Sea Ranch, located in the northernmost coastal corner of Sonoma County, inspires you to not only connect with nature. Our unique rugged, wind-swept community inspires a discovery of place forever intertwined with the land it graces. It is a destination of history harmoniously designed that restores, rejuvenates, and renews the spirit allowing life to open up.
There’s much to show and tell about The Sea Ranch — but even more so to share in person.
Discover Sea Ranch’s Architecture, Environment, and Idealism
The Sea Ranch is a location that we are eager to show and tell, but even more, to share in person. By doing so we hope to create a special sense of place for you, our guests, to immerse, engage, and connect yourself in the subtleties so often missed by people elsewhere.
For that reason, we at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay, along with Unbeaten Path Tours and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art have partnered to connect you to The Sea Ranch and its architecture, environment, and idealism.
Sonoma County’s Sea Ranch offers a unique coastal community that inspires discovery of place forever intertwined with the land it graces.
Many Ways to Discover Sea Ranch
There are many ways you can immerse yourself into the architecture, environment, and idealism of Sea Ranch. A most exciting way is a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Sea Ranch Exhibit. Or dive deeper by reading the soon to be released book of the same title by SFMOMA curators, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, and Joseph Becker. The best way of all is to indulge yourself in the lived experience by booking a stay at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay and enjoy a private Sea Ranch Architectural tour with Margaret Lindgren of Unbeaten Path Tours.
Go Your Own Way
Of course, the order of these options is not critical. Naturally, we want you to stay true to yourself. So as you set off to discover Sea Ranch, YOU pick which experience you want, in the order that speaks to and works for you.
Go your own way when experiencing and exploring Sea Ranch. When you stay true to yourself, it’s easy to be perfectly happy just being happy.
Option 1: Visit SFMOMA’s Special Exhibit
One way to discover Sea Ranch is to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) special exhibit: The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism. The exhibition devoted to exploring the early concepts and plans of our seminal Northern California Modern Development opens December 22, 2018, and runs through April 28, 2019.
Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Insiders Circle Members act now to be eligible for a pair of tickets to SFMOMA exhibit: The Sea Ranch Architecture, Environment, and Idealism
Conceived in 1964 by developer Al Boeke and a group of Bay Area architects, landscape architects and graphic designers including Charles Moore, Joseph Esherick, William Turnbull, Lawrence Halprin, and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, this development, one hundred miles north of San Francisco, was founded as the antithesis of suburban sprawl. With the open-minded optimism of 1960s California as a jumping-off point, The Sea Ranch was designed as a modern model community combining affordable living with exemplary architecture and a shared commitment to “live lightly on the land.”
This exhibition brings together original sketches and drawings from the project’s designers, along with archival images, photographs of the Sea Ranch today, and a full-scale architectural replica. The environmentally attentive design philosophies explored at the Sea Ranch, along with the now-iconic graphics, resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today.
Limited Offer Just For Abalone Bay Inner Circle Members
We are so thrilled about this exhibit that we wanted to be sure you and a guest could discover Sea Ranch Architecture too. That is why we are excitedly working with SFMOMA to provide a special, limited opportunity for our Sea Ranch Inner Circle. We look forward to announcing this opportunity soon only to our Inner Circle Members.
However, if you don’t join our Inner Circle now you’ll miss out on this exciting offer.
That’s all there is to it!
SFMOMA Hours and Admission
The exhibit opens December 22, 2018, and runs through April 28, 2019.
SFMOMA hours are as follows:
- Open Friday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
- Closed Wednesday.
- Holiday hours:
- Open December 24 and December 31, 2018, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.;
- Open Wednesday, December 26, 2018, and open Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.;
- Closed December 25, 2018.
Tickets are now available. Adult general admission to SFMOMA is $25; admission for seniors 65 years and older is $22, and admission for visitors ages 19 through 24 is $19. General admission and special exhibitions for all visitors aged 18 and younger are free.
Option 2: Read About The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism
In addition to the museum’s exhibit, the SFMOMA curators, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, and Joseph Becker, have co-authored a book by the same title to be released December 18, 2018. This large-format and generously illustrated book captures the visionary approach to the land embraced in designs for The Sea Ranch, the planned community that has become a touchstone of 1960s West Coast modernism.
The Sea Ranch Code and Covenant
Sea Ranch’s vision is summed up in the Code and Covenant’s opening statement:
The Sea Ranch is much more than a place of houses, another coastal development. The Sea Ranch is a vision, inspiring in its beauty; a concept, daring in its invention; a covenant with nature and the land. The Sea Ranch is a work of art, a single idea, a discrete piece of beauty in which successful structures become part of nature’s tapestry. The Sea Ranch community’s shared vision and respect for its concept binds it together.
Its a community of fiercely independent individuals willing to accept limits on their freedom so that the character of The Sea Ranch is preserved for its present and future enjoyment by other owners. Fully motivated by the character of the natural environment in which their property is located, they gladly adhere to the unique principle of “living lightly on the land.”
Principles of Sea Ranch
Some of the general principles Sea Ranchers agree to by common consent include:
- Nature predominates no buildings
- Rural setting not suburban
- Home size modest not enormous
- Exteriors simple not showy
- Design guidelines not “anything goes”
- A sense of community not “statement houses”
- Aesthetics valued not disregarded
While natural forces continue to guide building design so do they respond to the character, size, and location of neighboring homes. That is, the harmony of the neighborhood must be given equal weight to harmony with nature. Sea Ranch is a “place to explore the subtle nuances of fitting in – to the natural setting and to the neighborhood setting.”
Option 3: Personally Experience the Harmony Found within the Land and Nature
Of course, you could just imagine a stay at The Sea Ranch while you visit the museum’s exhibit. I’m certain their displays will provide you with great subject matter from which to create your fantasy.
With a bit of daydreaming…
You might be able to feel the ocean breezes…
Envision in your mind’s eye a whale breaching and spouting in your backyard…
Experience the comforting swaddling of our coastal fog as you cuddle up, read a book, and feel its peace.
Feel a Part of Something Bigger
When you stay a The Sea Ranch, you’ll feel like part of something bigger. It’s a place for people who want to immerse, engage and connect. With the earth. With nature. And most importantly with each other.
No Ordinary Location
But why fantasize when you can actually walk through Abalone Bay’s front door to discover for yourself that Sea Ranch is no ordinary location!
Why fantasize about Sea Ranch when you can actually walk through Abalone Bay’s front door to discover for yourself that Sea Ranch is no ordinary location!
Realize the Dream
Don’t just dream. Come, experience The Sea Ranch at our Abalone Bay Vacation Rental Home.
We welcome you to experience harmony with the land and nature personally by spending time in our Sea Ranch home, Abalone Bay Vacation Rental. We welcome you to our Sea Ranch oceanfront retreat perched atop a scenic bluff. Welcome to a place where whales breach in the bay, deer almost eat out of your hand, and seals sun themselves on rocks – to a cozy retreat just a short drive from the gastronomic delights of Mendonoma (Sonoma/Mendocino coastal county area) and the bustle of San Francisco. Welcome to your dog-friendly home-away-from-home in lovely Sea Ranch, California.
Option 4: Explore Deeper The Sea Ranch and Its Architecture
Next, we invite you to move beyond architectural drawings on the museum walls or pictures in a text. Margaret Lindgren of Unbeaten Path Tours takes you beyond the architectural and landscape philosophies of the world-renowned Sea Ranch! Learn how interconnected these philosophies are with the region as she weaves her knowledge of local history, geology, and marine and wildlife habitats into her narrative to provide you an interesting and engaging understanding of this one-of-kind place.
What We Love about Unbeaten Path Tours
No matter what your level of hiking ability there is a tour to accommodate you. Furthermore, Margaret will customize your tour to meet your needs so that everyone benefits from walking the Sea Ranch Trails.
How Will You Immerse into The Sea Ranch?
We invite you to share your Discover Sea Ranch Architecture experiences with us in the comments below or on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #SeaRanchAbaloneBay when you do post your photos and comments!
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We hope you enjoy your trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit and your stay with us at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay!