By Kristine Hansen
BODEGA BAY, Calif. — Alfred Hitchcock fans often experience a sort of pilgrimage with a trip to Bodega Bay, a tiny coastal town north of San Francisco and just west of Sonoma and Napa’s wine country.
That’s because it’s where Hitchcock’s famous movie, the horror-thriller The Birds (1963), was filmed.
“It’s something Hitchcock fans want to take pictures of,” said Patty Ginochio, president of the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Her company, Sonoma Concierge, takes groups to Hitchcock filming locations in the Bodega Bay area.
“There’s a lot of history you’re not going to get anywhere else,” she said.
There is no better time to visit than in March, during the annual Hitchcock Film Fest. The two-day roster of events kicks off with a Friday-night soiree akin to an Oscar party and held at the Bodega Harbour Yacht Club.
“Everybody dresses up and we have hors d’oeuvres and music is playing,” Ginochio said.
On Saturday, movies are screened at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall. A Hitchcock expert provides commentary with each movie. Other perks that day include the option to pose and be photographed with a Hitchcock statue, and view rare Hitchcock memorabilia on display.
Proceeds from the event benefit arts education at three local schools: Bodega Bay School, Pastures Preschool and Tomales Elementary.
Provided there is space, motorcoaches can park at Bodega Bay Grange Hall, but if that area is full, overflow is at Bodega Bay School two blocks from the venue.S
For more information, contact the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 707-347-9645 or visitbodegabayca.com.