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Panoramic Ocean View--3 Min Walk To Beach

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4.8 / 5Exceptional
54 reviews


  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Tomales Town Hall
    8 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Tomales Regional History Center
    8 min drive
  • Restaurant
    Wild Flour Bread
    21 min drive
  • Restaurant
    Hot Dog
    24 min drive
  • Airport
    Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County)
    48 min drive


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    About this area

    Dillon Beach

    Located in Dillon Beach, this cottage is on the waterfront. Tomales Bay and Potter Schoolhouse are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Bodega Harbour Golf Links and Links at Bodega Harbour. Our guests appreciate the property's quiet location.

    Visit our Dillon Beach travel guide

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Tomales Town Hall - 8 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Tomales Regional History Center - 8 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Links at Bodega Harbour - 24 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Doran Beach - 26 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Tomales Point Trailhead - 65 min drive

    Getting around

    • Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County) - 48 min drive


    • Wild Flour Bread — 21 min drive
    • Hot Dog — 24 min drive
    • Lucas Wharf Restaurant & Bar — 24 min drive
    • Island Style Deli — 24 min drive
    • Gourmet au Bay — 24 min drive

    About this property

    Panoramic Ocean View--3 Min Walk To Beach

    Winter is upon us at Dill 'n Thyme. With it comes peace and quiet, whale migrations and glorious sunsets. We had a temporary air quality hit along with all of northern California because of The Camp/Butte Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, but recent rains have cleared away smoke and particles, so your N95 mask is no longer necessary. Our hearts join with those of the survivors. 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 from Tomales Point and Bodega Bay, it often 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. 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 1910 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 beach...my 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, also a favorite of our away-at-school son, Jesse, 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. 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. Keywords: vacation home rental, beach cottage, getaway, casita, oceanview cottage

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    property manager

    Joy Fillman

    Speaks English



    Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM

    Special check-in instructions

    Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    Check-out before 12:00 PM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.


    • Pets allowed
    • Restrictions apply
    • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    We should mention

    Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A car is required for transportation to and from this property.

    Property amenities


    • Pool


    • Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    • Onsite parking


    • Refrigerator
    • Stovetop
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Dishwasher
    • Coffee/tea maker
    • Cookware/dishes/utensils
    • Toaster


    • 2 bedrooms
    • Bed sheets provided
    • Sofa bed


    • 1 bathroom
    • Shower/tub combination
    • Bidet
    • Hair dryer
    • Towels provided

    Living spaces

    • Fireplace
    • Dining room


    • TV with cable/satellite service
    • DVD player
    • Stereo
    • Books
    • Games

    Outdoor areas

    • Patio


    • Washing machine and dryer


    • Heating


    • Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    • Iron/ironing board
    • Phone

    Location highlights

    • Near the ocean
    • On the waterfront

    Things to do

    • Hiking/biking trails nearby
    • Mountain biking nearby
    • Rock climbing nearby
    • Kayaking nearby
    • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby


    • Sleeps 5
    • Unit size: 1200 sq ft (111 sq m)

    Nearby things to do




    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    5/5 Excellent

      Better than the photos

      This property is much nicer in person! We had a very comfortable and relaxing stay.

      5/5 Excellent

        Happy times at Dillions

        Great time at Dillions accommodations were great, people were friendly. A deer got caught between the adjoining back yard wooden fences. Fire Dept. came out and released the doe from the fence and all was well. Thanks to the Marine County Fire Dept. Great job

        5/5 Excellent

          Great getaway!

          What an adorable cottage and a great location! The view of the water and the proximity to the beach couldn’t be better. The house has everything you could need. Hope to return soon!

          5/5 Excellent

            Great ocean view close to beach

            The cottage is great, and has an awesome view from the great room and the deck. Sliding glass door is a little hard to close but you'll figure it out. Main bed is comfortable (didn't try the two twins), nicely equipped kitchen and large dining table (also picnic table on deck). One thing about Dillon Beach - it's sort of the anti-resort. The big attraction is the mile long dog friendly off-leash beach. There's one restaurant and it's only open Thur-Sun. One store that has basics and a lot of beer and wine. If you want somebody else taking care of the food or if you don't like dogs Dillon Beach isn't the place for you. But if you do, this is a great house to enjoy it from.

            5/5 Excellent

              Dillon Beach August 2019

              We have come here every August for the last five years and have always thoroughly enjoyed this home and the wonderful Dillon Beach vibe. The home is in a great location, is clean and well-stocked, and has a wonderful deck with an ocean view. And we bring our dog which works out great!

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