds are very comfortable; kitchen is perfect for entertaining and fully equipped and the large dinning room table was great as well for meals and playing games.

Casa Bella is picture perfect. Our family looks forward to staying there again soon. The owners, Mia and Mike were wonderful to work with…. 4/14/09 Erin Marie Baratta, Orange County, California

Casa Bella is truly a 'home' not a rental property - from the fully equipped kitchen down to the great DVDs to watch and CDs to play AND comfortable mattresses and pillows! Not to mention the beautiful views, sunsets, and gardens. We had such a lovely stay made even nicer by the owner being so responsive and gracious. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Bodega Bay! Thank you! 9/08/08 Jamie L., New York City

We spent three days and nights at Casa Bella and it's hard to put into words how positive our experience was. This is not a rental property. . . it's a home. We had a family get together and everyone was constantly discovering amazing touches. The gorgeous gardens are teaming with wildlife, there are seating areas and many moods to fit differing times of day and weather.

We had plans to explore the area by car but we only left the house briefly for provisions and explored the local beaches on foot. There is an amazing uncrowded beach directly off the huge front lawn. While sitting on the deck, waiting for the sunset we had a magnificent spouting display by a pod of 6 California Gray whales. The house itself is fully and thoughtfully equipped.

I could go on and on but I don't want to make it so popular that we can't get back in. But we have already booked next year so have at it! 4/13/08 Steve Wood, Laguna Beach, CA

Crow's Nest

I must say, our Christmas was very Merry! Staying at the "Crow's Nest" with the whole family was wonderful. Plenty of room for everyone to spread out and do their own things or gather all together for a fine meal. We enjoyed fresh crab everyday! The weather was perfect, with breath taking sunsets. We hiked, shopped, ate, drank and were perfectly merry! The house was decorated so warmly for the holidays, giving it an extra bit of charm. It felt like home away from home. Thank you Mia, I feel that was your goal and you hit it out of the park for this family. Cheers! 12/28/09 Santa Rosa, CA

We all had a great time at Crow's Nest . We loved the front of the house where we would grill into the wee hours of the night . No neighbours to disturb or get disturbed . The house was very clean and the beds comfortable . The owner Mia was very friendly and went out of her way for any request. 09/24/09 Sid, Newark, CA

This was a trip we will never forget! The house is huge, there were 8 of us and we never felt cramped. The view is incredible and we loved the garden and hummingbirds. In the mornings it was so wonderful to sit and look out the window across the pasture and all the way to the ocean, all while being entertained by deer, quail and all kinds of birds. We had everything we needed and the downstairs bed and shower were my personal favorite, next to the view. It was an easy walk to the beach where we found a starfish and tons of shells. Thanks for such a wonderful home away from home. The Whapham's 09/12/09 Tabby Whapham

We had the perfect wedding weekend at Crow's Nest! Comfortably slept all 10 of us and was great for large gatherings. The house was secluded and private while still allowing for spectacular ocean and hillside views. We walked to the beach in the morning and the lawn was great for an afternoon of wiffle ball. After sunset we watched the moon rise over the hills and gazed at the stars from the deck and patio. The owner was so friendly and helpful; she made all the arrangements painless. I highly recommend staying at Crow's Nest! 07/22/09 Nathan, San Francisco, CA

Our group of friends stayed here for the 2nd weekend of July 2009 and the house was really nice. The weather was wonderful, with light breezes, but with beautiful clear blue sky, just like in the picture. The picture is not exaggerating. And many of our members fell in love with the sunset and ocean view from the house. Though sunset was short, it is still beautiful. The walk to the beach was very close, and I made people walk to get a little exercise. Mia, the owner, is really nice and very helpful in every way. I had so many questions and she put every effort to answer each one. She even took time to search for a nearby church for us, no owner I've rented from so far did that. Her hospitality is beyond what you can get anywhere else. Everyone who came there had a wonderful time at the house and view. And as a event planner, I am certain to claim that you can never find a better owner than Mia. Thank you Mia for sharing your wonderful home with us. I hope you all enjoyed your stay here as much as we did. Best Regards with much Appreciation, 7/21/09 Kevin Tien Phan, Sacramento, CA

We had a delightful time at the Crow's Nest this past Memorial Day holiday! The house very comfortably accommadated myself and husband and 6 adult children....plus our 3 schnauzers! With panaromic views of the ocean, wild turkeys and deer, a pasture full of grazing cows just yards from the master bedroom's floor to ceiling windows, an easy walk down to the beach....it was a memorable weekend! Being able to bring our dogs made the weekend even more special for us! We definitely would rent this house again. Thank you! Nancy 06/29/09 Nancy, Woodland, CA

A Perfect Stay at the Crow's Nest at Bodega Bay! This March five lady friends and I had the good fortune to come across the Crow's Nest on VRBO. From the first time I spoke with Mia Jampolsky the owner, to the moment we had to say goodbye to her lovely hideaway perched above the Pacific Ocean, it was an effortless and most memorable experience. From every window in the huge house we had panoramic views of the ocean, beautiful hills and expansive fields complete with grazing cows and curious deer. The home, which is close to many activities, is very private and comfortable so we were content to stay tucked away, relax, eat, laugh and take in the view. It was the perfect choice for our annual reunion and I would recommend the Crow's Nest to anyone looking for an unforgettable get-away at a great value. 03/25/09 Kerry, Aptos, CA

We left our hearts at the Crow's Nest. We are city girls with city jobs and we just loved our get away to the Crow's Nest! It is only an hour and half drive away from SF. We were instantly relaxed with the 3 fireplaces, views, and fresh air. The beds are extremely comfortable! We cooked in house and there is a lovely dining room table next to a wood burning stove. We drove to town to the marina to buy fresh cleaned crabs from Spud Point Crab company. A must do during crab season. Don’t forget to tip the ladies for cleaning the crab. We would like to come back and enjoy the courtyard when the weather is better. We can’t wait to come back to our new retreat home. Thank you Mia and Mike! 02/03/09 Gia Colosi, San Francisco, CA

We stayed in this wonderful home the weekend before christmas 2008 with our family of seven plus patti's parents and aunt. all of us loved the comfy rooms, beds, and furniture and the outstanding ocean and pastureland views from the floor to ceiling windows downstairs. the christmas tree and decorations were perfect, too. it was mostly a cold and rainy weekend and we sat by the two woodstoves and enjoyed our fires and playing scrabble while we watched the drizzly rain outside and the deer, birds and fat siamese cat hunting outside. the fenced in yard was great for grilling lunch and sitting in the sun with our dog. overall, the house had plenty of linens and tables/chairs and cozy places to sit. our teen sons loved to hang out in the loft and appreciated having internet access. we took walks down to portuguese beach also. mia was wonderful in helping us take care of questions, too. we will be back! 01/05/09 patti & steve, union city, CA

Sea Watch

We came to visit our daughter and grandkids in January and decided to surprise them with a weekend at Bodega Bay. It was wonderful, the house is lovely very nicely decorated and very comfortable. The kitchen is fantastic. The area is full of wild life. At night the stars are so bright you could almost touch them. We walked the beach and even met a sealion that came up on the beach for a rest. My only regret is tha we could not stay longer. I will definately come back to this house. 02/06/2010 Dewar Family, Illinois

This house is just perfect! The pictures cannot do it justice. We spent a “girls” week with great friends, wine, food and relaxation. We walked to the beach everyday and enjoyed the antics of the wildlife - quail races, the red fox siting, and more deer right outside the door than we could count. We have made this trip on an annual basis for some time now and have stayed at a couple of different houses. This is by far the best. The kitchen is a dream; completely stocked with everything but the food you wish to bring. The house has a warm and friendly personality with all the little treasures that make it homey. Very, very clean as well. We will definitely return next year. 12/04/2009

We had a wonderful week here in April. The house was so clean and comfortable and had a wonderful gourmet kitchen with about every appliance a avid cook would ever need. We had many wonderful meals around the table gazing out of the large windows at the ocean and breakfast on the deck. The surrounding area was so peaceful and the garden was visited by deer every evening. We even encountered a seal pup and all kinds of marine life in the tide pools around portuguese beach. It is definitely a location and a house we would like to come back to again and again. 05/29/2009 M. Smith, Monrovia, CA

Thank you so much for opening your beautiful house! We really enjoyed our stay. My sisters and I tried fresh oysters for the first time and loved it. My Mom adores your kitchen and tasteful decor. Dad like to plan fun getaways for the family and thus far, this is our favorite. This house offered something for everyone. We can see why it means so much to your family. We really appreciate the efforts you've made to make the house warm and welcoming. 06/01/2008 Keith, CA

Thank you for a wonderful Christmas by the Bay. We hope to return somday soon. This was a terrfic idea! 06/01/2008 Barabra, WA